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The Suburbanite
  • Suburbanite sports year in review: January

  • 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, it's time for a review of the month of January.

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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.
    January
    Even without leading scorer Julia Guyton, the Green Bulldogs began the new year with a flourish. Tracy Miller's squad stepped out of league play and downed Northwest 51-36 to earn its fourth win of the season. Their counterparts on the Green boys team exited 2012 without a loss and kept it that way into early 2013, doubling up Tallmadge 70-35 and routing Garfield 70-45 as senior forward and College of Wooster recruit Dan Fanelly continued his strong play with 23 points against the Rams.
    After a slow start to the season, the Manchester Panthers rolled into 2013 winning seven of eight games, including a convincing 67-46 win over East Cleveland Shaw at the North Canton Lady Vikings Classic. One week into the new year, head coach Tucker Pappas and his team were in a three-way tie for first in the PAC-7 with a 5-1 league mark.
    Shaffer and the Spartans were likewise rounding into form and a 54-29 trouncing of Kent Roosevelt showed Springfield's defensive prowess. Senior guard Jon Hariharan harassed Roosevelt leading scorer Cameron Mitchell all night, holding the Rough Riders' top point man scoreless as the Spartans improved to 6-3 overall.
    Coventry made news away from the hardcourt when it hired former defensive coordinator Ed Egan to succeed Jeremi Hodgkinson as its head football coach. Egan also teaches physical eduction at Coventry Junior High.
    Lake's new year began swimmingly as its boys and girls swimming and diving teams racked up wins over Perry and Louisville in a tri-meet. Senior diver Jon Schlafer took first at the meet and also placed fifth at the Northeast Classic Invitational.
    Manchester wrestling had one of its best outings of the season at the Falcon Invitational, where sophomores Drew Braisel (145 pounds) and Jacob Hanzel (heavyweight) were crowned individual champions.
    Lake Center Christian's girls team finally broke into the win column with a victory over Our Lady of the Elms and added a second win before suffering a tough 64-29 setback to Springfield in a rivalry game played three days earlier than scheduled due to a scheduling conflict.
    Jackson
    A trip to the Steel City was the first order of business for the swimming teams as they started the new year. Both squads battled West Allegheny, whose girls team entered the season as the three-time defending Pittsburgh district champions. A road win in the truest sense was a definite boost for Jackson girls and the boys were victorious as well. Using the momentum from their interstate triumph, the girls team went on to best Boardman to move to 4-0 in Federal League competition. Despite losing to Wooster in a non-league meet the following day, the Polar Bears rebounded by beating North Canton Hoover to clinch the league title.
    Page 2 of 2 - The boys team, which defeated Wooster for the first time in 20 years, placed second at the Federal League meet behind Hoover.
    Another narrow league win buoyed the wrestling team as it eclipsed Lake by a score of 30-27. The result wasn’t quite as close as the Polar Bears rang up a 61-10 win over GlenOak to keep their Federal League success going. A fifth-place ranking at the Josh Hephner Memorial Tournament was another high point of the month on the mats.
    With Duffy back in the lineup, the girls basketball team began to find its rhythm. A 30-point win over Barberton featured a 16-point effort from sophomore guard Landrie Grace, who was in the midst of a 13-game streak of double-digit scoring efforts. Grace kept her streak going and notched 19 in a 60-55 overtime win against Northwest. The Polar Bears capped a solid month with their first-ever win at Boardman in a 37-27 defensive battle.
    Four days into the new year, the boys basketball team suffered its first Federal League loss as North Canton Hoover battled its bitter rival and left with a 59-52 win. Double-digit wins over Lake and GlenOak seemed to have the Polar Bears back on the right path, but the defense was not at its best in an 88-71 loss at Perry that further muddled a crowded race at the top of the league standings.