All six Southeastern Ohio Athletic League schools won or shared a championship during the spring sports season… but it was Warren High School that took home the league’s ultimate prize.
The Warriors and Lady Warriors set the pace from start to finish in the race for the 2011-12 SEOAL William E. (Bill) Thomas All-Sports Trophy, and officially clinched it last Saturday when they hosted the league boys and girls track and field championships.
Warren, which won five championships during the 2011-12 school year, finished with 61 points, 11 points ahead of runner-up Gallipolis (50).
During the spring, Warren shared the softball crown with Jackson, placed second in boys track, and was third in baseball and girls track. WHS does not have a tennis program.
Gallia Academy, which was in fifth place after the conclusion of the winter season, amassed more points than anyone during the spring — winning the baseball title, placing second in boys tennis and girls track and taking third in softball — to leapfrog into second place.
Logan (46.5 points) edged Chillicothe (45.5) and Jackson (45) in a logjam for third, fourth and fifth places, respectively, with Portsmouth (31) finishing sixth.
Take away last year’s champion, Marietta — which won the last three All-Sports Trophy titles before leaving the SEOAL for the East Central Ohio League this season — and the order of finish was the same as last year: Warren, Gallipolis, Logan, Chillicothe, Jackson and Portsmouth.
Logan won the boys track title — the school’s 30th, the most by any school in any SEOAL sport — while Chillicothe won the girls track championship. Jackson shared the softball crown, placed second in baseball and was third in boys tennis.
Portsmouth swept the SEOAL tennis championships this season, taking the boys tennis crown this spring, and also had a third-place finish in boys track.
Gallipolis amassed 21 points during the spring season. Warren (18.5) was next in line, followed by Logan (16.5), Jackson (15.5), Chillicothe (14.5) and Portsmouth (13).
Warren’s five championships (boys soccer, boys cross country, volleyball, girls basketball and softball) was tops in the league this season, with Gallipolis (boys golf, girls cross country and baseball) and Portsmouth (girls tennis, boys basketball and boys tennis) both earning three. Portsmouth’s titles marked the school’s first championships since re-entering the SEOAL in 2006.
All six schools earned at least two titles this season. Winning a pair of championships were Chillicothe (girls soccer and girls track), Logan (wrestling and boys track) and Jackson (football and softball).
All-Sports Trophy points are determined on an 6-5-4-3-2-1 basis in sports where all six schools field full teams. In other sports, points are determined as to how many teams competed for the title, with fractional points awarded in case of ties.
Since Warren doesn’t have boys tennis, for example, those points were determined on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis.
The SEOAL, one of the longest-running prep conferences in the state, was formed by William E. (Bill) Thomas of Wellston in 1925 and began competition with a boys track meet that spring, with 1925-26 being the first full season of conference competition.
Craig Dunn is the sports editor of the Logan Daily News in Logan, Ohio.