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 second annual Bucknuts/JJHuddle Ohio HS Winter Sports Team of the Year. And vote as many times as you like. It’s a competition. The winning team (and players) will receive an award and voting will conclude at noon on April 29.
*Elyria Wrestling (Vote Now)
The Pioneers recorded the program’s best season ever. And it’s one of note. At the Northeast Ohio Conference Tournament, Elyria won its first 25 matches and had pins in 10 of its first 11. The Pioneers had 12 semifinalists. Elyria eventually qualified a school-record eight wrestlers to the state tourney and had four district champs. The Pioneers finished D-I state runner-up with a school record 97 points for their highest finish at state since winning the title in 1973. Elyria had two individual champs, both of which return along with four other placers.
*Brecksville-Broadview Heights Gymnastics (Vote Now)
The Bees won all four events en route to their 12th consecutive state title (and 15th overall).
*Alter Girls Basketball (Vote Now)
The Knights became the first team in state history to finish 30-0 with a 57-42 win over Toledo Rogers in the D-II state final. The 15-point margin of victory was Alter’s closest in the postseason. The Knights beat seven teams that were ranked in the Division I Top 10 during the season, including D-I state champion Lakota West. The Knights finished ranked No. 12 in the nation according to USA Today. They were also the OGBR JJHuddle and AP state poll champs.
*Tri-Village Boys Basketball (Vote Now)
The Patriots won the program’s first state championship and became the first boys school in state history to finish 30-0 with a 48-46 win over Harvest Prep in the D-IV state final. The Patriots are 82-3 the last three years with three straight district and two straight regional titles. T-V was the National Guard JJHuddle and AP state poll champs.
*Defiance Boys Basketball (Vote Now)
The Bulldogs completed a rare trifecta when they won the program’s first basketball state title to go with previous state baseball and football crowns. Defiance beat Cleveland Central Catholic 49-45 in OT in the D-II final. It was the Bulldogs first appearance at state since 1940. Defiance also had an impressive 46-45 win over Dayton Dunbar in the state semis. The Bulldogs finish 27-2.
*Coldwater Boys & Girls Bowling (Vote Now)
The Cavaliers boys and girls program’s did something for the second time this season that no other school has ever done once – they both won D-II state titles. The championships also give each program three, which is also the most by any programs in state history. The Cavs swept both titles in 2012 as well.
*Fort Loramie Girls Basketball (Vote Now)
Despite losing eight seniors, including the school’s all-time leading scorer, from last year’s state semifinalist team, the Redskins reloaded, regrouped and returned to Columbus where they won the program’s second state title in three years with a 55-48 win over Waterford in the D-IV final. Loramie beat No. 1 ranked Berlin Hiland 45-36 in the state semis. Combined Waterford and Hiland shot 6-for-46 from 3 against Loramie. The Redskins also won their fifth regional title in six years. Loramie also wont he D-IV volleyball state title. Loramie finishes 26-4.
*Versailles Girls Basketball (Vote Now)
After losing nine seniors from last year’s D-III state runner-up squad, the Tigers rallied to return to the state tournament and win the program’s second state title with a 49-46 win over Ottawa-Glandorf in the state final. Versailles beat No. 1 and previously undefeated Chippewa 54-43 in the state semis. Versailles finishes 26-4.
*Lakota West Girls Basketball (Vote Now)
The Firebirds won the program’s first state title in their third trip to the state tournament with a 44-38 victory over Toledo Notre Dame in the D-I final. Lakota West advanced to the championship with a 53-50 win over Newark in the state semis. Finished regular season ranked No. 1 in the final OGBR JJH state poll. Ranked 9th in final AP state poll. The Firebirds finish 28-2.
*Wayne Boys Basketball (Vote Now)
The Warriors won the school’s first boys basketball state championship with a 65-57 win over No. 1 ranked Westerville South in the D-I state final. Wayne, which opened the season No. 1 and stayed there a good part of it, beat St. Edward 57-51 in the state semifinals. That victory avenged a loss to the Eagles in the D-I state football final. During the course of the season, Wayne beat then national No. 1 Findlay Prep (NV) and had other impressive victories over regional finalist Springfield (three times), Centerville (twice), Cleveland Central Catholic and Gahanna Lincoln. Wayne finishes 26-4.