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. Today, October is the focus.
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.
The growing rivalry between Coventry and Springfield was on display on both the football field and pitch in October. The Comets got the upper hand with a 35-21 win in a football game on Oct. 5. Tensions were high as the Spartans and Comets tangled on the pitch in a PTC soccer tilt in the final week of the regular season, with the Comets looking to rebound from a stunning 2-1 loss to LCCS four nights prior on their senior night. A 4-1 win for Coventry turned chippy in the second half as players from both teams exchanged words and tense looks.
One week later, the Spartans had a chance for revenge in a sectional tournament game after the Comets picked a spot in the brackets against their PTC rivals. Caleb Moye scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win on a controversial penalty kick. The triumph propelled the Spartans into a sectional tournament matchup with Manchester, which was coming off a PAC-7 championship.
A non-call on a possible hand ball by the Spartans in the box incensed Manchester coach Scott Carpenter, but the Spartans persevered and won 2-1 in overtime as senior forward Eric Kennedy scored on a breakaway.
As it had the previous season, the PTC County football title came down to the Mogadore-Southeast contest in the penultimate week of the season. Keyed by an interception return for a touchdown by senior Jake Cramer, multiple goal line stands and a late touchdown run by Strain, the Wildcats secured a 30-19 win and went on to clinch the title outright with a win at East Canton the following week.
The road was much tougher for Manchester, which needed to win its final three games to assure a playoff appearance. A 48-23 rout of Cuyhoga Valley Christian Academy sealed not only a playoff berth, but a home game in the first round. Lake found itself playing for something different in its season finale against Boardman. Their 49-35 win would prove to be significant as it was the last game 23-year head coach Jeff Durbin would coach before retiring in the spring.
The Coventry girls soccer team made history of its own by going 3-0-3 in PTC play behind goalie Alexis Gross to win a share of the league title for the first time. For Coventry cross country, senior Katelyn Kaltwasser placed 18th at the PTC championship meet to rank as the Comets' top finisher. Lake's Jacob Kernell advanced out of the district cross country meet and finished 17th at the Youngstown Division I regional meet with a time of 16:43.92.
Page 2 of 3 - Pink was the theme for the Green girls soccer team in a 2-0 win against North Canton Hoover as the game doubled as a fundraiser for breast cancer research. The fourth-annual Kick for the Cure event also saw the Bulldogs and Vikings boys teams battle to a 1-1 tie.
The Lake girls soccer team also had one of its best memories from the 2012 season in October, defeating Perry 2-0 in its regular-season finale to finish 12-4 and match the highest win total in school history, allowing just 15 goals on the year. The Blue Streaks and Bulldogs also did battle in a girls sectional tournament game and Tara McCausland's goal for Green was the lone score in a 1-0 win.
The LCCS golf team advanced out of the sectional tournament as a team for the first time, shooting a 353 team score to place second behind St. Thomas Aquinas. Tournament success was also on the agenda for the LCCS volleyball team, which won its first two Division IV sectional games.
With two teams chasing state championships, October was a month full of big moments for the Polar Bears. After adding a district championship to their resume, the girls golf team headed to Columbus with a title in their sight. District tournament medalist Cassie Pantelas and Grace led the way, with Grace bettering her Federal League tournament score with a 67 at the sectional and teaming with Pantelas for a solid 1-2 punch at the district tournament.
Both golfers earned Associated Press Second Team All-Ohio honors in helping Jackson to a third-place finish at the state tournament.
Tournament dominance continued to be the theme for the girls cross country team, which captured the Federal League title as Jody Musser and Greta Taylor both earned First Team All-Federal League recognition. Ben Hyde and Alex Mallue also made the first team for the Jackson boys, helping the team to a third-place result.
Postseason success was on the agenda for the girls tennis team as well. The Polar Bears advanced to the final eight in the state for the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association (OCTA) team tournament and in a Sweet 16 matchup, reversed the outcome of their earlier match with Hoover in a 3-2 win. In the individual portion of the postseason, sophomore Tessa Hill won a Division I sectional singles title, with Leah Shaheen and Kalyn Schirack also advancing to the district tournament at Oberlin College. Hill was the lone Jackson player to qualify for the state tournament.
October's run of postseason victories included the volleyball team breezing through the early rounds of the sectional and regional tournaments with wins over Massillon, Canton Timken, Wooster, Lake and Dublin Coffman. In a two-hour regional final, Jackson outlasted Pickerington North in five sets, winning the fifth set 15-8.
Page 3 of 3 - The best month of the year for the Jackson football team featured three wins in four games as the Polar Bears tried to rebound from a 1-4 start and steal a playoff spot with a strong finish. An international win was part of the mix with a 47-0 shutout of Villanova College (Ontario, Canada) to start the month. On Oct. 19, a 6-3 win over Perry not only improved Jackson to 5-4, but accomplished something much bigger than football.
Jackson Middle School counselor Luis Lacourt, a prostate cancer survivor, spoke to the crowd at halftime while flanked by 25 fellow cancer survivors as part of "Tackle Prostate Cancer" night. A 40-7 loss to Hoover in the final week of the regular season doused the Polar Bears' remaining postseason hopes.
Shutouts were in plentiful supply for Jackson soccer as the boys and girls teams both pitched two shutouts en route to district tournament titles. The girls claimed their district crown with a 4-0 win over Boardman, capping a three-game run in which they outscored their opponents 18-1. The outcome was much closer for the boys team, which upset top seed GlenOak 3-2 in a shootout to win the Austintown Division I district. Goalkeeper Michael Metzger made the winning save after his teammates converted all five of their shots.
A 5-2 loss to Aurora in a regional semifinal ended the year for the Polar Bears.
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