GLENDALE — This is the second 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.
After somewhat of a down year across the board in 2008-09, the area's small schools reaffirmed some of their proudest traditions of athletic success and began to write some new ones.
Renaissance Academy boys' basketball returned from a season with no playoffs to once again finish among the top teams in its division and make its second semifinal contest in three years.
Holy Family volleyball made it back to the playoffs, as did the girls' basketball and boys' volleyball teams from Glendale Adventist Academy.
Meanwhile, programs like the Holy Family softball and track and field teams experienced a revival, with the former making a playoff appearance and the latter sharing its first league title in 18 years.