Year in Review: Hudson athletes brought home state accolades in 2012

by Frank Aceto associate sports editor Published:

Hudson -- Whether it was indoor or outdoor sports, it was another memorable year for Hudson High School athletes.

For starters, Hudson had a state champion and a state runner-up.

Alex Obendorf, now a junior, captured the Division I state diving title in 2012.

A pair of Lady Explorers did quite well on the board, too.

Taryn McLaughlin, who is now at James Madison University (Va.), placed second, and teammate Rachel Speakman, now at Brown University (R.I.), finished fourth.

The trio had plenty of company at the state meet. The Hudson boys swimming and diving team finished sixth in the team standings and the girls captured ninth place.

And, once again, it was a banner season for the Hudson boys lacrosse team, which has been quite comfortable playing in June during the last several years.

Despite losing a handful of graduates, including two All-Americans from their state championship team in 2011, the Explorers reached the Division I state semifinals after winning eight of their last nine games.

Hudson didn't fare too badly on the tennis court either.

Senior Grace Lu and junior Natalie Arcoria reached the state tournament as a doubles team. Lu ended her tennis career with two trips to Columbus.

Steven Boslet has a chance to make history.

The standout senior tennis player reached the state tournament for the third time in 2012 as a junior. He advanced in singles' play in 2012 after qualifying for the state tournament in doubles the previous two years.

The Hudson baseball team made sure its longtime coach left on a high note.

The Explorers advanced to Division I regional play for the first time since 2000. Hudson, led by head coach Chuck Schilling, finished 24-3 in 2012. Schilling retired from coaching after 25 years at Hudson.

Hudson runners also had a good year. The Hudson girls cross country team placed ninth at the Division I state meet, boys cross country team members Vince Moeglin and Kyle Mau qualified for the state meet, Leighton Antonio placed fifth in the 200 at the Division I state track meet, and Caroline Sauers finished 10th in the 1,600 at the state track meet.

And last but not least, the Hudson football team continued its recent winning tradition.

The Explorers reached the Division I, Region 2 semifinals for the second consecutive year. Hudson finished 9-3 and captured the Northeast Ohio Conference River Division title for the third straight year.

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