QUESTION: What was your biggest local sports story from 2012?
BEN MARTH, WGEM Sports Director
Together, they call the city of Quincy home. Together, they wound up flourishing at the University of Illinois.
So, fittingly together, Luke Guthrie and Jack Cornell turned tremendous collegiate careers into brilliant beginnings at the professional level in 2012 and it’s exactly why the Gem City’s dynamic duo were the biggest stories in Tri-state sports over the last 365 days.
Guthrie, a two-time Big Ten champ, left his mark on the Web.com and PGA Tours by earning more than $700,000 in only four months. His success in 2012 allowed him to secure his 2013 PGA Tour card.
Cornell signed as an undrafted free agent with the Baltimore Ravens in late April. All the offensive lineman did from that point on was earn a spot on the team’s practice squad and a hefty paycheck to boot.
Just imagine what the future holds for both.
DYLAN AUSTIN, WGEM Weekend Sports Anchor
It’s funny because when I look back at the past year and think of “best team,” it’s not a single team from a single sport. What sticks in my mind are the Quincy Notre Dame Lady Raiders. Period.
Rarely does one school put three state championship trophies in the case over the course of one year in girls athletics, and what’s even more impressive about QND in 2012 is that (mostly) the same collection of athletes were the core for success in volleyball (championship came in ’11), basketball, and soccer. It’s the thought of Shannon Foley either throwing, or kicking, a pass on a dime to Jordan Frericks for a basket, or a goal. It didn’t matter the sport, the Lady Raiders in 2012 (and the end of 2011) were historically dominant across the board.
I’ve only been doing this job a few years and I can say with confidence that this is something I will probably never see again.
The teams of Central-Southeastern football and Payson/Seymour softball also had runs that we won’t forget anytime soon. So, here’s to 2013!
JOSH HOUCHINS, WGEM SportsCenter Host
When one school pulls off the trifecta by having three coaches of three different sports on the morning show I host in one week means says the said school is flat out getting it done. And this fall it was all about Hannibal sports.
Between football, girls volleyball, and boys soccer, I’m looking at a combined record of 58-14-1 with three of those losses coming in the postseason. Three North Central Missouri Conference titles were won along with a district title by the soccer squad. Mark St. Clair’s boys earned complete bragging rights by beating both Quincy schools. Only if that dang team that goes by “Helias” wouldn’t have been involved then two more district titles would be on the wall right now, too.
Oh, wait. Let’s even go back a little further in 2012 to the boys basketball squad that went undefeated in NCMC play and finished the season 21-7. Or the boys golf team that had three individuals qualify for state.
It was seemingly Talk Like A Pirate Day all year long in America’s Hometown.