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.
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.
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.
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.
Eryn Weber has heard more than a few fans of the Columbus Eagles FC say that for as well as the second-year amateur women's soccer team has played so far this season, it should have won more than once in its first seven games.
Since the last time the Ohio High School Athletic Association determined its football divisions based on the enrollment numbers of its member schools in May 2013, Marion-Franklin's boys enrollment dropped by 36 while Beechcroft's was unchanged.
Worthington Kilbourne High School girls lacrosse coach Doug Troutner still considers the season to be a success even though his team wasn't able to defend its Division II state championship or continue its streak of regional titles.
A year ago, the Worthington Christian High School girls track and field team was represented in the Division III state meet by a relay and individuals in two events but did not reach the awards podium.
If either of the Worthington Christian High School boys track and field team's relays makes the podium in the Division III state meet, it won't be the first time the program has overcome the odds this season.
The Worthington Kilbourne High School boys lacrosse team was confident heading into its home matchup with Dublin Coffman in a Division I Central Region semifinal May 27, as it had beaten the Shamrocks 9-4 on April 9.
After falling one match short of qualifying for the Division I state tournament last season, Rohan Gupta of the Worthington Kilbourne High School boys tennis team earned one final chance to accomplish that feat.