Dynasty only way to describe Flashes softball

Dynasty is the only word, really, that can be used to describe what the Champion Golden Flashes softball team has accomplished in recent memory.

Putting the crowning touches on that dynasty was winning the team’s third consecutive Division III state championship title Saturday by defeating Cardington-Lincoln, 5-0. These amazing young women and their coach Cheryl Weaver finished their season with a 30-2 record.

Overall, Champion has won nine softball state titles, tied for the most in Ohio history. Six of those championships have come since 2011 under coach Weaver’s tutelage.

Certainly, such unimaginable success does not come easy.

So, what exactly is the secret? Work ethic, says Weaver.

Here’s what Weaver said about the hard work and dedication of her players:

“You’ll hear them after practice. They’re talking about how they’re going to their hitting coaches. They’re going to their pitching coaches. People drive by the community park, and they’ll see these girls out there hitting and taking ground balls. To be a team like they are, that’s what everybody has to do. It really is what they have to do if they want to do this.”

That level of dedication is so impressive that it has become a model for success — one that other coaches are attempting to emulate.

Tod Brininger, coach of the runner-up Cardington-Lincoln Pirates, said he’d like to build this same level of work ethic in his own program.

“We want to be what Warren Champion is,” Brininger said following Saturday’s championship game. “We want to be that team that everyone looks at and is intimidated by …. Obviously, they’ve got a tremendous tradition.”

There also is much to be said for the team’s leadership in coach Weaver, whose knowledge, drive and humility have set an outstanding example for her players.

And let’s not forget the Flashes’ fan support.

Saturday, the stands were packed with fans clad in purple and gold. And it seems whoever wasn’t in attendance was waiting at the high school to welcome the three-peat state champs back home.

Congratulations Flashes and coach Weaver! And kudos, as well, to their families and to the community for the tremendous year-round support.

The feat accomplished here is nothing short of amazing.