The 2021-2022 high school basketball season produced many memorable moments.
Some have become historic.
A collection of new single-season and career records, as well as points and wins milestones, have all become part of the season’s story.
And here they are.
Six hundred victories for Waterloo
Portage County’s winningest women’s basketball program has reached new heights this season.
The Vikings’ league championship season included the program’s 600th all-time victory when the team outscored Mineral Ridge 57-16 on January 6.
Waterloo’s season included a 20-game winning streak and a first championship since 2006-07.
The program’s all-time record now stands at 613-430 (0.588 winning percentage), ahead of Mogadore’s total of 589 and Ravenna’s 588.
Rootstown, Garfield and Streetsboro also reach milestones
The Rootstown girls earned the program’s 500th all-time victory on January 12 with a 50-41 triumph over Mogadore.
The Garfield boys’ final win of the season, a tournament win over Newton Falls, was the program’s 900th all-time victory.
The Streetsboro boys’ second win of the year, 68-40 over Ravenna on December 7, was the Rockets’ 500th all-time win.
Kaidan Spade scores, Brody Swigonski takes charge
Kaidan Spade, one of Garfield’s best boys, reached the club’s 1,000 points with a career-high 38 points in a win over Ravenna.
Spade finished his career with 1,178 points, which ranks him second all-time in school history behind just 1,325 points from Mark Phelps.
Many of Spade’s buckets this season came from assists from point guard Brody Swigonski, but Swigonski found himself in the G-Men history books by taking 28 defensive charges for a new single-season record.
1,000 points for Devin Reese
Streetsboro’s Devin Reese’s outstanding career reached new heights this season, with the four-year-old letterman reaching the 1,000-point milestone on Feb. 1 against Gilmour Academy on a 3-pointer from the corner.
Reese finished the season with 1,203 points, which ranks second all-time in school history behind Robert Wilson’s impressive 1,694 points.
Reese’s name is also in the Rockets record books for single-game rebounds (20), single-game assists (12), and career deflections (224).
Russ Swartz and the Mogadore Wildcats
The winning Wildcats have done a lot more this season.
Mogadore finished the men’s basketball season with a 17-7 record, with the last win coming in the playoffs and taking head coach Russ Swartz to 238 wins with his alma mater.
The total made Swartz the program’s all-time winningest coach, overtaking Tom McClary.
The total also helped the Cats win their seventh league championship in eight seasons.
Jenna Smith is another 1,600 point scorer for Garfield
Garfield women’s basketball star Jenna Smith became the third player in school history to score more than 1,600 points in a season. Only 12 in county history have reached this incredible milestone and three are G-Men: Grayson Rose (1,698), Smith (1,646) and Grace Mills (1,643).
Smith also finished his career with the second-most rebounds in school history. Its 1,002 seconds to Rose’s 1,346. And Smith’s list of accomplishments certainly doesn’t end there.
Smith ranks second in single-season points with 524 (Rose 549), first in career free throw percentage (73.4%), first in single-season 2-point field goals (202 ) and first in career 2-point field goals made (633).
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Main point guard Sarah Seaman made history for her long-range shot.
Seaman now holds the school record for 3-pointers in a season with 69 and career 3-pointers with 214. She holds three of the top four single-season ratings for 3-pointers made (69, 62, and 57).
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Head coach Aaron Gilbert has consistently transformed Garfield’s women’s basketball program into a championship-level program.
Year after year, the G-Men are ready to not only compete for a league championship, but also to make memorable tournaments.
In his 15th season in charge of the G-Men, Gilbert won his 250th career game, which equates to an impressive 16.7 wins per season.
Windham and the Joneses
Windham men’s basketball seniors Bert Jones and Miki Jones made scoring history this season.
Bert Jones hit the 1,000 point milestone last season as a junior and scored 336 points this season to finish his career with 1,452 points. The total ranks second all-time in school history, with Joe Fabry’s 1,737 points still holding the top spot.
Bert Jones’ 1,452 points rank 12th all-time in Portage County history.
Miki Jones joined the 1,000 point club on February 18 and finished with 1,017 career points.
The Bombers scoring lineup now includes Fabry, Bert Jones, Matt Knight, Phil Workman, Brian Kiser, Ian McGuire, Cody Apthorpe, Parker Rickey and Miki Jones.
Streetsboro sets winning record
On a team level, the Streetsboro girls have won a single-season best 18 games this season. The Rockets won the program’s second divisional championship and first in 36 years.
On an individual level, rookie Naomi Benson broke a 22-year-old record for most rebounds in a season with 293. She also broke the single-game rebound record with 22.
Teammate Mariah Embry broke the school’s single-season interceptions record (93).
The Crestwood girls program now has new records for 3 in a single season and 3 in a career.
The single-season mark was set by rookie Hannah Ward with 63. The career mark is now 105 by Kylie Krupp.