Pickerington High School North girls basketball team was in its inaugural season when the Panthers beat Cleveland (Tenn.) 69-37 for the title at the 2003 Holiday Classic.
Since then, North has gone five tournaments with zero titles, three second-place finishes and two fourth-place finishes.
Last season, the Panthers finished fourth after losing to Kettering Fairmont 43-37 in the third-place game. After beating McMurray (Pa.) Peters Township 56-43 in the opening round, North lost to Chicago Bogan 36-32 in a semifinal the next day.
As his team accepted the program's second state title trophy in the past four years, an emotional Brian White shook his head in amazement.
The Hilliard Davidson High School football head coach had just witnessed his team rally for a dramatic 16-15 win against Cleveland Glenville in the Division I state title game before 9,845 fans at Canton's Fawcett Stadium on Saturday night.
Davidson closes out the season at 13-1 and the Tarblooders finish at 13-2.