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Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Updated: May 18, 9:04 PM ET
Teams of the Year Greater Cincy

ESPN RISE Magazine

BOYS' TEAM OF THE YEAR

HOLMES
Basketball
After settling for state runner-up on three previous occasions, Holmes won its first state title in a 67-63 double-overtime thriller over Louisville Central. The trio of juniors Ricardo Johnson (MVP) and Elijah Pittman and senior JaMel Riley earned All-Tourney honors after combining for 33 points in the finale. Senior Dominique Johnson, Ricardo's cousin, added 13 points in the finals. Ricardo Johnson averaged 11 points and six boards a game and was named The Kentucky Enquirer Player of the Year.

OTHER FINALISTS

ANDERSON
Football
Anderson was unable to defend its Division II crown, but the Redskins recorded their second straight 12-win season and again reached the finals. Junior Kyle Slater led the offense with 31 scores and more than 2,200 rushing yards. BEAVERCREEK
Soccer
With senior All-American Tyler Pollock making plays all over the field, Beavercreek reached the Division I finals, where they fell to St. Ignatius in a hard-fought 1-0 loss. The Beavers were GWOC champs and ended the year at 20-2-1. ST. XAVIER
Golf
The Bombers overcame an eight-stroke deficit to claim the school's third state title. Senior Sean Keating fired a 158 to tie for third overall. Fellow senior Matt Buse was named an HP Scholastic Junior All-American.

GIRLS' TEAM OF THE YEAR

MOUNT NOTRE DAME
Basketball
The Cougars featured a wealth of talent this season as they captured their fourth straight Division I championship. Led by talented senior forward Kendall Hackney, who poured in 13.3 points a game, Mount Notre Dame won 27 games. Hackney was named Ms. Basketball in Ohio and will play at USC next year. Senior guards Gabby Smith, a Vanderbilt recruit, and Ashley Fowler, an Ohio University signee, were instrumental in the Cougars' four-peat. Head coach Dante Harlan has compiled a 76-7 record during his tenure as head coach at MND.

OTHER FINALISTS

FENWICK
Soccer
In the program's history, Fenwick had never advanced past the district round. That all changed in the fall. Led by seniors Alexis Heard, who netted 24 goals and seven assists, and Shannon Donoher, the Falcons won the Division II crown. MASON
Golf
Mason lived up to the preseason hype by winning the Division I title. Sophomore Emily Wright sported the lowest average in the area, while classmates Erin Michel and Jessica Zhang and senior Alexis Nelson all placed in the Top 10 at state. ST. HENRY
Cross Country
The Crusaders claimed their second straight Class 1A title with unmatched depth. Junior Maria Frigo finished third at 18:31.34, while freshman Lindsey Hinken and her sister, Kelsey, a junior, took fifth and seventh, respectively.