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 hit the homestretch with the month of February.
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.
For several years, Youngstown Christian had been a dominant team in the LCCS boys basketball team's district tournament bracket. The Tigers finally broke through against the Eagles in a dramatic, 51-48 regular-season win featuring big runs by both teams. LCCS used its size edge for a 41-26 rebounding advantage.
Springfield's turnaround season continued as Victor Dorsey turned in a stellar all-around game - 25 points, 14 rebounds, six blocks, four assists and two steals - in a 54-38 PTC home win over Field. The triumph pushed the Spartans into double digits with 10 wins. The school's girls team saw a rebirth of its own, winning its sixth game of the season in a 57-44 road triumph against North to match its combined victory total from the previous two seasons. Their season ended one week later with a tournament loss to Canton South.
The turnaround trend was in force at Coventry boys basketball as well. Wins over Ravenna and LCCS improved Lynn Wess' team to 11-9 and despite a season-finale loss to Springfield, the Comets attained their goal of a winning record for the year.
Continued success was on the menu for the Manchester Panthers as junior Kayci Kryznowek powered her team with 23 points and seven assists in a key win over Fairless to push the Panthers one step closer to their ninth straight league title, an honor they clinched by month's end. Green may have been out of the Suburban League race, but the Bulldogs pulled a big upset by toppling Tallmadge 34-25 as Tarah McCausland and Erika Rector led the team with 10 points each.
Back-to-back wins over Massillon and Canton Timken boosted the Lake girls bowling team to 9-6 on the season as junior Robyn King rolled a 456 to lead the Blue Streaks over the Tigers. Coventry and Springfield finished strong in the PTC girls bowling race, with the Spartans claiming the regular-season title and the Comets winning the tournament crown in an emotional victory they dedicated to former coach Dave McCormick.
"You can hear, 'All right...do it for Dave on 3...1,2,3...do it for Dave,' ring out across Summit County when the girls call it out," Monroe said after the tournament win.
The Green boys bowling team wrapped up an unbeaten regular season, finishing 19-0 and claiming the Greater Summit Conference League championship. The Green girls were close behind at 17-1 and also won to GSC title.
Lake wrestling participated in the first year of the state team tournament, which preceded the traditional individual incarnation of the state tournment. Alec Cotton and Zac Carson ran their records to 34-5 and 35-3, respectively, with three wins in the state team event.
Page 2 of 3 - Arguably the game of the year took place at Lake as the Blue Streaks and Polar Bears staged an epic, double-overtime thriller that featured buzzer beaters, last-minute fouls and heroics on both sides. Before a standing room-only crowd of 1,800, Lake prevailed 93-92 to clinch the Federal League title and cut down the nets afterward. Their peers in the pool were on a roll was well, with Lake advancing a record seven competitors to the district meet. Green sent six swimmers on to the district level as well and placed third at the sectional meet.
The dramatics on the court continued for Jackson girls basketball as Grace recorded the winning points in a 36-35 defeat of Canton Central Catholic with a short jumper in the final minute. The regular season came to a close with a 63-55 win over Kenmore and with 12 wins, the Polar Bears entered postseason play looking for their first tournament win since 2009. They found it in a 47-44 North Canton Division I sectional contest against Massillon. Wooster brought the curtain down on the season with a win in a sectional final matchup. Grace finished as the team's leading scorer with 13.7 ppg, with Abby Duffy posting averages of 11.3 ppg and 9.7 rpg.
One month after Hoover handed them their first league loss, the Polar Bears kept their hopes for a Federal League boys basketball crown alive with a 57-49 downing of the Vikings. That set up one of the best games in recent league history and one of the contests of the year in Northeast Ohio as Jackson and Lake locked horns with a championship on the line.
Before a standing room-only crowd of more than 1,600 at Lake, a double-overtime battle unfolded, featuring a 43-point effort from junior Evan Bailey and a game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer by Jake Vassas to send the game into overtime.
Lake’s Chaese Vaudrin tied the contest again with a 3-pointer with six seconds left in the first overtime to force a second extra period. The Blue Streaks prevailed 93-92 after Vaudrin's younger brother Chandler took a key late-game charge, followed by a Lake turnover and a missed potential game-tying free throw with 0.1 seconds left by Nick Dillon to allow Lake to claim its first-ever Federal League title.
After grinding out close wins all season long, the wrestling team closed out its dual meet season with a 37-33 defeat of Boardman to up its record to 10-2. Justyn Bostic (113 pounds), Lucas Marcelli (145) and Charlie Dear (182) all successfully navigated the road through the sectional and district meets and qualified for the state tournament in Columbus.
A chance for revenge was realized as the girls swimming team avenged its loss to Wooster by outdueling the Generals for the sectional championship as the 200 medley relay of Haley Locke, Victoria Addis, Chase Kinney and Biz Graeff set a sectional record, and Kinney set sectional records in the 50 and 100 freestyle. The Jackson boys chipped in a second-place finish at the meet. One week later, the girls recorded their best result in school history at the district meet with a fourth-place finish. Kinney added to her standout season with district championships in the 50 and 100 freestyle. She also swam on the 200 freestyle relay team as it claimed a district title.
Page 3 of 3 - To cap the season, the girls team added another school best by ranking seventh at the state meet. Kinney doubled up in her signature events, setting state records in the 50 and 100 freestyle to win two gold medals. The 200 medley relay team (8th) and 200 freestyle relay (4th) also added to the team's scoring total. A year full of records also included new top efforts in the boys 200 medley relay (Matt Pech, Drew Fulton, Michael Mueller, Michael Biclawski) and 100 breaststroke (Fulton).
The boys and girls bowling teams wrapped up their seasons in Federal League, with the boys finishing sixth with a 4-8 league mark and the girls placing second behind Perry, which went unbeaten at 12-0, with a 9-3 league ledger.
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