The Warriors took control of the Licking County League standings with a three-set win at state-ranked and defending LCL champ Granville. After suffering back-to-back losses, Watkins has won eight straight and is 16-3.
Week 7 Ohio HS Teams of the Week
BOYS: Newton Local (Pleasant Hill) Golf
The Indians rallied from a seven-stroke deficit after nine holes to claim the program's first Division III District title with a one-stroke win over Fort Loramie at Beavercreek Gold Club. It is the first time Newton, whcih shot 343, has advanced to state. Senior Chet Jamison shot a blistering 33 on his final nine holes to claim medalist honors with a 73.
The Indians finished the regular season 11-2-2 and set a school record with 104 goals. Lilly Gray
leads the charge with 42 goals (and 17 assists), while Kristen Bradford
has chipped in 23 goals (and 13 assists). Kierra Stone
(48 points), Breauna Shoemaker
(40 points) and Arayha West
(28 points/team-high 22 assists) have also contributed heavily to the offensive output.
Week 8 Ohio HS Teams of the Week
GIRLS: Vanlue Volleyball
The Wildcats beat Lima Perry 3-0 in the regular season finale to finish with 11 wins, which is the most for the program in 41 years. Vanlue's 11-11 record is also the first time since 1977 that a Wildcats team finished with double-digit wins.
Under the direction of new head coach Nick Wilson, the Lady Roughriders took down undefeated Lima Shawnee on Oct. 4 in a game rescheduled due to a flooded field. St. Marys beat Shawnee 2-1 to move into a first-place tie in the Western Buckeye League and then won their first outright title in 10 years with a 4-2 comeback win over defending Wapakoneta.
Week 9 Ohio HS Teams of the Week
BOYS: Dublin Jerome Golf
The Celtics claimed the program's eighth state title and second in a row with a 25-stroke victory in Division I. Jerome, which held a five-stroke lead after the first day, wrapped the two-day event by shooting a 625 at Ohio State's Scarlett Course.
The Blazers dominated the D-II girls state tournament. Junior Nicole Gillinov, a three-time finalist, won her second straight title with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 victory over sophomore Sydni Ratliff from Gahanna Columbus Academy. In doubles action, the HB duo of Isabellla Daverio and Rebecca Wolf defeated teammates, junior Isabella Godsick and senior Megan Qiang, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 in the final. Godsick and Qiang were the defending state champions.
Week 10 Ohio HS Teams of the Week
BOYS: Madison (Middletown) Football
A year after earning the program's first postseason berth and winning a regional title, the Mohawks capped their first undefeated season with a 64-0 win over Waynesville. Madison outscored its opponents 450-45 this year and recorded six shutouts. The Mohawks outscored their six SWBL Buckeye Division foes 320-22.
The Bruins, two-time defending D-II state champions (five titles in last 10 years), won a Division I district title with a 3-1 victory over Wadsworth. Padua moved up a classification this year due to competitive balance. Padua (24-1) is currently ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 5 nationally according to the MaxPreps Computer Rankings
. The Bruins only lost three sets in the regular season (two came in the team's only loss to nationally-ranked Louisville Mercy).
Week 11 Ohio HS Teams of the Week
BOYS: Buckeye (Medina) Football
The Bucks rallied from a 25-21 deficit with 1:53 to go to captured the proram's first postseason win in 10 trips with a 28-25 victory over Alliance in a Division III regional quarterfinal. The decisive score came when quarterback Jacob Doerge hit Anthony Watkins for a 64-yard touchdown pass. The screen pass was Watkins only reception of the evening and Doerge's only completion (three attempts).
Despite not winning a league title this season, the Comets could win the state championship. Solon captured it's first regional title since 2006 with a 3-1 win over Massillon Jackson in D-I. Also beat Nordonia in the district finals and Riverside in the regional semis. Rides a nine-match win streak into Friday's semifinal with Parma Padua Franciscan
Week 12 Ohio HS Teams of the Week
BOYS: Summit Country Day (Cincinnati) Day Soccer
The Silver Knights won their sixth state title in seven years and a record fourth straight with a 4-0 win over Revere in the D-II state final. Due to competitive balance, Summit bumped up a division this season after playing in D-III in all its previous seasons. The Silver Knights have won a record 29-straight postseason games and own seven state titles overall. Summit's four goals ties a D-II state final record.
