Editor’s Note: This is the sixth in a series.
We have a defending state champion and a program eager to fight for one in the Crawford 15 this week.
Tons of top talent should lead both of our programs to stellar regular seasons and lengthy playoffs once again.
Let’s see who’s featured this week.
After:Crawford 15: League titles and playoffs are the goal of No. 5 and 6
After:Crawford 15: Nos. 7 and 8 aim for playoff success
After:Crawford 15 : Crawford
After:Crawford 15: the n°11 and 12 eager to take a big step forward
After:Crawford 15: #13-15 Eager to Exceed Expectations in Spring and Fall
4. Colonel Crawford Girls Cross Country/Athletics
Girls’ record 2021-22: XC (North 10 champions; district champions; 7th state)
It is quite difficult to dominate a state championship.
Colonel Crawford’s daughters won the Division III track title in June with a handful of seniors playing key roles, but that doesn’t mean the Eagles are in rebuilding mode. Rising junior Niyah Shipman was state finalist in the high jump, rookie Gabby Roston placed 14th in the pole vault and rookie Mira Holt’s 4×400 relay team, juniors Rylee and Reagan Ritzhaupt, and Roston finished 10th. The 4×800 was knocking on the door to be state qualified and all four riders – sophomores Cecelia Chase and Izzy Roston, freshmen Gabby Roston and Olivia Hardy – will be back. Add athletes like rising juniors Ayla McKibben, Lynae McKibben, Hailey Slagle and Molli Teglovic as a few names, and Colonel Crawford is set for another stellar season.
And, very soon, the cross country team will not only be looking to make a return to Fortress Obetz for a third straight year, but to compete for a state title. As a freshman, Gabby Roston led the way at the state, placing 45th, with Chase 69th. Hardy, Izzy Roston and rising senior Maria Smith all returned as scorers, and classmate Olivia Chase was the state’s sixth runner. Col. Crawford has a good chance of dominating the regular season with low scores and that momentum could lead the Eagles to another district title and beyond.
3. Galleon Boys Golf
Record 2021: Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference champions; 10th in state
Every year we wonder how Galion will continue their remarkable game of golf, and every year the Tigers dismiss that doubt.
This year, however, could be the year the program has been building towards. Two seasons ago, three golfers who went on to play in college led the way and a decline was expected last year. But the young talent stepped up and propelled the team to statehood for a fifth straight year.
And now they’re all a year older with another year of golf under their belts. Galion has three legit golfers who would start on just about any team in the area mounting Nick McMullen senior, soon-to-be junior Logan Keller and sophomore Nathan McMullen. The three have combined for a few summer titles on the golf tours already. Add Nate Barre senior and a number of talented contenders for fifth place, and Galion should be a force to be reckoned with once again.
A long MOAC winning streak came to an end last season and the Tigers didn’t even finish first in the league tournament, but Galion won five consecutive league titles and there’s a very good chance they’ll do so. make six this fall. And when the playoffs roll around, golf is the most unpredictable sport because any day can be good or bad. But if Galleon returns to the state, don’t be surprised if the Tigers fight for a state title.