History was made on Monday, April 8 as No. 1 seed Virginia posted an 85-77 overtime victory over No. 3 Texas Tech to win the school’s first National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I men’s basketball championship.

And while the Cavaliers celebrated at midcourt — as the one team out of 68 that reigned supreme — locally, one man — or actually two — out of 29 participants likely pumped their fists at the conclusion of the national championship game by virtue of their finishes in the Courier Publications/VillageSoup Bracket Challenge.

The winner was Tyler Southard who, as Courier Publications/VillageSoup’s chief meteorologist makes a living predicting the weather, was one of two participants who predicted Virginia would win the national championship.

Southard racked up 128 points to claim first-place honors.

However, as an employee of Courier Publications/VillageSoup, Southard is ineligible to collect the grand prize, a year's subscription to one of the company's two websites: knox.villagesoup.com or waldo.villagesoup.com.

Thus, the second-place finisher, Harold Meservey, originally from Belfast, who now lives in Taylor, Az., is the grand prize winner.

Meservey also picked Virginia to win the national title and amassed 110 points.

Of the other pickers in the sports department, sports assistant Holly Vanorse-Spicer finished seventh with 80 points, sports director Ken Waltz 12th with 75 points and sports reporter Zack Miller 14th with 71 points. Vanorse-Spicer and Waltz picked Duke to win the national title and Miller selected Arizona.

Associate sports director Mark Haskell, in embarrassing fashion, finished 27th among 29 participants with 57 points.

Haskell, who also picked North Carolina to win the national championship, admits “mistakes were made” and promises to watch more college basketball next season.

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.