High-SchoolOhio: Five Days of List-Mas

Five Days of List-Mas: Wild Card Edition!

December, 16, 2011
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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!
Today: The best mascots in Ohio high school sports.

Any school can be a mascot like the Hawks or the Bulldogs. It takes a creative school to come up with something that is a little more exciting. And some of the Ohio schools have some awfully creative mascots. But which schools made our top five? Read below, and let us know if you think your school should have made the cut.

5. Mifflin Punchers

4. John Glenn Little Muskies

3. Crooksville Ceramics

2. Fredericktown Freddies

1. East Tech Scarabs

Honorable Mention: Cuyahoga Falls Black Tigers, East Liverpool Potters, Glenville Tarblooders, East (Sciotoville) Tartans, Chippewa Chipps

The Five Days of List-Mas: NBA Players from Ohio

December, 15, 2011
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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: The five best NBA players ever to come out of Ohio.

Terry Rozier, Tony Farmer and Kenny Kaminski are all standout basketball recruits who are headed to D-I colleges — and possibly beyond. Ohio has a long history of sending top high school players to the NBA. But who’s been the best? Here’s our list of the five best players from the Buckeye State to play in the NBA.
5. Michael Redd
Credentials: Redd was one of the league’s most dangerous shooters in his prime. The Columbus West grad and former 2000 first-round pick has battled myriad injuries in recent years but can still get it done when healthy. The Bucks guard was selected to the 2004 All-Star game.

4. Nate Thurmond
Credentials: The Akron Central Hower grad was the third overall pick in 1963 by Golden State and went on to play 14 seasons in the NBA. He scored more than 14,437 career points and averaged 15 rebounds a game during his Hall of Fame career.

3. Jerry Lucas
Credentials: The Middletown grad won a national title at OSU before earning Rookie of the Year honors in 1963-64. He won gold with the '64 U.S. Olympic team and an NBA crown in 1973. Lucas made seven All-Star teams and played for Cincinnati, San Francisco and New York during his Hall of Fame career. He was named one of the NBA's Top 50 Players.

2. John Havlicek
Credentials: A former prep star at Bridgeport, Havlicek went on to win a national title at OSU with Lucas before becoming the seventh overall pick in the 1962 draft. The 13-time All-Star was part of eight championship teams with the Celtics and was inducted into the Hall of Fame. He scored more than 26,000 career points and was named one of the NBA's Top 50 Players in 1997.

1. LeBron James
Credentials: The Saint Vincent-St. Mary grad could go down as the greatest prep player ever. James went straight from SVSM to the top pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, and he is regarded as the best player in the league today. The former Rookie of the Year with Cleveland is a two-time league MVP and a seven-time All-Star.

Tomorrow: Wild Card! Check back tomorrow to find out what our list is.

Taft, Northland remain on top of hoop rankings

December, 14, 2011
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After games ending Wednesday, Dec. 13

Taft has held on to the No. 1 spot with three convincing wins, but they will be tested all year by Division I powers Northland and Moeller and D-II standout Dunbar. SVSM and Garfield fell out the top five by virtue of a loss, allowing Shaker Heights to jump into the top five. New to the mix is No. 10 Middletown, which is off to a 3-0 start. Some other impressive teams early on are Cleveland Heights, Elida and Mentor.

Click here for the entire POWERADE Ohio Basketball Rankings.

Five Days of List-Mas: Ohio's underclass football players

December, 13, 2011
12/13/11
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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: The top underclassmen in high school football.

The state championships are over and the Class of 2012 had a great run, but it’s never too early to start looking at the impressive players in the Class of 2013 and beyond. Who’s going to rule the gridiron in Ohio next season? We give you the early rundown of who to watch for.

5. Ja'Wuan Woodley (JR), Bishop Hartley, LB/WR
Credentials: Posted 85 tackles, forced four fumbles and two sacks on defense; rushed for 1,546 yards and tallied 20 total touchdowns on offense

4. Mitch Trubisky (JR), Mentor, QB
Credentials: All-Ohio first-teamer, accounted for more than 4,000 yards of offense and 53 total touchdowns this fall, has interest from Michigan State, Wisconsin and Ohio State

3. Dymonte Thomas (JR), Marlington, DB/RB
Credentials: Michigan recruit recorded 102 stops and a pick on defense and added 837 rushing yards and 13 TDs on offense

2. Jalin Marshall (JR), Middletown, QB
Credentials: GMC co-Offensive Player of the Year, accounted for more than 2,00o total yards, holds offers from Notre Dame, Pitt and Ohio State

1. Cam Burrows (JR), Trotwood-Madison, DB
Credentials: Leader of Rams' secondary, All-Ohio first-teamer, holds nearly 20 offers

Click here to check out some of the other states in our Five Days of List-Mas.

Tomorrow: The POWERADE Ohio Weekly Basketball Rankings.
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Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday

Whether you're putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you're making that special list for Santa, there's nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we're bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: Ohio A-Listers

What is an A-Lister? In Hollywood, it's the George Clooney and Julia Roberts crowd. In the NFL, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are A-Listers. In the NBA, it’s LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. The A-List is the best of the best. So which athletes can be considered A-Listers in Ohio this year? That’s where today’s list comes in. Regardless of sport, here’s our list of the top five A-List athletes in the state.

Maty Mauk, Senior
Kenton, Football
Credentials: Gatorade State Player of the Year and Mr. Ohio pick broke national records for career passing yards and touchdowns; guided Kenton to the Division IV finals; committed to Missouri.

Matt Foldesy, Senior
St. Edward, Soccer
Credentials: All-Ohio selection scored 20 goals and added 18 assists to guide St. Ed to its second consecutive Division I state crown; will play at national power Akron next fall.

Bo Jordan, Junior
St. Paris Graham, Wrestling
Credentials: Rated nation's No. 1 junior by InterMat; two-time state champ also captured his second consecutive title at Walsh Ironman Meet this past weekend.

Terry Rozier, Senior
Shaker Heights, Basketball
Credentials: Won a gold medal at this summer's Nike Global Challenge; averaged 20.2 points and 5.6 rebounds last winter; committed to Louisville.

Taylore Cherry, Senior
Vandalia-Butler, Baseball
Credentials: Posted a 1.38 ERA with 94 strikeouts to earn Gatorade Player of the Year honors last spring; potential first-round pick was selected to Perfect Game All-American Classic.

Click here to check out some of the other states in our Five Days of List-Mas.

Tomorrow: The top underclassman football players from Ohio.

Think we missed an athlete who should be on the A-List? Holla at me on Twitter (@ESPNHSAuguste) and let me know.

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