June 10, 2021

Gilmour’s Weybrecht makes history with 800m state title

After crossing the finish line, Gilmour Lancers’ freshman sprinter Amy Weybrecht collapsed on the ground. She needed a few minutes before coming into the tent and grabbing some water. After replenishing her electrolytes, it was time for her post-race interview.

Standing in front of several media outlets, she was asked how it felt to win.

She stared blankly for several seconds before saying, “Wait! Did I win?”

The Gilmour freshman did not just win the 800 meter run with a time of 2:13.48, edging Tuslaw’s Melana Cybak by 00:11 seconds, but made school history by becoming the first Lady Lancer freshman to win the 800 on June 4 at the Division II state track meet at Pickerington North High School.

The last time a Lady Lancer freshman competed in the 800 came when Becca Simko finished runner-up at the 2007 state meet with a time of 2:14.75. Weybrecht now holds the crown outright.

Nov. 18, 2021

Gilmour girls repeat with volleyball state title win over Roger Bacon

It must have felt like déjà vu for the Gilmour Lancers’ volleyball team.

After last season’s state title match saw it come down to the fifth set, history repeated itself once again for the 2021 Division III state championship. Gilmour foiled a furious comeback from Roger Bacon to defend their Division II state championship 3-2 on Nov. 13 at the Nutter Center in Dayton.

Gilmour seemed poised to cruise to its second straight state banner after holding a 2-0 lead but the Spartans had some fight left in them, storming back to knot the score at 2-2.

“After that second set there’s a thing in volleyball we call the third set letdown,” said Coach Danny Coughlin. “I think we went into a coast mode that a lot of teams do go through. I knew from watching Roger Bacon on Friday that they were not going to go quietly and they proved that tonight.”

Senior outside hitters Sabrina Gremm and Kathryn Randford combined for five kills in the final set to lead Gilmour to another state title. It marks the first time in school history Gilmour has recorded consecutive state championships.

Nov. 18, 2021

Chagrin Falls girls soccer wins state championship

After 110 minutes of regulation, the Chagrin Falls Tigers girls’ soccer team felt exhausted. Their day was not done because they were still deadlocked in a scoreless stalemate against Cincinnati Wyoming.

The Tigers found that extra burst of energy to edge Wyoming 4-2 in a penalty kick shootout to claim the Division II State Cup by a score of 1-0 on Nov. 12 at Lower.com Field in Columbus. Senior midfielder Sarah Burgess walked Chagrin Falls with the decisive fourth goal of the shootout.

“That was a really exciting way to go out,” said Chagrin Falls’ senior goalkeeper Peyton Gellin. “I love penalty kicks as a goalkeeper. How could you not? I’m really proud of this team and could not have asked for a better way to leave this program.”

After falling short of the state championship during the 2019 season, the Tigers climbed to the top of the mountain this year to clinch their first state banner since 1996 season. It was the final game of a 30-year coaching career for co-coach Pamela Malone, allowing her to retire as a state champion.

“It’s amazing,” she said. “Most coaches, unless you are the state champion, finish their career with a loss and I’m one that’s going to finish with a win.”

Dec. 9, 2021

Hilltoppers bring home second straight football championship

For the second straight year, the Chardon Hilltoppers’ football team are the reigning kinds of Division III. Chardon defended their state championship with a 21-14 victory over Hamilton Badin on Dec. 3 at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton.

Even Coach Mitch Hewitt admitted this season surpassed his wildest expectations.

“There were a ton of question marks to start the year,” he said. “We didn’t return many from a great senior class. It’s remarkable. It will take weeks to digest what these kids did. I learned something in this process that I set the bar too low. It’s still pretty high but I learned something this year from the kids and I’ll never do that again.”

Gridlocked in a 14-14 tie during the fourth quarter, the Hilltoppers broke through with the go-ahead touchdown on a 2-yard run by senior fullback Sean Carr.

According to senior wide receiver/safety Nathanael Sulka, it was an even sweeter feeling celebrating a state championship this season compared to last year.

“There were a lot of people that doubted us and didn’t think we could do it,” he said. “They didn’t think we could be here and proving everyone wrong and proving to ourselves that we could do it is an amazing moment.”

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