2010 Year in Review: Nos. 40-36

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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 40-36. 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 40-36. 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. 40-36:

40. St. Charles defends D-I boys golf title; sets course record:
Columbus St. Charles successfully completed its quest to repeat as
champions on Oct. 16 at The Ohio State University Scarlet course, as the
Cardinals won the D-I state golf tournament for the second year in a
row. St. Charles finished with a team score of 610, which is a new
record low score for the Scarlet course in the OHSAA state tournament.
The previous record on Scarlet (Par 71, 7,043 yards) was 611, recorded
by Cleveland St. Ignatius in 2002 and Upper Arlington in 1993. St.
Charles’ 2010 appearance in the state tournament was the program’s
eighth appearance in the finals and fourth appearance in the past five
years. The Cardinals were led by senior Michael Ricaurte, who was also
the overall individual medalist with a score of 144.

39. Dayton Jefferson Township becomes first team since 1994 to win basketball title with double-digit losses: Dayton Jefferson won its first D-IV state title since 1998 and third overall with a 59-52 victory over Newark Catholic on March 27 at the Schottenstein Center. The Broncos finished the season 17-10, becoming the first team since Youngstown Ursuline (finished 17-10 and won D-III title) in 1994 to finish with 10 or more losses and a state championship. Jefferson junior Cody Latimer was nearly perfect from the field, shooting 10-for-11 and missing only his last shot of the game. He finished with a game-high 24 points and 12 rebounds.

38. Youngstown Ursuline wins third straight D-V football state title;
Irish and Coldwater produce another classic:
All season long
Ursuline had been the one team in Ohio that had been considered a heavy
favorite to win the state title in its division hands down. On Dec. 4
the Irish proved everyone right. Ursuline racked up 611 total yards,
converted 8-of-12 third downs and had four scoring drives under 1:15
(including strikes of :10 and :20 seconds) in a 51-21 win over Coldwater
in the D-V final at Canton’s Fawcett Stadium. It was the Irish’s third
straight D-V title and their third meeting with Coldwater in a state
final. It was also another classic. In their previous two meetings,
Coldwater and Ursuline had tied or broken and combined 26 state finals
recrds. In this game they tied or broke nine more.
– Combined the
teams’ set a D-V finals record and tied the all-divisions record for
rushing yards in a game with 594.
– Ursuline set the D-V finals
record for rushing yards with 492. That mark is also the second highest
ever in any state final in any division.
– Ursuline set a D-V record
for total yards with 611. That mark is also second all-time in any
division.
– Ursuline senior RB Akise Teague set a D-V finals record
and tied the all-divisions record by scoring five TDs. Teague also tied a
D-V finals record by running for four of those scores.
– Coldwater
senior WR Reese Klenke set a D-V finals record and tied the
all-divisions record with three receiving TDs.

Ursuline, which led 44-7 at halftime, was led by Teague who put on a
ridiculous display. Gaining 337 all-purpose yards and scoring four
touchdowns in the first half alone, Teague ended the game with 405 total
yards (249 rushing) and five TDs. Teague, who has committed to
Cincinnati, finished the season with 2,472 yards rushing, 842 yards
receiving and 48 total TDs. In three state championship games (all
victories), Teague has 653 all-purpose yards and eight TDs.

37. Walsh Jesuit sets record for most soccer titles: Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit (19-1-3) shut out Pickerington North (20-3-0) by a count of 3-0 to win the D-I girls state soccer championship on Nov. 13 at Crew Stadium. The victory marks Walsh Jesuit’s fifth state championship (also won in 2006, 2004, 2001 and 2000) and makes the Warriors the only programin state history – boys or girls – with five soccer titles. It was the Warriors’ 10th appearance in the state tournament in the past 12 years. Sophomore Sandra Yu played a role in all three of the Warriors’ goals, scoring two herself in the third minute and 52nd minute and recording an assist when senior Kelsey Smigel scored a goal in the 73rd minute of the game.

36. Hebron Lakewood bumps up a division and still wins a state softball title: Moving up from D-III to D-II didn’t stop Hebron Lakewood from winning its third consecutive state softball championship. The No. 4 Lancers defeated top-ranked Poland Seminary 1-0 on June 5 at the state softball tournament at Firestone Stadium in Akron. Junior pitcher Alyssa Patznick scattered six hits over seven innings while striking out four to shutout the Bulldogs. Poland Seminary sophomore pitcher Erin Gabriel was nearly as brilliant, giving up only one run on five hits and striking out 12. Gabriel’s only mistake was in the second inning, when Lakewood’s freshman third baseman Kelsi Thompson blasted a lead-off home run, which proved to be the difference in the game. Lakewood becomes the fourth school to win three consecutive softball titles and first since Gibsonburg accomplished the feat in 2001, 2002 and 2003. Lakewood stopped Poland’s 25-game winning streak and denied the Bulldogs their first state championship. The Lancers finished the season at 29-5, while Poland Seminary dropped to 30-2.

* 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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