As a former assistant boys volleyball coach at Pickerington and Pickerington North as well as a follower of girls volleyball for several years, first-year Reynoldsburg High School girls coach Matt Bailey hasn't been surprised at the talent level he's seen in the OCC-Ohio Division this season.
Both the Pickerington Central and Reynoldsburg high school football teams will have a dose of adversity to overcome when they meet Friday, Sept. 25, while continuing one of the area's longest-running rivalries.
When Hartley High School senior Bethany Matuska heads off to the Mount Union next year, she has a plan of majoring in special education and being a part of a volleyball team that has been ranked in the top 25 in the nation in Division III this fall.
Before the Hartley and DeSales high school football teams met in week nine last season, 27 years of not playing each other at the varsity level helped set up an emotional game for the two eventual playoff qualifiers.
As his team packed up after a 3-1 loss at Grove City in its OCC-Ohio Division opener Sept. 1, Reynoldsburg High School girls soccer coach Jimmy Stevens talked about how two set pieces that led to goals by the Greyhounds made the biggest difference.
Even with two sophomores expected to be among his key offensive linemen heading into the season, Reynoldsburg High School football coach Buddy White was confident the unit's overall size would compensate as experience was gained.
After it had only four players out for tryouts to begin last season, the Reynoldsburg High School girls tennis team pushed back its opening match by a week before eventually finding three other players to fill out a lineup.