2011’s Top Ohio High School Sports Stories: Nos. 30-26

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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. 30-26

30. Northmor’s Heminger wins elusive state wrestling title:
“Whew.” That’s the collective sigh everyone released after Galion Northmor’s Tyler Heminger when he rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win the D-III 119 title with a pin (2:23) of Bloomdale Elmwood’s Nick Goebel, a three-time placer and former state champion, at the D-III state wrestling meet.

Heminger had finished second the last three years to Monroeville’s Cam Tessari (2008) and Hunter Stieber (2009 and 2010). He won all four of his matches in the state tournament by pin. Tyler posted a career record of 190-16.

29. D-I girls tennis suffers from déjà vu: The Division I girls tennis singles state championship was a repeat of the Southwest sectional and district finals as Cincinnati Ursuline Academy sophomore Mehvish Safdar, a 2010 D-I doubles champion, defeated defending D-I champion and Cincinnati Mt. Notre Dame Sandy Niehaus 6-1, 7-5. Safdar joined the singles tournament after the graduation of her sister and partner Komal Safdar, the 2009 D-I singles champion.

28. Upper Arlington wins seventh straight D-I girls swimming state title: UA scored 286 points en route to capturing the 2011 OHSAA Division I girls swimming state championship Saturday night in C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. The victory was UA’s eighth girls state championship in program history and the seventh consecutive. Golden Bear swimmers won four events.

27. Four records set in relays at Division II boys state track and field meet: Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary edged Dayton Dunbar (51-44) to win its first track and field title at a Division II state meet defined by relay excellence. Overall, four relay records were broken. On the first day, Peninsula Woodridge’s 3,200 meter relay team of Jimmy Charles, Drake Sulzer, Jacob Onifer and Vibushan Sivakuma ran (7:37.43 – meet, state and stadium records) and the Dayton Dunbar 1,600 meter relay team of James Woody, Michael Ohiembor, Antonio Blanks and Eric Blair (3:17.26 – meet record) set records in their respective races. On the second day, records were set by the Steubenville 800 meter relay team of Jonathan Sherrell, Najee Murray, Josh Thompson and Shaq Petteway (1:27.02 – meet record) and the Dunbar 1,600 team (of Woody, Ohiembor, Blanks and Blair), which broke its own record set the previous day with a new time of 3:16.09.

26. Carroll defends D-II boys soccer title, wins third championship in four years: In a rematch of the 2010 D-II championship, Dayton Carroll asserted itself early and controlled the ball the majority of the game to defeat Richfield Revere 3-0 in the D-II state soccer championship at Crew Stadium.

Both teams came into the game unbeaten, but Carroll (23-0-0) proved to have the upper hand, controlling the ball and putting pressure on the Revere defense. The Patriots outshot the Minutemen 20 to three with six shots on goal.

The championship is the Patriots fourth overall, and third in the past four years. They have previously won in 2010, 2008 and 1980. Carroll finishes the season undefeated for the first time in school history.

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