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    After 25 years as an assistant coach, Rod Lightfoot was named head football coach at Whitehall, replacing Jake Kuhner.

    Lightfoot takes over as Whitehall football coach

    Rod Lightfoot wasn't concerned in recent years about getting a chance to be a varsity football head coach.
Week 1: Honorable Mention

Series honors top football teams

The numbers show that Central District high school football programs captured 13 championships during the first 18 years of the state playoffs, from 1972-89.
Athletes of the Year

Area's best highlight spring sports season

Now that the school year is over and summer is upon us, it's time to announce the Athletes of the Year for the spring season. Here are the honorees:
Track & Field

Wright resigns as Rams coach

Zach Wright has been part of the Whitehall-Yearling High School track and field family for the past 35 years, overseeing both the boys and girls teams as program coordinator for the past 28.

Divisions changing for many area squads

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.

Hughett to lead Whitehall athletics

Bill Hughett expects to face some big decisions as soon as he takes over as athletics director at Whitehall-Yearling High School.
State Track Notes

Pickerington North boys, Gahanna girls earn titles

Heading into the Division I state track and field meet June 5 and 6 at Ohio State, the Pickerington High School North boys team and the Gahanna girls squad each had qualified in the most events for its respective competition.