Another school year has come and gone and, as usual, it was another exciting year in Ohio High school athletics.
In the first of three installments, we take a look at the stories that made headlines in 2007-08 beginning with the fall season.
Another school year has come and gone and, as usual, it was another exciting year in Ohio high school athletics.
High school sports fans in the Buckeye State were treated to record-breaking performances, unlikely upsets, dynasties continued, first-time champions and much, much more.
Here is a look at some of the top stories from Ohio high school sports in 2007-08 beginning with the fall season:
‘X’ Marks The Spot
The Cincinnati St. Xavier football team finished the season a perfect 15-0 and claimed its second Division I state championship in three years. The Bombers topped both the Associated Press state poll and the Ohio High/ONN Power Poll and finished No. 2 in the country in the final ESPN national poll.
The season included marquee wins over Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic in the Ohio vs. USA Challenge, Cleveland Glenville, Louisville (Ky.) Trinity, Lakewood St. Edward, Cleveland St. Ignatius, Cincinnati Moeller, Centerville, Colerain, Dublin Coffman and Mentor in the state title game.
Running back Darius Ashley set the Division I state title game record for rushing with 271 yards on 36 carries and two touchdowns. Ashley is a Louisville recruit.
The 27-0 win over Mentor in the state championship marked only the second shutout in a Division I title game in OHSAA history.
Said Mentor head coach Steve Trivisonno after the game: “What a great football team they are – in all phases of the game. The can run they ball, they can pass the ball and they should be proud of themselves.”
Cardinals Fly High
Colerain finished 12-1 falling to St. Xavier, 29-14, in the regional finals but still finished ranked No. 23 in the country by ESPN.
The Cardinals averaged over 37 points per game last year and allowed just over nine, including three shutouts.
Colerain’s signature win came in the Ohio vs. USA Challenge with a 20-17 overtime win over Hoover (Ala.). It was the third win in as many years for Colerain in the Challenge.
“We like to look at it as we are just the kids and the coaches from the Colerain community against all the national teams and it is pretty special to be 3-0 in it,” said Colerain head coach Tom Bolden. “We take great pride in that and we take great pride in representing Ohio.”
Welcome To The Party
The Cincinnati Anderson Redskins and Sunbury Big Walnut Golden Eagles each claimed their first football titles in school history in Divisions II and III, respectively.
After dropping from Division I to Division II, Anderson finished 13-2 and defeated Louisville 31-25 in the state title game. The championship game was a coming out party for WR/TE Nick Truesdell, who had five catches for 129 yards and touchdowns on Anderson’s first two possessions.
Truesdell (6-7, 215) was offered by Cincinnati soon thereafter and accepted the scholarship.
Big Walnut felt confident going into the season with nine starters returning on defense and few holes to fill on offense. Despite a Week 10 loss to New Albany upending a perfect regular season, Big Walnut (14-1) refocused in the playoffs and rode a 17-10 win over Newark Licking Valley to its first state championship.
Upset For The Ages
Coldwater shocked the Ohio high school football world in December with a 28-27 thrilling victory over heavy favorite Youngstown Cardinal Mooney in the Division IV state championship.
“We came here to win,” Coldwater head coach John Reed said after the game. “You can’t be influenced by what other people are going to think or say. You have to believe in yourself.”
After a dismal first half, Coldwater (14-1) battled back from a 21-7 deficit to score 21 unanswered points to take a 28-21 lead with less than three minutes left in the game. Mooney scored a touchdown with 21 seconds remaining but Coldwater’s Kurt Schlarman blocked the extra point sealing the victory.
Despite being nationally-ranked at the time and boasting recruits going to the likes of Michigan, Penn State, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Ohio State and others, Mooney (14-1) was unable to put away West Central Ohio’s Coldwater in the end.
Coldwater snapped a Mooney 28-game winning streak with the state championship win. Mooney’s previous loss was to Coldwater in the 2005 Division IV state championship – ouch!
Business As Usual
Maria Stein Marion Local and Newark Catholic added to their prestige as small-school football programs last fall.
