In a season full of champions, no team quite dominated the competition the way the Walton football team did. The Warriors defeated every opponent by at least 34 points and gave section four a state champion for the fifth straight year.
Walton's Drew Hammond says, "We talked about it before the year started, that we wanted to win a state title. We came together as a team this year so much from the first week of practice. If we want to do this, we got to set our minds to it and hopefully we can come out on top and we did."
But Walton's win only capped off a trophy-filled Autumn. Three weeks ago, the Newark Valley boys cross country team captured the school's first ever state championship. The Cardinals rode top-10 finishes by Jamie Vavra and Joe Blazey to victory.
"It's the best feeling ever to know that those hard days of waking up in the summer at like 6 o'clock to go out and run and then run again later. It's all worth it."
The championships continued last weekend. First it was Marathon's field hockey team winning its second straight Class "C" crown with a 1-0 overtime win.
"Indescribable, I don't know, It's so overwhelming and we really deserve this. It was such a great year."
The next day, the Vestal boys soccer team brought home state glory with a come-from-behind 4 to 2 win for the school's first soccer title since 1985.
"We've played together forever, since we were four. We're friends even outside of soccer we hang out together so to just win it with all these guys, senior year, it's incredible."
Not to be outdone, Ithaca's swim team captured five first place finishes at the state meet including a 1-2 finish by twins Lindsey and Lauren Norberg in 100 breaststroke.
Five champions in five different sports helped make it a season to remember for the area's athletes and fans. Justin Horowitz, Action Sports.