Teams of the Year NE Ohio

Updated: May 13, 2009, 3:08 PM ET
ESPN RISE Magazine

BOYS' TEAM OF THE YEAR

ST. VINCENT-ST. MARY
Basketball
With LeBron James in attendance, the Irish completed an unforgettable season by clinching the Division II crown with a 59-53 come-from-behind victory over Thurgood Marshall. Led by the bruising interior play of senior forward Daylen Harrison, who averaged a team-high 16.1 points and 6.8 boards, SVSM finished the year 23-4. Harrison scored 21 points in the state finals, while senior Michael Hammonds and sophomore Jakarr Sampson (nine rebounds) each chipped in with 11.

OTHER FINALISTS

GLENVILLE
Track
After succumbing to Cleveland Heights at last year's outdoor state championship, the Tarblooders raced to the indoor crown in 2009. Glenville earned wins in the 4x200 and 4x800 relays to outdistance Trotwood-Madison, 48-40.

ST. IGNATIUS
Football
The Wildcats quickly erased a Week 1 defeat to Glenville by winning their next 14 games, including a 28-20 triumph over Elder in the Division I finals. The defense was stout, limiting opponents to less than nine points a game.

UNIVERSITY
Hockey
The Preppers exploded for goals on three consecutive shots over the final two periods to claim the school's second state title with a 3-0 win over Toledo St. John's Jesuit. Senior Pat Shedlock finished the year with 31 goals and 40 assists.

GIRLS' TEAM OF THE YEAR

STRONGSVILLE
Soccer
In the last two years, the only thing that has stood between the Mustangs and the Division I crown was two-time state champ St. Ursula. This year, St. Ursula again got the better of Strongsville, 1-0, but the Mustangs are still the premier squad in Northeast Ohio. The appearance in the title game marked the fifth time in the last seven years Strongsville (21-2-1) reached the finals. Senior midfielder Danielle Hubka, an NSCAA/adidas All-American, led the way with 26 goals and 20 assists.

OTHER FINALISTS

COLLINWOOD
Track
With juniors Erin Busbee and Amber Smith performing at a high level, the Railroaders were crowned Division I champs in the winter. Smith won titles in the 60 hurdles and long jump, while Busbee took the crown in the triple jump.

HATHAWAY BROWN
Basketball
After back-to-back second-place finishes in Division II, the Blazers won their first state title, 52-46, over Wapakoneta in March. Junior Mylan Woods earned All-Ohio honors after contributing 16 points a game.

SOLON
Swimming
Under coach Mike Davidson, Solon had the best showing of any Northeast Ohio team at state. The Comets placed sixth with 127 points. Solon had eight swimmers qualify for state and went undefeated in the Northeast Ohio Conference.