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  • Suburbanite sports year in review: March

  • 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, winter sports wrap with the championship runs of March.

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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. Today, winter sports wrap with the championship runs of March.
    March
    The Manchester Panthers wrestled their way to success at the district meet, sending three wrestlers on to the state meet: freshman Bobby Bowen (106 pounds), junior Bobby Bowen (113) and Hanzel. Joey Bowen reached the podium in Columbus with a seventh-place finish. Carson gave Lake a podium appearance with a second-place finish at 132 pounds in Division I.
    Springfield's successful bowling season continued as the girls team reached the state tournament for the first time with a fifth-place finish at the district tournament in Warren. Their success was Green's loss as the Bulldogs ranked sixth, one spot away from earning a trip to Columbus. Chelsea Crihfield led Springfield with a high game of 240.
    Green breaststroke specialist Kennedy Herbert and Lake diver Jon Schlafer both placed fifth at the Division I state meet at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. Herbert earned the right to shave coach Mike Lazor's head by reaching Columbus and her finish was the highest ever for a Green swimmer.
    The North Canton Division I district girls basketball tournament was a meat grinder of talented teams and top players. Green battled from start to finish against Federal League power Canton McKinley, but fell 52-38. Lake ousted McKinley 52-48 in the district semifinal round, setting up a thrilling showdown with North Canton Hoover in the district final. Senior guard Miranda Diesz rimmed out a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Vikings prevailed, 39-36.
    The drama was even higher in Alliance, where the Lake boys staged a double-digit rally in their first game to oust Canfield. Green suffered the ultimate gut-punch loss, blowing an eight-point lead in the final minute of regulation in a district semifinal and losing at the buzzer in overtime as Hoover standout Dom Iero swished a 30-foot, fadeaway 3 for a 67-66 win.
    Hoover repeated its Houdini act in the district final, rallying to beat Lake 51-49 as Harrison Blackledge's layup with five seconds left gave the Vikings a 51-49 win and the district title.
    LCCS reversed the outcome of its first-round loss last season in the Struthers Division IV sectional, routing Leetonia 53-34 in a first-round game before falling to Lowellville in the second round. Manchester met a similar fate as underdog St. Thomas Aquinas scored a 48-44 tournament upset.
    Coventry wrestling, after finishing second at sectionals, scored 65 points at the district meet and advanced senior heavyweight Travis Gosnell to the state meet as he recorded the 100th pin of his career.
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    Following the end of the girls basketball season, head coach Harold Fisher stepped down and the district began the search for his replacement.
    Marcelli finished his season on the podium at the Division I state wrestling tournament with a sixth-place result.
    Junior Autumn Heaton was named girls bowler of the year in the Federal League, while junior Corey Liebau (first team) and sophomore Vinnie Yacono (second team) earned all-league honors for the boys team. Heaton rolled a 608 series and freshman Melanie Snier contributed a 591 to help the Polar Bears finished second at the district meet to qualify for their third straight trip to the state tournament.
    After earning the top seed and a first-round bye in the Canton Division I district tournament, the boys basketball team was upset 54-49 in a district semifinal by Canton Timken to end its season at 15-7.
    Reach Andy at 330-899-2872 or andy.harris@thesuburbanite.com.
    On Twitter: @aharrisBURB

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