Logan leads SEOAL hunt for Bill Thomas trophy

By Craig Dunn - For Ohio Valley Publishing

Unless Warren High School sweeps spring sports championships and Logan High School finishes last in nearly all of them, LHS is on track to claim its third-straight William E. (Bill) Thomas All-Sports Trophy championship.

And, with SEOAL membership having dwindled to just four full-time schools, this season’s AST winner takes permanent possession of the chalice, which will be retired unless/until there are once again at least four full-time members.

With charter member Gallia Academy High School leaving the SEOAL at the end of the current school year, full-time membership will be down to just Jackson, Logan and Warren beginning this fall.

Those three schools will continue to play as a league unless/until at least one of them gains full-time membership in another conference.

SEOAL administrators voted last summer to discontinue awarding the All-Sports Trophy unless there are at least four full-time members.

Logan (32.5 total points) is well out in front, followed by Warren (24), Gallipolis (19.5) and Jackson (16.0).

The Chiefs and Lady Chiefs, who led Warren by five-and-a-half points at the end of the fall sports season, extended their margin by three more points after winning outright girls basketball and wrestling titles and sharing the boys basketball championship with Warren during the winter season.

It marked the first time in school history that Logan had won at least a share of all three SEOAL winter sports championships in the same season.

The fewest team points Logan could score during the upcoming spring sports season is five (last-place finishes in baseball, softball, boys tennis, boys track and girls track) while the most points that Warren could attain would be 16 should WHS win the baseball, softball, and boys/girls track championships.

Warren does not have a boys tennis team, but full-time members Gallipolis, Jackson and Logan do, so that sport counts in the AST standings. Warren thus only has 2.5 points’ worth of leeway in its quest to take the trophy away from Logan.

According to SEOAL rules, three-fourths of full-time member schools must field a team (or in the case of cross country, register a team score) for that sport to count in the AST standings. This season, 15 of the 16 sports will count with the exception of girls tennis because neither Warren nor Gallia Academy have girls tennis teams.

Placement by associate members Athens (tennis and soccer) and Alexander (soccer) do not count in the All-Sports Trophy standings. Points are figured either on a 4-3-2-1 (first through fourth places) or 3-2-1 (first through third) basis among full-time SEOAL schools only.

During the fall, Logan won golf and boys and girls cross country championships while Jackson claimed football and girls soccer titles. Gallipolis took the volleyball crown while Athens claimed the girls tennis and boys soccer titles.

One of the longest-running prep conferences in the state, the SEOAL 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 and also serves as the media representative for the SEOAL.

By Craig Dunn

For Ohio Valley Publishing