Harrison Central retires Mitchell’s No. 1 jersey

In a relatively short history, Harrison Central has built a strong athletic tradition with a pretty impressive list of individual standouts.

None, however, have earned the acclaim that Kobe Mitchell has over the course of his four-year career in three different sports.

While Mitchell shined in football and baseball, it was on the basketball court — playing for head coach Justin Clifford — where the future Akron Zip earned his most recognition.

After this past season, Mitchell was named both the Ohio Prep Sports Writer’s Association and Ohio Basketball Coaches Association Division III state player of the year, becoming the first Husky athlete to achieve such an honor.

With those awards and his entire resume of accomplishments in mind, Harrison Central paid homage to Mitchell once again this week when they formally retired his No. 1 to the rafters of the gymnasium inside the high school.

“It’s still just crazy to me to think that my number was retired,” Mitchell said. “It hasn’t even set in yet, but I know that this honor means everything to me.”