Shafransky Flips Out in Reno

Who would have thought that observing someone doing a backflip at tae kwon do practice would segue into winning gold in the high bar competition at the USA Junior Olympic Gymnastics Championship? For Southview junior Sammy Shafransky, that’s exactly what happened. Sammy, who is the youngest of five children, started gymnastics at the age of…

Dive In, Divers, and Dives

When it comes to competitive diving, the Walkovich sisters sure don’t feel like fish out of water. Senior Emily and Freshman Alexa have been at it for a combined 15 years. What started on a whim and overcoming an initial fear on the diving board at Highland Meadows Country Club has become a full-time passion…

Not Horsing Around

Two Southview student-athletes don’t compete for varsity letters, but they have been recognized by US Equestrian for their dedication to riding and jumping horses. US Equestrian honors students who have prepared for competitions through training and practice sessions similar to students in other athletic programs, and Junior Abby Kalniz and Sophomore Brooke Leininger have been…

Cougar Cross-Country: A Tradition of Excellence

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these runners from the swift completion of their appointed race. Until last week, that is. Due to the unrunnable conditions at National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio, the annual OHSAA cross-country state championship was postponed for one week. That didn’t discourage Southview runners Cameron…

There’s a First Time for Everything

For all but one Northern Lakes League school, football season is over. Ditto volleyball, golf, soccer, and just about every other Fall sport. If it weren’t for the flood-like conditions in the greater Columbus area that postponed the OHSAA cross-country championship, their season would be over as well. That leaves one more Fall sport that…

A Tale of Two Seasons

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the best of times.” With apologies to Charles Dickens, this pretty much summarizes the varsity football team’s 2018 season. What started with a promising 17-14 victory over the perennial playoff-bound Millington Cardinals, languishingly became a discouraging two month stretch that saw…

If You Build It, They Will Come

The play clock read 0:00 and for many loyal Cougar fans the unforgettable words, “And the Sylvania Southview Cougars are the 2008 Division II football State Champions”, were shouted over the PA system. In Massillon’s Paul Brown Tiger Stadium a group of determined teenagers executed an unblemished 15-0 season culminating with a 29-25 come from behind victory…

A Special Day at Southview

“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.“ And with the reciting of the Special Olympics motto by hundreds of athletes from 10 area counties, the Spring Games of Area 4 Ohio got underway on the grounds of Southview High School. The athletes competed in a number of…

Ice, Ice Baby!

All right stop. Collaborate and listen. To say that the Southview Ice Hockey team’s 2016-17 season ended on a sour note is a bit of an understatement. They were shellacked by eventual state runner-up and perennial high school hockey powerhouse St. Francis de Sales, 16-0. In fact, it was so bad that the zamboni only…