Happy New Year to all our Courier Sports and All-Around E-Town blog readers. We had quite a year in 2008 on the local sports scene with a number of area teams enjoying great success. I'd expect nothing less in 2009.
Changes both big and small are in store for both the newspaper and the blog in 2009, but it should be exciting as we strive to meet the challenge of providing the best local sports coverage possible. As with so many things, trying to meet that goal is a constant work in progress and will always keep us on our toes.
But enough about the future. Here's a look at some of my favorite stories from 2008...
Local golf series: Extreme Makeover: Changing the face of public golf in Elgin (Aug. 7-21)
Football annual awards: 2008 All-Area Team (Dec. 7)
Boys Basketball annual awards: 2008 All-Area Team (March 22)
Local feature: Atlanta Hawks GM Sund remembers roots (Nov. 11)
Boys Basketball feature: Last shot for Elgin (Feb. 23)
Football feature: Steadily growing Hampshire, Genoa-Kingston have much in common (Oct. 31)
Boys basketball column: Forecasting the 2008-09 hoops season (Nov. 24)
Football column: Bartlett falls short of ultimate goal (Nov. 23)
Boys Basketball column: Moran can't save Jacobs (March 4)
Football column: Talented Bartlett could make noise (July 4)
Weekly football webcast: Courier Prep Football Weekly (Sept. 11)
Football blog entry: St. Charles rivalry needs to grow up (Oct. 17)
Boys Basketball game story: Buzzer beater lifts Elgin (March 6)
Football game story: Larkin 'D' does job (Sept. 6)
Baseball game story: Mistakes doom St. Charles North in sectional semis (May 29)
Boys Basketball game story: South Elgin claims tourney title (Nov. 29)
Boys Basketball game story: A defining moment for Elgin (March 1)
Boys Basketball game story: McCurdy's heroics lift Burlington Central (Feb. 20)