Over the last 25 seasons, three central Ohio high school football teams in Division I, two in Division II, five in Division III, one in Division IV, two in Division V and one in Division VI attained their ultimate goal of winning a state championship.
When Scott Wetzel thinks back to what helped the Big Walnut High School football team capture the 2007 Division III state championship, he remembers having a group of hard workers who developed a special bond.
Although the Watterson High School football program has struggled to a 15-25 mark over the last four seasons, it isn't far removed from when it rivaled any team throughout central Ohio in terms of success.
Although it posted back-to-back perfect regular seasons in 1976 and '77 and also had unbeaten regular seasons in 1980 and '92, it wasn't until 1999 that the Pickerington High School football team made its first appearance in a state semifinal.
The Hartley High School softball team was seeded third for the Division II district tournament, but count junior infielder Justine Morrison as someone who believes her squad isn't respected by everyone in the district.
Fresh off a second-place finish in the MSL-Ohio Division meet, the Bexley High School girls track and field team entered the Division II district meet expecting to be challenged by a number of opponents with strong sprinters.