One of the main goals that coach Dan Hayes and assistant Andrew Meade had when organizing a rugby team at Watkins Memorial High School this spring was to make sure the squad isn't a one-and-done program.
Newark Catholic High School baseball coach John Cannizzaro called Utica the favorite to win the LCL-Cardinal Division heading into this season even though the Redskins finished eighth in the LCL a year ago.
A season ago, the Granville High School softball team lost both regular-season matchups to Lakewood and settled for second in the LCL but ended up winning a third meeting with the Lancers in the Division II state championship game.
Last season, Northland High School boys basketball player Seth Towns shared Division I district Player of the Year honors with 2015 Newark graduate Jordan Dartis and was named ThisWeek Super 12 captain.
During his first college season a year ago, Elijah Macon played a role in helping the West Virginia University men's basketball team improve by eight wins and reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.