LOGAN, Ohio — By either winning or sharing all three winter sports championships, Warren High School extended its Southeastern Ohio Athletic League William E. (Bill) Thomas All-Sports Trophy lead into what might be an insurmountable advantage.
Defending champion Warren (45 total points) leads second-place Logan (36) by nine points with the five spring sports (baseball, softball, boys tennis, boys track & field and girls track & field) still remaining.
Chillicothe (33.5) is third, followed by Gallipolis (26.5), Jackson (25) and Portsmouth (14).
The only changes in the order of placement from fall to winter are in the second and third positions, with Logan passing Chillicothe to take the runner-up spot.
Warren won the wrestling and boys basketball championships and tied Jackson for the girls basketball title to garner 16.5 of a possible 17 winter sports points.
Logan, which was second in wrestling, third in girls basketball and tied for third in boys basketball, made up four points to pass Chillicothe, which tied for third in basketball while finishing fourth in wrestling and fifth in girls basketball.
All-Sports Trophy points are determined on a 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. At least four schools must field teams for points to count in a particular sport.
Since Portsmouth doesn’t have wrestling, for example, those points were determined on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis. Four-team sports are scored on a 4-3-2-1 basis.
Chillicothe leaves the SEOAL for the South Central Ohio League after the current school year. Athens High School (in boys and girls soccer and boys and girls tennis) and Alexander High School (boys and girls soccer) join the league as associate members beginning next fall, although those points will not count in the All-Sports Trophy standings.
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.