2011’s Top Ohio High School Sports Stories: Nos. 35-31

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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. 35-31

35. Two Doubles Teams win second state titles:
At the boys state tennis tournament, both doubles champions were previous state champions. Why’s that important? It doesn’t happen very often.

The D-I doubles team from Upper Arlington (senior Billy Weldon and sophomore Stu Little) defeated Miguel Cepeda and Luke Tsai of Mason 6-3, 6-1 to defend their D-I title. The win gave Upper Arlington its state-best 16th doubles championship and made Weldon and Little just the 10th two-time doubles champions in OHSAA state tournament history, regardless of division.

Minutes later, seniors Lou Konstan and Alex Aleman of Cuyahoga Falls Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy became the 11th doubles team in history to win two titles when they won the D-II final with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over John Kidd and Alex Swick of Lima Central Catholic. Konstan and Aleman also won in 2009.

34. Cincinnati Summit Country Day wins first ever D-III girls soccer state title: Cincinnati Summit Country Day used its speed and athleticism to defeat Shaker Heights Laurel School, 5-2, in the first-ever D-III girls state soccer championship at Crew Stadium. Prior to this year there were just two divisions in girls soccer since 1995.

Summit Country Day and Laurel both made their first appearances in a soccer championship.

33. Toledo St. Francis beats St. Edward in OT for ice hockey state title: Top-ranked Toledo St. Francis defeated third-ranked Lakewood St. Edward 2-1 in sudden victory overtime to claim the state ice hockey title at Nationwide Arena.

St. Francis (34-4-1) jumped out to quick start, taking an early 1-0 advantage on a Ben Torchia goal 20 seconds into the game, but St. Edward responded with a goal of its own two minutes into the second period. After going scoreless the rest of the way, the game ended in overtime when St. Francis’ Matt Opblinger scored four minutes into the extra period.

The win marks the first hockey state championship in St. Francis history, and was its championship game appearance since 1988.

St. Edward made their state-record 19th state championship game appearance.

32. Fremont St. Joe’s Reardon breaks D-III state high jump record: At the D-III state meet, Fremont St. Joseph’s senior Brant Reardon won the state title with a meet record leap of 7-0. Earlier in the season at a meet at Pemberville, Reardon broke the D-III state record as well with a leap of 7-0.25.

31. Mineral Ridge’s Skiba sets D-III state long jump record: At the D-III state meet, Mineral Ridge senior Daniel Skiba saved his best for last. Skiba won the state title with a leap of 24-5.25. That mark was also good enough to set D-III state meet and state records in the event.

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