The Olentangy High School football team had just won its first regional championship, and despite some smiles, high-fives and celebratory dancing in the locker room Nov. 21 at Westerville Central, at least one player did his best to downplay history.
Coming off its worst finish since its inaugural season, the Olentangy Liberty High School football team rebounded with a year that included its first Division I playoff victory, a six-game winning streak and a second-place finish in the OCC-Central Division.
Dublin Scioto High School football coach Karl Johnson has seen plenty of film on Olentangy in 15 seasons with the Irish, but those Braves teams were different than the one Scioto will see in the Division II, Region 5 final Friday, Nov. 21, at Westerville Central.
Olentangy High School girls tennis coach Jeff Luxenburger said his program was energized by the run to the Division I state tournament made by the doubles team of junior Bri Brdicka and freshman Kathleen Jones.
In its first-round Division II, Region 5 playoff game, the Olentangy High School football team saw Ashland quarterback Grant Denbow make 53 pass attempts, completing 31, in the Braves' 35-6 win Nov. 7.
It will be teacher-versus-pupil when the Olentangy High School football team plays host to Ashland in a Division II, Region 5 first-round playoff game Friday, Nov. 7, but the relationship between Braves coach Mark Solis and Arrows coach Scott Valentine has few roots in football.
With a 99 percent chance of reaching the playoffs with a victory, the Worthington Kilbourne High School football team did its part quickly Oct. 31, scoring on five of its first 16 plays to forge a 35-0 lead en route to a 42-0 win over host Olentangy Orange.
Claire Wiles had competed twice before in the Division I state cross country meet, but this was the first time the senior was there with her teammates from the Olentangy Liberty High School girls team.
Playing into a wind that was between 10 and 15 mph for the first half of its Division I district final Oct. 25 against Pickerington North at Westerville South, the Olentangy High School girls soccer team took a cautious approach.
Up until now for the Olentangy Liberty High School football team, everything had been building toward a game between two unbeaten OCC-Central Division opponents that likely would settle the league championship.
While the Olentangy High School football team hopes it has six games remaining -- a feat that would be possible only if the Braves advance to the Division II state final -- they can take satisfaction in having achieved one big goal.