By David Fong
TROY — If Troy High School is going to win a sixth straight Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division All-Sports Trophy, the Trojans will have to do something they’ve not had to do the past five years.
Come from behind.
For the first time since capturing the first of five consecutive GWOC North All-Sports titles in 2011, Troy is trailing in the points standings coming out of the fall sports season.
The GWOC North All-Sports Trophy is based on points accumulated throughout the school year for each varsity sport, based on the finish within the conference. A team that wins the conference gets seven points, a team that finishes second in the conference standings gets five points, a team that finishes third gets four points — all the way down to one point for a sixth-place finish.
Following the 2015 fall sports season, Butler led Troy 53-48 in the standings. The Aviators captured division titles in football, boys cross country, boys golf, boys soccer and girls soccer, while taking second place in girls cross country, tennis and volleyball. The Trojans captured division titles in girls cross country, girls golf, tennis and volleyball. Troy finished second in boys cross country and girls soccer.
Butler finished first or second in every sport but girls golf, which took fourth place. Troy finished first or second in every sport but boys soccer, which finished third, and football, which finished sixth.
Never once during Troy’s five-year run of dominance have the Trojans come out of the fall trailing Butler. In 2011 — the start of the unprecedented five-year string — Troy led 52.83 to 45.83 in the fall and ended up winning 123.33 to 111.33. In 2012, the Trojans led 45.33 to 43.33 and won 117.33 to 111.33.
In 2013, Troy led 54.3 to 46.3 and won 120.8 to 109.8. That would be the only year during the five-year run the Trojans swept all three sports seasons, winning the winter 39-38 and the spring 27.5-25.5.
In 2014, Troy led 52-43 in the fall and ended up winning the all-sports title 115-106.5. Last year, the fall proved to be the final margin of victory, as the Trojans led by four points in the fall, 50-46, and ended up holding off Butler by four points in the final standings, 113.5-109.5.
Even when Troy has taken the lead in the fall, however, it has not always guaranteed victory in the final standings. In 2009, Troy led Butler 52.33 to 42.33 in the fall, but Butler ended up ahead of the Trojans, 117.33 to 112.33. In 2010, Troy led Butler 50.5-45.5 in the fall, but Butler overtook Troy in the final standings, 122.5-111.5.
And it’s not as though Troy hasn’t been able to come from behind in the past. In 2006, Butler held a 49-46.5 lead over Troy in the fall, but the Trojans and Aviators finished the school year in a tie atop the GWOC North standings, deadlocked at 104.5 points apiece.
It bears mentioning that in the GWOC North All-Sports standings — which indicates overall athletic success of every program within a school — it’s been a two-time competition between Troy and Butler since 2009, when Northmont, which had previously made it a three-team race atop the division, was moved from to the GWOC Central Division when the conference expanded.
Since the formation of the GWOC North, Butler won the first two all-sports trophies in 2009 and 2010, while Troy has since won the last five. The Trojans and Aviators have finished one-two each of the past seven years. Statistically speaking, none of the other four schools in the GWOC — Piqua, Sidney, Trotwood and Greenville — have mounted a serious challenge at knocking Troy or Butler from the top of the standings.
That could change next year, however, when Tippecanoe — which has fared well in the Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division All-Sports standings — enters the GWOC North.
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