Temperatures are dropping here in Southwest Ohio which can only mean one thing. Winter is approaching. With the winter sports season just over the horizon, it’s time to take a look back at the fall season and inspect the ECC All-Sports standings following the fall season.
For those not familiar with the ECC All-Sports trophy, it is an award granted at the end of the school year to the school with the most success in all athletics during that respective year. There is a points system for each sport, where 11 points are awarded to the ECC champion, second place is awarded 9 points, third place is awarded 8 points, and so on.
After a successful fall athletics campaign, the Turpin Spartans have an early lead in the race for the All-Sports Trophy, racking up 68 total points. The Spartans finished in the top half of eight of the nine league-sponsored fall sports, including winning the ECC championship in girls' tennis, and two second-place finishes in boys’ golf and volleyball. The Loveland Tigers aren’t far behind, however, with 66 points accumulated during the fall sports season. The Tigers captured three ECC titles in the fall, in boys' and girls' cross country, as well as boys' golf. A second-place finish in girls’ tennis also helped the Tigers establish their athletic dominance in the fall season. Rounding out the top three are the Anderson Raptors, with a grand total of 65 points. The Raptors captured a title in boys' soccer this fall, as well as three second-place finishes in football, girls’ soccer, and girls’ golf. In fourth place stands the Milford Eagles at 59.5 points, fresh off an ECC football title where they finished 9-0 in conference play. The Eagles also captured the girls’ soccer title, as well as a second-place finish in girls’ cross country. The Lebanon Warriors stand in 5th place, just one point back of Milford at 58.5. The Warriors captured the girls’ golf title, as well as a third-place finish in girls' cross country, and two fourth-place finishes in boys’ soccer and volleyball. Rounding out the All-Sports Trophy standings are Kings in 6th, Little Miami in 7th, Walnut Hills in 8th, West Clermont in 9th, and Winton Woods in 10th.
The Tigers obviously performed very well in the fall and the upcoming winter sets up for them to maintain a top-2 place in the conference. Boys’ basketball is a very talented team vying for a top 3 finish in a loaded ECC. Boys’ wrestling returns a ton of talent, while girls’ wrestling returns the defending state champion Elizabeth Madison (10). Boys’ bowling is coming off of an ECC title led by Brady Burns (12) and Wyatt Glassmeyer (11). Girls’ Bowling is looking for an ECC title led by Audrey Osman (12). Cheer finished second in the conference last year, and is hungry for a title. The race for the All-Sports Trophy is officially underway, and with the recent success of Loveland Athletics, the Tigers have a shot to win their first official All-Sports Trophy since the 2017-18 school year.