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The Suburbanite
  • Suburbanite sports year in review: August

  • 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.
    August
    A year that would eventually include multiple tournament wins for Springfield soccer began with a three-way scrimmage with Coventry and Lake Center Christian. Head coach Mario Mattioli pointed to his five seniors as the key for the season and his words proved to be prophetic.
    The Lake Blue Streaks had a different sort of challenge as boys soccer alumni came back to battle the varsity team and posted a 4-2 win over their younger counterparts.
    LCCS had high hopes on the links as senior golfer Nate Raymondi started out strong in his quest to advance to the state meet. Tranisiton was another theme for the Tigers as Stephanie Hinchliffe took over the volleyball program and the Tigers struggled in the early going.
    Two of the area's most-storied high school football programs launched their seasons with title dreams, but Manchester and Mogadore walked different paths early on. The Panthers lost their first two games to Hillsdale and Woodridge, surrendering 74 points in the process.
    Conversely, the Wildcats overcame the absence of Associated Press First Team All-Ohio Division VI running back Gary Strain to gut out a 21-9 win over Crestwood and followed it with a high-powered, 42-26 win against Smithville. Two other Suburbanite-area schools did battle in the opening week of the season at Lake edged Green 20-14 in a non-league contest.
    Jackson
    The year began with lofty expectations for Jackson in multiple fall sports, but perhaps none higher than the girls golf team. With state championship aspirations, the Polar Bears started strong with first-place results at the Federal League pre-season tournament, the Northeast invitational, Walsh Jesuit's annual fall tournament and an event in Kentucky. To add to their solid first month, the Polar Bears posted a dual match win against North Canton Hoover.
    The boys golf team finished second to GlenOak at the pre-season Federal League tournament, shooting a 313. The Polar Bears added two top-four tournament finishes in the same week, including fourth at the Pickerington Invitational.
    Like their girls golf counterparts, the members of the volleyball team knew they faced steep expectations in 2012. A season-opening win over Perry was a harbinger of things to come for the Polar Bears en route to the best season in program history.
    With two games in August, the Jackson football team found itself battling the heat in addition to two non-league foes. Charlie Dear propelled the offense with two touchdown runs as Jackson bested University School 34-7 in their opener. The Jackson defense was solid, allowing just 80 rushing yards on 33 carries, and Dear rushed for 92 yards on 12 carries. The following week, a close battle with Green went the Bulldogs' way when the hosts scored the final 10 points to pull away for a 26-10 triumph that dropped coach Beau Balderson's squad to 1-1.
    Page 2 of 2 - The cross country program began its year on a grand scale with its alumni race.  More than 300 runners took part, including the varsity, junior varsity, middle school, alumni and students from the David YMCA Summer running program participating. The day included a 2-mile race with a picnic afterward. Both the boys and girls teams were selected to participate in the Ohio High School Athletic Association state preview meet and both teams finished in the top 10.
    A new season started with a dose of both success and disappointment for the girls tennis team, which ground out a 3-2 win over Kenston but also suffered a 4-1 defeat to Hoover, a contest in which, "Hoover played really good and we didn't have many answers," according to head coach Keith Kohmann.
    The new season came with a new look for the boys soccer team, which began the year with a lineup that bore little resemblance to last year. With a lineup led by James Haupt, the Polar Bears set out to rebuild on the fly.