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Published: Tuesday, December 25, 2012, 12:00 am

Top Prep Sports Stories of 2012

<< Previous | Next >> Mark Mulligan / The Herald

The Marysville Pilchuck football team came into the 2012 season with high hopes. With a returning quarterback behind center and a stud sophomore running back, the Tommies knew their move down to 3A could mean big things. Big things indeed. MP had just one loss -- to Lake Stevens -- through the first seven weeks of the regular season to set up a showdown with Oak Harbor for the Wesco 3A North title. In the game, MP came from 18 points down in the final quarter to top the Wildcats 47-39. After a tough loss to Glacier Peak in the Wesco 3A championship game, MP beat Mountain View in the quad-districts and Timberline in the first round of the state playoffs to make it to the quarterfinals for the first time since 1989. Despite a tough loss to eventual state final participant Eastside Catholic in the quarterfinals, MP's season was one to remember, including a 1,000-yard passer (Jake Luton) and a 2,000-yard rusher (Austin Joyner). Go to the next item.

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