A handful of hard-fought wins to begin the season provided a solid springboard for the DeSales High School girls basketball team, which takes an undefeated record into the We Are Pickerington Tournament next week.
A season ago, the City League-South Division had a pair of district boys basketball champions in Africentric Early College in Division IV and Eastmoor Academy in Division II and two district semifinalists in Columbus South in Division II and Walnut Ridge in Division I.
The Northland High School boys basketball team lost seven players to graduation after winning its fifth Division I district title in six seasons, but a pair of talented returnees and a group of other potential contributors have fourth-year coach Sean Taylor feeling optimistic.
With three of its top four scorers back from a team that extended its City League-North Division winning streak to 60, Northland High School girls basketball coach Bill Spencer knows what his program represents.
Ryan Cannon was one of the DeSales High School boys soccer team's mainstays on defense all season, but coach Domenic Romanelli noticed he wasn't having one of his best nights during the Division II state final against Bay Village Bay on Nov. 8 at Crew Stadium.
Knowing that a playoff berth already had been locked up unofficially, the DeSales High School football team's regular-season finale Nov. 1 at Wheeling (W.Va.) Linsly provided a chance to re-establish the offensive success that had helped it reach the postseason after a two-year absence.
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.