The last year brought many memorable moments on the fields, courts, diamonds, tracks, mats and rinks for area high school athletes. From state championships to wild finishes, it was another riveting year of prep sports in Maryland, Virginia and the District.
Yes, we generally wrap things up at the end of the academic calendar, but there were many great stories over the last calendar year, so we thought, what the heck.
It would be impossible to list all of the top moments of 2013, but here are a few feature, enterprise and news stories that stuck out to us. (Note: this list does not include state championship game stories)
TOP 5 MOST READ STORIES OF 2013
1. Spenser Rositano retires at 20 after sixth concussion
Former mutli-sport Stone Bridge standout and Boston College safety decides to hang up his cleats to preserve the long-term health of his brain.
2. Da’Shawn Hand: A vaunted college football recruit with a hefty decision on his mind
Heading into the 2013 football season, the nation’s top recruit has a big decision before him.
3. Spingarn prepares to close, leaving behind hoops legacy
The Green Wave produced championship teams and numerous boys’ basketball standouts including Elgin Baylor, Dave Bing and Sherman Douglas.
4. Avalon School: The little school with big recruits
Tiny Avalon is under the spotlight thanks to high-profile recruits Jacquille Veii, Rachid Ibrahim.
5. High school lacrosse faces challenging new reality with early recruiting
As college coaches offer scholarships earlier and earlier, teenage standouts have earlier decisions to make.
Katie Ledecky was a local and global story in 2013. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)
— After winning gold in London, Stone Ridge’s Katie Ledecky still feels at home in the high school pool
— D.C. is a major hoops hotbed
— ACL tears have become an epidemic for girls’ basketball players
— Max Smith puts Jewish Day wrestling on the map, while going it alone
Former Atholton hockey standout Jake Mills. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)
— Atholton hockey player Jake Mills will join Marines despite brothers’ death
— For Good Counsel’s Kyle Snyder, IOC’s decision on wrestling was punch to the gut
— Longtime boys’ coach Carroll Holmes turns Friendly girls into a contender
— Theodore Roosevelt’s Johnnie Shuler is thriving after leaving DeMatha
Chantilly's Sean McGorty is one of the nation's top distance runners, but running is a family affair for the McGorty's. His parents were both Division I track and field athletes and Sean and his younger brothers are carrying on the family legacy. (James Sherrill for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC./The Washington Post)
— Sean McGorty goes out on top for Chantilly track & field
— T.C. Williams track standout Terrence Williams is comfortable with his sexuality
— T.C. Williams pitcher Alec Grosser’s unlikely path to fame
— For North Point’s Gregg Hauck, talent trumps disability
— In Prince George’s County, girls’ lacrosse is gaining momentum
— Felecia Majors does it all for South County
— Andrea Pappas runs a tight ship for McLean’s boys’ crew team
— Area athletes balance stresses of spring championships, senior prom
— Brittany Basinger, Andi Sullivan juggle high school, national team duties
— Stu Vetter steps down after distinguished career at Montrose Christian
(Doug Kapustin / The Washington Post)
— Faith and football collide on area public school football fields
— Patuxent RB Rafiq Douglas overcomes tragedy, thrives with help of community
— In D.C., athletics-based transfers are a major problem | Friendship Collegiate thrives with transfer-filled roster
— Gonzaga’s Richie Petitbon displays grandfather’s aptitude for football
— Centreville’s Isaac Samuel steps up despite living in a homeless shelter
— At Loudoun County, obsessive scouting breeds unrivaled volleyball success
— D.C.-area high school football is exploding with talented linemen
St. Andrews soccer player Memuna McShane. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)
— St. Andrews’ Memuna McShane goes from war-torn Sierra Leone to soccer fields of Washington
— A competitive gap plagues D.C. public school soccer
— Trace McSorley leads Briar Woods in quest for fourth straight state title
— Falls Church, Forest Park, T.C. Williams, Washington-Lee crash the football playoff party
— Legendary Gaithersburg football coach John Harvill dies at 88
Stay tuned with us in the new year to see what great high school sports stories arise in 2014.
More: Thirty memorable stories from the 2012-13 sports year