No genders. No separation. Just simple competition. And the best at their crafts. Support your school. Support your sport. Support your region. Support your program. Support your alma mater. Support your favorite. Support your opinion. Vote now for the first annual Bucknuts/JJHuddle Ohio HS Winter Sports Team and Athlete of the Year. And vote as many times as you like. It’s a competition. The winner will receive an award and voting will conclude at noon on April 23.
Bucknuts/JJHuddle Ohio HS Winter Team of the Year
Massillon Perry Wrestling (Vote Now)
After finishing second nine times in the last 11 years, the Panthers broke through for their first D-I state title and they did it convincingly. Perry sent a school-record 11 wrestlers to the state meet. They went 10-1 in the first round. A 7-0 showing in the semifinals helped fuel a 185-90.5 win over Perrysburg in the team race. Perry also won the state dual team tournament in February.
West Holmes Girls Basketball (Vote Now)
The Knights, No. 1 in both the final AP D-II state poll and OGBR D-II National Guard JJH Power Poll, won the program’s fourth state title and first since 1986 with a convincing 62-45 win over undefeated Kettering Alter in the D-II final. West Holmes was the only girls team in Ohio in any division to finish unbeaten (29-0). The Knights were the ONG JJH Team of the Week in Week 7.
Gates Mills Hawken Girls Swimming (Vote Now)
The Hawks won their 16th straight D-II state title and 18th in the last 19 years. Hawken’s 24 overall titles trails only St. Xavier Boys Swimming (35) and St. Edward Wrestling (27) for most by any program (regardless of gender) in state history.
Convoy Crestview Boys Basketball (Vote Now)
The Knights completed the state’s lone undefeated season (29-0) by a boys basketball team and captured the school’s first state title in three trips to state with a 71-44 win over St. Thomas Aquinas in the D-IV final. Crestview opened the third quarter with an 18-0 run. The Knights were ranked No. 1 in the final National Guard JJH D-IV Power Poll and AP D-IV State Poll. Crestview is the the first D-IV team to finish unbeaten since 2008 (New Knoxville). Said JJHuddle basketball senior writer Kurt Stubbs: “Convoy Crestview is a great team. The Knights rank among the best DIV teams we’ve ever covered. A true team in every sense of the word.”
Brecksville-Broadview Heights Gymnastics (Vote Now)
The Bees won their 11th straight state championship by finishing first in all four disciplines: vault, uneven bars, beam and floor exercise. Complete dominance. Again.
Sylvania Northview Ice Hockey (Vote Now)
The Wildcats claimed their second state championship (a co-title) with a 1-1 tie against St. Ignatius in the state championship. The game, the longest in state final history and second longest overall, was called after the seventh overtime period. The state final appearance was Northview’s third straight and fourth in five years. Wildcats goaltender David Marsh set a state tournament record with 77 saves in the final.
Norwalk Boys Basketball (Vote Now)
Ranked No. 3 in the final National Guard JJH D-II Power Poll, Norwalk capped a historic season by winning its first boys basketball state title with a 65-58 victory over defending state champion Columbus Watterson. In addition to the state title, the Truckers put together the eighth longest regular season win streak in state history (57 games) before Ontario snapped it with a 63-61 win on Jan. 29. Norwalk, however, extracted revenge in the season finale, beating Ontario 69-47 to win a share of its fourth straight Northern Ohio League title. Before this current NOL title run, the Truckers last basketball league championship had come in 1962. Senior first cousins Jeff Thomas (Georgia State) and Ben Haraway (Malone) have been instrumental in the win streak and recent program success. Said JJHuddle basketball senior writer Kurt Stubbs, after watching the D-II final: “Rarely does Watterson play a team that plays as hard as it does, and today it ran into a team that happened to, while having the two most talented kids on the floor in Haraway and Thomas.”
St. Xavier Boys Swimming (Vote Now)
The Bombers finished first in the meet’s final event (the 400-yard freestyle relay) to win their sixth straight and 35th overall D-I state title. St. X edged Toledo St. Francis 255-238. The Bombers 35 titles are the most by any program in any sport regardless of gender in state history.
