Flashes feted again for state titles
Tribune Chronicle July 5, 2017
NILES — Nearly 100 people, including local leaders, parents and fans, gathered Wednesday at center court at Eastwood Mall to honor the “Champions of Champion.”
The event honored the Champion High School Golden Flashes boys baseball team and girls softball team, who each won the Division III state championship in early June.
The program was part of an event that included the presentation of a framed copy of the Golden Flashes “Champion is Twice Champion” front page article presented by event sponsor the Tribune Chronicle to Kelly Boyle, Champion Board of Education president; a check presented by Anthony Cafaro Sr. from the Cafaro family to support the school’s athletic program; and a commendation from Ohio Sen. Sean O’Brien, D-Bazetta, on behalf of the statehouse in Columbus.
The girls and boys of Champion have a trademark humility and work ethic and are the pride of their community, softball coach Cheryl Weaver and baseball coach Rick Yauger said to the those in attendance.
“You start to run out of words to describe all that is going on. These ladies are the best Champion has to offer,” Weaver said.
“Anybody can look at record, but hard work, effort, intensity — their hard work got it done,” Yauger said.
The baseball team was the first Champion boys team to bring home a state title. The softball team won their fourth title in seven years.
Jacklyn Mulvain, a 2017 Champion graduate, said the effect of the winning season is easy to see in the small community, and the pride extends to the Trumbull County community at large.
“Everyone in Trumbull County has been so supportive,” she said.
The teams also attended the Mahoning Valley Scrappers game at Eastwood Field on Wednesday, courtesy of the Cafaro Co. They were to throw out the first pitch.
“I love baseball, Scrappers, Indians, all of it. It’s great just being part of something really special,” Mulvain said.