CLEVELAND, Ohio – The 2013-14 high school sports calendar is now complete. Many state champions were crowned in the finals days of May and first week of June.
But there’s still another winner to be decided.
Today, we continue our “Who Won the Month?” feature by asking our readers to measure the winners in a new way.
Each month we’ll compile a list of candidates from the teams, athletes, events and other happenings that shaped the high school sports landscape over the previous 30-odd days. Then, we’ll ask you to vote in a poll for the one you think was the most significant.
We’ve combined May and June together for this poll, and it will be open for one week of voting (closes June 15). Watch for a post on June 16 announcing the May-June winner.
The top vote getter each month will be entered into a year-end competition to determine who won the year.
Here’s a look at the May/June contenders, followed by this month’s poll:
Chagrin Falls boys lacrosse reached the Division II state final on June 7. The Tigers lost to Mariemont, 10-9, but not after a late rally that had the defending state champ on the ropes.
Cuyahoga Heights softball won the school’s first state championship on June 7 with a 2-1 Division II state final victory against Minster. A Brittany Nero single in the bottom of the seventh drove home the game-winning run.
Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy junior Ryan Adams won the Division II 1600 and 800 titles, and anchored the winning 4×800 relay at the state meet June 6-7. Those finishes helped the Royals claim the team runner-up trophy.
Glenville boys track and field won its 15th Division I state team title on June 7. The Tarblooders’ first title since 2007 was highlighted by Davon Anderson, who was part of two winning relays (4×100, 4×400), won the 110 hurdles and was runner-up in the 300 hurdles.
Medina girls lacrosse reached its sixth consecutive final four before falling in the Division I state final to Sycamore, 14-6. The Bees finished 17-3.
North Royalton baseball made its first state final four appearance before falling to Massillon Jackson, 5-1, in the Division I state final on June 7. The Bears finished 22-8 under first-year coach Brad Klingbeil.
The OHSAA’s competitive balance referendum was approved by a statewide vote of principals May 1-15. A multiplier formula will be applied to all OHSAA member schools beginning in 2016-17, resulting in adjusted division placement.
The OHSAA adopted a football point differential rule aimed at lowering the risk of injury in lopsided games. A 30-point margin in the second half will lead to a running clock next season.
St. Ignatius tennis player Nathan Griffin won the Division I state tennis title May 31. Griffin became the Wildcats’ first tennis state champion with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over Zach Berry of Springboro.
Solon girls track and field remained on top of the Division I mountain by winning its second consecutive team state title June 7. The Comets finished in the top five of seven events, and got a state title from Jelvon Butler in the 200.
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