For the first time in quite a while we made it through a high school athletic season without any Ellis County school claiming a team state championship or even reaching a state tournament for that matter.

It happens, it’s not the end of the world.

But for those that are always on the prowl for a good team to watch that has state championship aspirations then look no further than Cedar Hill this weekend. Waxahachie will be represented by three teams at this weekend’s USSSA State Tournament.

In the 8U division, the area’s only zone champion, the Waxahachie Marlins, will be in a dog fight with 19 other teams in their quest for a state title.

The Marlins will have to fight their way through teams from Cedar Hill, Duncanville, Grand Prairie, Temple, Cy-Fair, Klein, Red Oak, LIttle Elm, Lewisville and Ovilla.

With so many communities represented, which ever team comes out of the 8U Division will truly be able to call itself a state champion.

In the 10U Division, the Waxahachie Yankees will be looking to be the last team standing in its 17-team tournament. The Yankees narrowly missed playing for a zone championship and will have a chip on their shoulder as they play teams from Irving, Grapevine and Rockwall.

The Waxahachie Blue Jays, who reached the semifinals of the 14U division at the zone tournament, will be playing in only an eight-team tournament at state.

The Blue Jays lost by a single run to eventual runner-up, the Waxahachie A’s two weeks ago at the zone tournament.

This weekend, the Blue Jays will face teams from Cedar Hill, Lewisville and Humble.

Not only are the teams playing for a right to claim a state championship, the teams are hoping to earn a berth at the national tournament with a good showing.

Last year Waxahachie took home one state title while another team went to the national tournament.

In all honesty, winning and heading to the national tournament — which is only a stone’s throw away in Granbury this year — would be great, this weekend should be all about the experience.

My little league postseason days consisted of having to make an all-star team and moving on only to play in a four-team tournament with teams within 15 miles.

These kids get a chance to play teams from all over the state, not just the area.

For all but one team in each division, that will be the thing remembered.