8News Daily Poll: What’s the top local sports story from 2015?

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — 2015 was a year for new beginnings and sad departures for the sports scene here in Richmond and the entire state.

We mourned the loss of one of the greatest athletes to come from our area, Petersburg native Moses Malone, the first player ever to be drafted out of high school who went on to lead a Hall of Fame career in the NBA.

Frank Beamer’s retirement announcement in early November garnered national attention but hit especially close to home here in Virginia.

Here in Richmond, VCU basketball fans were devastated to hear that Shaka Smart, who built VCU’s men’s basketball team into a perennial NCAA tournament contender, was leaving for Texas. Smart made the announcement in April.

One of the most beloved players in VCU basketball history, Briante Weber, saw his season end early due to injury last winter, but rebounded to get signed by the NBA’s Miami Heat. That came after he watched his Rams capture the A-10 title.

The most improbable championship run for all any level of local athletics, Virginia Cavaliers baseball. The Wahoos won the 2015 College World Series, two games to one over Vanderbilt, claiming the baseball program’s first national championship.

*We are working on updating our poll. If you wish to vote for UVA baseball, either vote for the UR-JMU College Gameday or visit wric.com later this afternoon*

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