The last 18 months has been nothing short of extraordinary for a school with only 447 students enrolled.
Edison’s success in both athletics and academics started in the 2015-16 school year. In the fall, the Charger football team went further than it had ever gone before — to the Division V state semifinals. It then repeated that run last season. If that wasn’t enough, running back Sam Stoll was voted the All-Ohio Offensive Player of the Year.
“The support around our town is unbelievable; it's every athletes dream,” Stoll said. “The following we recieve is on a whole new level and it motivates us to do our best on and off the field. We've had some good classes come through with great leaders who have lead us down the right path. All the teams and teammates are very close with one another and we know that we have each other's backs no matter what the situation is. The sake of the team comes first — especially in a small school where kids may have to sacrifice a position spot for another one just to fill the roster.
“What the athletes all have in common at Edison is a great work ethic and I believe that directly correlates to our success. Everyone, in every sport, is always staying after hours to put in extra work. Everyone is hungry to win, we want to be the best version of ourselves and give back to our community what it deserves. We hope we've started a chain reaction of success and determination and that it'll carry through for years to come. It's a great time to be an Edison Charger.”
Last winter, the Charger basketball team won its first Division III district championship to advance to the regional semifinals. They backed that up with another regional appearance just two weeks ago.
Senior Nick Frederick, who was also a member of Edison’s Firelands Challenge championship team and the football team, weighed in on the matter.
“It's great to be a Charger, that's been our motto for some time and we have proved it as of late. Both in the classroom and athletically we have succeeded. With five championships in a row, our academic challenge team has established a true dynasty. In football back-to back-regional championships turned us from contenders to the expected. In basketball back-to back-district championships shows how we did the same thing as we did in football. We have raised the bar of success and it makes for some fun seasons. We have state champions in wrestling showing success all across our athletic program. It truly makes it great to be an Edison Charger. All of the hard work that we put in has paid off and made all of our seasons worth it. Personally, I'm excited to see how next year's class does in their senior season as they have the ability to raise that bar higher.”
The softball squad made a trip to state semifinals — its first since 2012. Now senior Lauren Wolf is tasked with trying to lead the squad back to the tournament.
“Going to state for softball was always one of my biggest dreams for high school,” she said. “When we started the season, there were so many people who underestimated our team and the talent we possessed because everyone knew we had gotten a brand new coach and that we lost some big hitters the year before. This doubt drove us to work our hardest each and every day. We wanted to prove them wrong, and that's exactly what we did. We have always been a close-knit team and I believe that was also a big part of our success. All the girls constantly motivated each other and everybody loved everybody, making a great softball atmosphere.
“I have always enjoyed my time there and the people are great. I am proud to say I am an Edison Charger.”
Senior wrestler Brady Barnett made headlines earlier this month when he won the state championship in the 138-pound weight class, while four others placed, including Ray Adams, Dylan Burns, Alex Neuberger and Stoll.
“The guys believed in us and themselves and we pushed each other all season. For the past couple years Edison athletics has been a powerhouse, all the sports teams are thriving to be great and produce great players. Winning is now a culture over here, everyone wants to be good and is somewhat expected to be good. There's so much pride in the halls in the school and support from our community it's ridiculous. It really is great to be an Edison Charger right now.
The girls’ golf team also had a taste of glory when they brought home the state championship last fall. Among that group was senior Mackenzie Butler.
“It was my last round with the girls and I wanted to make it count because I've had so much fun with this group, and will miss them," Butler said after clinching the title.
With spring sports now here, we’ll see if the baseball, softball and track teams can add to the ever-growing list of accolades at Edison High School.