2011’s Top Ohio High School Sports Stories: Nos. 5-1

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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 wrap 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. 5-1

5. Springfield Catholic’s Latham breaks the boys soccer state record for career goals scored:
Springfield Catholic Central senior Calum Latham planted his name atop the state’s career goals scored list this season by ending his high school career with 198. The previous record of 172 goals was set by Youngstown Mooney’s Kiki Willis (2001-2004). Latham owns three of Ohio’s Top 10 single season goal totals as well, ranking third (59 in 2011), fourth (57 in 2010) and ninth (52 in 2009). Latham is headed to Xavier.

4. Trotwood-Madison’s Green sets multiple state records in leading the Rams to the D-II football championship: Trotwood-Madison junior RB Isreal Green broke the all-divisions state finals records for rushing TDs (six), total TDs (six) and total points (36) in the Rams 42-28 win over Avon in the D-II final. Green ran for 327 yards on 35 carries, which was a new D-II finals record for individual rushing yards and the second most ever in a state final (regardless of division). Green’s effort stretched Trotwood’s streak of 2,000-yard rushers to three seasons. He finished the year with 2,085 yards and 27 TDs on 222 carries.

3. Monroeville’s “Triple Threat” wraps their stellar wrestling career: Never in the 74-year history of the Ohio high school state wrestling tournament has a school produced two four-time state champions in the same year. Monroeville crowned three in 2011.

“It’s bittersweet,” Monroeville head coach Scott Bauer said. “Just to be around the excellence and true greatness has been tremendous. You couldn’t write a better script I’ll tell you that. Not many coaches get to do what we’ve got to do for the last five years.”

Truth is NO coach has ever experienced what Bauer and his staff have. And it’s highly unlikely any others will – ever. Hell, Hollywood can’t even make up a movie like this. It would be considered too far-fetched.

In front of 14,116 witnesses on finals night at the state championship, Monroeville seniors Hunter Stieber (135), Cam Tessari (140) and Chris Phillips (171) capped both their careers and an amazing five-year run by the tiny Huron County school with standing ovations. Throw in Hunter’s older brother Logan – a 2010 grad and another four-time state champion – and Monroeville’s “Fantastic Four” have laid waste to both opponents and reality.

Consider:

– Phillips, Tessari and the Stieber brothers won 64 straight state tournament matches and 746 total in their careers.

– No school in Ohio has ever had four four-time winners until now. St. Edward and Graham each have three.

– With Hunter’s win he and Logan become just the second set of brothers in history to win four titles in consecutive years and the first since 1982-83 when Graham’s Jim and Jeff Jordan did it.

– Of Ohio’s now 22 four-time state champions, Phillips is the only one to win a weight class heavier than 160 all four years.

– Logan owns the state record for consecutive wins with 175.

– The foursome won 16 individual state titles and one team title (2010).

– The Stiebers and Tessari are now at Ohio State. Phillips is at North Carolina State.

2. Kenton’s Mauk becomes nation’s all-time leading passer, wraps historic career: The only trophy missing from Kenton senior QB Maty Mauk’s prep mantle is a state title. And it took a historic effort to deny him of that. Creston Norwayne defeated the Wildcats 48-42 on Dec. 3 in one of the greatest Division IV state finals ever. Norwayne scored with 31 seconds left to take the lead and didn’t secure the win until Mauk’s final pass was intercepted at the goal line.

Despite the loss (in which he threw a D-IV finals record five TD passes), Mauk goes out as one of Ohio’s – and the country’s – greatest high school players ever.

No high school quarterback in United States history has done what Mauk has.

Mauk finishes his career as the Ohio and national leader in career passing yards (18,929), touchdown passes (219), attempts (2,083), completions (1,336) and total yards (22,036). He broke his brother Ben’s records in most national categories and is the only QB ever to have over 18,000 yards, 2,000 attempts, 1,300 completions and 200 TDs. Maty and Ben (19,628 total yards) are the only two high school players in national history to have over 17,000 yards of total offense each. Former Florida QB Chris Leake is third (16,590 yards).

Named the AP’s 2011 Mr. Football winner, Maty Mauk finished his senior season with 7,181 total yards and 92 TDs. He completed 382-of-566 passes for 5,413 yards and 68 TDs and rushed 241 times for 1,768 yards and 24 TDs.

In Kenton’s playoff opener against Wellington, Mauk not only set the national passing record, but he also tied an Ohio record for most TD passes (nine) in a game and set a state record for most consecutive completions (19). He finished the game 27-of-29 for 505 yards and nine TDs.

Mauk will play at Missouri. He also had offers from Michigan and Notre Dame.

1. OHSAA members defeat a vote to change the selection structure for state tournaments: The third time was NOT the charm. On the heels of similar referendum issues defeated in 1978 and 1993, OHSAA member schools voted to defeat a “Competitive Balance Proposal” created by the OHSAA. Public vs Private debates will continue – and so will Ohio’s current postseason format.

In data from the OHSAA released May 17, it was reported member schools voted 332-303 not to pass the OHSAA’s latest CBP. In 1978 a proposal lost 83.9-16.1 percent. In 1993 the vote was 66.8-33.2.

The outcome does not come as a shock. The small margin of defeat – and how many schools simply decided to let someone else decide their fate (183 districts did not return ballots) – however does. In a pool of 50-plus administrators and coaches we polled at JJHuddle, exactly ZERO said their school voted for it. Most disliked the Tradition Factor and several showed displeasure at the Socioeconomic Factor. Others didn’t like the OHSAA’s “blank check” philosophy in regards to future percentage changes without a member vote.

Regardless, the CBP has been put to bed for now.


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