A look back at Ohio's top prep sports stories from the last 12 months...Issues, State Titles, First Times for Everything and more. It was another spectacular year for Ohio High School Sports.
JJHuddle Top 30 HS Sports Stories of 2012
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*Columbus DeSales wins back-to-back D-II baseball titles
*Minster wins back-to-back D-IV baseball titles
*Pickerington Central wins first D-I boys basketball title
*Liberty Center wins back-to-back D-III girls XC state titles
*Sylvania Northview wins first ice hockey state title after being runner-up four times
*Gates Mills Hawken finishes runner-up for the eighth time in nine boys soccer finals
*Cincinnati Ursuline wins D-I volleyball title, becomes the seventh school with at least five state volleyball titles
30. Peninsula Woodridge wins sixth D-II boys XC state title in seven years: Woodridge claimed its sixth D-II boys cross country championship in seven years after finishing fourth in 2011.
29. LeGrange Keystone makes 13th state softball state tournament, wins third title: The Wildcats avenged a loss to Poland Seminary in the 2011 title game with a 4-0 semifinal win and then snapped Greenville’s 22-game win streak in the Division II final to win their third state softball championship. Keystone was playing in its 13th state tournament (all since 1992). Senior P/1B Kenzie Conrad was an ESPNHS first team All-American and head coach Jim Plazza was the ESPNHS National Coach of the Year.
28. Akron St. Vincent-St, Mary wins fourth straight girls D-II XC state title: For the fourth consecutive year Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary found itself holding the girls Division II team championship trophy. The Irish were led by freshman Rachel Iacofano, who finished second overall and senior Marissa Rossetti who finished ninth.
27. Upper Arlington wins eighth straight D-I girls swimming state title: Despite four first-place finishes from a determined Cincinnati Ursuline Academy team, Upper Arlington scored 300.5 points en route to winning the Division I girls swimming state championship for the eighth consecutive year. UA was led by freshman Grace Long, who brought home a first place finish in the 100 freestyle (50.71) and then contributed to the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay teams. Long joined Jessica Miller (Sr.), Jenny Smith (So.) and Gabby Veri (Sr.) to win the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:34.68 then teamed up with Lauren Comer (Sr.), Smith and Veri to win the 400 freestyle relay with a record-breaking time of 3:24.24. They were UA’s second consecutive titles in both events.
26. Casstown Miami East defends D-III volleyball state title, doesn’t lose a set in the postseason: Miami East held off Columbus Ready and defended its Division III volleyball state title in dominating fashion with a 3-0 win (28-26, 25-15, 25-17) in the final. The Vikings rolled through the postseason and finished the state tournament without losing a single set. Miami East’s back-to-back state titles have come in their first two appearances at the state tournament (2012, 2011).
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