The Pickerington High School Central and North softball teams went 2-1 in out-of-town tournaments last weekend, their last prolonged stretches against non-OCC-Ohio Division competition during the regular season.
Michael Barnabei threw a seven-hitter and Brandon Henson's two-run double in the second inning helped the Pickerington High School Central baseball team hold off visiting Pickerington North 4-3 in an OCC-Ohio Division game April 21.
After a stroke and back surgery prevented him from coaching the Pickerington High School Central boys basketball team for the second half of this past season, Jerry Francis stayed away, monitoring the Tigers' progress and keeping touch via calls, texts and the media.
Even without one of the state's top competitors from the past two seasons, the Pickerington High School North boys track and field team isn't planning to take a step back after earning back-to-back state runner-up finishes.
With slightly lower overall numbers than past years, the Pickerington High School Central girls track and field team will spend the regular season focusing on building depth so it can contend for OCC-Ohio Division and other postseason championships.
Speaking purely in terms of age, this season's Pickerington High School North baseball team is the second-most veteran in the program's 11-year history. The Panthers have 11 seniors, second only to the 2011 team that had 13 and tied with the 2006 squad.
Leading by 12 points after the first quarter of a Division I regional semifinal March 13, the Pickerington High School Central boys basketball team had every reason to think its press defense would continue to hold Upper Arlington at bay.
The Pickerington High School Central boys basketball team spent the second Saturday of March doing the same thing it has done each of the previous two years -- cutting down the nets at the Fairgrounds Coliseum after winning a Division I district championship.
Sophomore Quentin Nietz and freshman Chris Hoyle of the Pickerington High School North boys club bowling team placed 51st and 61st, respectively, in the Division I district tournament March 1 at Eastland Lanes.
Connor Kern's 27 points led a balanced scoring attack, and the Pickerington High School Central boys basketball team held off visiting Columbus West 78-64 on Feb. 21 in a Division I district tournament first-round game.