Judging from turnout at the Pickerington High School Central baseball team’s voluntary summer practice July 27, new coach Ray Noe is confident the Tigers have the same desire to return to elite status as he does.
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.
Minutes after the Pickerington High School Central boys basketball team won the Division I state championship on March 24, 2012, coach Jerry Francis referred to sophomore standouts Javon Bess, Connor Kern and Jae'Sean Tate as his "babies."
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.
With the regular season winding down, the Pickerington American Legion Post 283 baseball team will be seeking to put the pieces together before attempting to win its fifth consecutive district tournament title.
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.
Since Nick Gray proved to be the state's best sprinter this season, much of what the Pickerington High School North boys track and field team accomplished started with the senior who will continue his career at Ohio State.
With few returning athletes after it earned a Division I state runner-up finish a year ago, the Pickerington High School Central girls track and field team spent this season competing through pain and gaining experience.
The Pickerington High School North boys track and field team was expecting a big performance June 5 and 6 from senior Nick Gray considering he was back in the Division I state meet in the same four events in which he reached the podium a year ago.