2013 belonged to the underdogs and the historians as area athletes and their teams achieved milestones against adverse odds. At the professional level, after 20 years, the Pirates qualified for post-season play. Though they failed to win the pennant, falling to the St. Louis Cardinals, they were rewarded for their 94-win campaign, the franchise’s first winning season since 1992, when Andrew McCutchen claimed MVP honors and Clint Hurdle garnered National League Manager of the Year recognition. At the local level, scholastic squads provided the drama as several achieved the pinnacle despite the naysayers and others marked success for the first time. Here’s a look back on the top 10 sports stories making The Almanac headlines this past year.