The countdown: Top local sports stories of 2013Published 12:12pm Monday, December 30, 2013
(1) Austin boys basketball takes second at state.
The Packers truly made history in 2013. They went unbeaten in the regular season, they won their second-straight Big Nine title and they took second place in the Class ‘AAA’ state tournament after losing 50-33 to a loaded De LaSalle squad. The Packers also took their fans through a postseason roller coaster ride as they nearly lost at home to Winona in the Section 1A semifinals, and they needed overtime to beat Red Wing and Marshall on their way to the state title game. Austin had a balanced attack throughout the year, as the outside shooting touch of Joe Aase complimented the play-making of Zach Wessels and the inside play of Tom Aase.