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December 30, 2012

Top 10 Sports Stories of 2012

SUNBURY — In the grand scheme of things, people are typically most comfortable in their own little corner of the world. We pick up the newspaper — or smartphone or tablet — to read what happened down the street or in the next town.

But occasionally the big world sneaks into our little corner of the world here in the Susquehanna Valley. That was the case when the sports staff at The Daily Item got together to select the 10 biggest sports stories of 2012.

In balloting of five staff members, the top two stories had a big-time feel with Southern Columbia graduate Henry Hynoski’s appearance in the Super Bowl edging out Keli Smith Puzo’s return trip to the Olympics with the U.S. Women’s field hockey team for the top spot.

There is also plenty of local flair as well, from PIAA wrestling champions to an historic soccer season at Susquehanna and the conclusion of a long win streak in girls track & field.

So here are The Daily Item’s top 10 sports stories of 2012:

1 On the same field where his NFL career was seemingly derailed before it even started, Henry Hynoski’s childhood dream became a reality in early February.

One of the greatest prep football players in Pennsylvania history, Hynoski, a Southern Columbia graduate, helped the New York Giants rally past the favored New England Patriots for a 21-17 victory Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.

The undrafted free agent out of Pittsburgh had a strong performance in the world’s biggest football game. He caught a pair of passes, both for first downs. But his biggest play came late in the third quarter when the Giants were trailing. Following a catch by teammate Hakeem Nicks, the ball was knocked loose and Hynoski recovered the fumble, which eventually led to a field goal as New York rallied from a 17-12 deficit to win.

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