LOGAN, Ohio — With the spring sports season remaining, Logan High School holds the lead in a quest for its first Southeastern Ohio Athletic League William E. (Bill) Thomas All-Sports Trophy championship in six years.
With 24.5 points, Logan is 2.5 points ahead of two-time defending champion Warren (22), with third-place Jackson (20) and fourth-place Gallia Academy (19) all in the trophy hunt as well. Portsmouth (9.5) is in fifth place.
Logan (15 points) led the All-Sports Trophy race through fall sports, followed by Jackson (13), Warren (12), Gallipolis (11) and Portsmouth (4) and, although LHS was the only school that did not win or share a winter sports championship, was still able to add a half-point onto its lead.
LHS owns titles in football and golf and, during the winter, was second in wrestling, tied for second in girls basketball, and placed third in boys basketball.
Warren, which shared the boys basketball crown with Portsmouth, tied for second in girls basketball and was third in wrestling and, by scoring more winter points than any other school, jumped from third place to second. The Warriors won the boys soccer title during the fall.
Jackson went undefeated in winning the girls basketball championship but picked up only two other winter-sports points and slipped from second to third.
Gallia Academy won the wrestling title and was fourth in both boys and girls basketball. The Blue Angels claimed the volleyball championship during the fall.
Gallipolis has been strong in spring sports in recent seasons and, despite being in fourth place, could make a big leap during baseball, softball, boys tennis, boys track and girls track.
Because at least 75 percent of the full-time conference schools need to participate and earn a team score, only sports in which four of the five schools field full varsity teams count towards the All-Sports Trophy totals.
However, the league recognizes champions in those sports: Logan in girls cross country, Warren in boys cross country, Jackson in girls soccer and Athens in girls tennis.
Athens is an associate SEOAL member in certain sports. Associate members’ totals are not recognized in the All-Sports Trophy standings, however, and in those sports (boys soccer, girls soccer, boys tennis and girls tennis), the SEOAL schools receive points based on their final ranking among each other provided that sport meets the 75 percent team-participation minimum.
While four of the five full-time SEOAL schools had boys soccer teams and those points counted in the All-Sports Trophy standings, only three of the five SEOAL schools had girls soccer and girls tennis teams and those points thus did not count.
Also, in both boys and girls cross country, only Gallia Academy, Logan and Warren had enough runners to register teams scores, which is why those sports did not count in the AST standings.
All five full-time SEOAL schools have baseball, softball, boys track and girls track teams, and four of the five — Warren being the exception — have boys tennis teams, meaning all five sports will thus count in the All-Sports Trophy standings.
Athens is an associate member in boys tennis but, as mentioned, any points the Bulldogs earn will not count toward the AST standings.
Warren won the All-Sports Trophy each of the last two seasons after Marietta claimed the trophy the three seasons prior to leaving the conference at the end of the 2010-11 school year. Logan’s last All-Sports Trophy championship was in the 2007-08 season during a stretch in which Marietta claimed seven of eight titles.
All-Sports Trophy points are determined on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis in sports where all five schools field a team and on a 4-3-2-1 basis in sports where four of the five schools field a team. Fractional points are awarded in case of ties.
Portsmouth leaves the SEOAL for the Ohio Valley Conference after the 2014-15 school year. Athens High School (boys and girls soccer and boys and girls tennis) and Alexander High School (boys and girls soccer) are associate members.
Only four schools will remain in the league following the 2014-15 season but, at that time, just three schools will need to field a team for a sport to count in the AST 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 both the SEOAL media representative and sports editor of the Logan Daily News in Logan, Ohio.