Ninth-year Westland High School cross county coach Josh Barkeloo has sensed a recommitment for unity within his program this season, and that seniors Elizabeth Finley and Donna Mayhew and sophomore Kaela Ponce have been spearheading that effort for the girls team.
After the Ready High School football team began the Brian Cross era with a 27-17 win over Whitehall a year ago, the Rams will attempt to do the same thing under a new coach when the teams meet Friday, Aug. 28, at DeSales.
Since his team won just six games in each of the past two seasons, coach Benjamin Au doesn't expect his Ready High School girls soccer team to be considered one of central Ohio's better squads by most opponents.
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.
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.
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.
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.