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Mathews High School, Girls' Basketball, State Champions,1988

The Mathews High School Girls' Basketball team won the 1988 Division III state tournament. The story began a number of years before that, when the team members were still in middle school.

Coach Sue Adams recognized that she had the prospects of a great team. She had three exceptional talents in Dianne Rappach, Holly Bottar, and Judy Santiago. The trio stayed together, constantly developing their talents to form the nucleus of a winning team. Cheryl Phillips and Donya Cvercko were members of this team as well.

At Mathews High School, Dennis Holmes carefully coached the team. In 1987 the girls were sure they could win what Champion had denied them in the 1986-87 season.

With Rappach as the quicksilver point guard, Santiago with her height and ever improving agility, and Bottar, with her intimidating defense, the Mathews Girls' Basketball team, led by these seniors, could outplay any team around. Three juniors (Christ Fischer, Bobbi Mclain, Carrie Clute) and two seniors (Kathy Mizicko and Jennifer Beachler) supported them. Kirsten O'Neill and Chris Chamberlain completed the roster.

Bottar and Santiago each scored 1,000 points by the end of January in the 1987-88 season. Rappach joined the ranks of the 1,000 pointers by early March. Bottar was chosen State Player of the Year.

1987-1988 Mathews High School Girls' Undefeated Basketball Season
Date
Opponent
Score
November 23
Newton Falls
78-18
November 30
Badger
75-26
December 3
Lakeview
95-30
December 5
Champion
68-44
December 7
Mineral Ridge
82-28
December 10
Liberty
78-35
December 29
Girard
57-28
December 30
Niles
78-34
January 7
Southington
84-22
January 9
Brookfield
60-45
January 11
Farmington
111-66
January 14
Lordstown
94-19
January 21
Bristol
67-26
January 23
LaBrae
71-54
January 25
Maplewood
76-51
January 28
Southington
79-46
February 1
Farmington
92-33
February 4
Lordstown
70-24
February 8
Bristol
84-32
February 11
Maplewood
98-21
Sectional Tournament
February 27
Perry
88-25
District Tournament
March 3
Brookfield
68-41
March 5
Jackson-Milton
74-32
Regional Tournament
March 10
St. Thomas Aquinas
66-54
March 12
Buckeye Trail
75-57
State Tournament
March 18
Coldwater
67-55
March 19
Utica
63-48


This entry is adapted from "Girls' Basketball, 1988 Season" in Vienna, Ohio, "Where We Live and Let Live": Town 4, Range 2 of the Connecticut Western Reserve (Apollo, PA: Closson Press, 1999), pp. 207-208.