Marion Local repeated as football state champions and won its fourth title in seven years despite facing the challenge of moving up to Division V. The 20-14 win over Youngstown Ursuline was Tim Goodwin’s 100th career win as head coach at Marion Local (15-0) and the season was the first undefeated campaign for the Flyers since 1971.
Marion Local's perfect season included a 35-14 win over Midwest Athletic Conference rival and Division IV state champion Coldwater.
Newark Catholic earned the distinct honor of moving in to sole possession of second place in all-time football championships with eight. The Greenwave (13-2) bested Bascon Hopewell-Loudon 28-14 in the Division VI state title game to raise the trophy for the first time since 1991.
Big Men On Campus
Mentor quarterback Bart Tanksi received the distinct honor of being named Ohio’s Mr. Football as the top gridder in the state for the season. Tanksi led the Cardinals to back-to-back state runner-up finishes in Division I and was 269-of-338 passing for 3,180 yards and 25 touchdowns with nine interceptions. He also rushed for over 500 yards and eight touchdowns.
Mooney QB/DB Danny McCarthy was named the Huntington Bank/Ohio High player of the year. He was a two-way force for a team that was 14-0 going into D-IV state championship. McCarthy suffered a season ending neck injury in regional semifinal game. He tallied 47 tackles, five interceptions (one for TD) on defense and had 1,219 yards and 15 touchdowns on 154 carries on offense.
McCarthy also threw for 434 yards and six touchdowns and is a Notre Dame recruit.
Building A Program
Mooney head coach P.J. Fecko was selected as the Huntington Bank/Ohio High football coach of the year. In the last four years, Mooney has finished either D-IV state champions or state runner-up under Fecko.
In his first four years at Mooney, the Cardinals were a dismal 18-23.
For Charlotte (N.C.) Independence, the Patriots 109-game winning streak came to a screeching halt at the hands Elder in the Ohio vs. USA Challenge in a 41-34 thrilling overtime match up at the University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium.
The winning streak was the second longest in the country behind Concord (Calif.) De La Salle (151).
The Ohio contingent finished 4-7 in the 2007 Challenge against national football powers.
Sherwood Fairview quarterback Ryan Radcliffe tied the third-place OHSAA record for touchdowns thrown in a game with seven on Aug. 31 against Elmore Woodmore.
Radcliffe is also tied for the first place record for touchdowns thrown in a game with nine against Defiance Ayersville Oct. 20, 2006.
His 64 touchdowns this year puts him at second place all-time for touchdowns in a season. Radcliffe also holds the second place record for touchdowns in a career with 139.
He was named the MVP in the prestigious Ohio North-South Classic in June with 219 yards on 15-of-21 passing and two touchdowns.
Five football players from Ohio were selected and participated in the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio in January, including Cincinnati LaSalle WR DeVier Posey (Ohio State), Cincinnati Elder TE Kyle Rudolph (Notre Dame), Dublin Coffman OL Mike Adams (Ohio State), Dublin Coffman WR/TE Jake Stoneburner (Ohio State), Westerville Central K Ben Buchanan (Ohio State).
Posey earned the Maxwell Award as the top wide receiver in the country and Buchanan earned the same award as the top kicker.
“It really was a surprise,” Buchanan said. “To be nominated for an award like that and to be able to win it just makes the experience that much more great. To be recognized with such a prestigious college award and to be a high school winner is obviously very encouraging and just a blessing.”
Trotwood Madison TE Brandon Moore (Michigan) was a participant in the Under Armour All-American Game.
Mooney teammates and Penn State signees Brandon Beachum and Michael Zordich participated in the Offense-Defense All-American game as did Massillon Washington RB DeVoe Torrence and Trotwood-Madison RB Michael Shaw (Michigan).
