There are far too many moments, memories and milestones to count on just one hand from this past sports year. From state titles to Super Bowl victories and everything in between, 2012 has been one of the more entertaining and exciting years the North Shore sports world has seen.
With all the accomplishments this year and the accolades that go along with them, here’s a look at the top 10 stories that captured our attention in 2012:
DANVERS BOYS WIN FIRST STATE BASKETBALL TITLE: The Falcons finished with the best record (21-4) in program history and capped it off with a 59-41 win over St. Joseph Central of Pittsfield for the Division 3 state title in March.
Down by double digits with approximately two minutes left in its North semifinal contest against Wayland, Danvers pulled off a miraculous come-from-behind, overtime victory to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Falcons received contributions from up and down the bench throughout the tournament, but it was senior George Merry’s 23-point performance against Wayland that caught people’s attention. The 6-foot-8 Merry became one of the main focal points on the team, averaging 18.2 points and more than 10 boards in the five postseason games.
BOXFORD’S CHRIS KREIDER TURNS PRO WITH NEW YORK RANGERS:Chris Kreider went straight from winning an NCAA championship at Boston College to the NHL playoffs with the New York Rangers.
At BC, he led the team in scoring with 23 goals and 45 points in 44 games, before joining the Rangers in the playoffs that same season. In April, Kreider signed a three-year, entry-level contract with New York.
As a rookie with the Rangers, Kreider’s first two NHL goals were game-winners, never having scored in the regular season.The 21-year-old made history again as he ended the 2012 playoffs with five goals, an NHL record for most playoff goals without having played a regular season game.