The Beavers recorded one of the best seasons in state history. Creek became the third team ever to finish 24-0-0 and captured the program's first state title with a 4-2 win over Strongsville in the D-I state final. The Beavers led 4-0 at half. Creek finished with 19 shutouts and had 14 consecutive at one point. Both tallies are good for second most in state history. The Beavers also finished with 140 goals, which also ranks second in state history.
Week 13 Ohio HS Teams of the Week
BOYS: Fort Loramie Football
Strapped with an athletic tradition that includes multiple state titles in boys basketball (three) and baseball (three), the Redskins captured the program's first regional title in football with a 48-20 win over Convoy Crestview in Division VII. The game was tied 14-14 at halftime. The Redskins are riding a 12-game win streak since losing to defending state champion Minster in Week 1.
The Green Wave advanced to the volleyball state tournament for the first time since 1982 and won the program;s first state title with a four-set win over Fenwick (semis) and a five-set win over Hartley (final). It was the school's first state title in any sports since 2006 (girls soccer). Holy Name finished 26-3.
Week 14 Ohio HS Teams of the Week
BOYS: Johnstown-Monroe Football
The Johnnies dispatched defending D-V state champion Wheelersburg and earned the program's first trip to the state football final with a 32-14 win in the state semifinals. Johnstown ran for 349 yards and completed its lone pass attempt.
The Indians punched the program's first ticket to the state football finals with a 53-48 shootout win over Licking Valley in a D-IV state semifinal.
Week 15 Ohio HS Teams of the Week
BOYS: Kenston (Chagrin Falls) Football
The Bombers won the program's first state title in their third state final appearance and first since 1995 with a convincing 42-6 victory over Alter in the Division III final. Kenston, which trailed 6-0 in the first quarter, was led by junior quarterback Jon Tomcufcik
(three touchdown passes), junior running back Jack Porter
(three rushing touchdowns) and senior receiver Bransen Stanley
(two touchdown receptions). Senior kicker Anna Sanders
went 6-for-6 on PATs and became the first female to score a point in an OHSAA state football final. Kenston averaged 40.3 points per game this season and scored 40 or more in four of five playoff games.
The Eagles captured the fourth state title in program history (all since 2010) with a stunning 24-10 win over nationally-ranked and undefeated Colerain in the D-I final. The Cardinals, which entered ranked No. 16 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25
, had won only two games by less than 23 points all season. St. Edward trailed 10-7 at half. Eagles senior quarterback Garrett Dzuro
connected with senior receiver and Michigan recruit Quintel Kent
for third and fourth quarter touchdowns. St. Edward, which opened the season 0-2, opened the playoffs by avenging a Week 10 loss to rival St. Ignatius. The Eagles, seeded seventh in Region 1, also beat Euclid, Mentor and Olentangy Liberty in the postseason.
Week 16 Ohio HS Teams of the Week
BOYS: Elder (Cincinnati) Basketball
The Panthers rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to beat longtime neighborhood rival and host Western Hills 56-51 for head coach Joe Schoenfeld's 400th career victory (all at Elder). Schoenfeld is 400-233 in 27-plus years at Elder and has led the Panthers to two state finals. Elder was the OHSAA D-I state champion in 1993.
Grizzlies won a an early season showdown of Northeast heavyweights with Stow (53-43) and also added double-digit wins over Cuyahoga Falls and North Royalton to improve to 5-0.
Week 17 Ohio HS Teams of the Week
BOYS: Westerville Central Bowling
Warhawks won the 32-team Pioneer Baker Bash in Columbus. WC finished
first after the qualifying rounds and then won all three bracketed
matches 2-0. In the finals the Warhawks edged runner-up Ashland 245-244
in the first game before winning the second 221-175.
The Rangers improved to 9-0 with road wins over Euclid and Chardon. Ranked No. 6 in the state
, North is averaging 67 points per game and has won every contest by double-digits.