Buckeye State’s Best
Ohio was strong in talent on the gridiron and the following is the final rankings of the top players from the Class of 2008 according to Ohio High recruiting editor Duane Long:
1. OL Mike Adams – Dublin Coffman – Ohio State
2. WR DeVier Posey – Cincinnati LaSalle – Ohio State
3. WR/TE Jake Stoneburner – Dublin Coffman – Ohio State
4. ATH Cordale Scott – Cleveland Glenville – Illinois
5. RB DeVoe Torrence – Massillon Washington
6. TE Kyle Rudolph – Cincinnati Elder – Notre Dame
7. DE/LB Nathan Williams – WCH Miami Trace – Ohio State
8. TE Brandon Moore – Trotwood Madison – Michigan
9. S Danny McCarthy – Cardinal Mooney – Notre Dame
10. DE/TE Kevin Koger – Toledo Whitmer – Michigan
The Medina Bees won their first boys state cross country title in Division I after finishing fourth the previous year easily outdistancing themselves from second place Centerville by 76 points.
The Lady Bees of Brecksville-Broadview Heights also won their first cross country state title in Division I edging runner-up Rocky River by a slim margin of five points.
The highest finish in the state cross country meet Brecksville-Broadview Heights was second place in 1981.
Fourth Time’s A Charm
After finishing state runner-up each of the previous three years, the Kettering Alter girls cross country team finally broke through the tape winning the Division II state championship.
Senior Hilary Esselestein was the top finisher for the Lady Knights placing third overall.
Twice As Nice
The Peninsula Woodridge boys cross country team defended its Division II state championship from the previous year and it marked the Bulldogs second state title.
Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas also claimed its second straight boys cross country state title in Division III and fifth overall running past McDonald by 64 points.
The Versailles girls cross country team won its second cross country state title and first since 2003 in the closest small-school race ever. The Tigers edged defending state champion Gates Mills Gilmour Academy by one point and six-time state champ Minster by five.
Leaders Of The Pack
Individual state champions for the boys meet included Medina’s Donny Roys (15:21.83) in Division I, Sandusky Perkins senior Cory Leslie (15.33.47) in Division II and Dayton Christian senior Walter Lutrell (15:34.09) in Division III.
For the girls, Claire Durkin of Worthington Kilbourne claimed the Division I individual title with a 17:10.51 finish. Cleveland Heights Beaumont senior Emily Infeld defended her Division II state title with a 17:30.91 finish and Barnesville junior Stephanie Morgan won the Division III individual title with a 17:26.36.
Best Of The Best
Lutrell and his twin brother John (15:34.09) finished first and second, respectively, in the D-III state race, thus earning the Huntington Bank/Ohio High boys cross country runners of the year. Their photo finish in the Division III cross country final at Scioto Downs will be talked about for years to come.
The Lutrell brothers will compete at Kentucky.
Three weeks after winning the Division I individual cross country state title, Durkin burst on to the national scene in Wisconsin by winning the Foot Locker Midwest Championship, dominating an elite regional field by 41 seconds and breaking a 17-year old course record in the process.
On Dec. 13 in San Diego, Durkin placed fifth in what was her first-ever trip to the Foot Locker national final.
She was the obvious selection for the Huntington Bank/Ohio High girls cross country runner of the year.
After winning Division I boys state golf championship, Dublin Jerome claimed its third state championship in four years (they won the Division II crown in 2004 in the school’s first year of existence).
The Celtics followed up a first-round 316 with a 323 in the final round to win the title with a 639 total, which was 13 strokes ahead of Cincinnati Moeller.
In Division II, Hunting Valley University School overcame a 10-stroke deficit after the first round to defend its championship and capture its fourth title overall. The Preppers, the only school to break 300 in the final round when they shot a 285, had a 580 total to finish 13 strokes ahead of first-day leader Dayton Chaminade-Julienne.
Mac McLaughlin led University School with a 137 total to earn individual medalist honors. He shot a four-under 66 in the final round.
Hilliard Darby senior David Haley, Jr. followed his first round five-over 76 with a 77 in the second round to take medalist honors in Division I for the Panthers. Darby classmate Ethan Tracy tied Jerome’s Siekmann for second place with a 155.
