By Jamie Baker
Someone brought up the topic of qualifying for state on a previous post and it’s definitely discussion worthy here.
So which sport is the most difficult to qualify for the OHSAA state tournament in?
Can you lump the team sports in with the individual sports in deciding which is the toughest to make it to Columbus in?
I guess my answer is that it depends on what division and which sport you are talking about.
In the Northwest District to qualify for state in golf and tennis it’s a bitch.
In Division I tennis and Division II golf in NW Ohio you have to finish in the top two at the district tournament to qualify. Definitely no easy task.
Since I’m a wrestling guy and also cover a lot of track and field and cross country, I’m admittedly biased toward the individual sports. Kids in those sports qualify on their merits by winning or finishing in the top four of their respective district or regional tournaments.
You could be the No.12 man on the bench and still call yourself a state qualifier if your basketball team makes it to Columbus even though you might not see a minute of court time.
Ask any football coach, especially at the Division VI level and they’d probably tell you they have at least one starter they may try and “hide” or surround him with superior players to negate his deficiencies. It’s easier to do that in team sports and still be a successful team --- especially if the coaching staff is top-notch.
I guess I never did answer my own question --- which sport is most difficult to qualify for state in.
I’d like to hear YOUR thoughts on the subject.
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