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.
The Dublin Coffman High School football team wasn't able to defend its title in the 7-on-7 State Passing Championships on June 20, but coach Mark Crabtree was encouraged by the host Shamrocks' performance.
As special as he thought Karrington Winters' third Division I state championship in the 400 meters was, New Albany High School girls track and field coach Otis Winston won't rule out Winters outdoing herself again this weekend.
New Albany High School softball coach Patrick Finn lauded his team's focused, measured approach all season, but admitted he adjusted his philosophy before the Eagles won their first district championship since 1986.
When his team wasn't scoring many points at midseason, thanks in part to lower turnout affected by $625 pay-to-participate fees, New Albany High School girls track and field coach Otis Winston remained steadfastly confident in the Eagles.
After the New Albany High School softball team defeated Groveport 5-1 in a Division I district semifinal May 19 at Pickerington Central, no one was immediately sure of the last time the Eagles won a district championship.
Karrington Winters of the New Albany High School girls track and field team is confident she has fully recovered from a left hamstring injury that cost her the chance to win four consecutive Division I state championships in the 400 meters.
New Albany High School boys lacrosse coach Chris Brown is not 100 percent sure whether complacency caught up to the Eagles after a 5-1 start that included a 12-6 win at Dublin Jerome, the Division I state runner-up each of the past three years.
Right in the middle of a logjam atop the OCC-Capital Division entering the final week of the regular season, the New Albany High School baseball team will stay on the field as long as possible to earn its first league championship since 2011.
With the back portion of his team's regular-season schedule arguably the toughest, New Albany High School girls lacrosse coach Dave Ferguson hopes some defensive tweaks set the tone for a strong finish and provide momentum for the postseason.