Sugarcreek Garaway boasted both the team and individual golf state championships in Division III.
Garaway stood in fifth place, 14 strokes behind Fremont St. Joseph Central Catholic, after the first day but fired a 322 in the final round to carry it to its second state title in four years.
Junior Kevin Miller, the state runner-up as a freshman, led Garaway and captured medalist honors when he shot a two-over 73 in the final round for a 151 total.
Senior Tyler Gerber was next with a 164.
Braves On The Warpath
Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit followed up a first round 323 with a 326 in the final round, and its 649 total gave it the championship – 13 strokes better than runner-up Mason.
It was the third state golf title for Walsh, moving it into a tie for most girls golf championships with Toledo Notre Dame Academy. The Warriors’ other crowns came in 2001 and 2004.
Senior Erin Misheff had the team’s top score with a 157 total, including a 77 in the final round. Junior Kelly Krusoe was next with a 161 and sophomore Ariel McNair had a 165.
Senior Allie White, an individual qualifier from Lancaster, defended her medalist honors when with a 145.
Best Of The Best
For their performances throughout the season and in the state tournament, McLaughlin and White were named the Huntington Bank/Ohio High golfers of the year.
The Hilliard Davidson football team won its first state championship in the fall of 2006 and the Davidson boys fútbol team took home top honors for the first time in the fall of 2007.
First-half goals by senior midfielders Jon Reasoner and Colby Catlett led Hilliard Davidson (18-2-2) to its first state championship when it defeated Massillon Jackson 2-1.
Cuyahoga Christian Academy and Springfield Central Catholic both won their second boys soccer state championships in Divisions II and III, respectively.
Senior midfielder Danny Thompson scored goals in the 72nd and the 75th minutes to lead No. 2 CVCA (18-1-3) to a 2-0 win over No. 5 Kettering Alter (18-3-2).
CVCA’s other title was in 2004.
Senior midfielder Anthony Canestraro scored a goal in the 86th minute in overtime to lead No. 1 Springfield Catholic Central (20-1-1) to a 2-1 victory over No. 3 Gates Mills Hawken (18-2-2).
Springfield Catholic’s other title was in 2001.
Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown (20-3-1) scored a goal in each half and went on to capture its second state championship when it defeated Hamilton Badin 2-0.
Junior midfielder Merrill Bachouros scored a goal and sophomore midfielder Lani Smith had a goal and an assist to lead the Blazers.
Hathaway Brown, ranked No. 5 in the final state coach’s poll, won its other championship in 2004.
Tenth-ranked Badin (17-6-1) finished second for the second straight year, sixth time overall and was also seeking its second state championship.
Cincinnati St. Ursula Academy (20-1-2) scored a goal in the 75th minute to break a 1-1 tie and outlasted top-ranked Strongsville 2-1 for the Division I state titel. Senior midfielder Tori Huster scored the game-winner after junior forward Alexandra Berry tied the game in the 48th minute.
It was the third state championship for the fourth ranked Bulldogs, which won titles in 1991 and 1993.
Strongsville (18-1-4), which received a goal from senior midfielder Kerri Krawczak in the 38th minute, was seeking its fourth state championship and finished as state runner-up for the second time.
Nick Blevins of Carroll Bloom-Carroll finished his high school soccer carrer as the all-time leader in assists in Ohio with 119 and ranked No. 21 in all-time goals with 104.
Castalia Margaretta's Sabrina Crawford ended her high school career as Ohio's all-time leader in saves with 376.
Best Of The Best
England native Michael Green got his kicks for the Strongsville soccer team for four years and finished his high school career with 16 goals and 13 assists as a senior earning Huntington Bank/Ohio High soccer player of the year honors.
He notched nine goals and six assists as a freshman. During his sophomore year those numbers jumped to 17 and 14. As a junior Green scored 16 goals and assisted on 18 to lead the Mustangs to the state semifinals.
His 49 career goals are tied for second all-time in school history. His 45 assists are first by a wide margin, as is his point total of 143.
