90-Day Archive

Girls Soccer

McGee steps down as Pickerington Central coach

Coaching soccer is in Bob McGee’s blood, but for now, it has to take a back seat to his job and family responsibilities.

Central to face speedy Rams

For the sixth consecutive season, the Pickerington High School Central football team will travel more than an hour to play its opener.
Girls Volleyball

North hopes to make most of 'transition'

Seven seniors and four juniors dot the Pickerington High School North girls volleyball roster, almost all of whom started or saw considerable playing time last year as the Panthers reached a Division I district semifinal.

North ready to take on Central Crossing

The Central Crossing High School football team will play host to Pickerington North at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, in the area's first game to kick off the season.
Girls Soccer

Tigers hope to defend league title

Before Pickerington High School Central girls soccer coach Bob McGee discussed his team's personnel or its potential to repeat as OCC-Ohio Division champion, he threw out a few phrases that might not normally be associated with defending a title.
Girls Tennis

Deep Panthers have potential for success

With five of his top seven players having returned, Pickerington High School North girls tennis coach Brian Hoff calls his team "very deep" and says he has talent at almost every spot in the lineup.
Boys Soccer

North out to snap league championship drought

If there's a year the Pickerington High School North boys soccer team can snap its championship drought, 13th-year coach Darrin Monhollen thinks this could be it.
Girls Golf

Panthers look to break through

Since the OHSAA added a second division for high school girls golf in 2008, two teams have qualified from the Central District for the Division I state tournament each year.
Boys Golf

Central's Dembski shows leadership

Considering the activities Daniel Dembski juggles in addition to his four years in the Pickerington High School Central boys golf team's varsity lineup, coach Chris Cores is thankful Dembski seems to have developed a comfort zone on the course.
Week 6: Nos. 1-5

Upper Arlington squad broke barrier, tops list

The 2000s were a groundbreaking era for high school football in central Ohio.

Area squads ready for preseason tests

During its preseason schedule, the Dublin Coffman High School football team will tune up for the coming season by facing a pair of teams that qualified for the playoffs last fall and another program that has been a postseason regular the last two-plus decades.

Noe named coach at Pickerington Central

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.
Week 5: Nos. 6-10

Greatness doesn't hinge on title

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.
Tri-County Aquatics League

Chevington Woods shines at championships

The Chevington Woods Kingfish finished first in 31 of 77 events during the 11-team Tri-County Aquatic League championships held July 23 and 24 at the Canal Winchester Municipal Pool.
Legion Baseball

Post 283 fails in bid to reach state tourney

The American Legion baseball season ended sooner than Pickerington Post 283 expected, as the team was unable to reach the state tournament for the first time in five seasons.
Women's Golf

Hughes relies on short game to win Franklin County title

Gahanna Lincoln High School graduate Emily Hughes is tuning up for the start of her collegiate golf career in the best way possible, not only competing in summer tournaments but winning.
Week 4: Nos. 11-15

Luck factors into playoff runs

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.

Spielman camp mixes learning, fun

Chase Ungerott said he didn't know who Chris Spielman was before participating in the Chris Spielman Football ProCamp on July 14 and 15 at Dublin Coffman High School.

New Albany's Sherwood signs with Blue Jackets

Kole Sherwood was 3 years old when the Columbus Blue Jackets began play in the National Hockey League, and a year later he entered learn-to-skate classes at Chiller Easton.

Area players chasing dream

Three area high school graduates are pursuing their ultimate dream while playing for the Southern Ohio Copperheads baseball team this summer.

Stars aligned for Central's title run

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."
Week 3: Nos. 16-20

CCL teams enjoy lasting impact

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.
Week 2: Nos. 21-25

Pickerington schools make mark

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.

Top Gun Showcase provides opportunity

Dublin Jerome High School football player Matthew Preininger hopes to make a favorable impression when he participates in Football University's Top Gun Showcase for the third consecutive year.

Area kids delving into sport at Dublin camp

Like many young children, Vikram Srikonda has begun playing traditional sports like basketball and baseball. He plans on trying out for soccer in the fall.
Legion Baseball

Post 283 hopes to jell soon

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.
Women's Soccer

Eagles FC gets first win, continues to progress

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.
Week 1: Honorable Mention

Series honors top football teams

The numbers show that Central District high school football programs captured 13 championships during the first 18 years of the state playoffs, from 1972-89.
Club Soccer

Central Ohio squads fall short in regional

None of the seven central Ohio club soccer teams that competed in the Midwest Regional Cup from June 20-24 in Fox Cities, Wis., captured a championship.

Squads find value in soggy 7-on-7

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.