Separating last season's overtime loss in Tiger Stadium from what could happen when his team plays host to Pickerington Central on Friday, Oct. 2, isn't an issue for Pickerington High School North football coach Tom Phillips.
Both the Pickerington Central and Reynoldsburg high school football teams will have a dose of adversity to overcome when they meet Friday, Sept. 25, while continuing one of the area's longest-running rivalries.
The Pickerington High School Central girls soccer team's hopes for its second consecutive OCC-Ohio Division championship took a hit Sept. 17 courtesy of perhaps its biggest rival, which enjoyed a milestone victory of its own.
Although it is near the top of the OCC-Ohio Division entering the second half of league play, the Pickerington High School North girls volleyball team still found itself fighting growing pains and a handful of injuries.
If any members of the Pickerington High School Central girls tennis team were nervous that this would be the season their string of OCC-Ohio Division championships would come to an end, they weren't saying.
By the end of last season, the Pickerington High School Central girls golf team had developed a group of experienced underclassmen to go along with two strong seniors and came within two places of advancing to the Division I district tournament.
As if 10 consecutive league championships and having two of the area's better golfers atop their lineup hasn't garnered some respect for the Pickerington High School North boys golf team, coach Steve Schill hopes the Panthers have turned another corner.
Considering the athleticism he's shown in track and field, the fact he plays the violin and piano and also is a model student, Pickerington High School Central junior Kieren Douglas' rise to becoming a starter on the football team isn't a big surprise to his father, Maurice Douglas.
Seven seniors and four juniors dot the Pickerington High School North girls volleyball roster, almost all of whom started or saw considerable playing time last year as the Panthers reached a Division I district semifinal.