Tahnai Annis wrapped up her senior season at Pickerington North this fall by leading the Panthers to the program’s first-ever state semifinal berth and being named the Huntington Bank/Ohio High girls soccer player of the year.
Playing a combination of central midfield and forward, Annis accounted for 18 goals and five assists for 17-3-2 North. The team came one match shy of the state title game, falling 1-0 to eventual state champion St. Ursula Academy on a controversial overtime goal.
Top-ranked Cincinnati Mother of Mercy (28-1) turned the tables on GGCL rival Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame (24-5) when it stopped the No. 3-ranked Cougars, 16-25, 25-12, 26-28, 25-19, 15-11 in the Division I state volleyball championship.
Mount Notre Dame defeated Mercy in last year’s finals in four games.
Senior Missy Harpenau had 27 kills and three players had 20 or more digs to lead the Bobcats.
The two schools split five-game matches during the regular season.
It was the fourth state championship for Mercy, which won its other titles in 1977, 1980 and 1982.
Mount Notre Dame was seeking its sixth state championship and finished as runner-up for the second time.
Two private schools in Division II and III won their first state volleyball championships in school history, respectively.
In Division II, No. 10 Toledo Central Catholic (25-4) captured its first state championship in its third trip to the state tournament when it stopped No. 6 Columbus Hartley (23-6) in the finals, 25-19, 26-24, 25-17.
Senior Ashley Frazier had 15 kills and senior Amanda Gray 19 digs for the Fighting Irish.
Hartley was in the state tournament for the first time.
In Division III, No. 10 Lima Central Catholic (27-2) also won its first championship in its first trip to the state tournament when it defeated No. 16 Albany Alexander (25-4), 25-27, 25-17, 25-15, 25-20.
Junior JoJo Krieg had 18 kills and junior Alexis Diglio 15 digs to lead the Thunderbirds.
Alexander was in the state tournament for the second time after losing in last year’s semifinals.
Huron volleyball star Sarah Sage committed to the prestigious UCLA volleyball program becoming the first player from the Buckeye State to do so.
She chose the Bruins over Ohio State, Minnesota, Penn State, USC, Pepperdine, Michigan and Georgia.
Flyers Fly High
Maria Stein Marion Local won its first volleyball state championship in Division IV as the top-ranked Flyers (28-1) defeated third-ranked and defending champion Norwalk St. Paul (26-3), 25-14, 25-22, 25-16.
Senior Abby Niekamp had 14 kills, senior Megan Barhorst 12 kills and freshman Alyssa Winner 14 digs for the Flyers, which finished as state runner-up in 2002.
St. Paul was seeking its third championship overall and finished as runner-up for the second time.
Nile Whaley-Garrison of Maple Heights earned the OHSAA record for second place for kills in a match with 40 against Twinsburg Oct. 18.
Hannah Haver of Kidron Central Christian tied the fifth place record with 38 kills against Faith Christian Sept. 20.
Tying for tenth place in the record book, Kara Koch had 37 kills for West Salem Northwestern against Creston Norwayne on Aug. 28 and again on Oct. 31 against Gates Mills Gilmour Academy.
Koch also earned the second place record for kills in a season with 583.
Cassie Sowers of Williamsport Westfall finished the season with 565 kills, which is good enough for fourth all-time.
Sowers holds the second place all-time record for kills in a career with 1,622. Koch is third with 1,582.
Whaley Garrison tied the first place record for blocks in a match with 34 against Cleveland St. Joseph's Academy on Oct. 9.
Best Of The Best
Leading Cincinnati Mother of Mercy to its first state volleyball title since 1982, Harpenau, a first team All-Ohio selection, earned Girls Greater Cincinnati League, Southwest Ohio Volleyball Coaches Association and Gatorade (Ohio) player of the year honors.
For that, she was also named the Huntington Bank/Ohio High volleyball player of the year.
In her career at Mercy, Harpenau racked up school records for career kills(1,093) and season kills (458). She also owns the Mercy record for kills in a game (33) set against Mount Notre Dame during the 2007 regular season.
