Rachel Baughman’s Double Overtime Golden Goal against North Canton gave the Lady Leopards their first ever Sectional Title to highlight a historic 15-3-1 season.
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West Branch took a 7-0 lead after two innings, but Louisville rallied & won on Grace Jackson’s walk-off single in the 7th. Annie Woolf also cracked 2 homers for the Lady Leopards in the contest.
In a battle between two 12-1 first place teams the Lady Leopards prevailed at Minerva 23-25, 25-20, 25-15, 25-21 to win their second outright NBC Title in three seasons.
The Lady Leopards Tennis shutout all 8 of their NBC opponents and did not lose a single set during that run. Gretchen Groves was named NBC Player of the Year and Rod Hall was named Coach of the Year.
Both Nick Koczwara and Mackenzie Rankin captured first place individually as the Leopards swept the NBC Meet. The Boys team won their 7th consecutive title and the Girls won their 4th consecutive championship.
In the preseason few critics gave the Lady Leopards a chance to win the NBC. On December 8, they used a 16-0 run to stun favorite West Branch 50-38 en rout to their third straight NBC Championship.
Trent Ohman led the Leopards offense and the defense delivered all night long to rally Louisville back from a devastating blow dealt by Alliance on September 28, 2012.
Louisville rallied to tie the game via Stephen Kerzan’s sac bunt in the 7th & Kyle White’s steal of home in the 8th before Joey Duckworht delivered a walk-off single in the 10th inning to defeat Marlington 11-10.
Allison Richmond & Amy Yu led the girls squad to a first place finish and Caleb Walters led the boys to a first place finish during the first ever NBC Swim Meet back on January 18.