The 2011 year featured some outstanding seasons and athletes showing tremendous talent and effort. VYPE area schools claimed 25 team state championships and 58 individual state titles this year. Here we begin with a look back at the winter sports….
Jeffersonville’s Lady Red Devils headlined girls’ basketball for 2011, winning the Indiana Class 4A girls’ state basketball championship. It was the first state championship for the Lady Red Devils, who won 42-29 over Penn High School on March 5th in Fort Wayne. Senior Brooke Valentine led the team with 14 points in the championship game under coach Chad Gilbert.
In the KHSAA Girls’ Sweet Sixteen, one more possession could have allowed 7th Region champion duPont Manual to claim the Kentucky state championship, according to Lady Crimsons head coach Stacy Pendleton. Manual lost by just two points to Rockcastle County in the title game. Butler’s Bearettes also made their way to Diddle Arena for the Sweet Sixteen as the 6th Region champions for the third time in four years.
The Eastern boys had high expectations throughout the 2011 season, with a star-studded senior class that featured six players who later signed to play college ball. After losing the King of the Bluegrass championship to Jeffersontown in December, the Eagles won the Louisville Invitational Tournament in January and entered the KHSAA Sweet Sixteen ranked No. 1 in the state. However, the Eagles fell in the state tournament semi-final round to Christian County.
Bullitt East made school history with two victories in the Sweet Sixteen as the Sixth Region champion, and Oldham County represented the Eighth Region in the tournament.
St. Xavier claimed its 23rd consecutive KHSAA state swimming championship in February at the University of Louisville. The TigerShark team scored individual wins by Michael Scheid in the 100-yard backstroke, along with the 200-yard medley relay team of Scheid, Andrew Braun, Danny Rindone and Andrew Wagner, and the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Garrett Stephens, Khalid Aldaboos, Wagner and Bo Blythe.
For the girls, Sacred Heart won their 23rd all-time girls’ state championship with top-level swims from Summer Stephens Ashley LeClair, Miranda Mercke and Eleanor Gabriel, Elly Faulkner, Rebecca Sears and diving by Becca Corbett. DuPont Manual’s 200-yard freestyle relay team of Emily Holt, Sarah Love, Caroline Thomas and Sarah Barker repeated their 2010 win.
The 2011 KHSAA Wrestling Tournament was held at the Frankfort Convention Center in February. While Union County won the overall team title, several local schools finished in the top 20. No. 2 Trinity (John Fahy, winner at 125 lbs; Brent Hitchings, runner up at 135 lbs); No. 5 St. Xavier (John Lampe, winner at 160 lbs); No. 13 Oldham County (Tyler Kaelin, runner up at 125 lbs); No. 14 Eastern (Kyle Durbin, winner at 215 lbs); No. 15 Central Hardin (Kyle Terry, runner up at 130 lbs); No. 17 Southern; No. 20 Pleasure Ridge Park (Anthony Wood, runner up at 152 lbs). Other individual runner-up finishes included Felix Casa del Valle of Seneca (112 lbs) and Jake Maupin of Fairdale (171 lbs)
At the IHSAA Wrestling Tournament in Indianapolis, Renaldo Weekly of Jeffersonville finished state runner up at 145 lbs.
The Floyd Central Dazzlers dance team placed first in the Elite Pom division of the Indiana state dance competition. The Providence cheer squad was first in the 2A division of the Indiana Cheerleading Championships.
In the Kentucky state cheerleading competition, Pleasure Ridge Park took first place in the Super Large division, with Butler placing second. In the Large Coed category, Bullitt Central placed first.
At the Kentucky state dance competition, Male won the state title for Large Varsity Pom, Assumption won Small Varsity Jazz, Eastern won Small Varsity Pom, and duPont Manual won Small Varsity Hip Hop.
The Kentucky High School Hockey League state championship was held in Owensboro in March, where Trinity defeated Owensboro 4-1 for the state championship. In the quarterfinal round, Owensboro won over Eastern and Trinity defeated South Oldham. The KHSHL All-State first team included Alex Boyce and Daniel Carey of Trinity, Alex Senn and Hunter Senn of St. Xavier and Jared Boos of Eastern.
In the 2011 Kentucky state bowling championship, the Pleasure Ridge Park A girls’ team won the state championship and Stephanie Thieneman of PRP was the individual girls’ champion. Shelby Thompson of Mercy A and Garrett Hillerich of Manual were named bowlers of the year. Beginning with the 2011-12 season, bowling is an official KHSAA sanctioned sport.