2011’s Top Ohio High School Sports Stories: Nos. 40-36

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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 continue the countdown…

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

Nos. 40-36

40. Reynoldsburg wins third straight D-I girls track title:
Led by junior standout Destinee Gause, who won the 200 meters for the third straight season, Reynoldsburg wrapped up its third straight team title at the D-I state meet at Jesse Owens memorial Stadium. Gause also placed first in the 100 meter dash (11.82) and anchored the Raiders’ third place 800 meter relay team (1:39.63) and second-place 1,600 meter relay team. In addition to Gause, both relay teams also consisted of Faith Washington, Kacia Grant and Monie Jenkins. Washington placed third in the 300-meter hurdles (41.99).

39. Geneva freshman wins D-I girls golf title: Danielle Nicholson fired a 73-70-143 to win medalist honors by three strokes in the D-I girls golf state finals. The Geneva freshman shot four-under 31 on the back nine leading to the individual honors.

38. Warren Champion wins fourth state softball title, first since 1994: Top-ranked and undefeated Warren Champion erupted for 10 runs in the fifth inning on its way to an 11-2 win over third-ranked Baltimore Liberty-Union in the D-III softball state championship at Akron Firestone Stadium.

It marks the fourth state title for Champion (27-0), which got a state tournament-record three triples from senior shortstop Tawny Rogers, including two in the Golden Flashes’ big fifth inning. She drove in four runs on the day.

The Golden Flashes also won state titles in 1994, 1980 and 1978 and were state runners-up in 2006.

37. Clark County sweeps the Division II boys golf championships: The boys D-II state golf tournament at NorthStar Golf Club (Par 72, 6796 yards) in Sunbury was dominated y golfers from Clark County. Springfield Kenton Ridge rose to the top of the field winning its first boys state golf title (342-335-677). Canton Central Catholic (351-330-681) took home the runner-up trophy.

Claiming medalist honors was Springfield Shawnee junior Clark Engle (79-75-154), who shot the low-round of 79 in a very difficult scoring day one. He concluded his tournament with a 75 in day two to finish two strokes ahead of Canton Central Catholic senior Logan Lagodich (83-73-156).

36. Youngstown Mooney wins its eighth state championship in football: The Cardinals moved into a second place tie all-time with Newark Catholic for most state football titles with a 21-14 win over Springfield Shawnee in the D-III final at Canton’s Fawcett Stadium.

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