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  • Two at the Top in 2012

    For the first time, voting on the year's top story ends in a deadlock, with Kyle Singler and the South Medford girls basketball team sharing the honor
  • Our year-end ranking of top stories might just as well be called the Kyle Singler Report.
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      OTHER MEMORABLE STORIES
      Phoenix wrestler Eleazar De Luca wins third straight state title.

      Youth swimming, with Aaron Ghiglieri and Breanna Sapienza winning state.

      Youth golf, led by Kevin Murphy and Dylan Wu.

      Oregon Tech men's basketball coach Danny Miles wins NAIA title.

      North Medford football coach Mike Mitchell is hired.

      Southern Oregon University wrestling has three national champs, places second.

      North Medford boys basketball places third at state.

      Cascade Christian football finishes second in state.

      Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie

      Max King and Marci Klimek win Pear Blossom runs

      Western Oregon football player Bryce Peila

      Alex Young leads Phoenix to second in state basketball, goes on to play at UC Irvine

      Former Phoenix wrestler Nick Amuchastegui second in nation for Stanford

      San Francisco 49ers draft ex-North Medford player Jason Slowey
  • Our year-end ranking of top stories might just as well be called the Kyle Singler Report.
    For the fifth time in the past seven years, the South Medford/Duke/Real Madrid/Detroit basketball player tops our list as the best sports story of the year.
    Only last year, when North Medford had its football woes, and in 2009, when stories weren't numerically ranked, did he not have a big "No. 1" next to his name. He was second a year ago and would likely have been a contender for the top story in '09.
    Singler's year began with him in Spain, having chosen to play professionally overseas as the NBA worked through its work stoppage that began in 2011, when he was a second-round draft pick of the Detroit Pistons.
    The 6-foot-8, 230-pound forward helped Real Madrid to the Euroleague championship series in the spring. His team fell to FC Barcelona Regal in a deciding Game 5.
    The Pistons kept close tabs on his progress and watched him in person as the Euro season wound down.
    They liked what they saw, signing the 33rd overall pick of the previous year's draft to a three-year, $3.1 million guaranteed contract during the team's five-game Summer League in July.
    "They were really impressed with what I did in Spain, they said it was uncharted," said Singler. "They never really saw a rookie come into Europe and play well so that was different, and they thought that playing in Europe and coming from a school like Duke with a lot of structure helped me develop as a basketball player more than just coming from college to the NBA."
    Singler was expected to be a role player in his rookie season, coming off the bench to help in whatever manner his versatile skill set called for.
    He did that for eight games — all losses as the Pistons began the season in a tailspin — then moved into the starting lineup at shooting guard. In Game 9, he had 16 points and four rebounds in leading the Pistons to their first victory, 94-76, at Philadelphia.
    Detroit is 10-14 with Singer in the starting lineup. He's averaging 8.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and one assist per game.
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