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  • Suburbanite sports year in review: April

  • 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, take a look at the start of spring sports with the month of April.

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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, take a look at the start of spring sports with the month of April.
    SPRING IN REVIEW
    April
    A new chapter began for Green athletics as the school launched its boys volleyball program under the direction of Marissa Tharp. The team, created as a result of a push made by students interested in playing, tackled a 10-game schedule in its inaugural season.
    The postseason honors rolled in for both Lake and Manchester girls basketball. Lake senior McKenna Stephens was named Associated Press Third Team All-Ohio after averaging 13.6 points and six rebounds per game and leading the Blue Streaks to a district title game appearance. Manchester's Kayci Krzynowek and Alex Klein earned honorable mention and special mention recognition in Division II.
    Green's Dan Fanelly became the first player in school history to be named Division I First Team All-Ohio with averages of 19.6 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. Lake's Mitchell Spotleson snagged honorable mention in Division I, while Springfield's Victor Dorsey and Manchester's Nick Peyakov received special mention recognition in Division II and III, respectively.
    A fixture on the high school football scene called it quits as Lake coach Jeff Durbin retired after 23 seasons leading the Blue Streaks. Durbin stepped down with a 163-98 overall record.
    Baseball and softball seasons got underway with an uncharacteristic spell of warm spring weather and Springfield took advantage of the sunshine for back-to-back wins against PTC rival Streetsboro. Lake Center Christian doubled up its winning ways as its baseball and softball teams played at the same time on adjacent fields and defeated Waterloo and Rootstown, respectively.
    Junior Jon Wittmer scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh to give the Tigers a walk-off win, while Amanda Floyd struck out 10 in a complete game to lead the softball team to a 6-1 triumph.
    Manchester baseball posted its best start in six years, winning eight of its first 12 contests.
    Springfield softball began its pursuit of another state title by winning nine of its first 10 games, including a 5-2 win against Kent Roosevelt as First Team All-Ohio pitcher Quartni Whited held the Rough Riders in check.
    LCCS, Springfield and Mogadore battled in a double dual track meet on a rainy day at Wildcat Stadium. LCCS recorded school records in the boys 4x100 and 4x200 relays as sophomores Aaron Schultz, Joey Zavrelli and Wade Kyser and senior Trevor Rainieri broke both marks. Springfield's Caleb Moye won the 1,600 against both opponents and the 800 against LCCS, while the Tigers' Jenae Linville coasted to wins in the shot put and discus.
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    A season with question marks began for the boys tennis team as the Polar Bears took to the court with freshmen in all three of their starting singles spots. But Joey Thomas, Jake Zalenski and Anthony Kanam didn't play like freshmen in leading their team to season-opening 5-0 wins over Revere and Wooster, including straight-set wins for all three players against the Generals. Federal League play also began well, as Lee Fortner's squad notched wins over McKinley and Boardman before taking on its biggest test to date, North Canton Hoover. Jackson prevailed despite having the conclusion of the match postponed due to inclement weather. Leading 2-1 and with two matches partially done, the Polar Bears won both for a 4-1 triumph.
    With a resounding 14-4 win over Stow, the girls lacrosse team started a season that would reach historic places. Junior Anna Seanor, on her way to 57 goals for the season, recorded four goals and two assists in the win. Fellow junior Madison Sirpilla continued a hot start of her own with back-to-back four-goal games against Stow and Green. The remainder of the month was spent traversing the roads of Northeast Ohio and heading south to Columbus for the Hannigan-Galipault tournament at Thomas Worthington High School. The month ended with two last-second results as Western Reserve Academy scored with 1.2 seconds left for the win and Seanor matched the feat with a game-winning goal with 1.1 seconds remaining in an 11-10 defeat of Shaker Heights.
    A bitter loss launched the year for the boys lacrosse team, which dropped its season opener on the road to University School, 12-11 in overtime. The Polar Bears roared back with 35 goals in their next two games, defeating Medina (15-9) and Green (20-0). They would lose just once for the rest of the month, ending April with a 6-2 record.
    April started on a sour note for the softball team with an 11-0 loss to Louisville. However, Jackie Pizto's team responded by winning three of its next five to even its record at 3-3, capped by a 12-7 win over Hudson. Abby Funk led the Polar Bears with four hits and drove in four runs to pace a 16-hit attack.
    Reach Andy at 330-899-2872 or andy.harris@TheSuburbanite.com.
    On Twitter: @aharrisBURB

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