Union Local captures D-II district title

Whether it was Buckeye 8, OVAC and now district, the Jets have achieved it all, but they’re not done or content.

The Jets added the latest piece of hardware to the collection Saturday afternoon at warm and sunny Meadowbrook High School as the Division II Eastern District Championship wrapped up.

Union Local finished with 91.5 points, which was 6.5 points better than runner-up St. Clairsville.

“We’ve been battling St. Clairsville all year,” a relieved and excited Todd Blake said before taking a water bucket dumping courtesy of senior Zac Bateman. “These kids are so easy to coach because they want to get better and push each other. These seniors lead the way and they want to continue to raise the bar.”

On top of winning the team title Saturday, the Jets qualified exceptionally well to next week, which this time of the year is ultimate goal.

“It’s a blessing that we were able to qualify as well as we did,” Blake continued. “It’s nice that they’ve done so well all season long, so this shows how well they’ve done and continue to do it while not peaking out too early.”