2010 Year in Review: Nos. 25-21

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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 25-21. 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 25-21. 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. 25-21:

25. Tri-Village’s Linkous scores 61 points in a girls basketball game: In a D-IV sectional first round game on Feb. 20 at Brookville High School, Tri-Village sophomore Kayla Linkous put together one of the best individual scoring nights in Ohio girls basketball history. Linkous scored a school record 45 points in the first half and ended the game with 61 in a 95-32 win over Dayton Jefferson. The 61 points ranks No. 8 all-time. Linkous’s high-game as a freshman was 39. Four games into this – her junior season – Linkous surpassed 1,000 career points.

24. Central Ohio players sweep boys tennis titles at memorable tournament: The D-I and II boys tennis state championships had a distinctive Central Ohio flavor as every gold medal awarded on May 29 at OSU’s Stickney Tennis Center went around the necks of players from Columbus-area schools. Two former doubles champions became singles champions, two doubles teams from the same school squared off for a title and another doubles team added to its school’s illustrious tennis history in what was one of the most memorable state tennis tournaments in recent memory. After outlasting Liberty Twp. Lakota East sophomore Zack Mueck 11-9 in a first-set tiebreaker, Worthington Kilbourne senior Kevin Metka went on to post a 7-6 (11-9), 6-3 victory in the D-I singles final. It marks the second state tennis championship for the lefty, who was part of the D-I doubles championship team a year ago. Columbus Bishop Watterson junior Chris Diaz, a D-I doubles champion two years ago and a doubles runner-up in 2009, cruised through the D-II singles field without dropping a set in any of his four matches. Diaz beat defending D-II singles champion Joey Fritz, a senior from Cincinnati Country Day, 6-3, 6-2 in the final. Upper Arlington added its state-best 15th doubles championship, and first since 1999, to its trophy collection when junior Billy Weldon and freshman Stu Little beat New Albany senior Riyad Bennoui and junior John Hendrix in the D-I doubles final 6-4, 6-1. And for only the 10th time in the 91-year history of the boys state tennis tournaments, a pair of doubles teams from the same school matched up against each other in the final when senior Andrew Enslen and sophomore Chad Buchanan played senior Eoghan Bahnson and sophomore Langston Hughes, all from Gahanna Columbus Academy. Enslen and Buchanan topped their teammates 6-3, 6-4.

23. St. Xavier boys swimming adds to its state record: No school in any sport – boys or girls – has won more state ttles than the Cincinnati St. Xavier boys swimming team. The Bombers won their 31st swimming state title on Feb. 27 at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. As second place finish in the meet’s final event – the 400 free relay – propelled St. Xavier to a 228-218 victory over Toledo St. Francis. The title for St. Xavier is the 31st and the most for any school in OHSAA history in any sport. Senior Alex Miller finished first in the 500 freestyle, second in the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay and third in the 200 freestyle relay.

22. Upper Arlington remains Ohio’s top team in the pool: The Upper Arlignton girls swim team won its sixth straight D-I state champion on Feb. 27 at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. The Golden Bears’ 295 points proved too much for Columbus Bishop Watterson and Cincinnati Turpin. Although Upper Arlington won only one event, the 200 medley relay, the Golden Bears had swimmers finish in the top eight in every event.

21. Brecksville-Broadview Heights dominates state gymnastics tournament – again: Brecksville-Broadview Heights won its seventh straight state gymnastics title and tied Rocky River Magnificat for most titles ever (10) on March 3 at Hilliard Bradley High School. The Bees 6.450 margin of victory over runner-up Strongsville was also the largest in the state tournament since 1991. Three of the top four gymnasts in the all-around rankings, including state champion Leah Miko, were from Brecksville.

* 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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