It was a year to remember for high school and college sports throughout the area.
West Virginia University's football program had an unusual offseason with entire Bill Stewart-Dana Holgorsen saga. Holgorsen was eventually named new head coach and guided the Mountaineers to a 9-3 record and a share of the Big East title. WVU?will face Clemson in the Orange Bowl on Wednesday.
During the month of February, Elkins and Buckhannon-Upshur both had strong showings at he state swim meet. EHS's Delaney Johnson won two state titles in the 50 and 100 freestyle, while the Lady Bucs' Courtney Miller won the 100-yard backstroke.
Elkins High School football team had a season to remember finishing 8-3 overall and making it to the first round of the playoffs this past season.
In late February, Lewis County's Elijah Hull (152) won a state title at the state wrestling meet.
When the month of March arrived, there were two area teams in both boys and girls basketball that made the trip to Charleston for the state tourney.
On the girls side, Tucker County and Pocahontas County went dancing. The Lady Mountain Lions (17-8) lost to Charleston Catholic in the first round, while the Lady Warriors (21-3) lost to Wheeling Central.
In boys tourney play, Philip Barbour and Tucker County made the trip to the capital. The Colts, who finished 17-8 overall, lost to Oak Hill in the first round, while the Mountain Lions (19-9) lost to state champion Trinity in the semifinals.
In college basketball, the West Virginia men and women's basketball teams both made the NCAA Tournament. The Mountaineers lost to Kentucky (71-63) in the second round, while the Lady Mountaineers lost to Baylor in the same round (82-68).
During the spring at the state track meet, several teams and individuals fared well. In Class AAA, Buckhannon-Upshur won the overall team title. The Lady Bucs' Emily Godwin and Karissa Knabenshue both won individual state titles. Godwin also shared high point honors with Elkins High School's Letitia Propst, who won three events.
Elkins High School's Cam Viney won two state titles and was named high-point champion.
In Class AA, Philip Barbour's Sarah McCauley won two state titles and led her team to a fourth place finish at the state track meet.
In Class A , East Hardy's George Maddox captured two first place finishes, while Josh Parker had one first place finish. Pocahontas County's Tanner Graham also won a state title.
On the baseball diamond, Moorefield advanced to the state baseball tournament and lost in the semifinal round to Wheeling Central.
East Hardy's softball team also had a season to remember and made it to the high school state tournament.
In college baseball, Davis & Elkins baseball team finished 31-16 overall and finished 2-1 overall in the conference tournament.
"Our goal last year was to make it to the conference tournament," Davis & Elkins coach Ron Palmer said. "We were a little disappointed with the outcome and not winning a championship, but we only lost four seniors so we have high expectations for this coming year."
During the summer months, the Elkins 15-year All-Star team won a state title by defeating Harrison County.
Elkins went on to compete in the Ohio Valley Regional Tournament in Kentucky.
The annual Hillbilly Hardball Classic was rained out and saw only a handful on games played.
Elkins Post 29 finished the American Legion season with 37-12 overall record. Post 29 finished state runner-up the past two seasons.
In cross country, Philip Barbour's boys and girls teams won team titles, while the Elkins boys team finished 10th overall.
Philip Barbour's volleyball team made its annual trip to the high school state tournament.
On the football field there were four teams that made the state high school playoffs.
Elkins, which finished 8-3 overall, lost to Hurricane in the first round.
"At the beginning of the year I?never thought we would be in the playoffs," Elkins head coach Greg Hott said. "I?was just hoping for a winning record. But when we were able to start winning some games through the year, we saw that we had a chance for the playoffs and the kids never gave up. Our players really fought until the very end."
In Class A, Moorefield finished 8-4 and lost in the second round to Wheeling Central. Pocahontas County finished 7-4 and bowed out to Wahama in the first round.
East Hardy, which had a undefeated regular season for the first time in school history, lost to Wheeling Central in the state semifinals.
Elkins High School's Alex Baird ended a long drought for his school by advancing to the state high school golf tournament.
In high school soccer, no area teams made it to the state tournament.
Buckhannon-Upshur girls team, however, finished 17-2-1 overall and lost in the sectional tournament to Bridgeport.
In college soccer, Alderson-Broaddus won its first-ever WVIAC conference tournament championship by defeating Davis & Elkins in the title game, 1-0.
The Lady Battlers advanced to East Regional tournament were they lost to Slippery Rock in the first round.