Boys Basketball Team of the Decade: Who tops the list? Who doesn’t?


Akron SVSM was tabbed the overall team of the decade – no surprise. (Photo by Nick Falzerano)

This decade is almost over and with that we wrap it by
announcing the boys basketball Team of the Decade for 1999-2000 to 2008-2009.
We’ve taken into consideration district titles, regional championships, state
finals and state titles. Who came out on top? And who won each division? We

Years: 1999-2000 to 2008-2009

We know that teams
switch divisions and that is fine, which is why we have a winner for
each division and an overall points champion.

Here is the way we broke it down since we didn’t want to just give our opinion not based on facts.

1 point- District Champion
2 points- Regional Finals
3 points- Regional Champion
4 points- State Finals
5 points- State Champion

In case of a tie, we broke the tie with the team owning the most state
championships in the decade. If we still have a tie, then we will go
state finals, regional championships, and so on.

**Credentials to be the winner of a division or the overall champion the team must have won at least one state championship.

was a decade of dominance for the Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s Fighting
Irish, which is why it is no surprise that school is our team of the

The Irish started out the 21st
Century with back-to-back state championship in D-3 led by the “Fab 5”
of LeBron James, Dru Joyce, Sian Cotton, Willie McGee, and later Romeo
Travis. The group along with Maverick Carter, John Taylor, Aly
Samabaly, and Chad Mraz dominated D-III earning a collective record of
(53-1) over the two-year span with its only loss coming to Oak Hill
Academy (VA) in 2001.

The Irish took up step to D-II in
2001-2002 and were heavy favorites to win a third consecutive state
championship, but Cincinnati Roger Bacon had other ideas and pulled the
upset. Nonetheless, the Irish finished runner-up. SVSM would come
roaring back the following year not only winning the state title but
the mythical national championship as well.

The LBJ Era
came to an end, but the wins certainly did not. The Irish, in 2004,
were two points away from most likely claiming gold. Akron lost to
eventual state champion Ottawa-Glandorf in the regional final by just
two points.

In ’05, SVSM made it back to the regional
final but this time lost to another eventual state champ in Upper
Sandusky. The following year was another trip to the state tournament
before losing to Dayton Dunbar in the semis.

2007 and
2008 were rare years for the Irish, they were losers in the district
final to Akron Kenmore by two points in double overtime and the
following year to Akron Hoban by one.

Though, the Green
capped off the decade the way they started with one more state
championship. Led by seniors Daylen Harrison and Michael Hammonds along
with a host of underclassmen the Irish once again held the gold trophy
high in the air at the conclusion of the 2008-2009 season.

With a team loaded with youngsters, there is no reason to believe SVSM won’t be in the thick of things for years to come.

Look for the Irish: (4) state championships, (1) state runner-up, (6)
regional championships, (2) regional runner-ups, and (2) district

Overall Final Results:

Akron SVSM (31)

Canton McKinley (18)

Cincinnati St. Xavier (18)

Columbus Brookhaven (16)

Toledo St. John’s (16)

Cincinnati North College Hill (16)

Cleveland VASJ (16)

Ottawa-Glandorf (15)

Kettering Alter (14)

Holgate (14)

Dayton Dunbar (13)

Cincinnati Moeller (13)

Lakewood St. Edward’s (13)

Poland (12)

In D-I, we did end with a tie. Canton McKinley and Cincinnati St.Xavier
both earned 18 points, but McKinley owned the tie-breaker with two
state championships to the Bombers one.

Final results:
Canton McKinley (18)
Cincinnati St.Xavier (18)
Columbus Brookhaven (16)
Toledo St.John’s (16)
Lakewood St.Edward’s (14)
Cincinnati Moeller (13)

Decade State Champions:
2000- Cincinnati St.Xavier
2001- Cleveland St.Ignatius
2002- Columbus Brookhaven
2003- Cincinnati Moeller
2004- Hamilton
2005- Canton McKinley
2006- Canton McKinley
2007- Cincinnati Moeller
2008- Newark
2009- Columbus Northland


it started with Lebron James and the Akron St.Vincent-St.Mary’s
Fighting Irish being upset in 2002 but going on to win two state
championships after that loss.

Final results:
Akron SVSM (21)
Kettering Alter (14)
Dayton Dunbar (13)
Poland (12)
Warrensville Heights (10)
Wooster Triway (10)
Roger Bacon (9)
Upper Sandusky (9)
Ottawa-Glandorf (9)
Columbus DeSales (9)
Columbus Beechcroft (9)
Chillicothe (8)
Cambridge (8)

Decade State Champions:
2000- Warrensville Heights
2001- Kettering Alter
2002- Cincinnati Roger Bacon
2003- Akron SVSM
2004- Ottawa-Glandorf
2005- Upper Sandusky
2006- Dayton Dunbar
2007- Dayton Dunbar
2008- Chillicothe
2009- Akron SVSM


Cincinnati North College Hill made a late push with three state
titles in a row from 2005-2007, while Akron SVSM won two golds in just
two years in D-3 and VASJ was a measure of consistency throughout the
10-year span.

Final results:
Cincinnati North College (16)
Cleveland VASJ (16)
Archbold (11)
Akron SVSM (10)
Garaway (10)
Wheelersburg (9)
Versailles (9)
Cleveland CC (8)
Loudonville (8)

Decade State Champions:
2000- Akron SVSM
2001- Akron SVSM
2002- Clear Fork
2003- Reading
2004- St.Henry
2005- Cincinnati NCH
2006- Cincinnati NCH
2007- Cincinnati NCH
2008- Ottawa-Glandorf
2009- Cleveland CC


there were a plethora of teams near equal but Holgate’s state
championship and consistency over the decade was enough to take the

Final results:
Holgate (14)
South Webster (11)
Marion Local (11)
Lutheran East (11)
Worthington Christian (11)
Delphos St.John’s (9)
Lockland (9)

Decade State Champions:
2000- Fort Jennings
2001- Tipp City Bethel
2002- Delphos St.John’s
2003- Marion Local
2004- Holgate
2005- Lutheran East
2006- South Webster
2007- Georgetown
2008- New Knoxville
2009- Oak Hill

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