2010 Year in Review: Nos. 20-16

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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 20-16. 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 20-16. 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. 20-16:

20. Minster girls continue cross country dominance: On Nov. 6 at Scioto Downs, Minster became the most decorated girls program in state history and moved within one more state title of being Ohio’s best program ever. Claming its third straight D-III state title and ninth overall, the Wildcats moved into a tie with the Caldwell boys for the most XC titles in state history.

19. Hawken’s stretch of consecutive state titles hits 12: With 333 points and another state title on Feb. 27 at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton, Gates Mills Hawken has now won 20 out of the last 26 girls Division II swimming state titles. The Hawks have won 12 in a row and are the only team to ever be crowned D-II champions. Hawken has won D-II every year since it was added (1999-2000 school year).

18. The Midwest Athletic Conference wins its 20th football state title: For the seventh time in the last eight years, the rugged small school juggernaut Midwest Athletic Conference (aka the MAC) sent two teams to the state football finals. The most decorated football conference in state history – large or small – the MAC became the first affiliation to win 20 state titles when Delphos St. John’s beat Shadyside 77-6 in the D-VI final. Coldwater lost 51-21 to Youngstown Ursuline in the D-V final. The Greater Catholic League has 16 state titles.

17. Canfield’s Brode sets state shot put record: After tying the state shot put record of 71-6 earlier in the spring, Canfield senior Dustin Brode broke the state record he shared with Vandalia Butler’s Jimmie Pacifico with a new record heave of 71-7.5 at the D-I state track meet on June 5 at Jesse Owens memorial Stadium. The mark is also a D-I state tournament and Stadium record. Brode is nw at Harvard.

16. Margo Geer makes state swimming history: The senior from Milford Center Fairbanks left the Ohio high school state meet on Feb. 27 as the only swimmer, boy or girl, to ever win two different events four straight years. Her preliminary time of 48.63 in the 100 freestyle also broke the state, state tournament and pool records she set last year. Likewise in the 50 freestyle, her time of 22.43 reset her own state tournament and pool records. Geer’s dominance in the sport is demonstrated by the fact that her times in both the 50 and 100 freestyle would have placed her in the top 20 swimmers in the boys Division II tournament.

* 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

PREVIOUS COUNTDOWNS
2008’s Top Stories
2009’s Top Stories

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