AKRON — Only two schools in Ohio have won as many as nine softball state titles.
Akron Springfield won seven over an eight-year span from 1988 to 1995, then won its ninth (the Spartans had won their first in 1978) in 2005.
On Saturday, the Champion Golden Flashes added their name to the top of the list with a 5-0 victory over Cardington-Lincoln in the Division III state championship game at Firestone Stadium.
Champion now has won three titles in a row, four in the last five years and six since 2011. Added to those are state titles in 1978 (the first year Ohio had a state tournament for softball), 1980 and 1994. The last six all have been with Cheryl Weaver as coach.
“Cardington-Lincoln’s a tough team, and we knew it was going to be a battle,”Weaver said about the Flashes’ opponent in the state final for the second straight year. “It was funny, they played our song in between innings and everybody was saying the next ending was ours, and these girls did it. I’m so proud of them.”
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.