I’ve been with the Eagle-Gazette for three months and if the Mayans are to be believed, I’ve all got less than a week left to work at the paper, or do anything else for that matter.
It isn’t all bad news, however. It is with that ancient apocalyptic prophecy in mind I am reflecting on my top five most memorable moments since I began here in mid-September.
5. Fairfield Union lightning delayed
win in football
This list starts with the first football game I covered. The Week 5 game between Fairfield Union and Bloom-Carroll was delayed more than an hour because of lightning, building the drama (and creating all sorts of deadline issues), in what would become a one-point Falcons win in double overtime.
Fairfield Union coach Tim Bahen elected to go for the two-point conversion and the win in the second overtime after initially sending out the kicking team. The gamble paid off as Sam Green caught a play-action pass and was mobbed after securing the homecoming win. Not a bad welcome to area football.
4. Fairfield Union volleyball emotions
The Falcons occupy a second spot because of the passion their volleyball players displayed in a season-ending loss to DeSales in a regional semifinal. The team’s seniors had won just four matches as freshmen and ended their careers as back-to-back district champions. The pride and emotion they displayed afterward was palpable and certainly has stayed with me.
3. Bulldogs comeback rivalry win in boys basketball
Because it was just last weekend, it might be hard to judge how memorable Bloom-Carroll’s come-from-behind basketball victory at Canal Winchester was, but I’m pretty sure I won’t soon forget it.
With Indians leaving the Mid-State League-Buckeye Division for the Ohio Capital Conference after this season, both fan bases were loud for what could be the final game of the rivalry in Canal Winchester. They supplied the highest level of energy of any game I’ve been to so far this winter. Both student sections were fired up throughout, and the players delivered on the floor. The Bulldogs clawed back from a 14-point deficit, and 12 consecutive points by reigning Eagle-Gazette player of the year Isaac McGlone were remarkable.
2. State cross country
One area team (Liberty Union boys) and three individuals (Lancaster’s Adam Wise and Sammie Zishka and Fairfield Christian’s Taylor Truesdell) qualified. Although only Wise finished with All-Ohio honors, the daylong event was memorable for me. As a former runner, I am a sucker for seeing these athletes push themselves to the limit in what for many is their final high school race. The effort and emotion at the race were second to none.
1. Liberty Union regional semifinal in football
The Lions advancing to a Division V state semifinal was memorable on its own, but their regional semifinal win against Oak Hill was the best football game I saw all season.
Liberty Union started slow and trailed 14-3 late in the first half before rallying for a 22-21 victory that included three second-half lead changes.
So there you have it. In three short month,s I’ve seen some unforgettable games and moments in area sports, and the Lions football team holds my top spot for now. If the Mayans are right, area teams have just five more days to crack the list.