Bringing out the best

Daily Reporter staff reports

Sports seasons don’t get more entertaining than the one Hancock County experienced this school year.

In the year that was, fans witnessed school and state records falling at unprecedented rates, championship aspirations become reality and droughts wash away in victory.

Student-athletes from Eastern Hancock, New Palestine, Mt. Vernon and Greenfield-Central all distinguished themselves with outstanding team and individual achievements.

During the next four editions, the Daily Reporter sports staff is going to give readers a chance to relive those memories with our annual Sports Photos of the Year and Best in Show for 2014-15.

Up first, Daily Reporter photographer Tom Russo is turning back the clock and taking readers behind the lens to catch a glimpse of his perspective on the year in sports.

Russo has picked through his selects and is revealing his favorite photos — including some images never before published.

Leading up the Fourth of July, the Daily Reporter is highlighting the spectacular, the heartbreaking and the unexpected in consecutive editions Friday and Saturday.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, sports editor Rich Torres and sportswriter Jim Ayello are announcing their Best in Show, with special recognition going out to the top individuals, best teams and elite county coaches.

Who is the Best Male and Female Athlete for 2014-15? Which sports programs will be named this year’s top performer? Who scored the Best Upset, and which school can claim this year’s Breakout Athlete?

Find out as we unveil the winners.

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Coming Soon

Thursday: Photos of the Year, Part I

• Daily Reporter photographer Tom Russo unveils his favorite photos from the 2014-15 school year. Russo has perused through it all from high school sports to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Find never-before-seen images and a few more from Russo’s vault.

Friday: Photos of the Year, Part II

• One day isn’t enough to share all the memories and thrilling sports moments captured this past school year. Russo has been there for the heartbreak, elation and those wacky rain delays. Get the rest of the best on Day 2.

Tuesday: Best in Show, Part I

• It’s time to dish out some recognition. Daily Reporter sports editor Rich Torres and sportswriter Jim Ayello take readers back and announce the best. We’re detailing our Best Male Athlete, Best Female Team and more.

Wednesday, Best in Show, Part II

• The distinctions continue on Day 2 as the Daily Reporter sports staff announces its Best Breakout Performance, Best Female Athlete, Best Boys Coach and a few more surprises.