By Tom Nader
Publisher and Editor
Across Portage County, the fall 2022 season was filled with memorable performances.
In many cases, historic performances.
A collection of remarkable student-athletes set school records and new marks for future players to strive for.
Here is a look at all of the single-season, career and team records that were set during the fall 2022 season.
Senior Zachary Vales broke his own school record with a run of 16:31.3 at The Legends meet on Oct. 8. The record was more than three seconds faster than the school record that he already held (16:34.9).
Vales has now run to the top-three fastest 5K times in school history — and he is also the school’s first-ever four-time regional qualifier.
Sometimes records only stand for a year — and that is where Rockets goalkeeper Heidi Timmons enters.
Timmons, with the help of her defense, was the author of nine shutouts, which tied the single-season record that was just established during the 2021 campaign.
Timmons now has 18 career shutouts, which is a school record as well.
It was a banner year for the Rockets — and the most successful in school history.
The list includes many accomplishments.
For the team: Most single-season wins (16), lowest 18-hole round (366), first-ever Metro Athletic Conference Tournament championship.
There were individual achievements as well.
Samantha Clark set the new nine-hole low round with a 2-over 39.
Clark also set a new 18-hole round record with an 11-over 85 and lowest scoring average at 46.5.
The Rockets set a new team standard by qualifying for the district tournament for the first time in school history. The team used a second-place finish at Windmill to accomplish the feat.
Ollie Salgado set a pair of new records for the Greenmen.
She tied the school record for aces in a season with 56 — a mark that she shares with Brooke Fishback.
Salgado also now owns the record for most assists in a match, with a remarkable 64. She topped the previous school record that had been set by Brooke Fishback last season with 58.
The 64 single-game assists for Salgado are tied for the 16th-most in a single game in Ohio high school volleyball history.
Jayden Julian was a goal-scoring machine for the Red Devils and it equated to three different new school records.
Julian is now the record-holder for the fastest goal in a game, netting a goal just 11 seconds in.
He is also the owner of school record for most goals in a game with seven and most goals in a single-season with 32.
Rootstown senior running back Cody Coontz has rewritten the record book for the program.
Coontz set the single-game record with 375 yards in a Week 8 victory over Grand Valley. The game bested the previous record by a staggering 55 yards (Chase Fife, 320 yards in 2013). The other top-five single-game rushing totals for Rootstown include Coontz at No. 3 with 318 yards in the season-opener vs. Crestwood. The fourth-best single game was produced by Caleb Kaut in 2017 (312) vs. East Canton and at No. 5 is Aaron Urchek with 308 yards vs. Crestwood in 2004.
Coontz has also already set the single-season rushing record for Rootstown with 2,148 yards, with more games to come as the Rovers open the Division VI playoffs on Friday. The previous record was held by Kaut (2017) with 2,105.
Coontz is also Rootstown’s career rushing leader at 3,104 yards — a number that will also increase before season’s end. Kaut was also the previous career leader. He rushed for 2,976 from 2014 through 2017, though he did not play his junior season because of a torn ACL.
Three new records were set for the Ravens by seniors Nick Iurato and Mason Ward.
Ward now sits atop the career leader list in points with 123 and is also the new career goals scored leader with 52.
Both records were previously held by Ben Ribelin (1991-94), who is now Ravenna’s Assistant Superintendent. Ribelin finished his career with 48 career goals and 121 career points.
Iurato is now the all-time leader in assists for Ravenna with 31. His new mark bests that of Jeremy Finch, who had 27 from 1998-2001.
Dom Incorvati became the Rockets’ career scoring leader with 33 goals to best the previous record that was held by Shaheen Ghahremani.
Senior Cassie Wilde is now the Falcons’ all-time goals scored record-holder.
Battling through injuries this season, Wilde persevered and finishes her career with 76 goals for Field.
The previous record was 67 by Brooke Bowser (2014-2017).
G-Men senior Madeline Shirkey hit a milestone this season with 1,500 career assists.
The standout’s total pushed closer to 1,700 by season’s end for a new career record for the program.
Abbie Retherford became the first female golfer to ever qualify for the state championship — and she was the first Ravens golfer to advance since Ryan Coll accomplished the feat in 2004.
The Greenmen put together a remarkable season that finished with the most wins in a season in school history with 12.
The balanced team also set a new school record for most goal-scorers in a single-season, with 12 different Aurora players scoring this fall.
Junior Kaira English has scored 50 goals this season and the Vikings are still alive in the Division III tournament.
The 50, combined with her totals from the previous two seasons (39 goals as a freshman and 54 as a sophomore) give English 143 career goals, which ties her for the most scored by a player in Portage County history.
Streetsboro’s Emma Flick (2018-2021) also scored 143 goals and Garfield’s Olivia Dressler scored 137 (2005-08).