Staff Writer

Jacob Calvin Meyer works as a staff writer for both The Almanac and the Observer-Reporter, where he covers news and sports. Jacob, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, graduated from Waynesburg University with a bachelor's degree in journalism.

The different high school sports seasons go by in a flash.

Football season quickly turns to basketball and wrestling seasons, and the winter ends right as baseball, softball and track and field begins. Before we know it, the summer is here.

During the year, we don’t have the time to take a step back and realize how incredible some of the moments we witnessed truly were.

Well, over the next four weeks, that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

Starting today, we are launching the 2018 Best Moments in High School Sports bracket tournament. But instead of the O-R sports staff determining what the best moment was from 2017-18, we are asking for your help.

What moment do you, the reader, think was the best? Was it Jefferson-Morgan’s Gavin Teasdale winning his fourth state wrestling title? Or was it West Greene softball winning its second straight PIAA crown?

What about a single-game accomplishment, like Chartiers-Houston girls basketball player Alexa Williamson scoring 51 points in the state playoffs? Or a career milestone like Trinity’s Joey Koroly eclipsing 4,000 rushing yards in football and scoring 1,000 points in basketball?

We determined the 16 best moments of the year. Now, it’s up to you.

The voting, at moments, for the first-round begins today and ends at 6 p.m. Saturday. We will publish the results in next Sunday’s newspaper. The quarterfinals, semifinals and finals will each run by the same weekly schedule, with the winner being announced Aug. 5.

For the first three rounds, every voter will be entered into a contest to win four tickets to a Washington Wild Things game and four guest admission passes to the Heinz History Center.

At the end of the tournament, each voter will be entered a contest to win a $50 Amazon gift card as the grand prize.

First-round matchups

See what people are talking about at The Community Table!

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