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Teams vying for state championships

Fans line up to say good-bye to the Winton Woods footbal team as they leave for the state championship game. Fans line up to say good-bye to the Winton Woods footbal team as they leave for the state championship game.
Signs and balloons are always prominent in Fort Thomas come football playoff time. Signs and balloons are always prominent in Fort Thomas come football playoff time.

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Both Winton Woods High School in Cincinnati and Highlands High School are vying for state football championships this weekend.

Their stories could not be more different. Winton Woods is going after its first state title, while Highlands is trying for its 19th.

Winton Woods' program has been in jeopardy. The district has had it's levy fail five times and if it hadn't gone through last November, the football program could have been cut.

"The sports and extracurricular threatened to be cancelled if the levy didn't pass," said Herb Woeste, athletic director. "But it did the community can through and we are extremely proud and excited to be here."

Meanwhile, Highlands' program has thrived, earning the support of parents, students and the entire community.

"Our community just gives outstanding support. It's unlike any place in the world, really, that I know of," says Brian Robinson, principal of the high school.

Winton Woods plays in the Division 2 championship game against Cleveland's Maple Heights at 7 p.m. Friday in Massillon.

Highlands takes on John Hardin at 8 p.m. Friday in the Class 5A state championship game in Bowling Green.

Both teams left Friday morning to cheering fans and students.

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