With nine players returning from a team that finished 2013-14 on an upbeat note, Columbus Academy boys basketball coach Jeff Warstler is optimistic entering this season even though he must replace all but one starter.
Coming off a season in which it was a Division I district runner-up and with two major college recruits returning, the Gahanna Lincoln High School boys basketball team understands the high expectations that surround the program.
Of the 11 playoff appearances the Pickerington High School Central football team has made during coach Jay Sharrett's 12-year tenure, it has met an opponent in the postseason that it also had played during the regular season six times.
The last time the Pickerington High School Central football team fell short of winning at least a share of a league championship, it competed in an OCC-Cardinal Division that included a Chillicothe team that no longer competes in the OCC and three other programs that currently are in different OCC leagues than the Tigers.
On Aug. 22, the Friday night before the first week of the football season, the Gahanna Lincoln High School boys soccer team lost to Dublin Coffman 3-2 in its opener in a matchup of teams that expected to be among the area's best.
The Gahanna High School football team's hopes of making it back to the Division I playoffs after a two-year absence will be determined by how it does the next two weeks against the two Pickerington programs.