2010 Year in Review: Nos. 50-46

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Ohio’s Top 50 High School Sports Stories from 2010

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. Today we continue the countdown by releasing stories 50-46. 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. Here’s what ranks where…


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 continue the countdown by releasing stories 50-46. 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.

Nos. 50-46:

50. Gilmour Academy wins fifth golf title; Two tie for individual title: Gates Mills Gilmour Academy claimed its fifth state golf championship and two golfers tied atop the leaderboard for the individual title for the first time since 1999 at the D-III boys state golf tournament Oct. 16 at NorthStar Golf Resort in Sunbury. One stroke separated Sugarcreek Garaway junior Ryan Troyer from Gilmour Academy senior Alex Andrews entering the second day of the tournament after Andrews shot an even-par 72 and Troyer was one-over at 73 on the first day. The pair flipped scores on the final day with Troyer firing the 72 and Andrews carding a 73, giving both a two-day total of 145. Per tournament rules, the two were crowned co-champions. It marked the first time since 1999 that 36 holes weren’t enough to determine one champion. Troyer finished fifth as a sophomore in 2009 and fourth as a freshman in 2008, while Andrews joins a short list of 15 other golfers in Ohio history with more than one individual golf title. Andrews was the defending individual champion after winning the title in 2009. Andrews, along with sophomore teammate Andrew Bieber, who finished fourth with a 152, led Gilmour Academy to its fifth state golf championship with a team score of 634. The Lancers, who were making their 20th tournament appearance, claimed four consecutive titles from 1991 to 1994. The closest team to Gilmour was Toledo Ottawa Hills, which won the runner-up trophy with a 656 team score.

49. The Central Catholic League wins two football state titles: Although three leagues/conferences sent two teams to the state football finals, only the Central Catholic League walked away with two titles. Columbus Watterson followed Hartley’s D-IV title on Dec. 3 with a D-III championship of its own a day later. The Eagles beat Akron Buchtel 13-12 at Paul Brown Stadium. The Midwest Athletic Conference went 1-1 (Delphos St. John’s won D-VI, Coldwater was runner-up in D-V), and the Greater Western Ohio Conference was 0-2 (Wayne lost to St. Edward in D-I and Trotwood-Madison lost the D-II final to Maple Heights).

48. New Lebanon Dixie football records first winning season since 1983: On Oct. 15, Dixie beat Milton-Union 30-6 for arguably the program’s biggest win in three decades. The victory didn’t propel the Greyhounds to a league title or playoff berth but it secured them their first winning season in 27 years and five Presidencies. The last time Dixie won six games or more was 1983, when it tied Valley View for the Southwestern Buckeye League title. The Greyhounds, who went 5-5 the last two years, finished the season 7-3.

47. Pendleton family’s string of discus state titles snapped at six: Pressure is something every athlete faces at the state track and field championships. The pressure Carly Pendleton faced June 4, though, was an entirely different animal. A junior at Elmore Woodmore, Pendleton was trying to secure the seventh straight state title in the Division III discus for her family. Her oldest sister Emily won four D-III discus titles from 2004-07 and is the only athlete in state history – boys or girls – to win a field event four times. Her older sister Erin won the last two state titles in the event in 2008-09. Carly didn’t extend the string. She finished second. And it took a personal record throw from her opponent to beat her. McDonald senior Joh’Vonnie Mosley, whose previous best was 145-8, uncorked a school record 151-4 in the finals to beat Pendleton whose farthest throw was 147-6. Pendleton was embraced by her sisters afterwards. On May 8, Carly recorded a PR of 155-4 at the Oak Harbor Invitational. That mark ranked fourth nationally this spring.

46. Canton McKinley survives Toledo Waite for first girls basketball title: Canton McKinley held off a second-half Toledo Waite rally to top the Indians 49-47 and capture the Lady Pups’ first state championship at the D-I girls state basketball tournament on March 20 at the Schottenstein Center. It was a furious finish. With the score tied 47-47 with 15 seconds left in the game, Canton McKinley junior Laneisha Lennon sank a free throw to give the Lady Pups a one point advantage. Sophomore Ameryst Alston extended the lead to two points with another free throw with eight seconds left. Toledo Waite then drove the length of the court before the ball was knocked out of bounds with just under a second remaining. On the ensuing inbounds play, McKinley was whistled for a foul and Waite missed the ensuing free throw with no time left. McKinley (26-2) was led by Alston who had a team-high 22 points. Waite senior and Ohio Player of the Year Natasha Howard finished with a game-high 23 points, 14 rebounds, eight steals and four blocks.

* OHSAA Reports contributed to this series

SCHEDULE:
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

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2008’s Top Stories
2009’s Top Stories

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