Glenville and Solon capture state titles
Bryant Kizer | 6/11/2014, 10:31 a.m.
Ted Ginn Sr., capped off a wonderful 2013-2014 high school season as the Glenville Tarblooders captured the Division I state title and the Solon Lady Comets retained their status as queens of D-I, last Saturday in Columbus.
On the strength of the last event, the 4x400, the Tarblooders edged Pickerington North 40-34.
The Tarblooders were first in the 4x100 and senior Davon Anderson almost was a grand-slam champion. Anderson won the 110 hurdles, but he stumbled on the last hurdle in the 300 and came in second place. He was also on the winning 4x400 and 4x100 relay teams.
It is Tarblooders 15th state title and first since 2007. But for Ginn Sr., it is his sixth straight.
“I came back this season to coach. And I am very blessed to have a wonderful team. That was the first time that I have put the 4x400 team together. I knew that they could run that fast but they never showed it all year. They waited to the end of the year to do that. That is a special group of guys. I knew that they could run 48 or better, “said Ginn Sr.
The Tarblooders’ seniors: Adam Lett, Falonte Jackson, Darrien Hickman and Anderson won the 4x400 by almost two seconds ahead of Pickerington North.
Solon’s Brandon Bolden was crowned state champ in the 100. The senior edged Philippine Motley from Hilliard Davidson. Bolden also finished fifth in the 200.
St. Edward’s senior Steele Wasik took home the boy’s 300 hurdles by edging Anderson.
Chardon’s senior Nick Elswick took the title in the 3200.
In D-II, Dayton Dunbar edged CVCA 47-46 to take home the state title. CVCA’s Ryan Adams was a double-title winner. Adams, a junior, won the 800 and 1600.
Benedictine, senior Marquee Montgomery was crowned king in the 100, by edging St. Clairsville’s Jaylon Brown.
In D-III, Lima won the title with 52 points. Gilmour Academy was second with 42.
In the girls, Lady Comets edged out Pickerington Central to regain the D-I state crown. Senior and UCLA recruit Jelvon Butler took home the 200 crown and was second in the 100 giving them 18 points. Senior Alexis Gray scored 10 points as she placed third and fifth in the discus throw and the shot put. Junior Chelbi Graham added six points in a third place finish in the high jump. All of those points off set the Lady Tigers three first place finishes on the relays.
In D-II, Meadowdale took the state title with 40 points. Akron St. Vincent, Orrville, West Holmes all finished second with 25.
In D-III, McDonald beat out Tinora and St. Thomas Aquinas to take home the crown. The Blue Devils 45 points were one point better than the other two.
In State Baseball…
Massillon Jackson claimed its first baseball state championship by beating North Royalton 5-1. The Polar Bears (26-5) got two runs in the first and held on. The Bears finishes its season at 22-8.
Bloom-Carroll had the hot bats going again and they added pitching too, on their way to a 9-0 victory over Jonathan Alder to claim their first D-II title.