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2011 IN REVIEW: Top stories of the year, Nos. 7 to 12

Dec. 26, 2011 at 6:26 a.m.

From left: Victoria West pitcher Jordan Pacheco; Casey Jirkovsky of Hallettsville Sacred Heart's football team; Calhoun defensive back's  Jorge Torres and Daniel Brooks; Victoria East's Tyler Friedel; Hallettsville basketball's  Dante Haynes; and St. Joseph baseball coach Mike Shimek.

The Victoria Advocate Sports Department will be taking a look at the top stories of the year, counting down to the our choice for the top story on Jan. 1, 2012. Monday is a roundup of Nos. 7 to 12, with one each day following.

No. 12: East's 3OT loss in regional semis to Boerne Champion

MARCH 4, 2011

The game seemed like it would never end on the night of March 4. On and on it went. The Chargers and the Titans matching each other shot for shot through two overtimes. The Titans looked left for dead at the start of the second half, down 14 to a Champion team that could do no wrong. But a late rally thanks to Tyler Friedel's hot hand sent it to OT. Then another. And another. Finally, tapped out because of foul trouble and down to six players with two minutes left, the Titans succumbed 86-77 to the Chargers.

No. 11: Pacheco's no-no in 30-4A championship tiebreaker

APRIL 30, 2011

Everything boiled down to one game for the District 30-4A crown on April 30, when East and West met to settle who took the top spot in district. Senior Jordan Pacheco wowed the crowd and cowed the Titans offense, pitching a five-inning no-hitter to secure the title for the Warriors.

No. 10: Hallettsville's second trip to state basketball tournament

MARCH 11, 2011

The Brahmas were heavily favored to make it back to Austin entering the 2010-11 season, and they didn't disappoint. But the semifinal loss on March 11 ended on a sour note with a controversial technical foul called on coach Rich Dozier, which gave Idalou just enough to beat Hallettsville in overtime, 75-64.

No. 9: Mike Shimek's 500th win with Flyers

APRIL 8, 2011

Mike Shimek has been coaching baseball at St. Joseph for 31 years. The coach reached a major milestone on April 8 with a win over Brownsville St. Joseph, 10-0, at Riverside Stadium, securing the milestone win in five-innings.

No. 8: Calhoun football's undefeated season

NOVEMBER 4, 2011

The Sandcrabs had never been undefeated in team history. But with a talented offense composed of Jeremy Loya, Joseph Bargas and Brandon Griffith, the addition of Oklahoma commit Daniel Brooks from Rockdale and the efforts of Nick McCrory at linebacker, Calhoun went 10-0 for the first time in the regular season.

No. 7: Sacred Heart beats St. Paul for TAPPS title

DECEMBER 3, 2011

Two schools just 15 miles apart in the same county played for the TAPPS Division IV state championship on December 3, a rarity occurrence that didn't disappoint. The Indians, thanks to the efforts of running back Sterling Hrncir, who ran for 113 yards on 23 carries and two TDs, a fitting end to the season for the running back who amassed 2,002 yards and 35 TDs during the season.

IN TUESDAY'S ADVOCATE AND ADVOSPORTS.COM: No. 6 story of the year

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