December 24, 2012
Longtime cross country coach Phil Williams receives a plaque from 1991 state champion runner Jason Hagg at Williams' retirement ceremony earlier this month.
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From a record-breaking soccer season to a career milestone on the basketball court and the end of a 38-year coaching era, the Tonganoxie sports scene was hardly short on memories in 2012. Success came early and often for numerous Chieftain teams, many of which reached new heights and enjoyed unprecedented success. Here are the top sports stories of the year, as voted on earlier this month by Mirror readers: