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Top sports moments of 2012: 5-1

Published 8:38am Monday, December 31, 2012

By J.D. Cowart and Ed Bailey

This is the conclusion of the The Outlook’s special look back on the 10 biggest sports stories of the year.
With coaches and resident garnering ultimate honors, a team’s run for the ages and BRHS bringing home a title, part two of what The Outlook has deemed the best sports moments in 2012 should be more than fitting.
5: Brooks wins number 500:
Benjamin Russell baseball head coach Richy Brooks won his 500th game as a coach this year. Brooks has coached the Wildcats for over 20 years.
In honor of his achievement, Brooks received a plaque and a visit from AHSAA director Steve Savarese.
4. O’Neal lands in Hall of Fame
Longtime Reeltown head football coach Jackie O’Neal was already inducted into the AHSAA hall of fame. In addition, the Nix-Webster stadium now includes his name.
O’Neal has coached the Rebels for 25 years, amassing over 200 victories over that stretch. This season, O’Neal coached Reeltown to a region title and the semifinals of the Class 2A state playoffs.
3. Oliver goes into Alabama Sports Hall of Fame
Alex City resident Bill Oliver earned a place in the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. Having played for famed coach Bear Bryant, Oliver earned five national championship rings with the University of Alabama, four as a member of the coaching staff. Oliver currently resides on Lake Martin.
2. CACC baseball wins 18 in a row:
This past season for CACC baseball was a historic one, as at one point, the Trojans peeled off 18 straight wins, setting a new school record. This streak saw the team go perfect during the month of March and climb to third in the NJCAA polls.
1. BRHS wins Class 5A Region 2:
The Wildcats of Benjamin Russell had a magical 2012, going 11-2 and winning the Class 5A Region 2 championship. BRHS started the season 9-0, clinching the region with a 28-24 win over Eufaula.
After a tough loss to Homewood to end the regular season, BRHS advanced to the third round of the playoffs before losing to eventual champion Spanish Fort. BRHS posted two shutouts and held five opponents to single digits.