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Top Stories 2012: Briarcliff Sports

The Briarcliff baseball team won the Section 1 Class B title for the second straight year.
The Briarcliff baseball team won the Section 1 Class B title for the second straight year. Photo Credit: Andrew Meola
Madeline Zimmerman led a contingent of Briarcliff track and field athletes to the state championships.
Madeline Zimmerman led a contingent of Briarcliff track and field athletes to the state championships. Photo Credit: Danny LoPriore
Briarcliff Manor's Bill Stopera, center, lines up his shot during the 2012 USA Curling National Championship in Aston, Pa. Stopera and his teammates won gold at the event.
Briarcliff Manor's Bill Stopera, center, lines up his shot during the 2012 USA Curling National Championship in Aston, Pa. Stopera and his teammates won gold at the event. Photo Credit: Bill Stopera

BRIARCLIFF, N.Y. - As 2012 draws to an end, The Briarcliff Daily Voice is looking back at some of the top sports stories of the year .

The Briarcliff High School continued a two-year dominance of Section 1 Class B baseball by winning a second straight title and advancing to the state final for the second year.

The Bears, who were 23-6 overall following a 20-7 record in 2011, blanked Keio 5-0 behindĀ  pitcher Paul Henshaw to win in the Section 1 Class B Championship game. The team rode the momentum to the state final for the second straight year.

In June, the Briarcliff spring track and field team sent six of its athletes to the New York State Public Schools Track and Field Championships. Madeline Zimmerman qualified for the state meet in the long jump, triple jump and 4x400 meter relay events along with relay runners Samantha Kirsch, Rebecca Bianco and Sharon Luan. Middle distance Sophie Feuer and Stephan Shine also qualified.

Bill Stopera of Briarcliff Manor distinguished himself in curling in February's 2012 USA Curling National Championships in Aston, Pa. by winning a gold medal. With the first place finish and undefeated run, Stopera and his Team McCormick secured a qualifying spot for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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