Graham Wrestling (Vote Now)
The Falcons won a record 14th straight state wrestling championship, breaking the previous record of 13 consecutive set by St. Edward (from 1997-2009). Graham had four individual champions and five finalists. It’s the Falcons 16th title overall. Graham also won the D-II Dual Team State Championship.
Reedsville Eastern Girls Basketball (Vote Now)
The Eagles finished the season undefeated against Ohio competition and with the first state title in school history. Eastern beat Zanesville Rosecrans 49-38 in the D-IV final. The Eagles also finished the season ranked No. 1 in the final OGBR D-I National Guard JJH Power Poll and AP State Poll. Eastern’s lone loss? 70-68 in OT to West Virginia small school No. 1 St. Joseph Central (Huntington, WV).
Beavercreek Girls Bowling (Vote Now)
The Beavers became the first D-I program to win two state titles in the sport. Creek won the inaugural state title in 2007 and eight years later won its second. The Beavers have appeared in all eight state tournaments. Creek rallied from a 0-2 deficit in the state final against Akron Coventry to win 3-2. The Beavers won their first round (Bowling Green) and state semifinal (Austintown-Fitch) matches 3-2 as well. Creek was the No. 3 seed entering the tournament.
Cleveland St. Ignatius Ice Hockey (Vote Now)
The Wildcats claimed their third state championship (a co-title) and first since 2010 with a 1-1 tie against Sylvania Northview in the state championship. The game, the longest in state final history and second longest overall, was called after the seventh overtime period.
Delta Wrestling (Vote Now)
The Panthers won the Division III wrestling state title (their first since 1999) despite not having a single individual champion. Delta qualified a school-record 12 wrestlers to state. The Panthers also defended their D-III Dual Team State Championship.
Cincinnati Ursuline Girls Swimming (Vote Now)
Dominance? The Lions won eight of 11 events to defend their D-I state title. It was their seventh title overall.
The winner receives a commemorative trophy/plaque.
Bucknuts/JJHuddle Ohio HS Winter Athlete of the Year
Micah Jordan, sr., Graham, #wrestling (Vote Now)
The son of head coach Jeff Jordan, Micah added to the family legacy by winning his fourth state title. He joins his brother (Bo), father and uncle (Jim Jordan) in being a four-time state champ. Sprinkle in cousins Issac and Ben and the Jordan’s own 22 state wrestling titles – the most of any family in the country. Micah Jordan, who is headed to Ohio State, ends his career with a record of 187-9. He was 99-1 the last two years. Finished this season 48-0 and ranked No. 1 nationally at 145 pounds. Jordan was named the Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association Most Valuable Wrestler at the D-II state meet after becoming the 26th wrestler in state history to win four titles. Also named the 2014 JJHuddle Ohio HS Wrestler of the Year.
Luke Kennard, jr., Franklin, #boysbasketball (Vote Now)
Celebrated prospect was named the National Guard JJHuddle Ohio High School Boys Basketball Player of the Year (generated over 50,000 votes) on Sunday and committed to Duke (over Ohio State and Kentucky) on Monday. That came on the heels of being named Ohio’s AP Mr. Basketball winner. A two-time SWBL Southwestern Division Player of the Year, Kennard broke Franklin’s single-game scoring record three times this season, the last of which was his highest (a 59-point effort against Monroe). Kennard averaged 41.1 points, 10.7 rebounds and four assists. He scored over 50 three times and under 30 twice. Kennard enters his senior season with 1,910 points. He is Franklin’s career leader in rebounding and 3-pointers.
Brock Turner, sr., Oakwood, #swimming (Vote Now)
Senior and Stanford recruit was named Outstanding Swimmer at the D-II state meet after winning his third straight 500 freestyle state title in state finals record time. He also won his second straight 200 free state title and anchored both of the Lumberjacks’ winning 200- and 400-free relays. Oakwood defended its team title.
