As a three-time all-state girls basketball player at Pickerington High School Central who went on to play for Ohio State, Emilee Harmon didn't picture herself working an office job right out of college.
The Pickerington Post 283 American Legion baseball team led 5-0 before starting pitcher Tyler Magley allowed his first baserunner during the first round of the eight-team, double-elimination state tournament July 30 at Beavers Field in Lancaster.
Brittany Gamby probably wouldn't have guessed the means to the end, but the 2009 Pickerington High School North graduate recently left the University of North Carolina at Wilmington confident she milked the most out of her college experience.
In its heyday, the girls basketball tournament that became known as the Lady Panther Holiday Classic attracted nationally-ranked teams -- a group that sometimes included its host -- and such crowds that games were shown on closed-circuit television in the school commons for fans who couldn't get seats.
This season marked the third in a row that the Pickerington High School North boys track and field team earned at least a share of second place in the Division I state meet, but the best still could be to come.
Coming off a season in which it earned a share of its first Division I regional championship since Robb Hammond took over as coach in 2008, the Pickerington High School Central girls track and field team topped what it accomplished a year ago.
Not everything went according to plan for the Pickerington High School North boys track and field team last weekend, but that didn't keep it from leaving Ohio State with a third consecutive Division I state runner-up finish.
During the Division I state meet June 6 and 7 at Ohio State, the Pickerington High School Central girls track and field team provided the final piece of evidence that no other program in the state could top its sprint corps this season.
The Pickerington High School Central girls track and field team won three events, including the final race of the meet, the 1,600-meter relay, to clinch its first outright regional title since Robb Hammond took over as coach in 2008.
No crazy wind affected play during a Division I regional semifinal May 29 at Dublin Coffman, and the Pickerington High School North baseball team and its opponent, Olentangy Liberty, had their top pitchers on the mound.
Fresh off winning four events in the Division I regional meet May 28 and 30 on his team's home track, Pickerington High School North junior Nick Gray made it clear he's ready for the final step in a season that has seen the Panthers win numerous championships.