90-Day Archive


Dawgs, 'Cats ready to battle

For Hilliard Davidson High School football coach Brian White, playing time for his relatively inexperienced team will be the best gauge for checking its early season progress.

Darby, Olentangy expect test in opener

The Hilliard Darby High School football team might not have done itself any favors with its early schedule.
Darby Roundup

Girls coach sets bar high

The Hilliard Darby High School girls soccer team has set its sights on winning its first Division I district title, and much more.
Davidson Roundup

Boys soccer team looking forward, not back

The Hilliard Davidson High School boys soccer team will always have fond memories of last season's postseason run, which culminated with a berth in the Division I state title game.

Bradley to open season against JFK

In some respects, Mike LoParo is sending his Hilliard Bradley High School football team into the unknown in its season opener.
Bradley Roundup

Boys soccer team has 'a lot of work to do'

Coach Nate Byrum has high hopes for his first season leading the Hilliard Bradley High School boys soccer program.
Ironman 70.3 Ohio

Athletes ready to tackle Delaware triathlon

Len Iglar describes it as an addiction, or being similar to a cult.

Delaware geared up for Ironman's throngs

Athletes will need a mix of determination, training and toughness to overcome the biking, running and swimming courses at the upcoming Ironman 70.3 Ohio triathlon in Delaware.
Darby Roundup

Bright to lead young tennis team

Although the Hilliard Darby High School girls tennis team lost four of its top seven players from a year ago to graduation, this season could be a bright one.
U.S. Senior Open Championship

Scioto Country Club boasts rich tradition

Muirfield Village Golf Club gets the annual notoriety with the Memorial Tournament, but when it comes to golf in central Ohio, nothing matches the history at Scioto Country Club.
Darby Roundup

Boys golf team features deeper lineup than in 2015

The Hilliard Darby High School boys golf team returned three letterwinners and added a pair of strong prospects as it seeks to bounce back from a rough season last year.
Davidson Roundup

Tennis team looks to 'get better every day'

Having lost his top three singles players to graduation, Hilliard Davidson High School girls tennis coach Steve De Dent isn't sure what to expect from his team this season.
Bradley Roundup

Experience should boost tennis team

What a difference a season makes for the Hilliard Bradley High School girls tennis team.
Week 6

OCC-Ohio features star power

Whether it's been playoff appearances or players moving on to the next level, the high school football teams that have competed in the OCC-Ohio Division in recent years were part of what was perhaps central Ohio's deepest league.

Mount Rushmore series shows area talent runs deep

Considering it's just three weeks until DeSales plays host to Lancaster and Licking Valley plays at Newark Catholic on opening night Aug. 25, it's officially time to get excited about the coming high school football season.

Mind over matter?

Athletes and fitness enthusiasts have forever looked for that little extra -- and mostly legal -- edge.
Week 5

Talent abounds in OCC-Central

Central Crossing High School football coach Chris Harr isn't sure what wrinkles in terms of strategy he'll see from opponents in the future of the OCC-Central Division, but he knows he'll be tested.
Week 4

OCC-Cardinal teams pack punch

The high school football programs that made up the OCC-Cardinal Division the last three seasons have attempted to find success over the years by carving their own identities.
Swimming & Diving

Hilliard repeats as SSCL champion

The Hilliard Marlins built a huge lead halfway through the Suburban Swim Club League meet July 12 at Annehurst Pool in Westerville and made it stand despite a furious charge from Swim and Racquet Club.
Girls Soccer

Bradley names new coaches

Hilliard Bradley High School has named a new girls soccer coach and an assistant to replace two coaches who recently resigned.
Women's Soccer

Eagles FC shows steady growth in third season

Columbus Eagles FC players practice several nights a week and play games most weekends from Memorial Day to the middle of July, but some members of the third-year amateur women's soccer team are starting to find out they don't necessarily go off the clock.
Week 3

OCC-Capital schools explored

When high school football teams begin league play this fall, one group that will be in for a big shakeup are the members of the OCC-Capital Division.

Kohl, Williams excel at Ohio Dominican

Cameron Kohl and Zack Williams have been inseparable since the seventh grade, playing football at Hilliard Heritage Middle School before starring at Darby High School.
Girls Soccer

Bradley coach, assistant resign

Hilliard Bradley High School girls soccer coach Cheri Shields and assistant coach Brian Baker have resigned, Hilliard City Schools spokeswoman Stacie Raterman said.
Club Soccer

Ohio Premier boys win U16, U18 regional titles

The Ohio Premier club soccer program never had won a regional championship before June 29.
Week 2

Series continues with LCL, MSL

Well before the rebirth of the Licking County League and the expansion and realignment of the Mid-State League in 2013, small-school programs from the Central District were known for producing some of the state's best high school football talent.
Week 1: CCL and City League

Series names each school's best

Over the past two-plus decades, central Ohio high school football has made its mark in just about every way imaginable.
Athletes of the Year

Area's best highlight spring season

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

Central Ohio girls set to compete in Junior Olympics

The merger between two central Ohio synchronized swimming programs has proven successful, as 24 area girls will be competing in the Junior Olympics Championships from Friday, June 24, though July 2 in Long Island, New York.
Club Soccer

Area teams preparing for Midwest Regional Cup

The 216 club soccer teams competing in the Midwest Regional Cup have so little room for error that even a tie in pool play can end the chances of playing for a championship.
Cross Country

OHSAA approves postseason changes

When the Ohio High School Athletic Association began combining boys and girls enrollments to determine postseason divisions for cross country in 2013, one of the coaches who expressed disappointed in the decision was Watterson’s Matt McGowan.

Tracy plays four rounds in U.S. Open

OAKMONT, Pa. -- Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy strolled onto the Oakmont Country Club practice green, which is attached to the rear of the ninth green, on June 17. He paused to watch Ethan Tracy attempt a birdie putt.
Boys Track & Field

Panthers looking to learn from Riddle's success

When fourth-year Hilliard Darby High School boys track and field coach Matt Fox looks back at the season, two things stick out.
Girls Track & Field

Coach got most out of young 'Cats

Hilliard Davidson High School girls track and field coach Matt Beatty was able to get the most out of his team this season.
State Track Notes

Jerome twins reach podium with heavy hearts

Dublin Jerome High School senior twin distance runners Brad and Carly Davis ran in their first state track and field meet with more on their minds than reaching the Division I awards podium.
Track & Field

Johnson wins 3,200 state title

India Johnson had no idea she was pulling away from the competition.
Boys Volleyball

Darby falls to Moeller in state semi

The Hilliard Darby High School boys volleyball team fell short in its bid to repeat as Division I state champion.
Track & Field

Wildcats' Ross aiming for another title

Jacob Ross is healthy again and ready to defend his title in the high jump.
Boys Tennis

Thai shows grit at state

After cool spring weather, things heated up for Mitchell Thai in his second trip to the Division I boys tennis state tournament.