90-Day Archive

Week 4

OCC-Cardinal teams pack punch

The high school football programs that made up the OCC-Cardinal Division the last three seasons have attempted to find success over the years by carving their own identities.

Kinsale, Jefferson earn CCSL titles

Just as it did last summer, everything fell into place for Kinsale and Jefferson in the Country Club Swim League meet July 12 at Ohio State.
Swimming & Diving

Hilliard repeats as SSCL champion

The Hilliard Marlins built a huge lead halfway through the Suburban Swim Club League meet July 12 at Annehurst Pool in Westerville and made it stand despite a furious charge from Swim and Racquet Club.
Women's Soccer

Eagles FC shows steady growth in third 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.
Week 3

OCC-Capital schools explored

When high school football teams begin league play this fall, one group that will be in for a big shakeup are the members of the OCC-Capital Division.
Week 2

Series continues with LCL, MSL

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.
Club Soccer

Ohio Premier boys win U16, U18 regional titles

The Ohio Premier club soccer program never had won a regional championship before June 29.
Week 1: CCL and City League

Series names each school's best

Over the past two-plus decades, central Ohio high school football has made its mark in just about every way imaginable.
Athletes of the Year

Area's best highlight spring season

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

Area players taken in MLB draft

Ronnie Dawson, a 2013 Licking Heights High School graduate and a junior at Ohio State, was selected by the Houston Astros in the second round of the MLB draft June 9.
Synchronized Swimming

Central Ohio girls set to compete in Junior Olympics

The merger between two central Ohio synchronized swimming programs has proven successful, as 24 area girls will be competing in the Junior Olympics Championships from Friday, June 24, though July 2 in Long Island, New York.
Club Soccer

Area teams preparing for Midwest Regional Cup

The 216 club soccer teams competing in the Midwest Regional Cup have so little room for error that even a tie in pool play can end the chances of playing for a championship.
Cross Country

OHSAA approves postseason changes

When the Ohio High School Athletic Association began combining boys and girls enrollments to determine postseason divisions for cross country in 2013, one of the coaches who expressed disappointed in the decision was Watterson’s Matt McGowan.

Olentangy captures All-Sports Award

Twice in recent years, Olentangy High School teams and their fans had to watch the OCC-Capital Division's Ralph Young All-Sports Award be presented to New Albany during a contest between the two schools.

Liberty wins fifth consecutive All-Sports Award

The "Liberty Way" has come to be a formula for success.
Football (Full story)

Division I playoff games moving to Friday

What many view as an almost sacred tradition will be a part of the postseason beginning this fall for central Ohio’s biggest high school football programs.
Boys Track & Field

Optimism runs high for Braves

If Olentangy High School boys track and field coach Brad Komenda could push next season up to the fall instead of waiting until spring, he'd make the move in a snap.
Girls Track & Field

Balance sparked Pioneers' success

The Olentangy Orange High School girls track and field team ended its season June 4 with junior Anna Watson atop the podium as Division I state pole vault champion.
Girls Tennis

Thieman taking over Patriots program

Will Thieman has been named girls tennis coach at Olentangy Liberty High School.
State Track Notes

Jerome twins reach podium with heavy hearts

Dublin Jerome High School senior twin distance runners Brad and Carly Davis ran in their first state track and field meet with more on their minds than reaching the Division I awards podium.
Memorial Tournament

McGirt picks up first PGA Tour win

The third consecutive playoff produced the third consecutive first-time winner at Muirfield Village Golf Course.
Track & Field

Medrano makes history for Village Academy

Tessa Medrano thought the day would never come.
Track & Field

Pioneers' Watson wins pole vault title

Anna Watson flew right past her personal best and her expectations to win the loftiest of championships for a high school track and field athlete.
Track & Field

Jones, Cook reach state in pole vault

Ryan Jones of the Olentangy Liberty High School boys track and field team hopes any inconsistencies in the pole vault stay away for at least another week.
Boys Lacrosse

Patriots fall just short in regional title game

The Olentangy Liberty High School boys lacrosse team was one quarter away from reaching its second consecutive Division I state semifinal.

Braves fall in regional semi

Ryan Lucas still managed to have a smile on his face, but the pain was evident.
Boys Tennis

State qualifiers planning to put in work

The Olentangy Orange High School doubles team of junior Jonathan Zhuravel and sophomore Jordan Phelps reached the pinnacle event of the boys tennis season.
Girls Lacrosse

Olentangy comes up shy of state tourney

The Olentangy High School girls lacrosse team put together the pieces for a strong postseason run.

Braves beat top seed in district final

Two years ago, it was different for Christian McFarland.
Boys Lacrosse

Braves, Patriots, Pioneers advance to regional semis

The Division I Northwest Region semifinals in boys lacrosse had a distinctly local flavor.
Boys Volleyball

Olentangy thrilled with season

Olentangy High School boys volleyball players jumped and yelled for joy as they received a trophy to end their season.
Track & Field

Liberty sweeps district titles

The Olentangy Liberty High School track and field program made history May 21 when both the boys and girls teams won Division I district championships for the first time.
Girls Lacrosse

Braves to battle Jackson for trip to state

The Olentangy High School girls lacrosse team has one last hurdle to clear in order to advance to the Division I state tournament.
Boys Tennis

Orange's Zhuravel, Phelps reach state

After falling short of earning a Division I state berth in doubles last year, junior Jonathan Zhuravel and sophomore Jordan Phelps of the Olentangy Orange High School boys tennis team entered this season determined to qualify for state.

Patriots fall to Comets in bid for district title

After giving up five runs in the second inning of a Division I district final May 23 against Central Crossing, the Olentangy Liberty High School softball team showed its ability to battle back during the next inning.
Track & Field

Collins leads Liberty boys in OCC meet

Having set the Liberty Middle School record in the 200 meters as an eighth-grader, Trevor Collins couldn't blame anyone for thinking he would have a solid track and field career at the high school level.
Boys Tennis

Braves' Brdicka seeking return to state

Olentangy High School sophomore boys tennis player Stu Brdicka is looking for a return trip to the Division I state tournament.
Boys Volleyball

Braves shake off slow start to defeat Patriots

The only meeting of the season between the Olentangy and Liberty high school boys volleyball teams had the look of an upset after the first two games.

Patriots upset Pacers in semi

Despite entering the postseason six games under .500, the Olentangy Liberty High School softball team beat a pair of higher-seeded teams.

OCC-Capital proving worth in tournament

The OCC-Capital Division has flexed its muscles during the baseball postseason.