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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.