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Published December 28, 2012, 07:02 PM

The year's biggest local sports stories: Part 1

(WDAY TV) -- Our celebration of the best of 2012 continues tonight with a look at some of the biggest stories in local sports, part 1 of our year in review.

By: Dom Izzo, WDAY

(WDAY TV) -- Our celebration of the best of 2012 continues tonight with a look at some of the biggest stories in local sports, part 1 of our year in review.

The year in local sports was defined by the amount of local teams that made trips to the state tournaments, some in record amounts, others ending record droughts.

Starting in Moorhead where the Spuds enjoyed a resurgence in several sports

like boy's basketball making state for the 1st time since 2002, football going for a 2nd straight year and the boys golf team made history, winning the schools first championship, with Ben Welle claiming the individual top honor. The Spuds boys hockey returned to state for the 2nd straight year

and made a memorable trip thanks to Michael Bitzer, who was the goalie of the year in the state, Moorhead fell in overtime to Hill-Murray in Dave Morinville's final game behind the bench for the Spuds, who resigned

two months later.

Detroit Lakes had a banner year on the golf course, led by the dynamite brother-sister combination of Kate and Karter Smith, the Laker boys won the state title for a 2nd straight year, while 8th grader Kate became the youngest state individual champ in Minnesota history leading the Laker girls to the crown. The boys basketball team may have enjoyed some sweeter satisfaction though as they ended 94 year state tournament drought after winning the section title in March.

There were plenty of smiles on the North side of Fargo in 2012, thanks to the stunning run of the boys hockey team, ripping off 2 impressive wins at the state tournament, then Zach Kraft scored in double overtime in the title game to win the school's first title since 1986, the girls swimmers also ended a drought bringing home the first state title for an eastern North Dakota school since they won it in 1976.

Perham's boys cross country was already known statewide for it's success; it made national headlines this year when they became the top team in the nation

But the most trophies were piled up in West Fargo, where the Packers displayed their dominance in several sports, winning in wrestling, in softball for a 15th straight year and titles for the first time in boys golf and baseball, and came close to another in girls basketball, falling in the championship game

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