Warren claims another SEOAL All-Sports Trophy

Warren High School took the lead early in the season and never let it get away in claiming the 2012-13 William E. (Bill) Thomas All-Sports Trophy championship.

It was the second-straight title for the Warriors and Lady Warriors, who thus keep the trophy in Washington County for another year. Marietta High School won the previous five titles before leaving the league at the end of the 2010-11 school year.

Warren finished with 64 points to finish well ahead of a three-team pack, with second-place Chillicothe (52) edging third-place Logan (51) and fast-closing Gallipolis (50). Jackson (39) and Portsmouth (22) rounded out the team totals.

Warren only won one spring championship – girls softball – but, after winning the golf, boys cross country, girls soccer, boys basketball and wrestling championships outright, and tying for the boys soccer and girls basketball titles, WHS had built an almost uncatchable lead.

In addition, Warren was second in baseball and boys track and fourth in girls track. The Warriors don’t field a team in boys tennis.

Warren led Logan by nine points and Chillicothe by 9 heading into the spring season.

Chillicothe passed Logan for second place with runner-up finishes in boys tennis and girls track and a tie for second in softball to more than offset Logan’s spring performance. The Chiefs won the boys track championship and Logan placed third in both boys tennis and girls track.

Gallia Academy had a great spring, winning the baseball, boys tennis and girls track titles, in addition to finishing third in boys track and fourth in softball, for 24 spring points that nearly lifted GAHS into second place.

Jackson tied for second in softball and was third in baseball while Portsmouth’s best spring finish was a tie for fourth in baseball.

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 Warren doesn’t have boys tennis, for example, those points were determined on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis. Four-team sports are scored 4-3-2-1.

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.

Following are the 2012-13 season point breakdowns:

Final standings – 1, Warren 64. 2, Chillicothe 52. 3, Logan 51. 4, Gallipolis 50. 5, Jackson 39. 6, Portsmouth 22.

Fall sports – Warren 28, Chillicothe 26, Logan 24, Gallipolis 18, Jackson 17, Portsmouth 8.

Winter sports – Warren 16, Logan 11, Gallipolis 8, Chillicothe and Jackson 7, Portsmouth 6.

Spring sports – Gallipolis 24, Warren and Chillicothe 19, Logan 15, Jackson 14, Portsmouth 8.

Boys – Warren 39, Gallipolis 33, Logan 30, Chillicothe 28, Jackson 21, Portsmouth 14.

Girls – Warren 25, Chillicothe 24, Logan 21, Jackson 18, Gallipolis 17, Portsmouth 8.

Championships – Warren (8): golf, boys soccer (co), boys cross country, girls soccer, boys basketball, wrestling, girls basketball (co), softball. Gallipolis (4): football, baseball, boys tennis, girls track and field. Chillicothe (3): boys soccer (co), volleyball, girls tennis. Logan (2): girls cross country, boys track and field. Jackson (1): girls basketball (co). Portsmouth: none.