90-Day Archive

Week 5: Nos. 6-10

Greatness doesn't hinge on title

Over the last 25 seasons, three central Ohio high school football teams in Division I, two in Division II, five in Division III, one in Division IV, two in Division V and one in Division VI attained their ultimate goal of winning a state championship.

Summer is popular time for college decisions

Over the summer, the Westerville North High School football team added to a makeover that began in 2013 when it snapped a 45-game losing streak.
Women's Golf

Hughes relies on short game to win Franklin County title

Gahanna Lincoln High School graduate Emily Hughes is tuning up for the start of her collegiate golf career in the best way possible, not only competing in summer tournaments but winning.
Week 4: Nos. 11-15

Luck factors into playoff runs

When Scott Wetzel thinks back to what helped the Big Walnut High School football team capture the 2007 Division III state championship, he remembers having a group of hard workers who developed a special bond.

Spielman camp mixes instruction, fun

Chase Ungerott said he didn't know who Chris Spielman was before participating in the Chris Spielman Football ProCamp on July 14 and 15 at Dublin Coffman High School.

New Albany's Sherwood signs with Blue Jackets

Kole Sherwood was 3 years old when the Columbus Blue Jackets began play in the National Hockey League, and a year later he entered learn-to-skate classes at Chiller Easton.

Schoen rushes into ODU record book

Brandon Schoen has had enough of injuries.
Country Club Swim League

Kinsale, Jefferson defend division titles

Record-setting performances helped Kinsale Golf and Fitness Club and Jefferson Country Club repeat as champions in their respective divisions of the Country Club Swim League meet July 9 at Ohio State.
Week 3: Nos. 16-20

CCL teams enjoy lasting impact

Although the Watterson High School football program has struggled to a 15-25 mark over the last four seasons, it isn't far removed from when it rivaled any team throughout central Ohio in terms of success.
Suburban Swim Club League

Marlins halt Seadogs' seven-year title streak

When Jeff Williams became coach of the Hilliard Marlins, he made what at the time could have been considered a brash statement.

Area kids delving into sport at Dublin camp

Like many young children, Vikram Srikonda has begun playing traditional sports like basketball and baseball. He plans on trying out for soccer in the fall.
Week 2: Nos. 21-25

Pickerington schools make mark

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.

Cannaday granted wish to meet Phelps

When Hailey Cannaday walked into the Columbus Aquatics Center on June 26, she thought she was there to pick up the Most Improved Swimmer trophy she had earned in 2014 but had yet to receive from Whetstone High School swimming and diving coach John DeRing.

Top Gun Showcase provides opportunity

Dublin Jerome High School football player Matthew Preininger hopes to make a favorable impression when he participates in Football University's Top Gun Showcase for the third consecutive year.
Club Soccer

Central Ohio squads fall short in regional

None of the seven central Ohio club soccer teams that competed in the Midwest Regional Cup from June 20-24 in Fox Cities, Wis., captured a championship.
Boys Cross Country

Whalen to lead Braves distance runners

Ken Whalen has been named boys cross country coach at Olentangy High School.
Women's Soccer

Eagles FC gets first win, continues to progress

Eryn Weber has heard more than a few fans of the Columbus Eagles FC say that for as well as the second-year amateur women's soccer team has played so far this season, it should have won more than once in its first seven games.
Week 1: Honorable Mention

Series honors top football teams

The numbers show that Central District high school football programs captured 13 championships during the first 18 years of the state playoffs, from 1972-89.

Patriots again win All-Sports trophy

Olentangy Liberty High School's class of 2015 was dominant during an impressive four-year run in the OCC.

Tressler named Olentangy Orange coach

Scott Tressler has been named wrestling coach at Olentangy Orange High School.

Pennington resigns as Orange coach

Tim Pennington, the only head coach in the history of the Olentangy Orange High School hockey team, has stepped down after seven seasons.

Squads find value in soggy 7-on-7 tourney

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.

Alder is latest in battle over logo

One doesn't have to journey far from Ohio State on a given Friday night in the fall to hear the Buckeyes' fight song being played by a high school band.
Athletes of the Year

Area's best highlight spring sports season

Now that the school year is over and summer is upon us, it's time to announce the Athletes of the Year for the spring season. Here are the honorees:
Girls Track & Field

Patriots' season was 'pretty special'

Watching two of his runners finish second and third in the 3,200 meters in the Division I state track and field meet June 6 at Ohio State seemed like a fitting end to the year for Olentangy Liberty High School girls coach James Dingus.
Boys Track & Field

Optimism in abundance for Braves

The Olentangy High School boys track and field team lost its only Division I state qualifier to graduation, but that didn't temper coach Brad Komenda's excitement as he reflected on this past season and glanced ahead at 2016.
State Cup Soccer

Area boys teams continue success

Central Ohio boys club soccer teams have continued their run of success in the Ohio South State Cup tournament, winning championships in multiple age brackets for the 15th consecutive year.

Lacrosse sanctioned by OHSAA for 2016-17

The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced June 4 that it will sponsor boys and girls lacrosse beginning with the 2016-17 school year.
Track & Field

Bower, Wiles take 2nd, 3rd in 3,200

Emma Bower and Claire Wiles of the Olentangy Liberty High School girls track and field team particularly valued two pieces of advice entering the 3,200 meters in the Division I state meet June 6 at Ohio State.
Boys Lacrosse

St. Xavier ends Patriots' run in state semifinal

The Olentangy Liberty High School boys lacrosse team had gone further in the postseason and had more wins than any other squad in program history, but the sting was still there.

Liberty errors prove costly in regional semifinal

During its first 25 games, the Olentangy Liberty High School softball team gave up more than three runs only four times and never gave up more than seven when senior pitcher Kristen Adkins was in the circle.

Patriots lose to Warhawks, fall short of state tourney

Ty Brenning and the Olentangy Liberty High School baseball team were stopped for a second consecutive season before reaching Huntington Park.
Boys Lacrosse

Liberty rolls past 'Rocks, wins region

It had been a long day for the Olentangy Liberty High School boys lacrosse team, but the wait was worthwhile.
Boys Tennis

Coach proud of Braves' Brdicka, Miller

Freshman Stu Brdicka and senior Kevin Miller weren't very competitive as a doubles team in the Division I state tournament.
Track & Field

Bower captures 3,200 at regional

Emma Bower of the Olentangy Liberty High School girls track and field team wasn't expecting a Division I regional championship in the 3,200 meters.

Patriots' rally falls short in regional final

The Olentangy Liberty High School baseball team was unsuccessful in its attempted comeback against Westerville Central in a regional final May 29 at Dublin Coffman.

Liberty advances to regional

A.J. Kullman and Nick Parr were there last season when the Olentangy Liberty High School baseball team won a Division I district championship.
Girls Lacrosse

Braves fall just short of return to state tourney

The Olentangy High School girls lacrosse team came up short in its bid to return to the Division I state tournament.
Track & Field

Williams leads Olentangy boys at district

Jarren Williams of the Olentangy High School boys track and field team won the Division I, district 2 championship in the 100 meters and helped the 400 relay to a title, leading seven Braves individuals and two relays to the regional from the district meet that concluded May 23 at Hilliard Darby.

Patriots rout Pacers to win district title

The Olentangy Liberty High School softball team won its first Division I district title in dramatic fashion last year, scoring an unearned run in the seventh inning to beat Delaware 2-1.