90-Day Archive


Orange game delayed so team can honor Gabbert

The Olentangy Orange High School hockey team will have its opening game in the Blue Jackets Cup delayed six hours so players and coaches can attend services for a 2015 Orange graduate who recently died.

Parity on display in chase for Blue Jackets Cup title

Parity is alive and well in the Capital Hockey Conference.

Pioneers, Braves to battle in finale

Olentangy Orange High School wrestling coach Scott Tressler hopes his team takes advantage of its final performance of the regular season when it competes in what it is calling "Beauty and the Beast."
Girls Basketball

Braves, Patriots looking to make postseason run

It wasn't the ending to the regular season that the Olentangy and Liberty high school girls basketball teams had been hoping for.

Focus key for Braves' Foust

Andrew Foust doesn't spend much time talking while bowling.

Edwards vaults into lead role for Liberty

Olentangy Liberty High School gymnastics coach Misty Lloyd-Matthews can't heap enough praise on Laura Edwards, calling her "the glue" of a team that will put a 5-0 record in OCC-Central Division duals on the line in the league meet Saturday, Feb. 13, at Dublin Coffman.

Liberty holds off Coffman to secure piece of league title

The Olentangy Liberty High School wrestling team’s clinching of at least a share of its second consecutive OCC-Central Division title came down to the final seconds Feb. 4 against visiting Dublin Coffman.

Rosters announced for North-South Classic

Nearly two dozen players and three coaches from Central District schools will be among the participants in this year's Ohio North-South All-Star Classic football games April 30 at Welcome Stadium in Dayton.

Competitive balance plan pushed back by OHSAA

In a way to limit potential pitfalls, the Ohio High School Athletic Association is putting the implementation of one of its biggest changes in recent years temporarily on hold.

Liberty trying to hold off Gahanna in CHC-White

The Olentangy Liberty High School hockey team enters the final weekend of Capital Hockey Conference play with a tenuous one-point lead over Gahanna in the White Division.
Swimming & Diving

Seniors fuel OCC turnaround for Orange

If the Olentangy Orange High School swimming and diving teams needed a reason to get pumped up for the OCC-Capital Division meet Jan. 30 at New Albany, the Pioneers could look back no further than Jan. 26 for motivation.
Boys Basketball

Shepherd leading Pioneers' revival

Two years ago, Colin Shepherd knew change was needed.
Girls Basketball

Hofer taking charge for Patriots

Olentangy Liberty High School girls basketball coach Sam Krafty uses the word "selfless" to describe what senior post player Lauren Hofer has accomplished this season.

Visitors should expect antics from home fans

The "Curtain of Distraction" sits under the basket on the west end of the Reynoldsburg High School gymnasium, waiting to help work magic for the Raiders.
Girls Basketball

Olentangy seniors form strong bond

When Chelsea Moore decided to enroll at Olentangy High School as a freshman after previously attending a private school, she sensed there was something special about the group of girls basketball players in her class.

Palmer's success tied to frame of mind

Bowling is a game of mind over matter for SarahKate Palmer.
Boys Basketball

Pioneers complete sweep of Braves

The Olentangy Orange High School boys basketball team kept pace in the OCC-Capital Division race and got its season back on track by completing a sweep of Olentangy.

Patriots-Pioneers dual features surging teams

The Olentangy Liberty and Orange high school wrestling teams are set to meet Thursday, Jan. 28, in a non-league dual on the Pioneers' home mats.
Girls Basketball

'Steady' seniors helping Pioneers improve

If the season's first half is an accurate indicator, then the Olentangy Orange High School girls basketball team is on its way to far surpassing last year's seven-win effort.
Boys Basketball

Mitchell driven 'to be the best' for Patriots

Spencer Mitchell didn't see much playing time last season for the Olentangy Liberty High School boys basketball team, but that has changed.

Liberty's Mead, Lawson focus on state

Considering how much depth and experience it has throughout its lineup, the Olentangy Liberty High School wrestling team has stressed peaking in March for the individual state tournament.
Swimming & Diving

Braves find perfect fit in pool

It's tough to pick an event in which Taylor Whitehead hasn't competed for the Olentangy High School boys swimming and diving team.

Patriots capture title in Orange Pioneer Classic

The Olentangy Liberty High School hockey team increased its winning streak to six games while earning the championship in the Blue Division of the Orange Pioneer Classic held Jan. 15-17.
Girls Basketball

Liberty’s Fisher scores 1,000th career point

Olentangy Liberty High School senior girls basketball player Alexa Fisher became the first in program history to score 1,000 career points, reaching the milestone during the Patriots’ 74-28 win over Central Crossing on Jan. 15.
Track & Field

Cikach promoted to lead Liberty boys program

Nate Cikach has spent the past nine years helping to strengthen the roots of the Olentangy Liberty High School boys track and field program, and now he will oversee the entire operation.

Balanced Liberty boys continue to improve

Many times, a coach will cross his or her fingers while deciding on a lineup, hoping the top bowler will come through so the team can win its match.
Girls Basketball

Patriots' Fisher regains health, feeling confident

The zing is back for Olentangy Liberty High School senior girls basketball player Alexa Fisher.

Orange showing positive attitude

A lack of club gymnasts on the Olentangy Orange High School gymnastics team's roster means that to some extent, mastering the basics will comprise a large part of the Pioneers' preparation every season.

Pioneers beat Patriots, Braves

The Olentangy Orange High School hockey team owns Capital Hockey Conference bragging rights for the school district after sweeping Liberty and Olentangy in their only league meetings of the season.

Orange scores late, beats Liberty in OT

Matt Gutkoski scored the winning goal in overtime to lead the Olentangy Orange High School hockey team past Olentangy Liberty 4-3 on Jan. 8 in Capital Hockey Conference play at Chiller North.
Girls Basketball

Braves’ Meade breaks two records during win over Mount Vernon

Senior Kelly Meade became the all-time leading basketball scorer at Olentangy High School when she scored her fifth point during the girls team’s 69-38 victory over Mount Vernon on Jan. 5.
Dispatch Scholar-Athletes

Program puts winners on route to success

The versatility that helped Molly Dengler and Eric Erb excel in high school athletics provided each with new adventures the last few years.

Recruits face decisions when coaches move on

Sometime on Feb. 3, Tyrece Speaight will sign a letter of intent to play football at Miami University.
Girls Basketball

Braves, Patriots set to square off

The Olentangy High School girls basketball team returned to OCC-Capital Division action earlier this week, but one of its highest-profile matchups of the regular season will occur outside of league play at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at home.
Boys Basketball

Pioneers hope to learn from first loss of season

Coach Anthony Calo was hoping the Olentangy Orange High School boys basketball team's first loss of the season would serve as a learning experience for his players as they resumed OCC-Capital Division competition.

Coach likes Olentangy's talent level

Olentangy High School gymnastics coach Misty Lloyd-Matthews instructed her team to throw everything but the kitchen sink into its performances during its season-opening meet Dec. 17, and she came away pleased.

Strong effort lifts Liberty to Delaware Duals title

Things are steadily coming together for the Olentangy Liberty High School wrestling team.

Olentangy looking to add punch to offense

The Olentangy High School hockey team does not compete again until the new year, giving the Braves a chance to work on their game.

Johnston, Dinsmore advance to World Cup

One central Ohio native is a step closer to her second Olympic appearance, and another drew closer to his first during the USA Diving Winter National Championships that concluded Dec. 20 in Indianapolis.
Girls Basketball

Meade sets Olentangy scoring record

Senior Kelly Meade is the new all-time leading scorer for the Olentangy High School girls basketball program.