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Unforgettable year in local, Bay Area sports

  • Cardinal Newman's Corey Hammell looks to make a pass during the boys CIF State Division IV basketball championship held at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento on March 23, 2013. (Scott Manchester / The Press Democrat)

It was a full and exciting year in Redwood Empire and Northern California sports.

From the 49ers falling just shy in the Super Bowl, to the Cardinal Newman boys' run to the state championship basketball game, to Petaluma falling a win shy of the American Legion baseball title, 2013 was a thrill. And, let's not forget the Warriors' emergence as an NBA phenomenon.

Here's a look at the top sports moments in the Redwood Empire and the Bay Area.

JANUARY

Redwood Empire — Lenny Wagner takes over as new head football coach and interim athletic director at SRJC.

Analy defeats Healdsburg in a tight SCL boys basketball game to assert its dominance in league.

Host Windsor wins its King of the Mat wrestling tournament with gold medals in six of 14 weight classes.

Cardinal Newman holds off Montgomery 52-48 in a grueling NBL boys basketball showdown at SRJC.

Bay Area — Colin Kaepernick's 444 yards of total offense in the divisional playoff game vs. Green Bay vaults 49ers to NFC Championship.

49ers rally from 17-point deficit to beat Atlanta 28-24 in NFC Championship to earn first Super Bowl trip in 18 years.


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