Laina Snyder, sr., West Holmes, #girlsbasketball (Vote Now)
One of the state’s top post players ever, Snyder owns the West Holmes career rebounding record (over 1,100) and owns single-game rebounding records at two of Ohio’s most prestigious events – the Classic in the Country (24) and the OHSAA D-II state tournament (19). Snyder surpassed 1,000 career points as a junior. Headed to Ashland and named one of Ohio’s Top 25 seniors by the OGBR, Snyder helped the Knights win their fourth girls basketball state title and first since 1986. Named first team OGBR JJHuddle All-Ohio.
Alecia Farina, so., Brecksville-Broadview Heights, #gymnastics (Vote Now)
Put together one of the most impressive performances in state history en route to winning her second straight all-around individual state championship. Farina scored 38.325 points, which is the third highest total in state history. She won individual state titles on the bars and vault and was runner-up on floor and on beam.
Jenna Burdette, sr., Reedsville Eastern, #girlsbasketball (Vote Now)
University of Dayton recruit became the school’s all-time leading scorer (male or female) when she broke the 40-year old record set by Dennis Eichenger with 23 points in a 70-38 win over Olentangy Liberty at the Pickerington Prep Shoot Out. Burdette, a four-time first team AP D-IV All-Ohioan, tied a D-IV state semifinal record with 38 points in a win over Fort Loramie. She scored 37 in the regional finals and 24 in the state final (which Eastern won). Named one of Ohio’s Top 25 seniors by the OGBR and honorable mention OGBR JJHuddle All-Ohio.
Alisabeth Marsteller, sr., Cincinnati Ursuline, #swimming (Vote Now)
Senior set two state records and was eight-hundredths shy of a third at the D-I state meet. A Princeton recruit, Marsteller swam 1:46.78 in the 200 freestyle to break Whitney Myers’ mark of 1:47.19 set in 2002. Marsteller also finished .08 seconds off the state record in the 100 free with a winning time of 49.75. Marsteller’s third state title and second record came in the 400 free relay where the Lions finished in 3;21.89, breaking their own record of 3:23.19 set last year.
Kelsey Mitchell, sr., Princeton, #girlsbasketball (Vote Now)
Four-time first team All-Greater Miami Conference selection and three-time GMC Player of the Year, Mitchell led the Vikings to the D-I state title by scoring 30 points in the state championship (a 61-55 win over North Canton Hoover). Headed to Ohio State, Mitchell was the GMC leader in points (24.9), assists (4.2) and steals (4.1). She scored a career-high 50 in a regional final win over defending state champion Fairmont. A McDonald’s All-American and named one of Ohio’s Top 25 seniors by the OGBR, Mitchell was the Ohio AP’s Ms. Basketball winner. Also named first team OGBR JJHuddle All-Ohio.
Jacob Danishek, sr., Dayton Christian, #wrestling (Vote Now)
Indiana recruit capped a 43-0 season at 152 pounds by winning his fourth state championship. Finished career 186-5 and ranked No 2 nationally. Danishek was named the Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association Most Valuable Wrestler at the D-III state meet after becoming the 27th wrestler in state history to win four titles.
Grant House, fr., St. Xavier, #swimming (Vote Now)
Named co-winner of the Outstanding Swimmer Award at the D-I state swim meet after leading the Bombers to their sixth straight championship and 35th overall. House won the 100 and 200 freestyle events and also anchored the winning 400-free relay. House won the 200 by nearly three seconds and the 100 by nearly a second.
Taylor Bodey, sr., Urbana, #bowling (Vote Now)
Became the first bowler in state finals history (boy or girl) to roll a 300 game when she accomplished that feat at the D-II state tournament. Bodey’s three-game total (191-167-300) gave her a total of 658 and an eight-pin win over Kenton Ridge sophomore Alyx Kearney. Bodey trailed Kearney by 66 pins entering the third and final game. Only four other girls in Ohio HS history have rolled 300 games in competition (regular or postseason).