The Pickerington High School Central football team was a state runner-up in both 2006 and 2011, but one of its biggest sources of pride over the last decade has been one of its regular-season accomplishments.
Disappointed with its performance in the Division I district tournament Oct. 11 at The Links at Groveport, the Pickerington High School North girls golf team journeyed about five minutes down the street to get some comfort food at the local Dairy Queen.
After Pickerington High School Central girls tennis players Maddie Bechert and Margaret Gordon qualified for the Division I state tournament, they pondered how they had grown since last year, when they fell one win short of advancing.
The Pickerington Central and Pickerington North high school football teams began facing each other in the regular season in 2008 and have met twice in the first round of the Division I, Region 3 playoffs.
Pickerington High School North girls tennis players Cassie Alcala and Rhyan Cook could have scripted a better ending to the Division I sectional tournament, but the good news for the two freshmen is their season will extend at least one more day.
Since the Pickerington school district split into two high schools for the 2003 season, the Central football team has won at least a share of 11 league championships, including the last eight titles in the OCC-Ohio Division.
Each of the past two seasons when the Pickerington Central and Gahanna Lincoln high school football teams met during the final week of the regular season, the OCC-Ohio Division championship was on the line.
A pair of teams which have proven to be tough to stop on offense and are off to 4-0 starts will meet when the Pickerington High School North football team plays host to Olentangy Liberty on Friday, Sept. 23.
The Pickerington High School Central and Upper Arlington football teams do not necessarily consider themselves rivals, but the memories of their Division I, Region 2 first-round playoff game 10 months ago still are fresh on both sides.
The first two runners to represent the Pickerington High School Central boys cross country team in the Division I state meet in a decade both swear their friendly, yet competitive, rivalry is partly responsible for their accolades.
The last time the Pickerington North and Westerville Central high school football teams met, they both were members of the OCC-Central Division and their matchup ended up having a major impact on who would win the league championship.
The Pickerington High School Central football team enters its contest Friday, Sept. 16, at home against Groveport coming off a game in which it didn't light up the scoreboard as some might have expected.