Warren claims another SEOAL All-Sports Trophy

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

It was the second straight title for the 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 1/2) edging third-place Logan (51) and fast-closing Gallia Academy (50 1/2). 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 1/2 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 it 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.

Chillicothe leaves the SEOAL for the South Central Ohio League after the current school year. Athens (in boys and girls soccer, and boys and girls tennis) and Alexander (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 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.