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Power 10: The top 10 HS sports stories in Pennsylvania in 2011

12/28/2011

Now that the final days of 2011 are winding down, it's a good time to take a look back at some of the top storylines of 2011. Here's our favorite 10...

10. Clairton football sets national mark

No football team in the nation has won as many consecutive football games as the Clairton Bears. The team won a Class A state title to finish 17-0, winning their 47th consecutive game in the process. It's the longest such streak by any football team — high school, college or pro — in the nation.

9. Harvey leaves early

Germantown Academy baseball standout Chris Harvey was expected to be one of the nation's top catching prospects. Instead, Harvey graduated early and left for Vanderbilt.

8. W.C. Henderson shatters state relay record

The West Chester Henderson 4x800 relay team broke the PIAA state record by three seconds at the state meet, winning the event by a full seven seconds. The team finished in 8:55.43.

7. Conestoga wins first-ever baseball crown

It took 10 long innings to do it, but Conestoga toppled Spring-Ford to win the PIAA Class AAAA crown in June. Pitchers Austin Little and Mike Cowell combined to help the Pioneers earn the win, 6-3.

6. Wilson's run to Foot Locker

Chestnut Hill senior Dustin Wilson made the most of his senior season, qualifying for the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships. Wilson finished 13th in 15:30.

5. Haverford's national title

Always known for its stellar lacrosse teams, Haverford School backed it up this spring, going 23-0 and winning the POWERADE FAB 50 national championship. The Fords never once slipped below the nation's top spot.

4. Nolan's record-breaking campaign

Hershey's David Nolan broke national record in the 100 backstroke (45.49) and the 200 IM (1:41.39) and his relay teams did the same in the 200 free and 400 free. Nolan went on to Stanford.

3. Archbishop Wood's amazing run

After losing a season-opener to Pittsburgh Central Catholic by three points, Wood never looked back. The team put together an amazing run and won the Class AAA state title by a 52-0 score.

2. Neumann-Goretti wins

The Saints claimed the Class AAA title in thrilling fashion, edging Montour, 55-45. It was the team's second consecutive title — the first time since 1996 that a team in Class AAA won back-to-back titles.

1. Shell breaks state rushing record

Hopewell senior RB Rushel Shell's assault on the record books continued. After appearing on the cover of our magazine, Shell broke the WPIAL career rushing record mid-season, then toppled the state career rushing mark in his final game. He finished with 9,078 yards.

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