Harpenau is a Cincinnati recruit.
Division I girls tennis belonged to Dublin, Ohio in 2007.
Dublin Coffman junior Kate Turvy defended her championship from 2006 when she defeated Richfield Revere senior Stephanie Danesis in the finals, 6-0, 7-5.
Turvy won the crown last year while attending Dublin Jerome.
Her former teammates claimed the Division I doubles title as Dublin Jerome senior Jessica Easdale and freshman Kathryn Farrar took home the gold medals with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Dayton Chaminade-Julienne junior Katie Pleiman and sophomore Nicci Dresden in the finals. Easdale was on last year’s doubles team that placed third.
Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown’s Dorsey sisters senior Morgan and sophomore Cameron, won the Division II doubles championship when they defeated Lexington seniors Torries Goudy and Courtney Schaub in the finals, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.
Nerves of ‘Steele’
Cincinnati Country Day junior Gabby Steele won the Division II girls singles championship defeating Dayton Oakwood senior Kelsey Haviland in the finals, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Steele placed second in 2005 state tournament and third in 2006.
Haviland was the singles state champ in 2004 as a freshman.
Best Of The Best
Capping off her career with a second straight Division I singles title, Turvy was named the Huntington Bank/Ohio High girls tennis player of the year.
Turvy won every one of the 118 sets she has played in a high school since she fell in the state semifinals as a freshman. Turvy is ranked in the top 50 in her age group in the country.
Center Of Attention
Two Central Ohio schools did battle for the field hockey state championship with Thomas Worthington emerging with a 3-0 win over Columbus Bishop Watterson.
Sophomore Anna Simmons had two goals and an assist to lead Worthington (18-2-1) in the finals. Senior Kelsey Brinkman scored the first goal for the Cardinals, while junior Anna Geissbuhler had two assists.
It was the second state championship for Worthington, which won its other title in 1988. Watterson was seeking its third state championship and finished as runner-up for the second straight year and fourth time overall.
Best Of The Best
For her contributions in leading Worthington to its first state title in 20 years, Brinkman was named the Huntington Bank/Ohio High field hockey player of the year.
In her three years manning central midfield, the North Carolina recruit, Brinkman scored 24 goals and dished out 45 assists, more than half coming in her senior season.
The two-time All-Ohio honoree was named a first-team member of the 2007 National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-American Team. She was the only Ohioan to receive the honor.
Ohio High Cup Standings
For the fifth straight year, Ohio High will present the Ohio High Cup to the school that scores the most points in Ohio High School Athletic Association-sanctioned state championship events.
This competition is patterned after the Directors’ Cup standings for colleges and universities. In the Ohio High Cup competition, schools accumulate points by finishing in the top four at OHSAA-sanctioned state team championships.
Following the fall season, the standings were as follows:
10 – Maria Stein Marion Local (D-V football champions, D-IV volleyball champions).
9-1/2 – Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit (D-I girls soccer semifinalist, D-II boys cross country runner-up, girls golf champions).
8 – Cuyahoga Falls Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy (D-II boys soccer champions, D-II girls cross country runner-up), Kettering Alter (D-II boys soccer runner-up, D-II girls cross country champions).
6-1/2 – Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown (D-II girls soccer champions, field hockey semifinalist), Springfield Catholic Central (D-VI football semifinalist, D-III boys soccer champions).
6 – Brecksville-Broadview Heights (D-I girls cross country champions, D-I boys cross country fourth).
5-1/2 – Rocky River Magnificat (D-I volleyball semifinalist, D-I girls cross country runner-up, girls golf fourth).
