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Sierra Sun top 10 stories of 2009: No. 6 – State champs

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Sun File PhotoThe 2009 Truckee High School football team won the Nevada 3A championship in November , capping a 12-0 season.

TRUCKEE/TAHOE, Calif. – We would prefer to look at 2009 with one eye closed. For a brief time, the region saw the economy dip down to levels not seen since the late 80s, and optimism dip even further. During that volatility, the stress on us as a region was evident. We fought and filed lawsuits, we packed our bags and left, and much of our community was pointing fingers about the future of the school district.

Frankly, it wasn’t much fun, which is why we’d prefer just to move on and forget most of it. Yet, that would be too easy. Between the bad news headlines and tragedies did lay a bit of silver lining. Those in the region who survived 2009 – however you define that – will walk into 2010 with a resolve and a confidence unparalleled in most of our lifetimes.

The evidence is clear. Development on the horizon is beginning to employ more workers. Early snowfall propelled the region to the top of the resort world for the 2009 Christmas holiday week, and the school district is beginning to refocus itself away from the politics and back to the classroom. But we don’t have to remind our readers how far we still have to go, and the volume of challenges we have to overcome to protect our region and our quality of life.

So, to 2009 and all its bittersweet memories, we bid you adieu and thank you for the whipping. And when you finally go, please don’t let the door hit you on the way out, and definitely don’t look back.

The best rhetorical question of 2009 was, “What didn’t Truckee win?” This fall, the football team went undefeated – and unchallenged – finishing a perfect season with a Nevada 3A state championship. The girls soccer and volleyball teams also won their respective state championships.

But the Wolverines weren’t alone. Over in Incline Village, Katie Wright won her fourth straight individual golf state championship – a feat accomplished only once before in Nevada’s history – and the boys soccer team swept the 3A en route to a state championship.

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The timing could not have been better. For a second, our students did something our school board members could not – provide a reason for everyone to stop, celebrate and recognize that through all the politicking, our students were accomplishing some amazing things. And for that, all we can say is thank you.