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.
The girls soccer seasons at Pickerington High School Central and Pickerington North continued into this week, but the boys teams from each school lost in the second round of the Division I district tournament.
Isis and Kyah Thomas of the Pickerington High School Central girls tennis team often wear poker faces on the court, but after they lost in the Division I state doubles final Oct. 18 at Elysium Tennis Center, the senior sisters pulled no punches.
With less than 44 seconds separating its top five runners, the Pickerington High School North girls cross country team seized the final regional-qualifying berth from the Division I, district 2 meet Oct. 18 at Watkins Memorial.
The Gahanna High School football team's hopes of making it back to the Division I playoffs after a two-year absence will be determined by how it does the next two weeks against the two Pickerington programs.
Tied for eighth place after the first day of his first Division I state tournament Oct. 17 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course, Cameron Bruce of the Pickerington High School North boys golf team entered the second round Oct. 18 ready to make a memorable run.
By the time the Division I district girls golf tournament wrapped up Oct. 7 at The Links at Groveport, the sun finally had appeared and the high school teams that had advanced to state took photos in the sunshine.