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North Canton Hoover Captures Third Straight Softball State Title

Chad W. Lutz
Move over Forum Blue and Gold.

What do the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Yankees and North Canton Hoover Vikings have in common? Three-peats. Anyone who has ever won a championship, in any sport, will tell you it’s no cakewalk. And to win back-to-back is damn near impossible. For a team to win three consecutive championships means defying all odds. But those who dissented and said that the North Canton Hoover Lady Vikings Varsity Softball team couldn’t win their third championship in as many tries ate their words on Saturday.

Trouncing the Elyria Pioneers 7-0, North Canton Hoover now lays claim to seven state championships spanning the last 15 years. Heading into the competition, the Lady Vikings squad ranked fourth nationally and first in the State of Ohio. En route to the monumental victory over Elyria in the State Championship, North Canton Hoover won every single one of their 34 games during the regular season and playoffs, capping off an historic run that resulted in the team’s continued string of titles.

North Canton isn’t the only athletically gifted school in Ohio. In March, Twinsburg vied for its own Division I state title three-peat in girl’s basketball, but was denied by Kettering Fairmont in regulation, losing by a final score of 52-48.

Elyria has contested North Canton Hoover in softball for years, and in years passed has put up quite a fight. But, for now, excellence wears orange and black.