It’s nearing the end of 2010 and it’s time again for our annual look
back at Ohio’s Top 50 High School Sports Stories of the Year. As usual it’s been an extremely successful and memorable 12 months.
National championships, state records, once in a lifetime
performances…it’s all here. And here’s how they rank.
It’s nearing the end of 2010 and it’s time again for our annual look back at Ohio’s Top 50 High School Sports Stories of the Year.
As usual it’s been an extremely successful and memorable 12 months. National championships, state records, once in a lifetime performances…it’s all here. And here’s how they rank.
Today we begin the countdown with 15 stories that didn’t make the Top 50 but need to be recognized. Every day after this we’ll release five more stories until we culminate with the release of the Top 5 on New Year’s Eve.
Let’s get started…
HONORABLE MENTION (15 Others):
Rifle comes 12 inches shy of state discus record: Toledo St. John’s senior and Michigan recruit Cody Rifle came just a foot short of tying the all-time state discus record (set by Akron Ellet’s Charles Moye in 1987) with a heave of 203-5 at the Toledo City League championships on May 14. Riffle’s 66-1 effort in the shot put was also a TCL record. Rifle threw a PR of 68-7.75 in the shot at the D-I state meet.
Harvest Prep caps run with comeback wins and a girls basketball title: Canal Winchester Harvest Prep won its first girls basketball state title by showing the uncanny ability to rally from staggering deficits. The Warriors trailed Fort Loramie by 18 points with less than three minutes to play in the third quarter of their D-IV state semifinal before rallying for an astonishing 49-46 win on March 19 at the Schottenstein Center. A day later Harvest Prep stormed back from a nine-point deficit to beat Berlin Hiland 45-41 in the D-IV final.
Vinton County-Gallia Academy baseball game takes unlikely turn – to say the least: In the D-II Chillicothe District on May 10, No. 6 seed Vinton County was two outs away from upsetting No. 3 seed Gallia Academy by run-rule. In the fifth inning, the Vikings were up 13-2 and got the first batter out. The next 21 crossed the plate. No joke. Flipping the script entirely, Gallia rallied to shock Vinton County with a 23-13 run-rule win itself. The game ended when Gallia Academy’s John Troester hit a grand slam to give Gallia a 10-run lead. The Blue Devils sent 22 batters to the plate in the fifth inning.
Hillsdale wins sixth softball state title: Two first-inning runs were all No. 10 Jeromesville Hillsdale needed to get by No. 4 West Liberty-Salem 2-1 for its sixth state championship on June 5 in the D-III state final at Firestone Stadium in Akron. Hillsdale senior Carly West led off the game with the first of her two hits and was knocked in by sophomore Jenn Moore’s triple an out later. Moore scored on a fielding error to give the Falcons the 2-0 advantage. Those runs held up thanks to senior pitcher Adrienne Young’s complete-game three-hitter. Young, who finished the season 19-1, struck out eight and gave up only one run in the sixth. Hillsdale’s six state championships tie the Falcons for third all-time for most state softball championships. West Liberty-Salem, in its second state tournament appearance, was looking for its first state title and finished 27-4. Hillsdale improved to 29-5.
Fort Loramie shuts out Newark Catholic again for state baseball title: In a rematch of the 2007 D-IV state final won by Fort Loramie 4-0, the ninth-ranked Redskins again shutout Newark Catholic 3-0 to claim their second state title on June 5 in the D-IV state baseball championship at Huntington Park in Columbus. The story of this game, as it was for much of the year for Fort Loramie, was pitching. Coming in with an ERA of 0.70 and 12 victories, senior pitcher Justin Hoying kept Newark Catholic hitters off balance all day, giving up only a first-inning single en route to Fort Loramie’s ninth shutout of the season. Hoying struck out four and did not allow a Green Wave base runner to reach third base the entire game. Newark Catholic, in its 11th state tournament appearance, was denied its seventh state championship. The Green Wave were trying to become the second team in state tournament history to win a state title with a losing record. Newark Catholic finished 15-20. Fort Loramie was 30-3.
Alter’s 35-game GCL football win streak snapped: Chaminade Julienne had dropped its last five games to archrival Alter and the Eagles entered this year’s game 3-6. So what. CJ finally pulled out a close game and snapped Alter’s 35-game Greater Catholic League winning streak with a 13-6 victory on Oct. 29. The Eagles lost five games this year by a combined 20 points. The six points was Alter’s lowest offensive output since a 13-3 loss to Springfield Shawnee in the 2005 playoffs.
