Top 10 sports moments of 2008

Tony Jameson

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Ursuline Vs. Liberty Benton

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South Range's Ariel Witmer

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1 Kelly Pavlik solidifies his status as one of boxing’s best young talents by winning a rematch against Jermain Taylor in February, then successfully defends his middleweight title against Gary Lockett in June. His momentum is derailed in October when he enters the ring at less than 100 percent and loses a non-title bout with Bernard Hopkins by unanimous decision.

2 Fitch senior Tony Jameson wins the 145-pound title in Division I to become the first area wrestler to win four state championships.

3 The Youngstown SteelHounds are booted from the Central Hockey League after three seasons and subsequently locked out of the Chevy Centre. The team goes on hiatus and is replaced downtown by the Mahoning Valley Phantoms.

4 The Ursuline High football team defeats Findlay Liberty-Benton 21-0 in the Div. V final to win its second state championship.

5 Mineral Ridge senior Nicole Honsaker caps her terrific career with three state track titles in Div. III.

6 The Poland High girls golf team wins the first Div. II title in Ohio history and South Range senior Ariel Witmer captures the first individual title in that division.

7 Ursuline graduate Daryll Clark leads Penn State to the Big 10 championship in his first season as starting quarterback.

8 Four area players are selected in the NFL Draft — Antwaun Molden (Warren Harding, Texans), Mario Manningham (Harding, Giants), Mike McGlynn (Fitch, Eagles) and John Greco (Boardman, Rams).

9 Led by a stellar senior class, the Canfield High softball team captures the Div. II state title.

10 The Poland High boys basketball team and the Boardman girls basketball teams advance to the state tournament.

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