The Top 15 Sports Stories of 2017

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BRIDGEPORT, W.VA (WDTV) - #15 - Former Glenville State Pioneer Kim Stephens led her alma mater to the MEC regular season title. The 27-year-old did so as a rookie head coach.

#14 - Will Grier was as good as advertised. The Florida transfer was named the Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year after tossing 34 touchdowns in just over ten games. He averaged 317 yards a game through the air.

#13 - "The U" goes 10-0. University High posted the only the only perfect regular season in the area. That included Fairmont Senior's lone loss prior to the Super 6.

#12 - Those same Polar Bears found their way to the state championship game for the second year in a row. Westside went 12-2, falling to Bluefield in the title game... 29-26.

#11 - Philip Barbour defended their state volleyball championship once again with a 4-set victory over Winfield. PB claimed their fourth state crown and third in a row.

#10 - An entire class has come through Bridgeport knowing nothing but state titles. The Indian baseball team won their fourth consecutive state crown, rolling over Weir in the final. BHS now owns six state championships.

#9 - WVU reinforced their status as the nation's top rifle program. The Mountaineers won the NCAA-best 19th national championship and fifth in a row.

#8 - For the second time in three years... Bob Huggins and company returned to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament. Victories over Bucknell and Notre Dame paved the way to the Sweet 16, where the Mountaineers fell by just three points to eventual national runner-up Gonzaga.

#7 - The WVU ladies claimed their first Big 12 Tournament title, defeating third-seeded Oklahoma, second-seeded Texas and top-seeded Baylor along the way.

#6 - In an amazing single-season turnaround, the Philip Barbour football team won eight games and qualified for the state playoffs under new head coach Russ Collett. The Colts did so after going just 1-31 in their previous 32 games.

#5 - After 21 years of waiting, the WVU baseball team returned to the NCAA Tournament. Randy Mazey's club won 36 games and defeated Maryland twice in the regionals before falling in the tournament final to Wake Forest.

#4 - After years of close calls, the West Virginia Wesleyan softball team broke through into the Division 2 national tournament. The Bobcats finished third in the NCAA's and their 1-0 win over West Florida gave head coach Steve Warner his 1,000th victory.

#3 - After losing their previous three games at the state level, Notre Dame went 3-for-3 in Charleston to claim their first SSAC boys basketball state title. The Irish defeated Gilmer County, Wheeling Central and Ravenswood en route to the championship.

#2 - Fairmont State played their way to the NCAA men's basketball championship game. The Falcons won a program-best 34 games before falling to Northwest Missouri State in the final.

#1 - And finally, the story of the year in local sports, Fairmont Senior made it a clean sweep of the Class "AA" state basketball championships. The ladies went 22-4 under Corey Hines en route to their second title. Dave Retton guided the boys to title number-7 and going 25-3.