2012 Best of Issaquah-Sammamish Sports | Year in Review

The Reporter takes a look back at the year that was in sports and recreation.

The more things change, the more they stay the same on the Issaquah-Sammamish sports and recreation scene.

2012 brought more championships, inspirational stories and once again made student-athletes and local residents into heroes.

From a quarterback considered the best in the nation to a pair of high school friends who trekked the continent by foot and a blind man who is redefining the look of an active lifestyle, Issaquah and Sammamish were full of memorable moments during the past year and the Reporter takes a look back.

Male Athlete of the Year- Max Browne, Skyline

The Skyline senior cemented his place in program history with a second straight state title and national player of the year honors from a handful of outlets, including Gatorade, after throwing for more than 4,500 yards and 49 touchdowns against only five interceptions.

The most prolific passer in state history is headed to USC to continue his career and education with the Trojans after leading his team to a 14-0 record.

Rest of the best: Ed Kim, Eastlake; Matt Sinatro, Skyline; Trey Reynolds, Eastside Catholic

Female Athlete of the Year- Audrey Thomas, Issaquah

Thomas was named 4A KingCo conference player of the year for the second straight season and took her team all the way to the state title game with 16 goals and 11 assists on the year.

Rest of the best: Kendra Morrison, Eastlake; Haley Smith, Skyline

Inspirational Story of the Year- Out of Tragedy

Ian Crouch and Tyler White, friends and teammates on the Skyline wrestling team, will be forever connected after both of their mothers were diagnosed with cancer.

Even in tragedy, the two families and the wrestling program they dedicated countless hours to helped ease the pain.

Team of the Year- Ben and Cooper Lane

When Ben Lane, a longtime Captain with Eastside Fire & Rescue found out his young son Cooper had inflammatory bowel disease, he knew he wanted to bring awareness and help as many children as possible.

He did that and more with Team Challenge, an organization he joined to help raise money for kids like Cooper, and raised $1,200 while running the Boston Marathon.

Rest of the best: Issaquah boys lacrosse; Issaquah girls soccer; Eastside Catholic football; Skyline football; Eastside Catholic baseball; Issaquah girls soccer; Skyline volleyball; Issaquah boys swim and dive