2010 Year in Review: Nos. 10-6

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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 10-6. 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 10-6. 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. 10-6:

10. Philo sophomore Hayley Flynn Ks 55 in a 24-inning game: In a contest that was picked up a week after being postponed in the 16th inning, Flynn led the Electrics to a 5-3 win over Thornville Sheridan with a remarkable individual performance on April 22. Flynn struck out a state record 55 batters in the contest. The 55 Ks is also the second most ever by a high school pitcher in the United States and trails only the 61 recorded by Alicia Hollowell (Fairfield, CA) against Woodland (CA) in a 30-inning game in 2001. Only three pitchers ever in high school softball history have ever had 50 or more strikeouts in one game. The other is De Weiman of Cerritos Gahr (CA) who had 53 in 1986 in a 29-inning game against Lakewood (CA) St. Joseph. Flynn’s tally shattered the previous Ohio record of 44 held by Wooster’s Kasie Kelly (against Lexington in 20-innings in 2009). Warren Lordstown’s Kristy Goodrich is the only other pitcher in Ohio history with over 40 Ks in one game (had 42 vs Bristolville Bristol in 21-innings in 1998).

9. Hathaway Brown head coach leads two teams to state titles in eight months: Some individuals coach one sport for years and never win a state title. Hathaway Brown girls basketball and girls golf coach Paul Barlow doesn’t have that problem. After leading the Blazers to their second straight D-II girls basketball state title in March, Barlow led the Blazers to the D-II girls golf state title in October. HB beat Kettering Alter 48-35 in the basketball final at the Schottenstein Center on March 20 and beat runner-up Poland Seminary by 23 strokes to claim the golf title on Oct. 16 at OSU’s Gray Course. Barlow doesn’t coach any other sports.

8. Coldwater loses legendary football coach and returns to the state championship: After postponing treatments to lead his Coldwater football team to the state championship game last year, Cavaliers football coach John Reed passed away at home in May after a six-month bout with esophageal cancer. Reed was a legendary coach in Ohio having amassesed 283 wins during stints at five schools, but he’s known most for his work at Coldwater. In 15 years, Reed led the Cavs to 14 playoff berths, eight regional titles, five state finals and two state titles. Heading into this year, Coldwater had a lot of unkowns including a new head coach (Chip Otten) and quarterback. The Cavs started 1-2 but rebounded to make their fourth state championship game in six years. Coldwater lost 51-21 to Youngstown Ursuline in the D-V state final.

7. Delphos St. John’s beats Shadyside 77-6 in the D-VI football state final: It was the most points EVER scored in an Ohio High School playoff game in any round and the astonishing 77 points came courtesy of Delphos St. John’s, which wrapped up its sixth state title with a 71-point win over Shadyside in the Division VI final at Canton’s Fawcett Stadium. Despite the fact that DSJ took a knee with four minutes left in the game, the outcome was an eyesore for a state finals weekend that would see all five of the public versus private match-ups won by parochial schools. It’s not the straw that broke the camel’s back, but…a few more seasons like that and there will be two separate football tournaments in Ohio. And to defend Delphos St. John’s – the Jays could have scored 100 if they wanted to.

6. Graham wins its second national championship in wrestling in three years: A year after breaking a 58-year old record for most individual state champions with seven, the Falcons fell one short of tying their record with six at the 73rd annual Ohio State Wrestling Tournament on March 6. The consolation prize was the program’s 10th straight D-II state title and 12th overall. The Falcons scored 223 points to runner-up Oak Harbor’s 78.5. Individual champions for the Falcons were Ryan Taylor (so., 103), Bo Jordan (fr., 130), Issac Jordan (so., 135), Felipe Martinez (so., 140), Huston Evans (so., 171) and Max Thomusseit (sr., 189). Graham also wrapped its second national championship as well, tying with Apple Valley (MN) for No.1 in the Amateur Wrestling News national poll.

* 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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