FROM STAFF REPORTS
Aurora -- An appearance in the Division I boys soccer state Final 4 and a four-week run in the Division II football playoffs highlighted sports activities at Aurora High School in 2012.
The varsity boys soccer team posted a 16-4-3 record, one of the program's best seasons in history, before losing to Sylvania Southview 1-0 in the state semifinals.
Tournament victories included 1-0 over Walsh Jesuit, Hudson and Lakewood St. Edward, 2-0 over Solon and 5-2 over Massillon Jackson.
The squad finished second in the Chagrin Valley Conference standings.
The Greenmen gridders captured the Division II Region 5 championship for the second straight year after beating New Philadelphia 35-32, Kent Roosevelt 27-13 and Chardon 34-14. They lost to Toledo Central Catholic 20-13 in the state semifinals.
Also in fall sports, the boys golf team advanced to the Division I state tournament and placed eighth. Senior Andrew Hinton carded the seventh best score among the 72 competitors.
The girls tennis team captured its fourth straight CVC championship. However, after two straight state tourney appearance, Maddie Gilley failed to make it to Columbus.
The girls soccer team posted a fine 12-5-2 record, including nine shutouts in 2012. It defeated St. Vincent-St. Mary and Revere 1-0, then lost to Walsh Jesuit 5-0.
The spring 2012 season produced CVC titles in softball (23-6 overall), baseball (19-6) and boys tennis (19-1). The baseballers won all 10 CVC Chagrin Division games.
The softballers, under new coach Michaela Minner, defeated Austintown Fitch, Boardman, Walsh Jesuit, Hudson and Stow in the postseason before losing to Medina 6-0 in the regional tournament. It was the first time the program advanced to the regional.
Meanwhile, senior Jessica Baker advanced to the state track meet for the third straight year and placed 11th.
The winter 2012-13 season did not see any Greenmen teams win CVC crowns, but it did see one athlete -- George Bollas -- make it to the Division II state tournament in wrestling. Although he did not place in the tourney, he finished the season with a 36-6 record.
One controversy that developed in Aurora High School sports in 2012 was the Board of Education decision not to offer a supplemental contract to longtime varsity baseball coach George Snider after his team won the CVC title and had one of its best ever years.
Despite getting support from dozens of local parents and players, the Board in September decided to award a supplemental contract to Tim Deering to coach in 2013.
One coach who stepped down in 2012 was varsity boys basketball mentor Brian Force. He was replaced by Jim Wallish.