Former River High School athlete Brandon Grimes, now in his second year as the head baseball coach at Londonville High School in Ohio, won a sectional championship May 15, defeating state powerhouse Canton Central Catholic by the score of 2-1.
Canton Central, ranked eighth in division III this year, has won several state championships over the past 30 years and more than 20 regional championships.
When Grimes was asked to take over Londonville's baseball program two years ago, he said he would run a program like the one at Magnolia High School under Coach Dave Cisar.
After some growing pains in the first year, Grimes' strategy paid off this season when his team went well over the 500 mark in wins that included its first sectional title.
The similarity between Grimes' team and the Blue Eagle program runs off the field, as well. The grade point average of the Londonville team is over a 3.0.
Grimes also was influenced by something Bobby Knight said at a basketball camp one year, "Smart Wins!"