Arcanum to honor state champs, other top teams

Kyle Shaner Sports Editor

January 4, 2014

ARCANUM — A pair of state champions will be among the 16 teams honored at Arcanum’s Champions Night on Saturday.

The 1969 boys basketball and 1969 boys track and field state championship teams will be among those honored at Arcanum’s Champions Night, which will be held when Arcanum’s basketball teams play host to Dixie.

The 16 teams that will be honored include the 1969 boys basketball team, 1969 boys track team, 1984 girls track team, 1984 softball team, 1989 girls basketball team, 1994 baseball team, 1999 baseball team, 1999 girls basketball team and 1999 softball team.

Arcanum also will honor the 1983 girls cross country team, 1988 volleyball team, 1993 boys cross country team, 1993 girls cross country team, 1998 girls golf team, 1998 girls cross country team and 2013 baseball team on Saturday. Those seven teams originally were scheduled to be honored at a football game in the fall, but the ceremony was postponed because of weather.

Arcanum’s Champions Nights honor championship teams from the previous school year plus championship teams from 15 years ago and beyond in five-year increments.

“We want our alumni to know how important and valuable they are to the students of our high school,” Arcanum High School Principal Jason Stephan said. “I want our high school students to see some of the rich athletic history our students have. By seeing our past successes, hopefully, it will encourage our current teams to strive to achieve excellence.”

Saturday’s schedule will begin with the Arcanum freshman boys basketball team playing host to Dixie at 1 p.m. Saturday. The junior varsity boys basketball game will follow at 2:30, and the junior varsity girls will play at 4:30.

After the Arcanum and Dixie varsity girls basketball teams play at 6 p.m., the Champions Night ceremony will take place. The night will conclude with the varsity boys basketball game between Arcanum and Dixie at 7:30.

“Our hope is to see this event grow each and every year,” Stephan said. “Arcanum Butler Local Schools is a great place and to have an opportunity to honor our successes is special each and every time we can do it.”

Anyone who was part of one of the teams to be honored but has not received a letter of invitation plus anyone who has any questions may contact Stephan at 692-5174 or at jason_stephan@darke.k12.oh.us.

Champions Night

1969 — Boys basketball — state champs

1969 — Boys track and field — state champs

1983 — Girls cross country — CCC champs

1984 — Softball — CCC, district and regional champs

1984 — Girls track and field — CCC champs

1988 — Volleyball — CCC champs

1989 — Girls basketball — CCC champs

1993 — Boys cross country — CCC and district champs

1993 — Girls cross country — CCC and district champs

1994 — Baseball — CCC and district champs

1998 — Girls golf — CCC champs

1998 — Girls cross country — CCC champs

1999 — Girls Basketball — CCC champs

1999 —Baseball — CCC champs

1999 —Softball — CCC champs

2013 — Baseball — district champs