2011’s Top Ohio High School Sports Stories: Nos. 20-16

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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. 20-16

20. St. Henry wins its seventh state volleyball title:
The D-IV volleyball final between St. Henry and Tuscarawas Central Catholic saw the No. 1 Redskins’ defeat the 2010 state runner-up Saints 25-14, 25-12, 22-25, 25-18 at Wright State University’s Ervin J. Nutter Center. St. Henry, whose only loss came to the Division III state champion Casstown Miami East, becomes just the third school with at least seven state volleyball titles, but hadn’t brought one home since 2004. The Redskins have made 13 total appearances in the state volleyball tournament.

19. Johnstown-Monroe’s Franklin challenges multiple football state records: Johnstown-Monroe senior running back Ross Franklin capped an incredible career by turning in one of the greatest individual seasons ever for an Ohio high school football player. He also helped the Johnnies reach the D-IV state semifinals.  Franklin’s 51 total TDs this year ranks No. 2 all-time and is one shy of the state record 52 set by Hubert Bobo of Chauncey-Dover in 1952. Franklin’s 49 rushing TDs this year ranks No. 2 all-time and is one shy of the state record 50 set by Maurice Hall (Columbus Brookhaven) in 2000.

Also, Franklin’s 3,416 rushing yards this year ranks No. 2 all-time and is 23 yards shy of the state record 3,439 set by Bedford Chanel’s Tony Franklin in 2001. He fumbled twice all season.

Franklin is Johnstown’s all-time rushing (5,742 yards) and scoring (73 TDs) career leader.

18. Cincinnati St. Xavier wins its 32nd boys swimming state title: St. Xavier held off Toledo St. Francis 312-298.5 at the D-I boys swimming state championship to win its third straight tityle and 32nd overall. The Bombers 32 titles in swimming are the most by any school in any sport. St. Xavier displayed is depth by winning the state title despite not winning a single event.

17. Dublin Jerome sweeps the D-I boys and girls golf titles: Dublin Jerome High School swept the boys and girls D-I team championship titles for the second time in school history. The Celtics had previously accomplished the feat in 2005. Jerome is the only school to accomplish this rarity in the 19 years of both a boys and girls state golf tournament.

16. North Canton Hover remains unbeaten at the state softball tournament: North Canton Hoover rallied to win its fifth D-I state softball title and improved to 10-0 in state games with a 4-2 victory over Gahanna Lincoln at Firestone Stadium in Akron.

Hoover, down 2-0 after the first inning, scored runs in four different at-bats to get the win.

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