2011’s Top Ohio High School Sports Stories: Honorable Mention

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Ohio Year in Review: 2011’s Top 40 Stories

It’s nearing the end of 2011 and it’s time again for our annual look back at Ohio’s Top High School Sports Stories of the Year. As usual it’s been an extremely successful and memorable 12 months.
National records, state records, once in a lifetime performances…it’s
all here. And here’s how they rank.


It’s nearing the end of 2011 and it’s time again for our annual look back at Ohio’s Top High School Sports Stories of the Year.

As usual it’s been an extremely successful and memorable 12 months. National records, state records, once in a lifetime performances…it’s all here. And here’s how they rank.

Today we begin the countdown by releasing our Honorable Mention selections. Every day after this (except for Christmas Eve and Christmas) we’ll release five more stories until we culminate with the release of the Top 5 on New Year’s Eve.

RELEASE SCHEDULE
Dec. 21: Honorable mention
Dec. 22: Nos. 40-36
Dec. 23: 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

OHIO’S TOP 2011 HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS STORIES

HONORABLE MENTION

* Columbus DeSales ends drought, wins fourth girls soccer title:
In a fast-paced, aggressive game, Columbus DeSales was able to score twice in the second half to defeat Toledo St. Ursula Academy, 2-0, in the girls D-II state championship at Crew Stadium.

The championship marks the fourth time DeSales has won a girls title. The Stallions, making their first state appearance since 2002, previously won titles in 1995, 1997 and 1998.

* Columbus DeSales wins first baseball state title in 30 years:
In a back and forth championship game, Columbus DeSales won its first baseball state title since 1979 by holding on to defeat Akron Hoban 9-8 in the D-II state baseball championship at Huntington Park.

In the bottom of the sixth inning with a runner on, DeSales junior Zak Decamp sent a ball over the wall in left-center field to put the Stallions ahead two runs. The towering shot proved to be the difference maker in the game.

* OT heroics land Thomas Worthington the field hockey state championship:
In overtime, Thomas Worthington sophomore Nina Devine scored the game’s only goal to give the Cardinals a 1-0 win over Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown in the field hockey state championship at Upper Arlington High School.

The state title is the third for Thomas Worthington (20-0-1), which also won titles in 2007 and 2008. The Cardinals were the state runner-up last year

* Gahanna Lincoln losses last six regular season games, makes D-I softball state final:
After dropping its last six regular-season games, Gahanna Lincoln (20-11) regrouped for a long tournament run, which ended with the school’s second state runner-up finish. The Lions lost 4-2 to North Canton Hoover in the D-I final at Akron’s Firestone Stadium. Lincoln led 2-0 after the first inning.

* Gahanna’s Blankenship ties state pole vault record:
Gahanna Lincoln junior Jacob Blankenship had a day to remember at the Division I state track meet.

Blankenship’s wining vault of 17-0 set Jesse Owen Stadium and state meet records and also tied the state record.

* Brecksville Broadview Heights wins 11th state gymnastics title:
Brecksville-Broadview Heights won its record 11th team state championship and eighth in a row at the state gymnastics tournament at Hilliard Bradley High School. The Bees (146.600) finished a little over two points ahead of Hudson (144.325).

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