We'll officially close the book on 2017 when the clock strikes midnight Sunday.

As always, the past 365 days gave us our fair share of memorable moments on the high school sports scene.

There are some teams, some games, some moments, and some people that we simply won't forget.

Here's a look back at some of the best of the best from 2017:

Best girls team: The Destrehan girls basketball team not only won the Class 5A state championship, but they also went undefeated (35-0) in doing it. Cara Ursin, now at Baylor, won every honor there was to win after leading the Wildcats to their first state championship.

Best boys team: The John Curtis baseball team. From the leadoff batter to the No. 9 hole, you won't find many lineups as potent as the won that the Division I state championship. It was the Patriots' first state title in a boys sport since moving up to play in the LHSAA classification with the largest enrollment. It probably won't be the last. They lost just one starter off that team so don't be shocked to find them in this very same spot this time next year.

Runner-up goes to the Holy Cross wrestling team, which ended Brother Martin's 5-year run as Division I state champs.

Coach of the year: Paul Kelly, De La Salle

Kelly didn't have any superstars on his team. As he often said ... "We're not the tallest. We're not the thickest. We're not the most athletic. ..."We're the smartest and if we're ready to compete, we can be difficult to beat." And they were as they captured the Division II state championship, ending the school's 31-year title drought. The Cavaliers won their final 16 games to claim the school's first state title since 1986.

Feel good story of the year: Lakeshore football

Show of hands everyone who predicted Lakeshore would be playing in the Superdome the first weekend in December?

Nope, me either.

There were people who didn't even know where Lakeshore was this time last year. They do now. Coach Craig Jones, with plenty of help from prolific quarterback Chris Penton, guided the Titans to a perfect regular season. They made the trip across the causeway to the Dome for the Class 4A title game, where they fell to mighty Karr, which won back-to-back titles for the first time in school history.

Girls Game of the Year: Country Day vs. McGehee

It took all five sets to decide the Division V volleyball state championship in an all-New Orleans area showdown. The Cajuns prevailed 25-23, 25-18, 23-25, 23-25, 15-11 to win their eighth state title in the past nine years.

Boys Game of the Year: Scotlandville vs. Brother Martin basketball

The Crusaders gave favorite Scotlandville everything they wanted in the Division I state championship game and almost pulled off the upset. But Ja' Vonte Smart and the Hornets pulled it out late for a 53-52 victory.

Best single game performance: Jordan Loving.

It came in a losing effort, but the Riverside quarterback threw for 545 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-34 loss to Rummel.

Best season: Anthony "Pooka" Williams. The Hahnville running back could have gotten this just for the numbers he put up in the playoffs. For the season, he rushed for 3,128 yards and 37 rushing touchdowns and led the Tigers to the Class 5A state championship game.

It was a memorable season in what proved to be a memorable year.

2018, you're up next.

Happy New Year...

Follow Rod Walker on Twitter, @rwalkeradvocate.