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Sporting events sometimes can transcend the playing field and can unite communities. In 2011, David Lang and the East Ridge football team overcame the death of Braedon Hyland to beat rival Park.

Sports Year in Review 2011: An emotional year

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Sporting events sometimes can transcend the playing field and can unite communities.

In 2011, friends and family members shed tears of joy, of sadness, and of heartbreak.

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Over the past year, historic sporting events were won and lost, new leaders were welcomed, high schoolers became college students and moved on - and some said goodbye far too soon.

For many of the area's sports faithful, 2011 will not soon be forgotten. For a select few, moments from the past 365 days will last an entire lifetime.

Here's a look back at some of the most notable events in area sports from 2011.

Check back over the next few days to see the full Year in Review, which is also in the Jan. 4 issue of the Bulletin

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