· Andy Lopez getting the Wildcat baseball team to within one game of its second straight College World Series.
· Lonnie Tvrdy leading Pusch Ridge Christian to the 2A State championship in girls basketball.
· Mike Candrea bouncing back from personal tragedy to lead a less-talented-than-usual UA softball squad into the NCAA Softball World Series.
· Pete Fajardo leading the Salpointe girls basketball team to its third straight trip to the 5A Final Four (this one without Sybil Dosty).
· Lute Olson guiding what could have easily been a knucklehead squad to within one minute of another Final Four. Despite those last few minutes of the Illinois game, Olson lived up to his Hall of Fame status.
· Vern Friedli taking an undersized, undermanned Amphi football team to the state playoffs for the 25th time in 29 years.