Coming off a season in which her team finished 13-4-1 overall, Upper Arlington High School field hockey coach Kelly Roderick hopes that success put the Golden Bears on the radar, both locally and statewide.
Kyra Jung waited more than nine months for the sign commemorating the Division I girls tennis state doubles championship she won last year to be posted at the Upper Arlington High School tennis facility.
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.
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.
Neither of the two local players on this year's University of Denver's men's lacrosse national championship team racked their brains trying to explain why the Pioneers finally earned their long-awaited title after losing in a semifinal three of the past four seasons.
Having earned six All-American honors during the first half of his college career, Ian Reardon still brings the same optimism and need to prove himself to all his competitions with the Kenyon College men's swimming and diving team.
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.
It makes little difference to the New Albany Country Club swimming team whether it is competing in the Country Club Swim League, which it dominated the past five years, or the new Private Country Club Athletic League.
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.
Even after 30 years as a teacher at Upper Arlington High School and 22 as the Golden Bears’ boys rowing coach, Chris Swartz never lost enthusiasm for his jobs. But as he retired from teaching after this past school year, Swartz thought it only logical to step aside from coaching as well.
When Hailey Cannaday walked into the Columbus Aquatics Center on June 26, she thought she was there to pick up the Most Improved Swimmer trophy she had earned in 2014 but had yet to receive from Whetstone High School swimming and diving coach John DeRing.
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.