Jackson has big expectations for its sports teams this year as it looks to secure its third straight Federal League All-Sports Trophy.
After Jackson High School concluded the 2012-2013 school year by bringing home the All-Sports Trophy, there will be no shortage of optimism heading into fall.
Jackson looks to add to its total of 13 Federal League All-Sports titles when fall sports commence this week. The Polar Bears have won more All-Sports titles than any other school in the Federal League. Two of those 13 titles have come in the last two years, setting Jackson up to dominate the Federal League for the third straight year.
Last school year proved to be a memorable one for the Polar Bears. Jackson took home seven of the total 21 possible league titles and was the runner-up in six others.
Titles came in boys and girls golf, boys tennis and girls cross country. The girls also won titles in volleyball, soccer and swimming.
The Polar Bears finished second in boys cross country, basketball, swimming and wrestling. Meanwhile, the girls took home second-place finishes in bowling and softball. Those results, Athletic Director Terry Peterson said, should be attributed to the quality and dedication of the athletes and coaches.
“We have quality and dedicated athletes and coaches that are willing to work at their skills of their sport,” Peterson said. “Our athletes may not be the biggest, strongest or the fastest, but they put in their time in the off-season making themselves the best they can be. You really can’t ask for anything else.”
Jackson’s 2012 title could be attributed also to last year’s fast start for the fall athletic programs. The fall sports earned a total of 58.5 points, 8.5 more than rival Hoover. The two schools jostled for first place throughout the school year for first place, with the Polar Bears eventually coming out on top with a total of 123.5 total points to Hoover’s 119.5.
Boardman came in third, followed by Glenoak, Lake, Perry, and McKinley.
“We have the utmost respect for Hoover and their athletic programs, but we do not like to lose to them in anything,” Peterson said. “Anytime you can beat them, regardless of the competition, you take great pride in the accomplishment.”
The award also goes a long way in the community.
“The coaches and the community take pride in being able to say we have the best athletic teams in the area,” Peterson said. “We also have great parental and community support for our athletes and teams, which plays a major role in the success of our athletic programs.”
This year, Jackson has the opportunity to get off to the same fast start they did a year ago.
All of the fall sports will be in competition within the first two weeks of school. Some of those teams will play other Federal League squads. It will be a definite opportunity for the Polar Bears to make a jump on their in-conference counterparts.