5 – Cincinnati Anderson (D-II football champions), Cincinnati Mother of Mercy (D-I volleyball champions), Cincinnati St. Ursula Academy (D-I girls soccer champions), Cincinnati St. Xavier (D-I football champions), Coldwater (D-IV football champions), Dublin Jerome (D-I boys golf champions), Hilliard Davidson (D-I boys soccer champions), Hunting Valley University School (D-II boys golf champions), Lima Central Catholic (D-III volleyball champions), Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas (D-III boys cross country champions), Massillon Jackson (D-I boys soccer runner-up, D-I girls cross country third), Medina (D-I boys cross country champions), Newark Catholic (D-VI football champions), Peninsula Woodridge (D-II boys cross country champions), Sugarcreek Garaway (D-III boys golf champions), Sunbury Big Walnut (D-III football champions), Toledo Central Catholic (D-II volleyball champions), Versailles (D-III cross country champions), Worthington Thomas Worthington (field hockey champions).
4-1/2 – Gates Mills Gilmour Academy (D-III volleyball semifinalist, D-III girls cross country runner-up), Mentor (D-I football runner-up, D-I volleyball semifinalist), Newark Catholic (D-V football runner-up, D-IV volleyball semifinalist).
4 – Youngstown Ursuline (D-VI football runner-up, D-II boys golf fourth).
3 – Albany Alexander (D-III volleyball runner-up), Bascom Hopewell-Loudon (D-VI football runner-up), Centerville (D-I boys cross country runner-up), Cincinnati Moeller (D-I boys golf runner-up), Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame (D-I volleyball runner-up), Columbus Hartley (D-II volleyball runner-up), Columbus Watterson (field hockey runner-up), Dayton Chaminade-Julienne (D-I boys golf runner-up), Gahanna Columbus Academy (D-III boys golf runner-up), Gates Mills Hawken (D-III boys soccer runner-up), Hamilton Badin (D-II girls soccer runner-up), Louisville (D-II football runner-up), Mason (girls golf runner-up), McDonald (D-III boys cross country runner-up), Newark Licking Valley (D-III football runner-up), North Canton Hoover (D-I girls cross country fourth, D-I boys cross country third), Norwalk St. Paul (D-IV volleyball runner-up), Strongsville (D-I girls soccer runner-up), Youngstown Mooney (D-IV football runner-up).
2 – Canal Winchester (D-II boys cross country third), Cleveland Heights Beaumont (D-II girls cross country third), Columbus St. Charles (D-I boys golf third), Minster (D-III girls cross country third), Pepper Pike Orange (D-II boys golf third), Russia (D-III boys cross country third), Sandusky St. Mary Central Catholic (D-III boys golf third), West Chester Lakota West (girls golf third).
1-1/2 – Ada (D-VI football semifinalist), Ashland (D-II football semifinalist), Akron Hoban (D-II girls soccer semifinalist), Burton Berkshire (D-III girls cross country fourth), Brunswick (D-I football semifinalist), Cincinnati Elder (D-I boys soccer semifinalist), Cincinnati Madeira (D-II girls soccer semifinalist), Cincinnati Roger Bacon (D-III volleyball semifinalist), Columbus DeSales (D-II boys soccer semifinalist), Columbus Ready (D-V football semifinalist), Dublin Coffman (D-I football semifinalist), Hamler Patrick Henry (D-V football semifinalist), Jackson Center (D-IV volleyball semifinalist), Kettering Fairmont (field hockey semifinalist), Kidron Central Christian (D-III boys soccer semifinalist), Marion Pleasant (D-IV football semifinalist), Mayfield (D-II football semifinalist), Mentor Lake Catholic (D-III football semifinalist), Mogadore (D-III boys golf fourth), Monroe (D-III football semifinalist), Napoleon (D-II boys soccer semifinalist), Pickerington North (D-I girls soccer semifinalist), Salem (D-II volleyball semifinalist), Sylvania Northview (D-I boys soccer semifinalist), Tipp City Tippecanoe (D-II volleyball semifinalist), Williamsport Westfall (D-III football semifinalist), Worthington Christian (D-III boys soccer semifinalist).
1 – Bellaire St. John Central (D-III boys cross country fourth), Cincinnati St. Xavier (D-I boys golf fourth), Defiance (D-II girls cross country fourth), Uhrichsville Claymont (D-II boys cross country fourth).
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