2011’s Top Ohio High School Sports Stories: Nos. 25-21

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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. 25-21

25. Strasburg-Franklin wins sixth softball state title:
Strasburg-Franklin overcame two weather delays and a pesky Convoy Crestview squad to notch a 3-1 win in the D-IV softball state championship at Firestone Stadium.

The state title is the sixth for the Tigers (26-2), which ended the season unranked but made a run to their 12th state tournament. Strasburg-Franklin’s title makes it just one of five schools in state history with six or more titles. The Tigers other championships came in 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991 and 2009.

24. St. Edward rebounds to win its 26th D-I state wrestling title: A year after having its record string of 13 straight D-I state championships snapped by Wadsworth, St. Edward regained the D-I title with a 187-109 win over runner-up Massillon Perry. The title is the Eagles 26th overall. St. Ed advanced six wrestlers to finals and had three claim titles: two-time winner Dean Heil (119, Jr.), Mark Martin (152, Jr.) and Domenic Abounader (160, So.). Overall, the Eagles qualified 10 wrestlers to state and all 10 were underclassmen.

23. Graham wins 11th straight D-II wrestling state title: The Falcons moved closer to St. Edward’s record of 13 straight state titles by claiming their 11th consecutive D-II championship with another runaway win. Graham scored over 200 points for the fifth year in a row and outdistanced second place Walsh Jesuit 230.5-108. It was the Falcons second highest point tally ever.

Graham qualified 10 wrestlers to the state tournament and eight made finals. All 10 placed in the top four. State champions for Graham included: two-time state champions Nick Brascetta (140, Sr.), Ryan Taylor (112, Jr.), Isaac Jordan (160, Jr.) and Bo Jordan (145, So.) and first-time winners Matt Stephens (152, Sr.) and Micah Jordan (119, Fr.). Huston Evans (189, Jr.) and Case Garrison (135, Jr.) were runners-up.

Stephens title was especially sweet considering it came against defending state champion Ian Miller of Oak Harbor. Stephens, who had placed second, third and fourth in three previous state tournaments, beat Miller 2-0 in sudden victory overtime.

Graham’s 10 state placers pushes it past Maple Heights and into second place on the all-time state placers list with 147. The state title is head coach Jeff Jordan’s 10th, which ranks third all-time. It’s good to be from Graham.

22. Hathaway Brown sets record for most losses by a girls basketball state champion, wins third straight state title: Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown came back from an early deficit and rallied to win the Division II girls basketball championship 54-51 over Dayton Carroll at the Schottenstein Center. The win gives Hathaway Brown its third consecutive state title and its final record (18-9) marked the first time in state history that a team with as many as nine wins managed to win a state title.

Carroll led 17-9 after the first quarter but the Blazers turned up the defense and made shots over the last three quarters to pull put the win. The Blazers were led by senior captain Molly Crosby, who recorded 13 points and six rebounds. Senior Tanisha Lawler and sophomore Vanessa Smith also tallied 12 points apiece.

21. Maslowski scores 28 points, leads Steubenville Central Catholic to D-III girls track & field title: Led by senior Teddi Maslowski, Steubenville Catholic won its firs state track title by edging Versailles 41-37 at Jesse Owne Memorial Stadium. Maslowski defended her state titles in the 100- and 300-hurdles and also anchored SCC’s winning 800 relay team. She was second in the long jump.

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