2010 Year in Review: Nos. 30-26

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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 30-26. 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 30-26. 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. 30-26:

30. Watterson’s Finnegan ends career with eight state titles: Columbus Watterson senior Gracie Finnegan capped an outstanding swim career with another stellar performance at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton on Feb 27. Finnegan picked up individual gold in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle for the third consecutive year and also swam the anchor leg in both the 200 and 400 freestyle champion teams. Finnegan finishes her prep career with eight state titles.

29. Allie strikes out 16 of 18 batters, leads St. Edward to D-I baseball title: Looking for its 13th state championship in 20 state tournament appearrances, Cincinnati Elder was denied by Lakewood St. Edward and senior power pitcher Stetson Allie. Allie, who was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in June, struck out 16 of 18 Elder batters as the Eagles posted an 8-3 win in the D-I final at Huntington Park in Columbus on June 6. The state title was St. Edward’s second in three years and third overall. Allie picked up two saves in the Eagles other state title run (2008).

28. Canton South QB sets national record: On Oct. 15, canton South senior QB Jared May set a national high school record with 87 pass attempts and tied another with 46 completions in a 35-18 loss to Marlington. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations 2010 Football Record Book, the previous record for pass attempts in a game was 83 set by Brian Kauffman of Maplewood Hill-Murray (Minn.) in 2001. The record for completions has been done three times prior and most recently in 2005. May threw for 446 yards and two TDs. On Oct. 8, in a 50-33 win over West Branch, May threw for 560 yards and seven TDs on 42-of-73 passing. Earlier this year May fell one TD shy of tying the national record for TD passes in a game (10) with nine in a 62-14 win over East Palestine.

27. Mason three-peats as D-I girls golf champs; shatters course record: The Comets became the first girls golf program to win three straight state titles when they won the D-I state championship on Oct. 23 at The Ohio State University Gray course (Par 70, 5,560 yards). The Comets also shattered the girls state tournament course record on Gray by 19 strokes. Mason’s score of 611 bettered the previous Gray state record of 630, which the Comets originally set in 2008 and Dublin Coffman shot in 2000. This was Mason’s fourth consecutive and fourth overall appearance in the state golf championship. The Comets finished runner-up in 2007. Senior Emily Wright gave mason a clean sweep of the state titles as she won medalist honors with a score of 142.

26. Lehman Catholic volleyball wins D-IV state title; ends Marion Local’s bid for four straight championships: The Cavaliers opened the season with a loss to three-time defending state champion Maria Stein Marion Local and then didn’t lose again – winning 29 straight en route to the D-IV state volleyball title on Nov. 13 at Wright State’s Nutter Center. The state title is the third for Lehman (2000, 2005), which avenged its loss to No. 1-ranked Marion Local in the regional finals. In the state final, the Cavaliers beat No. 4 New Philadelphia Tuscarawas Central Catholic, 3-0 (25-15, 25-9, 25-14). In Lehman Catholic’s eight postseason wins – one of which was the rematch with Marion Local – the Cavaliers dropped only two sets (24-2). In the final, junior Morgan Schmitmeyer totaled 14 kills, while senior Jessica Thobe had 13 kills. Sophomore Andrea Thobe collected 38 assists.

* 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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