2010 Year in Review: Nos. 35-31

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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 35-31. 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 35-31. 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. 35-31:

35. Senior thrower helps Colonel Crawford beat St. Thomas Aquinas in closest boys track title race since 1990: Thanks in large part to a record-setting performance from senior Isiah Kent, North Robinson Colonel Crawford won its first D-III state track and field championship by edging Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas 41-40. It was the first boys team title decided by a single point since 1990 when Yellow Spring beat Marion Pleasant. Kent won the shot put with a heave of 60-6.5, which was tops by over four feet. In the discus he set a D-III state and D-III state tournament record with a winning throw of 193-3.

34. Hathaway Brown and Alter hook up again: Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown successfully defended its 2009 state championship by beating Kettering Alter 48-35 in the D-II girls basketball state final on March 20 at the Schottenstein Center.
Hathaway Brown (23-4) was making its fourth overall and fourth consecutive state tournament appearance. The Blazers had runner-up finishes in 2007 and 2008 before winning their first state title a year ago. Alter was attempting to claim its second state championship in its fourth state tournament appearance. The two schools have become familiar with each other in the state tournament, having faced off the last three years. Alter beat Hathaway Brown in the 2008 state title game before the Blazers knocked off Alter in the state semifinals a year ago. The Blazers were led by two-time Ohio Player of the Year Mylan Woods’ 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Junior Alanna Guy was also in double figures with 10 points. Hathaway Brown, who never trailed during the game, dominated the Knights on the glass, grabbing 11 offensive rebounds and scoring 10 second-chance points. Alter, which finished 24-3, could never get in a rhythm offensively, committing 18 turnovers and only shooting 33-percent from the field. The Knights were led by junior Whitney Dabbelt’s eight points and six rebounds.

33. LaSalle wins share of second GCL football title – ever: In its first 48 years of existence, the Cincinnati LaSalle football program had won one Greater Catholic League South Division title. Now it has two. The Lancers finished the regular season 9-1 and made the Division I playoffs, but the biggest accomplishment was earning a share of the GCL title, which they did with a 2-1 record. LaSalle shared the title with Moeller. The Lancers only other GCL title came in 1995 when it tied Elder for a share of the championship.

32. Welch leads Eastwood in defense of D-II track title: Pemberville Eastwood senior Justin Welch set a stadium record in the discus and state tournament record in the shot put  in helping the Eagles defend their D-II boys track title with a 38-32 win over Peninsula Woodbridge. Welch threw the discus 197-1 and won his third state discus title with the mark that set a Jesse Owens Stadium record. In the shot ut his heave of 62-11.75 is the best ever in D-II state tournament history.

31. Jonathan Alder caps state’s first unbeaten baseball season since 1994: No. 1 Plain City Jonathan Alder completed a 34-0 season when it defeated No. 2 Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit 3-2 on June 6 in the D-II state championship at Huntington Park in Columbus. Jonathan Alder became the first team to complete an undefeated season since Toledo Start went unbeaten in 1994. The Pioneers other state championship came in 1998. Walsh Jesuit, appearing in the title game for the third consecutive season, was denied its fifth state title.

* 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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