Taft is Cincinnati's Last Team Standing in OHSAA tournament

March 18, 2021

By Scott Springer, Cincinnati Enquirer

To a man, they all gaze at the wall.

Taft High School's gymnasium features a Division III state basketball championship banner from 2011 with a massive team photo underneath. The current team of Senators was anywhere from kindergarten to grade school 10 years ago. Now, they're in line to repeat history. 

As they speak about the future, the 2021 Senators point to the past and the banner when describing the ultimate goal of the coming weekend. 

"This is a basketball school," five-star recruit Rayvon Griffith said. "Us to bring a state championship here would be big. We'll graduate from here one day and bring our kids here and they can see our name on the wall or our picture on a banner. That would mean a lot."

Hot at the right time

Though they did not win their eighth Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference title in 2021, the Taft basketball team is preparing to bring home their second state championship. The Senators play 27-1 Worthington Christian Friday evening. With a win, they could play Sunday afternoon against the winner of Ottawa-Glandorf vs. Cleveland Heights Lutheran East for a large trophy and a permanent spot on the wall for as long as Taft High plays the sport James Naismith invented.