HONORING OUR PAST: WC EARNS FIRST STATE TITLE IN LATE 90s
Though Worthington Christian School has had a robust athletics program since its earliest years, the Warriors did not bring home a state title for decades. All of that changed in the late 1990s. Former WC staff member and basketball coach Ray Slagle shares in his own words the Warriors’ path to its first state championship win:
“When I came here as the basketball coach, Worthington Christian had never won a district basketball title. There was a reason for that–there was a good small Catholic school in our district, which in 1993 went out of existence. This opened the gates for us. Some great, memorable seasons and always associated with people.
In 1994, we lost in the state finals by two points. In 1995, we were 26-0 when we lost in the regional finals on a three-point shot from half-court that the other team took. In 1999, we were state champions in a triple overtime game. In 2000 we lost in a state semifinal by two points. So, we were in the state tournament three years between 1994 to 2000. We had great players and extremely supportive families.”
As Coach Slagle mentioned, the Warriors clinched their first OHSAA division state title in 1999, beating Fort Recovery High School 95-90 in triple overtime.