90-Day Archive


Dawgs, 'Cats to meet in opener

Grove City High School football coach Mike Lanza and Hilliard Davidson coach Brian White have varying strategies as they prepare their teams for the opener Friday, Aug. 28, at Davidson.
Girls Volleyball

Jaguars looking to thrive as underdogs

The Hilliard Bradley High School girls volleyball team relishes being an underdog.

Panthers set to face Northmont

Hilliard Darby High School football coach John Santagata respects Clayton Northmont's passing game.

Jaguars ready to unveil spread offense

The Hilliard Bradley and Thomas Worthington high school football teams both have a new look on offense this fall.
Boys Soccer

Experienced Wildcats have high hopes

Hilliard Davidson High School boys soccer coach Dan Hoover can't help but have big aspirations for his second season given that 10 starters have returned.
Girls Soccer

Darby coach impressed with talent

It didn't take long for first-year Hilliard Darby High School girls soccer coach Dan Brady to notice a big difference between the Panthers' program and the one he led at Jonathan Alder from 2007-12.
Girls Tennis

Bradley expects to make progress

First-year Hilliard Bradley High School girls tennis coach Donna Long was pleased with how much the team improved while serving as Kathy Lindsey's assistant coach the past two seasons.
Girls Golf

Davidson focused on district

In its inaugural 2010 season, the Hilliard Davidson High School girls golf team finished just one stroke away from advancing to the Division I district tournament.
Boys Golf

New Jaguars coach inherits young team

Scott Allen has taken over as coach for a Hilliard Bradley High School boys golf team that lost seven players from a year ago to graduation and returns only one with significant varsity experience.
Week 6: Nos. 1-5

Upper Arlington squad broke barrier, tops list

The 2000s were a groundbreaking era for high school football in central Ohio.

Area squads ready for preseason tests

During its preseason schedule, the Dublin Coffman High School football team will tune up for the coming season by facing a pair of teams that qualified for the playoffs last fall and another program that has been a postseason regular the last two-plus decades.

OU's Scipio looks to stay healthy

Blake Scipio has been on the mend since the beginning of his sophomore season at Ohio University.
Week 5: Nos. 6-10

Greatness doesn't hinge on title

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.

Summer is popular time for college decisions

Over the summer, the Westerville North High School football team added to a makeover that began in 2013 when it snapped a 45-game losing streak.
Women's Golf

Hughes relies on short game to win Franklin County title

Gahanna Lincoln High School graduate Emily Hughes is tuning up for the start of her collegiate golf career in the best way possible, not only competing in summer tournaments but winning.
Week 4: Nos. 11-15

Luck factors into playoff runs

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.

Spielman camp mixes instruction, fun

Chase Ungerott said he didn't know who Chris Spielman was before participating in the Chris Spielman Football ProCamp on July 14 and 15 at Dublin Coffman High School.

Darby's Lee wins amateur tourney

For golfer Joo-Young Lee, his long-range goal remains the same even though his path has changed slightly.
Suburban Swim Club League

Marlins halt Seadogs' seven-year title streak

When Jeff Williams became coach of the Hilliard Marlins, he made what at the time could have been considered a brash statement.
Week 3: Nos. 16-20

CCL teams enjoy lasting impact

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.

Bostic having 'great time' in pro game

In his professional football career and in life, Westland High School graduate Caleb Bostic believes he has found a formula for success.

New Albany's Sherwood signs with Blue Jackets

Kole Sherwood was 3 years old when the Columbus Blue Jackets began play in the National Hockey League, and a year later he entered learn-to-skate classes at Chiller Easton.
Women's Soccer

Eagles FC gets first win, continues to progress

Eryn Weber has heard more than a few fans of the Columbus Eagles FC say that for as well as the second-year amateur women's soccer team has played so far this season, it should have won more than once in its first seven games.
Week 2: Nos. 21-25

Pickerington schools make mark

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.

Top Gun Showcase provides opportunity

Dublin Jerome High School football player Matthew Preininger hopes to make a favorable impression when he participates in Football University's Top Gun Showcase for the third consecutive year.
Week 1: Honorable Mention

Series honors top football teams

The numbers show that Central District high school football programs captured 13 championships during the first 18 years of the state playoffs, from 1972-89.

Area kids delving into sport at Dublin camp

Like many young children, Vikram Srikonda has begun playing traditional sports like basketball and baseball. He plans on trying out for soccer in the fall.
Club Soccer

Central Ohio squads fall short in regional

None of the seven central Ohio club soccer teams that competed in the Midwest Regional Cup from June 20-24 in Fox Cities, Wis., captured a championship.

Divisions changing for many area squads

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.

Alder is latest in battle over logo

One doesn't have to journey far from Ohio State on a given Friday night in the fall to hear the Buckeyes' fight song being played by a high school band.
Athletes of the Year

Area's best highlight spring sports season

Now that the school year is over and summer is upon us, it's time to announce the Athletes of the Year for the spring season. Here are the honorees:
Boys Track & Field

Rebuilt Wildcats avoided drop-off

This was supposed to be a rebuilding season for the Hilliard Davidson High School boys track and field team after losing four-time state qualifiers Dametrius Clark, Phillipie Motley and Damarcus Nelson to graduation.
Girls Track & Field

Darby pleased with progress

The Hilliard Darby High School girls track and field team fell short of its goal of qualifying individuals for the Division I state meet.
State Cup Soccer

Area boys teams continue run of success

Central Ohio boys club soccer teams have continued their run of success in the Ohio South State Cup tournament, winning championships in multiple age brackets for the 15th consecutive year.

Lacrosse sanctioned by OHSAA for 2016-17

The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced June 4 that it will sponsor boys and girls lacrosse beginning with the 2016-17 school year.
2015 Memorial Tournament

Long-shot Lingmerth outlasts Rose in playoff

David Lingmerth is the winner of the 40th Memorial Tournament.
Track & Field

Ross earns high jump title at state

Jacob Ross of the Hilliard Davidson High School boys track and field team had extra motivation while competing in the high jump in the Division I state meet.
Boys Tennis

Thai upended in second round at state

Mitchell Thai was in his element at the Division I state tournament.

Bradley seniors set path for future

The Hilliard Bradley High School softball team will have to replace most of its starting infield next season.
State Champions -- Boys Volleyball

Panthers handle pressure, win title

The timing was right for the Hilliard Darby High School boys volleyball team.