A Year in Review: Sports Highlights
Originally Published In: THE SPOTLIGHT VOLUME 83, ISSUE 8 (MAY 2007)
By Jared Heller
Boys Cross Country: The boys cross country team finished first at the NBC Early Meet and in the NBC Championship meet. Kyle Kling led the cross country team with the fastest times.
Girls Cross Country:The girls cross country team finished fourth at the North Canton Invitational and also fourth at the NBC Championship meet. Sam Norman led the team as she was constantly among the top places.
Football: Despite a tough schedule and a 1-3 start, the Leopards till managed to finish .500 with a record of 5-5. They outscored their final three opponents 104-18, which included a 58-6 dominating final game against their arch-rival, the Minerva Lions. The Leopards narrowly lost to Alliance, fell to Canton South in overtime, and lose to Northwest in the final minute. These unlucky breaks cost the Leopards a playoff birth for the first time since 1998.
Boys Soccer: The boys soccer team finished the season with an 11-4-2 record. Aaron Wiseman broke the school single season record with 32 goals. The Leps outscored their opponents 66-27 in what could be the Leopards best soccer team ever. The Leopards also tied Marlington 5-5 in the regular season, but fell to them in the playoffs 2-0.
Girls Soccer: The girls soccer team finished the season with a record of 10-6-2. Carley Adams scored two goals in the playoffs to lead the Leps in knocking off state-ranked Canfield 2-1. However, their season ended with a 3-0 loss to Youngstown Boardman in the second round.
Girls Tennis: The girls tennis team finished with a 7-11 record and a 4-4 record in the NBC.
Volleyball: The girls volleyball team finished with a record of 12-12 and a 7-7 record in the NBC. They swept the West Branch Warriors in the first round of the tournament 25-10, 25-19, and 25-12, but fell to Alliance in the next round.
Boys Basketball: The boys basketball team finished with a final record of 16-6 and won a share of the NBC tying with Alliance with a conference record of 12-2. The Leopards beat the Northwest Indians 53-46 in the first round of the district tournament, but fell to Triway 61-48 in the District Semifinal.
Girls Basketball: The girls basketball team finished the 2006-07 campaign with an 18-5 record and a 13-1 record in the NBC. They defeated Alliance 63-42 in the first round of the playoffs and next defeated the Coventry Comets 58-31. However, the Leopards fell to the Minerva Lions 44-39 in the district semifinals, spoiling a great season.
Wrestling: The wrestling team finished 3-4 in NBC matches. They beat Canton South 54-19, Alliance 36-24, and Minerva 49-19. At sectionals, Brett Dinger placed 2nd (135 lbs weight class), Jeremy Alfani placed 3rd (160 lbs weight class), and Joe Poyser (189 weight class). All three qualified for districts.
Boys Intramural Basketball: The senior teams dominated the league. Blitzkrieg went 6-0 in the regular season,bu Krystallnacht defeated the Convicts 67-45 in the Intramural Championship.
(Through April 25, 2007)
Boys Baseball: The boys baseball team holds a 12-6 record through the first 18 games. The Leps also have a 5-4 record in the NBC. They also earned an impressive 7-6 win over Notre Dame Cathedral Latin School and swept Lake in a double header.
Girls Softball: The girls softball team holds a 3-15 record through the first 18 games. However, the girls team won two games at the Tigertown Invitational and also defeated GlenOak.
Boys Tennis: The boys tennis team has started the season off 3-10 overall and 2-3 in the NBC. This included a 5-0 victory over West Branch, a 4-1 win over United, and a 3-2 win over Alliance. They also finished fourth at the Louisville DoublesClassic
Boys Track and Field: The boys track team has started off 1-4, with there only win coming against Canton South. They also finished 7th at the Claymont Invitational and 6th at the Fairless Invitational.
Girls Track and Field: The girls track team has started off 4-1 defeating all the NBC teams they have faced. They finished 7th at the Claymont Invitational and 6th at the Fairless Invitational. They also defeated Marlington for the first time in 11 years in girls track and field, the final was 71-57.