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.
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.
Warriors forward David Lee has Golden State's first All-Star Game appearance since 1997.
Redwood Empire — Sonoma State grad Larry Allen is elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Cardinal Newman stretches NBL boys basketball lead to two games with 57-54 win against Montgomery.
Windsor retains NCS dual team wrestling title.
Bay Area — Stymied with a first-and-goal in the closing minutes, the 49ers lose Super Bowl XLVII to the Baltimore Ravens 34-31.
Redwood Empire — Rincon Valley Christian vanquishes playoff nemesis Ferndale to win NCS Division 6 boys basketball championship.
Cardinal Newman boys seeded No. 1 in Division 4 in CIF tournament and advance to state final with 73-66 win against Riordan.
Montgomery High School names athletic director Dean Haskins to replace longtime football coach Jason Franci.
Sonoma Raceway media relations manager John Cardinale passes away after battle with stomach cancer.
Cardinal Newman falls to Pacific Hills 58-52 in CIF Division 4 boys basketball final.
Bay Area — 49ers acquire wide receiver Anquan Boldin via trade from the Baltimore Ravens.
49ers trade quarterback Alex Smith to Kansas City.
Redwood Empire — Casa Grande graduate Josh Akognon signs with Dallas Mavericks to become first Sonoma County native to play in NBA.
Petaluma softball team asserts in dominance of SCL with 3-1 win against Sonoma Valley behind Dana Thomsen.
Casa Grande baseball team strengthens hold on NBL lead with 1-0 victory against Montgomery, the Gauchos' seventh consecutive one-run win.
Bay Area — Barry Zito pitches Giants to 1-0 victory against St. Louis Cardinals in home opener.
Warriors finish sixth in Western Conference and draw third-seeded Denver Nuggets in first round of playoffs.
49ers draft LSU safety Eric Reid in the first round of the NFL draft. Raiders pick Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden.
Redwood Empire — Casa Grande's baseball team sees its 21-game winning streak end in 4-2 loss to Cardinal Newman, but Gauchos remain in control of NBL.
SRJC defeats San Joaquin Delta to earn spot in CCCAA state baseball tournament.