When I took over Aurora sports during the summer, I had a hunch I would be covering some quality teams.
Let's just say I wasn't proven wrong.
It was quite a successful fall season for the Greenmen and Lady Greenmen.
Six squads finished with winning records and two teams represented Aurora at the state tournament.
Leading the way was the boys soccer squad.
The Greenmen's fabulous season came to an end with a 2-1 loss to Bay Village Bay in the Division II state semifinals Nov. 8 at Strongsville High School's Pat Catan Stadium.
Aurora finished 14-4-4 in 2017 and reached the Final Four for the first time since 2012.
The Greenmen also captured their first-ever Suburban League American Conference championship.
Aurora certainly earned it.
The Greenmen defeated Revere, which was ranked No. 1 in the Division II state poll at the time, and earned a draw with Copley, which reached Division I regional play this fall.
Aurora continued its giant-killing ways in the postseason.
The Greenmen sent state powers Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy and Revere home in district play before dispatching another state-ranked squad, Warren Howland, in the Sweet Sixteen.
Aurora also thrashed Gates Mills Hawken in a regional title game. By the way, the Hawks have reached the Final Four a handful of times in their storied history.
The Greenmen featured 12 seniors, including talented forward Cade Huffman, who returned to the pitch after an eight-year absence.
The Aurora boys cross country team also had a representative at the state competition.
In 2016, Robert Taylor's season ended at a district meet.
The junior extended his season two more weeks in 2017.
Taylor, the Greenmen's top runner throughout the season, finished 64th at the Division I state meet in Hebron.
The Aurora girls cross country team also has a bright future.
Sophomore Karsen Zabell concluded a stellar season with a trip to the regional competition.
Unfortunately for her teammates, they just missed joining her at the Boardman regional. The Lady Greenmen finished sixth at a district meet. The top five teams advanced.
And how about a shout-out to the Greenmen football team.
Aurora continued to boggle just about everyone's minds with its ridiculously long run of success.
The Greenmen reached the playoffs for the 13th consecutive year.
This season may have been the most challenging to date.
Aurora lost its first three games and was 2-4 at one point.
However, the Greenmen ended the regular season on a four-game winning streak and snuck into the playoffs as an eighth seed.
Aurora wound up losing to Canfield in the opening round of the postseason.
Nonetheless, considering its difficult start and all of the injuries it faced throughout the fall, 2017 was still a year to remember for the Greenmen on the gridiron.
The Lady Greenmen tennis team finished 12-6 overall and second in the American Conference.
The Aurora boys golf team finished 9-4-1 overall and had a district qualifier in senior Michael Avalon.
The Lady Greenmen finished 8-5-5 on the pitch and the Aurora girls golfers had a strong finish to post a 7-6 overall record.
It was a tough season for the Lady Greenmen volleyball team. However, they managed to pick up a postseason win and reach a Division I sectional title match.
All in all, it was a pretty good season for Aurora athletics. And it certainly was a blast to cover the Greenmen and Lady Greenmen during the fall.
Congrats to all of the teams on their success and I'm looking forward to seeing that success continue in the winter.