Spotlight Sports Round-Up November 2006
Originally Published In: THE SPOTLIGHT Volume 83, Issue 2 (November 2006)
By Jared Heller
The Leopards had a fantastic season finishing with a record of 11-4-2. Aaron Wiseman set the school record for most goals in a season by scoring four against Northwest in the final game of the regular season. Wiseman finished the season with 32 goals and seven assists. The previously held record was 29 by Ricky Minster. Andrew Adams also scored 9 goals and Eric Emery added 5 assists. Goalie, Zack Kwasnicka, tried to fire up the Leps in their playoff game verses Marlington. However, after fighting hard, the Dukes won 2-0 and ended the Leps season. The Leopards still had a very impressive season, in which they outscored their opponents 66-27.
The Lady Leopards had an impressive season and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. They knocked off previously undefeated and state-ranked Canfield 2-1 in a sudden death overtime match. Carley Adams scored both goals, Kelsie Harmon and Andrea Lovejoy each had an assist, and Rachel Jervis had 11 saves in the victory. However, with several key injuries, the Lady Leps were outmatched in their next playoff game as Youngstown Boardman defeated them 3-0. The Lady Leps finished the season with a record of 10-6-2.
The Lady Leopards tennis team finished the season with a 7-11 record. However, there NBC record was 4-4. They defeated West Branch and Alliance twice , while also knocking off Canton McKinley 3-1.
The Leopards Cross Country teams did excellent this year. Sam Norman was the individual winner at the Cloverleaf Invitational. Both the girls and boys finished seventh at the Stark County Invitational, as Kyle Kling placed third and Sam Norman placed second overall. At the Medina Invitational, Norman was the top runner overall for the girls and Kling placed second overall for the boys. The boys team finished fifth, while the girls finished eight at Medina. The boys team took the NBC tournament crown with the help of Kling placing first, Jarod Williams fifth, and Adam Mickley coming in eighth. The girls took fifth in the tournament with Norman coming in second overall, while Sarah Fetrow and Megan Case coming in eleventh and thirteenth respectively. At the District Meet, the boys team finished sixth and the girls finished fifth. Kling finished fifth overall and Norman second. The Leps ran their hearts out this year and should be impressive in the upcoming years.
The Lady Leps finished with an even record and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. They defeated the West Branch Warriors in the first round of the playoffs, sweeping them in three games 25-10, 25-19, and 25-12. Kaylyn Woodhall was the top server with 10 points, Amanda Jaeb had 24 assists, and Diana Biller played great defense with 9 blocks. However, the Lady Leps couldn’t get past Alliance in a hard fought 14-25, 20-25, 25-16, 22-25 defeat. Carla Carper still had 22 points and 11 digs, Biller had 14 kills and 4 blocks, and Jaeb added 29 assists. The Lady Leopards ended the season with a 12-12 record and a 7-7 record in the NBC.