In 2010, the Northland High School football team beat Beechcroft 12-7 in its regular-season finale to earn a share of the City League-North Division championship with the Cougars and clinch its first playoff berth.
Leading by one goal at halftime in a Division II district final against Bexley on Oct. 25 and waiting for its chance to pounce, the DeSales High School boys soccer team exploited a potentially important tendency.
When Beechcroft High School boys soccer coach Shane Huey encouraged his players to yell "City championship" before entering the field throughout the preseason, junior midfielder Peter Darko thought the idea was wishful thinking.
The DeSales High School girls soccer team followed up what coach Matt d'Auteuil called the team's worst stretch of the season with what he said might have been its best performance in a scoreless tie against Dublin Coffman on Oct. 4.
When Antonio Romanelli of the DeSales High School boys soccer team scored on a free kick with 24 minutes, 45 seconds to play Sept. 30 at Hartley, it gave the Stallions a two-goal lead and all but clinched at least a tie for their first CCL championship in four years.
After putting one streak behind it a year ago, the St. Charles Preparatory School football team will try to start one and take a step toward another when it travels Friday, Oct. 3, to DeSales in the CCL-Silver Division opener for both teams.
Enough things went amiss last year to keep the DeSales High School football team from making the Division III playoffs for the second consecutive season, but coach Ryan Wiggins wouldn't categorize it as a lost season.
When Patrick Mulligan of the DeSales High School boys soccer team blasted home the decisive goal in a 2-1 victory at St. Charles on Sept. 9, coach Domenic Romanelli momentarily celebrated with his players.
When the New Albany High School football team played DeSales for the first time in 2005, then-assistant coach Pat Samanich considered the Stallions to be "the defining program in how we wanted to build our program."
Two of the five Central District teams to make it to at least a state semifinal last season will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, when the Marion-Franklin High School football team plays host to Hartley.