Top Memory Tuesdays This Summer & Honorable Mention Moments
As has become a Summer Tradition for this website, I will be counting down the Top 10 Leopards Sports Memories of the past school year. Each Tuesday we will look back at a Top Louisville Sports Moment all the way until the #1 Memory is released on August 12.
Please note that this is my personal list of top memories and this list is subjective. Although I am trying to be fair when judging the magnitude of these events in each sport, I am sure that there will be disagreement. Feel free to let your opinion be known on the Leopard Nation Facebook Page or Tweet at Us @LouisvilleLeps.
For now, here is a list of moments that did not make the Top 10, but were worthy of honorable mention:
Boys Soccer’s Revenge Against Salem
Back on August 27, Louisville Boys Soccer shockingly blew out visiting Salem 6-0. The Quakers had outscored the Leopards 16-1 in their previous two meetings coming into the match. Amazingly, Harrison Raub recorded a Hat Trick in the first 17 minutes of the contest. As it turned out, Salem was not what they had been and finished just 1-5-1 in the league. At the time nobody knew that though and the rout of revenge made the Leopards feel invincible. FULL STORY & HIGHLIGHTS: Leopards Erase History, Bury Quakers 6-0
Football Pulls Houdini on Hoover
Back on September 6, the Louisville Football team clinged to a 14-7 lead late in the fourth quarter against North Canton Hoover. The Vikings put together the drive of a lifetime going 85 yards on 20 plays and converting three times on fourth down. Hoover scored with 23 seconds remaining and lined up for the game-tying extra point. The ensuing snap was fumbled sending Louisville Leopards Stadium into pandemonium as the Leopards won 14-13. FULL STORY & HIGHLIGHTS: Louisville Pulls Houdini on Hoover
Boys Golf Downs NBC Champs on 5th Man Tie-Breaker
Back on September 11, the Boys Golf team defeated the eventual NBC Champion Carrollton Warriors 168-168 in a fifth man tie-breaker. Dom Lacerenza’s fifth highest score for Louisville (46) trumped the Warriors fifth best of 48. Carrollton would eventually prevail as NBC Regular Season Champions, but the victory at the time kept the Leopards very much in contention. FULL STORY: Boys Golf Keeps Title Hopes Alive With Tie-Breaker Win Vs. Carrollton
Swimming Sweeps NBC Meet
Back on January 17, both the Boys and Girls Swim Teams won the NBC Championship Meet for the second straight year. The only real competition for the Boys was Alliance and they edged them 607-606. The Girls breezed into first place by scoring 671 points, Alliance was second with 433 and Marlington took third with 205. I admit that I may have snubbed this memory from the top 10 because Swimming is not an official NBC sport. Nevertheless it is well worthy of being mentioned here and as the sport continues to grow we should see the Leopards win official League Titles in it some day! FULL RESULTS of NBC MEET
Wrestling Takes Down Quakers
While the 2014 Wrestling season did not have many bright spots, the Leopards hit on all cylinders back on December 5. They opened up NBC play with a crushing 71-6 victory over visiting Salem. They won every match except for a single forfeit and won by pin six different times. These were recorded by Paul Lycan, Andrew Cook, Brock Mehl, Logan Skolosh, Dalton Deckerd, and Jonathan Middleton. FULL STORY: Louisville Wrestlers Nearly Flawless Against Salem
Girls Basketball Wins Overtime Thriller
Back on January 18, Girls Basketball defeated Salem in a 47-42 overtime thriller. Rachel Zeller had game-high’s of 13 points and 16 rebounds and made the only field goal in overtime. The Leopards outscored the Quakers 8-3 in the extra period led by Abby Beaver’s 4 clutch free throws. Amazingly, this nail-biting victory came just after JV fell in double overtime to the JV Quakers. FULL RECAP OF BOTH GAMES
Baseball’s 7th Inning Heroics
Louisville Baseball scored the winning run in the seventh inning to defeat both Minerva and Alliance. On April 10, Zach Shea hit a walk-off single scoring Joe Crank to lift the Leopards past the Lions 6-5. On April 16, Alex Hollifield’s sacrifice fly scored Connor Zwick to give Louisville a 3-2 lead that they would hold on to at Alliance. One other Baseball moment that should be mentioned was their Senior Night 7-4 win over West Branch. This victory sent the NBC into a frenzy forcing a three-way title for Canton South, Marlington, and West Branch. VIEW LEOPARDS BASEBALL SEASON
Hoover Bloops Game-Winner at Minerva
Back on May 6, Amy Hoover delivered a two-run bloop single in the top of the seventh to lift Louisville Softball past host Minerva 3-1. The victory did not clinch the conference, but it basically put it to bed as the Leopards had swept both the second & third place teams. Katie Cozy also cracked a solo homer in the contest and Kirsten Wharmby pitched a dandy.
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