When it comes to Hudson High School's success, it has been a common theme for its athletic teams to really shine during the fall season.

Thanks mainly to the success of the football, cross country, golf, soccer and tennis teams, 2016 was no exception.

The winter season, on the other hand, didn't have quite as many juggernauts lurking in the 44236 area code.

Nonetheless, the Explorers' and Lady Explorers' wells weren't exactly dry either.

Yes, the basketball teams suffered losing seasons and no Hudson wrestler qualified for the state competition.

However, Hudson still raised plenty of havoc when it came to high school athletics.

The top squad was the Hudson gymnastics team.

The Lady Explorers capped a marvelous season with a fourth-place finish at the state competition earlier this month.

Hudson has been no stranger to the state meet over the years thanks to its endless supply of otherworldly gymnasts.

But this season may have been the Lady Explorers' most challenging season in recent memory.

Hudson, which did not qualify for the 2016 state competition, saw its top gymnast suffer a back injury that kept her out for a large portion of the season.

The Lady Explorers also had just seven gymnasts on the squad and it seemed like they had one disastrous event in just about every meet.

To make matters even more complicated, Hudson simply couldn't figure out the vault for much of the season.

Fortunately, everything turned out quite well for the Lady Explorer ladies in leos when it was all said and done.

Hudson started to get things under control during the postseason.

Still, though, the Lady Explorers were haunted by their psychological issues, which made things quite hectic for their psyches.

But Hudson showed its mental toughness when adversity was on the verge of becoming overwhelming.

The Lady Explorers wound up grabbing the last qualifying spots at both the sectional and district competitions.

And when it came to the state meet earlier this month at Hilliard Bradley High School, the Hudson gymnasts showed just how formidable they could be when they put it all together.

The Lady Explorers scored a season-high 139.9 points at the state competition and flourished in all four events.

There was some icing on the cake for the Hudson gymnasts, too.

Senior Macy Lori, who missed all of last season and then spent most of this season on the shelf thanks to a back injury, made an amazing comeback to qualify for the state meet as an individual.

Like her teammates, Lori saved her best for last.

Despite waiting an eternity since she was the last gymnast to perform, Lori finished fourth at the state meet with a season-high score of 9.25 on the balance beam.

The Lady Explorer gymnasts weren't the only athletes who shined on the grandest stage of all.

Several members of the Hudson girls and boys swimming and diving teams also advanced to the Division I state meet.

The Lady Explorers finished in the top 10 for the sixth year in a row after placing seventh last month.

Freshman sensation Paige McCormick led the way by capturing third in the 500-yard freestyle and seventh in the 200 individual medley.

The boys, who did not score a single point at the 2016 state meet, returned to its rightful place among the elite this winter.

Hudson captured 14th despite having a plethora of new swimmers. And this is something to think about: The future looks extremely promising.

That's because all of Hudson's state qualifiers are expected to return next season.

The ice hockey team fell a little short of reaching the state level.

But boy, what a season it was for the Explorers on the ice.

They finished 24-7-1 and reached the Sweet Sixteen for just the third time in school history.

By the way, Hudson's 2016-17 win total is a school record.

The Explorers didn't get anyone to Columbus on the mats, but they concluded the season with a 13-6 record.

The boys bowling team also had a winning season (7-4) and although the boys and girls basketball squads didn't have stellar records, both hoop teams got a taste of victory in sectional play.

All in all, it's safe to say it was a pretty decent season for high school athletes in the 44236 area code.

It might be wise to keep your eyes open when the sun shines more often and the flowers start to bloom.

Rumor has it that Hudson may have quite a few juggernauts on the prowl during the spring.

Stay tuned.

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