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  • Suburbanite sports year in review: September

  • A school year full of rivalry games, state champions, postseason runs and memorable moments came to a close with the state track and field championships in Columbus in the first weekend of June. With the year now complete, a look back reveals some of the hallmark moments and memories from the 2012-13 school year.

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  • A school year full of rivalry games, state champions, postseason runs and memorable moments came to a close with the state track and field championships in Columbus in the first weekend of June. With the year now complete, a look back reveals some of the hallmark moments and memories from the 2012-13 school year.
    September
    Mogadore's roll on the gridiron continued, but not without stiff tests. One-score wins against Northwestern (26-20) and Portage Trail Conference Woodridge (35-28) kept the Wildcats' hopes for an unbeaten season alive. Strain returned to the lineup after missing Week 1 and had 193 yards and one touchdown on 32 carries against the Bulldogs to help lead Mogadore to its 600th win in program history.
    Manchester rebounded from its slow start to sweep through the month unbeaten on the gridiron, keeping its playoff hopes alive.
    Springfield broke through with its first win of the season, scoring in the closing minutes for a 20-19 win over the Central Catholic Crusaders. Their PTC Metro rivals from Coventry found themselves on the right side of the .500 barrier after back-to-back wins over North and East. Green also hit its stride with five wins in six gams spanning late August, September and the first week of October.
    September also included a football win for LCCS over Canton McKinley - futbol, that is. The Tigers claimed a 7-2 boys soccer win over the Bulldogs as sophomore forward Joshua Sample scored two goals. LCCS golf suffered a case of the "back to school blues," losing three straight to St. Thomas Aquinas, Western Reserve Academy and Northwest, the last of the three defeat coming despite a nine-hole effort of 38 by Raymondi.
    After losing its first three matches of the season, Manchester girls tennis rallied to win three of its next four and improve its record to 4-3. A 3-2 defeat of Coventry pushed the Panthers over the break-even mark. The Comets found their first success of the season on the volleyball court with a three-set win over LCCS in a four-team volleyball contest. Cree Daniels led coach Kristen Barker's team with five kills on the afternoon.
    LCCS was able to rebound with a four-set win in a rivalry game against Springfield as outside hitters Bethany Schroll and Hannah Arnold dominated from the wings. The court wasn't as kind to the Manchester volleyball team, which suffered heavy losses to graduation and started its year 3-10.
    Dreams of a PTC boys soccer championship for Coventry took a hit with a 3-3 tie against Norton, but the Comets rebounded to stay within shouting distance of Kent Roosevelt at 2-0-1 in league play.
    Manchester boys soccer was on point from the start, bursting out of the gate with a 6-1 record. An experienced roster with 19 returning players allowed the Panthers to come together quickly and play consistently in the early going. Success was all around Manchester High School in September as the boys golf team finished with a 8-1 PAC-7 record to capture the league crown.
    Page 2 of 3 - The month was also a special one for Green student Jacob Bush, who received a surprise visit from the varsity boys golf team prior to competing in the Special Olympics. The Bulldogs also finished September victoriously on the volleyball court with a five-set Suburban League win over Copley.
    Jackson
    Changing pages on the calendar did nothing to slow the roll of the girls golf team as Teal Harvey's team finished its season 8-1 and 6-0 in the Federal League. The Polar Bears were the only unbeaten team in league play and edged Hoover for the regular-season title before completing a season sweep by capturing the postseason league tournament title. Landrie Grace capped her successful regular season with a 69 at the postseason league tournament.
    The boys golf team had its share of positive results during the month as well, including a dramatic, one-shot league win over North Canton Hoover. Their team score of 179 was just enough to edge out the Vikings, who shot a 180. A Federal League championship capped the regular season and the Polar Bears added a solid sectional tournament performance to qualify for the district meet. Their run ended with a team score of 359 and 15th-place finish at the district tournament.
    After a successful quad-match battle with Solon, Hudson and Lakeview, the volleyball team's early-season buzz was tempered by the loss of 6-foot-1 freshman outside hitter Brooke Bailey to an ankle injury that sidelined her for the next 12 games. Still, the Polar Bears kept their unbeaten streak going until Sept. 29, when they fell to Walsh Jesuit in the Ohio Power Volleyball tournament in Mentor.
    At the Dave Clegg North Canton Invitational, the boys cross country team placed second out of 12 teams, while the girls team won the title thanks to top-10 efforts by Jody Musser, Chase Kinney, Greta Taylor and Emma Dillon. Later in the month, both squads made history by becoming just the seventh boys-girls duo from the same school to win the Stark County championship meet. They matched the feat accomplished by Jackson in 1995 and the boys team became the first in the county to win consecutive titles in the past decade.
    September proved to be a taxing month on the gridiron for the Polar Bears. After a thrilling, offense-filled, 54-47 win over Avon Lake, three straight Federal League defeats put Jackson in a hole in both the league and postseason races that it would not be able to recover from. The most stinging defeat came at the hands of the Lake Blue Streaks, who managed just 224 total yards on offense but kept the Jackson offense out of the end zone in a 17-6 win.
    After their Hoover loss to end August, the girls tennis team responded by winning eight of 10 to enter the postseason playing their best tennis of the year. Wins over Walsh Jesuit and Columbus Bishop Watterson helped propel the Polar Bears into the Federal League tournament. With a tournament title, Jackson gained a measure of revenge against Hoover.
    Page 3 of 3 - Reach Andy at 330-899-2872 or andy.harris@thesuburbanite.com.
    On Twitter: @aharrisBURB

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