Now that the final days of 2011 are winding down, it's a good time to take a look back at some of the top storylines of 2011. Here's our favorite 10...
10. Thrilling golf showdown
At the D-II state tournament, Jaime Waltmire birdied the final hole to force a playoff, which he ultimately won to claim top honors at state. His victory helped his Canyon del Oro team win a state title as well.
9. Jahii Carson's roller coaster season
Carson's Mesa team advanced to the state semifinals thanks to his 32 point per game average. Carson scored 58 in the semis, but his team fell to Brophy Prep. Carson went on to Arizona State but was ruled ineligible by the NCAA.
8. Hamilton's streak ends
The Hamilton football team had assembled the nation's longest active winning streak at 53 games, but that run was snapped in the Division I state championship game as the Huskies fell to Desert Ridge.
7. Cron nets state HR record
Mountain Pointe's Kevin Cron set Arizona home run records with 24 in a season and 57 over a career, batting over .500 in the process. Cron was drafted No. 92 overall by the Seattle Mariners but opted to attend TCU instead.
6. Sunnyside wrestling reigns again
The Sunnyside wrestling program won its 14th consecutive state championship, led by four-time state champ Kory DeBerry. This year's reign will be a little tougher, though; Kory graduated, and his father, coach Bobby DeBerry, stepped down.
5. Brophy opens as nation's No. 2 soccer team
The Brophy Prep soccer team opened its winter season ranked No. 2 behind Montverde Academy (Fla.) thanks to a talented group of players led by junior Riggs Lennon. Brophy is currently No. 13 behind in-state rival Chaparral (No. 10).
4. Chaparral football steamrolls to title
Chaparral opened the year as the nation's No. 11 team in the POWERADE FAB 50 but dropped after a tough early-season loss to Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas). Despite the slow start, cover subjects Davonte' Neal and Connor Brewer led the Firebirds to a Division 2 state title.
3. Brophy keeps rolling
Another year, another state title for Brophy Prep. The Broncos captured their 24th consecutive state title in November, led by stellar senior Chris Webb — who was later named the Swimmer of the Year by The Arizona Republic.
2. Montoya's stellar XC campaign
Cibola junior Bernie Montoya won his second straight state championship, then showed the rest of the nation he was a force to be reckoned with when he finished 12th at Nike Cross Nationals.
1. Jahn breaks state rushing record
Northwest Christian senior Casey Jahn spent four years marching toward the state record book. In early October, he got it. Jahn broke the record of 6,506 with his final run of the night. Jahn led Northwest Christian to the Division V state finals.
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