2010 Year in Review: Nos. 15-11


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 15-11. 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 15-11. 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. 15-11:

15. Monroeville’s wrestling season is one for the small school ages: Led by the final performance from one of the state’s all-time greats – senior Logan Stieber – Monroeville captured its first Division III team title with relative ease on March 6 at the 73rd annual Ohio State Wrestling Tournament. Although the Eagles were thought to get challenges from Bedford Chanel and Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, they didn’t. Monroeville finished with 116 points, while runner-up CVCA had 76. Stieber, an Ohio State recruit, won his state record 171st straight match with a pin of Miami East’s Zane Goldberg in the 125 final. He finished his high school career with an overall record of 174-1. Stieber’s lone defeat is a 7-3 setback as a freshman in the finals of the 2006 Ironman to current Penn State R-Freshman and four-time state champion David Taylor (Graham). Stieber, who has been ranked No. 1 in the country in his weight class for the last three years, has been especially dominant on the sport’s final weekend. In 16 state matches, Stieber won nine by pin and seven by tech fall. Monroeville was also powered by its trio of monster juniors, who each added their third state titles. Logan’s brother Hunter won at 119, while Cam Tessari and Chris Phillips won at 140 and 171, respectively. On the season the quartet of the Stieber brothers, Tessari and Phillips went a combined 190-1. Cal Clark added points with a seventh place finish at 135. Monroeville’s title ended a string of three straight by Troy Christian. The Eagles finished fifth.

14. Kenton junior Maty Mauk moves into striking distance of his brother Ben’s state and national records; Kenton’s offense hums: Everyone expected the 6-foot-1 QB to challenge several of his big brother Ben’s national records when he got into high school and with one year left the question now is not “if” but “when.” Mauk led Kenton to an 11-2 record and a D-IV regional final appearance by completing 372-of-568 passes for 5,670 yards (ranks third in Ohio History) and 69 TDs (ranks second in Ohio History) in Kenton’s high-octane attack. Mauk also ran for 974 yards and 16 TDs and 20 2-point conversions. He enters his senior season needing just 3,845 yards and 27 TDs to break his brother Ben’s national passing records for yardage (17,364) and TDs (178). On a side note, Kenton wide receiver Max Morrison set a state record for catches (142) in a season this year. Morrison also became just the second receiver in state history to record over 2,000 yards in a season. His 2,033 ranks second all-time behind Bellevue’s Pete Lepley (2000).

13. South Euclid Regina gets booted from the D-III girls basketball state tournament: There was no swan song. There are some who will look at the Regina girls basketball team’s ouster from the state tournament due to an ineligible player and laugh. There are others who will say, “I told you so.” Still others will say it’s a fitting end to the program. And who can blame any of them. The Royals are a jester right now. When the decision became official March 11 that the OHSAA was forcing Regina – in its final year as a school – to forfeit all games and a sectional tournament game – meaning their postseason run was over – you could almost sense a collective breath coming from across the state that said: “I knew it.” And that’s the edited version. Regina was found guilty of violating bylaws regarding students from foreign countries and a lack of monitoring the school’s compliance with OHSAA bylaws and sports regulation. During its history, Regina won six state titles and played in seven state tournaments.

12. Sullinger named national high school player of the year and McDonald’s All-American game MVP: Northland senior Jared Sullinger capped one of the state’s most storied boys basketball careers by winning several national honors. Sullinger, a two-time Mr. basketball, was the James A. Naismith national player of the year and earned MVP honors for the East in the McDonald’s All-American game held March 31 at the Schottenstein Center. Sullinger finished te MCDonald’s game, which te East lost 107-104, with a game-high 22 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two assists. His 7-of-11 field-goal shooting included going 2-of-3 on 3-pointers. He also was 6-of-6 at the free-throw line.

11. St. Ignatius Soccer wins National Championship: Cleveland St. Ignatius came alive in the second half and the Wildcats scored a championship game record-tying four goals to defeat Centerville 4-1 in the D-I state soccer championship on Nov. 12 at Crew Stadium in Columbus. The victory secured the Wildcats their second national championship (NSCAA) and fourth state title. After a scoreless first half, St. Ignatius scored three goals in a three-minute span in the second half to blow the game open. The Wildcats finished the season outscoring their opponents 106-13. Centerville, which won a state title in 1984, finished runner-up for the sixth time.

* OHSAA Reports contributed to this series

21: Honorable Mention (Nos. 65-51)

22: Nos. 50-46

23: Nos. 45-41

24: Nos. 40-36

25: Nos. 35-31

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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