Pickerington High School North boys swimming and diving coach Justin Dortch wondered during a recent practice how the loss of four of the Panthers' five Division I state qualifiers would affect his team.
As far as second-year Pickerington High School Central girls swimming and diving coach Justin Dortch is concerned, the best thing he can say for his swimmers is he sees many of them throughout the year.
Following the fourth perfect regular season in coach Jay Sharrett's 12 years, the Pickerington High School Central football team saw its season end for the second year in a row in the second round of the Division I, Region 2 playoffs.
The Pickerington High School Central football team has played enough Cincinnati schools during its current nine-year run of making the playoffs that it isn't expecting to be surprised by the size and depth of its next opponent.
Its Division I, Region 2 playoff hopes ended when it lost to Gahanna 27-24 on Oct. 24, but the Pickerington High School North football team had little trouble finding a reason to stay focused for its season finale Oct. 31 against Grove City.
Of the 11 playoff appearances the Pickerington High School Central football team has made during coach Jay Sharrett's 12-year tenure, it has met an opponent in the postseason that it also had played during the regular season six times.
A 4-1 loss to Olentangy in a Division I district final Oct. 25 at Westerville South stumped Pickerington High School North girls soccer coach Greg Van Kannel and pretty much everyone else on the Panthers' bench.
Pickerington High School North senior Zach Zimmerman is hoping for good health when he makes his second appearance in the Division I state boys cross country meet Saturday, Nov. 1, at National Trail Raceway.
The last time the Pickerington High School Central football team fell short of winning at least a share of a league championship, it competed in an OCC-Cardinal Division that included a Chillicothe team that no longer competes in the OCC and three other programs that currently are in different OCC leagues than the Tigers.
Elane Shumway had match highs of 12 kills and three blocks, and the Pickerington High School North girls volleyball team swept visiting Licking Heights 25-8, 25-13, 25-7 in a Division I district tournament second-round match Oct. 15.