The Top 15 Games of 2016

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BRIDGEPORT, W.VA (WDTV) - We begin with game #15... A perfect sendoff for retiring Alderson Broaddus head football coach Dennis Creehan. His Battlers capped a 9-2 season with a 14-point second half rally to defeat Kentucky Wesleyan 31-28.

Game #14... In the series opener against 16th-ranked Oklahoma State, WVU's Jackson Cramer blasted a walk-off homer in the tenth inning to defeat the Cowboys 5-4. The Mountaineers scored one in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings.

Game #13... In the Class "AA" boys soccer state championship, East Fairmont jumped out to a 3-nil halftime lead against Big 10 rival Robert C. Byrd. The Flying Eagles rallied to score twice in the second half but the Bees held on to take their first state title, 3-2.

Back to baseball for Game #12... Alderson Broaddus scored four runs in the final two innings, including three in the ninth to defeat Trevecca Nazarene 9-6 in the GMAC Championship game. The Battlers claimed their first ever league title while collecting their 31st win.

D2 hoops in Game #11... in a highly-entertaining, back-and-forth contest, Fairmont State took down the nation's top-ranked team West Liberty 86-81. FSU ended the game on an 11-3 run. The win came just four days after the Falcons won at 4th-ranked Wheeling Jesuit.

Game #10... 48 minutes and 98 combined points in regulation were not enough to settle the Week 11 matchup between North Marion and Lincoln. The Cougars outlasted the Huskies in overtime 56-49, clinching homefield in round one of the playoffs for LHS.

Game #9... The state's longest run of basketball regional championships was tested but the Tucker County boys reached Charleston for the 15th year in a row. The Mountain Lions erased a double-digit first half deficit to win at Pendleton County 43-40. Marcus Mason's long 3-pointer in the final minute was the difference.

Game #8... The best non-conference road victory for the WVU men's basketball program in over five decades. The Mountaineers used a late 7-0 run to win at 6th-ranked Virginia 66-57.

Game #7... West Virginia needed all 43 of their points to defeat Arizona State in a back-and-forth Cactus Bowl 43-42. In a game ending at 2:30 eastern time, WVU racked up 672 yards of offense with a Skyler Howard to David Sills touchdown connection with two minutes to go.

To the pitch for Game #6... On a snow-covered field and in blustery and frigid conditions, the WVU women's soccer team outlasted UCLA in round three of the NCAA Tournament. The Mountaineers defeated the Bruins 4-2 in penalty kicks after overtime play concluded tied at one. WVU went on to play in the NCAA Championship match.

Lots of state tournament hoop games the rest of the way. At #5... Fairmont Senior defeated Big 10 rival Bridgeport in the state semifinals 48-47. Darhius Nunn led all scorers with 15 points. He also had ten boards, six steals and four assists. The Polar Bears would go on to defeat Poca in the state final.

One day later, we have Game #4... Morgantown's long wait for a boys basketball state title came to an end. It took overtime, but the Mohigans defeated Huntington 65-62 to secure a perfect 27-0 season. MHS came from nine points down with just over six minutes to play.

That win, coupled with Game #3... gave Morgantown a sweep of the hoop state titles. A week earlier, the Mohigan ladies also defeated the Highlanders 61-56 to win their third consecutive crown. Sydney Holloway scored 25 points including nine in the final two and a half minutes.

Game #2... also from championship Saturday at the girls state basketball tournament. Gilmer County ended a 7-year state title run from Huntington Saint Joseph's, defeating the Irish 42-41. The Titans trailed by a dozen at the half but Kylie Shuff scored twenty points as Gilmer collected their first ever girls hoop title.

And finally... the game of the year in local sports. In the Class "AA" state football semifinals, Fairmont Senior dethroned 3-time defending champ Bridgeport 22-21 in double overtime. Trailing by seven in the second OT, the Polar Bears connected on a 41-yard touchdown pass to Bryson Gilbert and then Jake Abbott ran in the decisive 2-point conversion, sending Westside on to the Super 6.