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COLUMBUS -- St. Marys High grad Galen Cisco and St. Henry High School product Jim Lachey were both honored into the Circle of Championship at halftime of Thursday’s Toledo Libbey-St. Paris Graham game.The Ohio High School Athletic Association honored both for their high school careers, for their character and for serving as role models.Cisco played football and baseball at St. Marys and Ohio State. With the Buckeyes, Cisco earned All-America and All-Big Ten honors on the 1957 Buckeye football team that won the National Championship. He played fullback and linebacker. In baseball, he pitched seven years in the majors for Boston, the New York Mets and Kansas City.Lachey was a football, basketball and track standout at St. Henry. He went on to earn All-America honors as an offensive lineman at Ohio State. Lachey played 11 years in the NFL for the San Diego Chargers and the Washington Redskins. He was named to the Pro Bowl seven times.WEAKLEY BACK AT STATEWorthington Christian coach Kevin Weakley returns to the state tournament after playing for Worthington Christian in the 1994 state title game. Upper Scioto Valley defeated Worthington Christian, 56-54, for the 1994 Division IV title.RANGERS RETURN TO FINAL FOURNew Knoxville is making its first trip to Columbus since 1947, when the Rangers were the state runner-up. That is the Rangers’ only trip to state.In Division II, Chillicothe returns to the state tourney for the first time since 1930. That’s a span of 78 years, which is a record span between appearances. Chillicothe knocked off Poland Seminary 78-70 in the semifinals.GOING FOR NO. 3New Knoxville coach Dan Hegemier is aiming for his third state championship. He won the 1987 and 1993 state championships when he was coaching at Fort Loramie.COLUMBUS, WHERE ELSE?The boys basketball state tournament has been in Columbus since 1988. The last time it wasn’t in Columbus was in 1987 when it was at the University of Dayton Arena. The tournament was in Dayton in 1986 and ’87. The tournament was at Ohio State’s St. John Arena from 1988 to 1998. In 1999, the tournament moved to OSU’s Value City Arena.

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