Sometimes you have to wonder if it’s true that talented softball players grow on trees in this community that’s situated along State Route 45.
It’s the easiest way to explain the incredible run of success the Champion Golden Flashes have enjoyed dating back to 1974, four years before the Ohio High School Athletic Association instituted a state-wide tournament. To do so would look beyond the obvious reasons why the Flashes have won seven state championships and are nearing the 800th win in school history.
This is a community that took to softball with a vengeance more than four decades ago and hasn’t eased its grip. It starts with a commitment from the parents and coaches before reaching down to the young girls who grow up dreaming about adding another state trophy to the school’s list of hardware.
“It makes it a year-round sport because coming into high school you know you’re going to have to perform if you’re going to be part of the team,” sophomore pitcher-first baseman Allison Smith said. “You always know the talent coming in here is going to be crazy. They often say that Champion breeds softball players.”
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.