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These emotional photos show the exact moments area players won state championships


Winning a high school state championship is one of the highlights of any athlete’s career.

The moment that happens, and the emotions flow, makes for a great photo.

We went into the archives to find some of the best images capturing teams and competitors winning state titles.

You should flip through the photo gallery above if you need some inspiration. Or, here are five of those title-winning moments that stand out.

Connecting with teammates

Alison Bales (left) and Emily Williams of the Beavercreek High School girls basketball team celebrate a Division I state championship game victory against Chaminade Julienne at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus on March 17, 2001. Beavercreek beat CJ, 42-35. LISA POWELL / STAFF

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Overcome with emotion

Trotwood-Madison's Michael Shaw reacts after a Division I 1,600-meter relay victory by the Rams on June 2, 2007, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. JOHN BOYLE / STAFF

Celebrating with the student section

Freshman Erica Paulus takes the trophy to the fans en route to the locker room after Lehman Catholic's Division IV state championship victory on Nov. 13, 2010 at the Nutter Center in Fairborn. Lehman topped Tuscarawas Catholic Central in three sets. JAN UNDERWOOD / STAFF

Raw emotion

Ethan Hayes of Dixie High School celebrates a 215-pound Division III state championship win over Kennedy Smith of Bedford St. Peter Chanel on March 5, 2011 at the Schottenstein Center in Coluumbus. BARBARA PERENIC / STAFF

Finishing a mission

Minster quarterback Josh Nixon, right, and Carter Hogenkamp celebrate after a victory against Kirtland in the Division VI state final on Dec. 5, 2014, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. DAVID JABLONSKI / STAFF

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