BOYS' TEAM OF THE YEAR
ST. VINCENT-ST. MARY
With LeBron James in attendance, the Irish completed an unforgettable season
by clinching the Division II crown with a 59-53 come-from-behind victory
over Thurgood Marshall. Led by the bruising interior play of senior forward
Daylen Harrison, who averaged a team-high 16.1 points and 6.8 boards,
SVSM finished the year 23-4. Harrison scored 21 points in the state finals,
while senior Michael Hammonds and sophomore Jakarr Sampson (nine
rebounds) each chipped in with 11.
After succumbing to Cleveland Heights at last year's outdoor state championship,
the Tarblooders raced to the indoor crown in 2009. Glenville earned
wins in the 4x200 and 4x800 relays to outdistance Trotwood-Madison, 48-40.
The Wildcats quickly erased a Week 1 defeat to Glenville by winning their
next 14 games, including a 28-20 triumph over Elder in the Division I finals.
The defense was stout, limiting opponents to less than nine points a game.
The Preppers exploded for goals on three consecutive shots over the final two
periods to claim the school's second state title with a 3-0 win over Toledo St.
John's Jesuit. Senior Pat Shedlock finished the year with 31 goals and 40 assists.
GIRLS' TEAM OF THE YEAR
In the last two years, the only thing that has stood between the Mustangs
and the Division I crown was two-time state champ St. Ursula. This year, St.
Ursula again got the better of Strongsville, 1-0, but the Mustangs are still the
premier squad in Northeast Ohio. The appearance in the title game marked
the fifth time in the last seven years Strongsville (21-2-1) reached the finals.
Senior midfielder Danielle Hubka, an NSCAA/adidas All-American, led the
way with 26 goals and 20 assists.
With juniors Erin Busbee and Amber Smith performing at a high level, the Railroaders
were crowned Division I champs in the winter. Smith won titles in the 60
hurdles and long jump, while Busbee took the crown in the triple jump.
After back-to-back second-place finishes in Division II, the Blazers won their
first state title, 52-46, over Wapakoneta in March. Junior Mylan Woods earned
All-Ohio honors after contributing 16 points a game.
Under coach Mike Davidson, Solon had the best showing of any Northeast Ohio
team at state. The Comets placed sixth with 127 points. Solon had eight swimmers
qualify for state and went undefeated in the Northeast Ohio Conference.