GRAFTON, Mass. - In 2012, Grafton became the town of champions: the Grafton High School girls softball team became state champs and the football team followed up by capturing the Grafton's first Super Bowl trophy since 1986.
That's two trophies for the brand new Grafton High School. There are worse ways to christen a new trophy case.
The ladies in green took on all comers in the spring, defeating Western Mass. champs Hampshire Regional, 3-2, in the semi-final for a shot at a trophy shaped like the state of Massachusetts.
How hard fought was their Worcester State University match against Abington High with the state championship on the line? The final score was 1-0, a feat which prompted ESPN to name pitcher Kendal Roy to its All-State Softball team.
One last coda: Grafton's winning season also brought scholarships to two of its standout players, Ali Page and Tara Faford, who signed their letters of intent in November.
When the football season started in the fall, the Grafton Indians quickly became known for their crushing defensive play. They even managed to beat Millbury at Thanksgiving, something not accomplished for 12 years.
With a win over Lunenburg in the playoffs -- Coach Mike Ross' 100th career win -- Grafton headed for its first Super Bowl since 1989. On a snowy field at Fitchburg State University, the Indians shut out Northbridge High to win the Division 4 Super Bowl, 21-4.
The Grafton Daily Voice is tallying the top 10 stories of 2012 this week.