When she thinks about the latest group of players to come through her program, eighth-year Watterson High School girls soccer coach Alyx Portier sees a roster that is "a bit more technical, more fit and willing to work" than in some past years.
Despite having no seniors a year ago, the Watterson High School girls golf team won at least a share of the MOGGL championship for the 13th consecutive season and qualified for the Division I district tournament.
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.
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.
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.
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.