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LaBrae trying to make history
March 20, 2013 - Dana Sulonen
At every state tournament I've ever covered, someone from the OHSAA always gives the speech about how there can only be one winner, and to even make it to the finals is an honor. And while it might seem like a song and dance to ease the pain of the teams that didn't win -- the fact is, the speech is exactly right.
When the high school boys basketball tournament started, just alone in Division III, there were 200 schools that started tournament play. As of March 20, 196 schools have ended their season. LaBrae is one of the four teams left standing. They will try to become one of the last two standing on Thursday as they take on Versailles in a semifinal at the Jerome Schottenstein Center in Columbus.
No matter what the outcome of Thursday or Saturday's game proves to be, the Vikings have every right to be proud of the accomplishments they have made so far this season. They were only the second team in school history to make it to a regional final, and the first to make it to the state tournament. And more importantly, they put basketball in Trumbull County on the state map again.
Considering the county has only had one state winner -- Girard exactly 20 years ago in 1993 -- Trumbull County isn't exactly known as a hot bed for boys basketball. Warren G. Harding had it's few years of dominance, but ran into elite schools at the state level -- aka Columbus Northland when Jared Sullinger was in high school.
The Vikings have a chance to make history on Thursday -- the second team in the county to win a state title. But no matter the outcome, the Vikings have much to be proud of this season.
*** To get live updates from Columbus during LaBrae's semfinal game against Versailles, follow Dana at "Dana's Sports Daze" on Facebeook or follower her @DanaSulonenTrib on Twitter.***
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