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.
Since the last time the Ohio High School Athletic Association determined its football divisions based on the enrollment numbers of its member schools in May 2013, Marion-Franklin's boys enrollment dropped by 36 while Beechcroft's was unchanged.
Central Crossing High School track and field coach Doug Boggs enjoyed most of his time at the Division I state meet, relishing the first time in the school's 13-year history that the Comets advanced multiple individuals to that level.
After being hampered by a left hamstring injury last year during the regional meet, Grove City Christian School senior Tre Galloway-Roberts rededicated himself in preparation for the 2015 boys track and field season.
Although first-year Ready High School track and field coach Shannon Laseak is hoping to increase the numbers on both the boys and girls teams next season, there is a strong base of distance runners from the girls squad to build around.
After upsetting its first opponent in the Division III district tournament, the Ready High School softball team tried to defeat another higher-seeded squad when it played fifth-seeded West Jefferson in a district semifinal May 20 at Pickerington Central.