As if having eight returning starters wasn't enough to make the Pickerington High School North girls soccer team optimistic for this season, assistant coach Doug Peterson said another trait indicative of success has been noticed.
Whether it's been playoff appearances or players moving on to the next level, the high school football teams that have competed in the OCC-Ohio Division in recent years were part of what was perhaps central Ohio's deepest league.
Considering it's just three weeks until DeSales plays host to Lancaster and Licking Valley plays at Newark Catholic on opening night Aug. 25, it's officially time to get excited about the coming high school football season.
George Melikian and Tyler Mansfield both won three individual events to lead the Eastmoor Swordfish to their fourth consecutive Varsity Division title during the Suburban East Swim League championships July 21 at Gahanna Swim and Racquet Club.
The Chevington Woods Kingfish won 30 of 77 events during the 11-team Tri-County Aquatics League championships held July 21 and 22 at the Canal Winchester Municipal Pool to easily capture their 12th consecutive title.
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.
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.
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.