25 years ago next Wednesday, the boys at Campbell High School won their second of two state championships in the same year, on March 27 and again on June 6.

At the start of the 1992-93 basketball season, senior Kevin Dill knew Campbell was going to be good, but he was not thinking about a state championship.

“Danilov’s an animal, so wherever you were, he’s putting a basketball in your hand and trying to make you better,” Dill said. 

Danilov is Brian Danilov, Campbell’s coach that season.

“I was young and I was probably a little ignorant of how hard it was to win the state, maybe,” Danilov recalled. 

Campbell was 14-6 in the regular season and cruised through districts. The biggest win was in the tournament in the regionals finals over defending state champs, Orrville.

In the state semifinals, Archbishop McNicholas High School from Cincinnati — in an attempt to intimidate Campbell — shaved their heads.  

Campbell ended up winning by 23. 

That was followed by a hard-fought eight-point win over Belpre City Schools and state championship number one.  

Dill was tournament MVP.

“And nobody wanted a break. That’s the crazy thing. We wanted to go from A to B,” he said. 

Campbell won the basketball championship on a Saturday, and on Monday, they were practicing baseball, a season that also would end in a state contest.

Four players, including Dill and Besson, were on both teams.  

“To be honest, after that, I thought we were definitely going to do some serious noise in baseball,” Dill said. 

Campbell finished the regular season 18-4, the big tournament win coming in the regional finals, 3-0 against Akron Manchester.  

Beeson had two RBIs.

Wayne Zetts was the baseball coach, and he came from the same mold as Danilov.

“He’s a stickler,” Dill said of Zetts. “Everything had to be done to perfection.” 

In the semi-finals, Campbell beat Steubenville Catholic Central and then in the finals, they put a whooping on Cincinnati Indian Hill, winning 20-6.

After the baseball championship, 1,000 people showed up in Campbell to welcome them home.

One man called it a day that will live in history. 

“It still sends chills down your spine knowing that you still did it,” Beeson said. 

“Not until years afterward do you understand that, ‘Hey, it’s never happened in Campbell,'” Dill said. 

There’s no big display at Campbell High School commemorating it’s dual state championships.

Banners hang in the gym, and the state championship trophies are in the case, next to small photos of each team. But that’s it.  

The rare athletic feat of those boys of 1993 will live on in their legacies.   

Michael Farrington came to Campbell from the Bahamas and it took a court order to allow him to play his senior year.  

His teammates say he joined the military, served in Afghanistan, though I was unable to contact Farrington to find out what he’s doing now.  

Ryan Merrell was one of four players on both the baseball and basketball teams.  

Today Ryan Merrell runs the adult beverage department at a Kroger’s in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Alex Tsikouris was the starting point guard. He married a Campbell girl and is now a pharmacist at a Gainsville, Florida, hospital.

Catcher Pat Cioffi played baseball at Ohio Wesleyan.  He now lives in Austintown and is VP of Sales for the Canfield software company NEO3.  

Benji Santiago made a gutsy appearance in the state championship game. He had a key hit despite a bad leg, that had him limping off the field.  Santiago married his high school sweetheart, coached baseball for 23 years, including three in Campbell and still lives in Campbell today.  

Raymond Butler scored a run and pitched some strong innings in the champion game. He now lives in Warren, his wife is part of a group that won the mega millions jackpot. Butler’s now a stay at home dad.

Baseball coach Wayne Zetts would take Campbell to the state championship four times, finishing runner up three times.  

He coached Campbell for 25 years, was a special education teacher for 35 years, and is now retired and living in Campbell.

Basketball coach Brian Danilov spent 25 years coaching on and off in Campbell, with stints at three other high schools in between. Today’s he’s an assistant at Westminster.

Tom Beeson was a key player on both the basketball and baseball teams. He now works for Aqua Ohio, lives in Lowellville, and has coached baseball in some form his entire adult life.

Kevin Dill played at Westminster and is today President of the Boardman based Creekside Mortage Company. He too married his high school sweetheart and still plays basketball twice a week.

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