Members of the Darton State College men’s soccer team celebrate after a late goal locked up the Region XVII title for the second year in a row on its home field. Darton, which was unbeaten and ranked No. 1 for the entire season, eventually lost a game, but it wasn’t until the NJCAA national semifinals.
Joe Sakulpolphaisan became the best junior college golfer in the nation, and the Darton State College men’s soccer team became almost unbeatable.
And it didn’t stop there for the Darton athletic program, which found success in nearly every program in 2012.
The men’s soccer team, which was ranked No. 1 in the nation for the entire regular season, put together its first perfect season in history before losing in the national semifinals, while the women’s soccer team rebounded from a rough start to win the Region XVII title to make a deep run at nationals.
The men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs, the men’s and women’s cross country teams and the men’s golf team also won region titles.
Sakulpolphaisan, who is now staring at Mississippi State, was ranked No. 1 in the country for much of the season and finished tied for 11th at nationals with teammate Shad Tuten, good enough for a pair of All-American Honorable Mentions.
Anna Macht was the No.1-ranked junior college women’s swimmer in the nation in the 400-yard individual medley and won a national championship in the event to become the first female swimmer to win a national swimming title at Darton since 2008.
And that’s why Darton State College’s banner athletic year is The Herald’s
No. 8 sports story of 2012.