Bucyrus Wynford Win Streak Reaches 48: The Royals extended the state’s longest regular season high school football winning streak to 48 games with a 47-14 win over Ontario in Week 10 (Oct. 29). The Royals last regular season loss was to Sycamore Mohawk on Oct. 1, 2006. Wynford lost its D-VI, Region 21 opener to Dalton.
Massillon Jackson caps unlikely run with D-I boys basketball state title: Massillon Jackson used a 16-0 run to open the second half to distance itself from Cincinnati Moeller and gain a 57-34 victory in the D-I boys basketball state championship on March 27 at the Schottenstein Center. It marks the first state basketball title for Jackson and the school’s first team title in any sport. Up five at half, the Polar Bears (25-2) outscored the Crusaders 24-5 in the third quarter to pull away. Jackson held Moeller to 25-percent shooting from the floor and a season-low 34 points. On the other end of the floor, Jackson was nearly flawless in the second half, shooting just under 70-percent.
McComb’s Hanes sets state receiving TD record: Despite the fact that his team fell 56-20 to Delphos St. John’s in the D-VI Region 22 final on Nov. 19 at Findlay’s Donnell Stadium, McComb’s Taylor Hanes set a state record for receiving TDs in a season when he snared No. 30 from QB Andrew Dee in the first quarter. Hanes finished the game with seven catches for 135 yards.
Hunting Valley University School repeats as D-II swim champs: In the second year for the boys D-II state swimming tournament, Hunting Valley University School walked away from C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton with a second state title after collecting 298 points. The Preppers took first in three events: the 200 medley relay, the 500 freestyle and 100 breaststroke.
Dayton Carroll wins second D-II boys soccer title in three years: Senior forward Carl Petkoff’s goal in the 75th minute proved to be the deciding factor as Dayton Carroll (19-2-2) defeated Richfield Revere 3-2 to capture the D-II boys state soccer title Nov. 12 at Columbus Crew Stadium. The Patriots took a 1-0 lead into the locker room at halftime, with a goal scored in the 25th minute by sophomore Zach Zwiesler. Another goal by senior Justin Chu in the 55th minute gave Carroll a two-goal lead, one that could not be surmounted by the Minutemen. The victory marks Carroll’s third state title in school history and the second in three years. The Patriots also won D-II in 2008.
Dayton Oakwood wins second straight D-II boys golf title: The Lumberjacks held off Hunting Valley University School to repeat as the D-II boys golf champions on Oct. 16 at OSU’s Scarlet course (Par 71, 7,043 yards). The Lumberjacks collected their third state championship in their 26th appearance. Oakwood shot a two-day total of 656, topping University School by two strokes. Oakwood sophomore Corey Weckerling fired a one under second day 70 to help first-day individual leader senior Adam Bogdan and their teammates win the title.
Kenton Ridge repeats as boys bowling state champion: Kenton Ridge won its second straight boys bowling state title on March 5 at Shawnee lanes in Chillicothe. The Cougars beat Warren Harding in the final pairing. Kenton Ridge placed three bowlers among the top 16.
Archbold ends Patrick Henry’s Northwest Ohio Athletic League football title streak at eight: Led by the senior pass and catch combo of QB Garrett Morton and WR Desmond Sleigh, Archbold snapped Patrick Henry’s 27-game regular season win streak and aligned itself to end the Patriots eight-year hold on the Northwest Ohio Athletic League title with a 35-14 win on Oct. 15. Morton completed 23-of-36 passes for 369 yards and five TDs. Four of those scoring strikes went to Sleigh who caught nine passes for 211 yards. The next two weeks the Blue Streaks beat Wauseon (21-7) and Liberty Center (35-0) to win their first league title since 1990 and deny Patrick Henry their ninth in a row.
Newton claims state softball title: Despite not being considered a favorite entering the postseason and unranked in the final state poll, Pleasant Hill Newton Local scored five runs in the first two innings to down defending champion Strasburg-Franklin 5-0 and claim the school’s first state title in any sport on June 5 in the D-IV state softball final at Firestone Stadium in Akron. Newton Local was making its third state tournament appearance and finished the season 27-5. Strasburg-Franklin was making its 11th state tournament appearance and was searching for its sixth state championship.
* OHSAA Reports contributed to this series
Dec. 21: Honorable Mention (Nos. 65-51)
Dec. 22: Nos. 50-46
Dec. 23: Nos. 45-41
Dec. 24: Nos. 40-36
Dec. 25: Nos. 35-31
Dec. 26: Nos. 30-26
Dec. 27: Nos. 25-21
Dec. 28: Nos. 20-16
Dec. 29: Nos. 15-11
Dec. 30: Nos. 10-6
Dec. 31: Nos. 5-1