Sara Stone and Bill Poyser had attended Walsh University together without crossing paths. But, in May 2011 they officially met at a church co-ed volleyball game after they had been invited by friends.
"Being competitive people like we are, we connected right away with the fact that the group we were playing with was less than worried about actually playing the game, so we were making the best of it with funny comments back and forth," Stone said in an email to North Canton Patch.
The two knew it was a match.
Stone, a Hoover High grad, and Poyser, a Louisville High grad, posted a photo in North Canton Patch's "cutest couples" gallery and were named North Canton's cutest couple (we had community editor Megan Rozsa determine the winner). The couple will get their submitted photo featured on North Canton Patch's Facebook page today.
The sweethearts had a Valentine's Day message for the other.
From Sara to Bill: "I love you so much and you make me so happy and I look forward to many good times to come, you have made me a better person and I hope I have done the same for you. I want to thank you for challenging me in ways that have helped me grow closer to my faith, friends and family."
And from Bill to Sara: "Happy Valentines Day! We have been through so much but I know without you in my life I wouldn't be the person I am today. I love you with all my heart."
From North Canton Patch: Thank you to all who uploaded photos in North Canton Patch's cutest couples gallery, and happy Valentine's Day!