> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
It was an eventful 2012 in Southern Indiana, led by the horrible tornado disaster in early March.
The sports world had a ton of huge stories, as well — from state championships to record-breaking seasons to another year of soccer success.
Here’s a breakdown of the year’s top 10 sports stories in Clark and Floyd Counties:
1. Providence boys’ basketball makes return trip to the Final 4. For the second time in six years, Providence’s boys’ basketball team reach an elite level — the Class 2A Final 4. The Pioneers rode a nine-game winning streak into the tournament. After whipping Eastern in the opening round, Providence upset city rival Clarksville, which had beaten the Pioneers earlier in the season, 64-52 in the Paoli Sectional second round. After beating Crawford County to win its second sectional crown in six years, Providence blasted North Decatur 56-29 in the opening round of the Southridge Regional then captured its second regional crown in school history by beating Eastern Greene, 46-43. The Pioneers’ run came to an end at the Southport Semi-state at the hands of Park Tudor and All-American Yogi Ferrell, 62-49.
2. Providence has more soccer success. A year after the Providence girls won the Class A soccer championship in 2011 — the first state title in school history — the Pioneers experienced more success in 2012. The girls continued to dominate the Class A field with a return trip to the state finals, where they fell to Mishawaka Marian, 2-0. The Providence boys won their first regional title ever with a 2-0 win over Lawrenceburg. The Pioneers then defeated Evansville Mater Dei 3-2 in the semi-state opener before falling to Covenant Christian 2-1 just one step short of joining the girls at the state finals.
3. Charlestown breaks records, wins sectional. It was an unforgettable season for the 2012 Charlestown football team. The Pirates outscored their first 12 opponents 720-89, including a 62-10 win over Brownstown Central for their first sectional title since 1996. Charlestown led Gibson Southern 49-14 in the first half of the regional but was outscored 43-0 the rest of the way to come up short of their first regional crown since 1989.