GLENDALE — This is the first of eight consecutive editions in which the News-Press looks back at the area's 2009-10 seasons, school by school, before looking ahead at the year to come.
The 2009-10 season began with a return to state preeminence in the fall for the Vaqueros women's cross-country team, accompanied by one of the strongest seasons in recent years for Glendale college's men's cross-country program.
In the spring, it was many of the same athletes from those two teams realizing Western State Conference and state glory as part of two successful track and field programs.
Simultaneous to and between those considerable achievements, numerous teams bearing the Vaqueros colors gave their all on the courts, courses and fields of play, with some doing well and others struggling.
Whether it was a thrilling buzzer-beater finish, a walk-off hit or a rousing rally against the odds, the year that was for Glendale college was anything but uneventful.