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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.