• Softball

    Alyson Shaw of the Gahanna Lincoln softball team waits for a pitch during a 10-0 victory over visiting Reynoldsburg on April 11. Shaw, a junior shortstop and the Lions' leadoff hitter, has been a key defensive component this season.

    Gahanna's Shaw excelling in field

    After playing second base throughout her youth and in her freshman season, Gahanna Lincoln High School softball player Alyson Shaw was asked to switch to shortstop a year ago.
  • DeSales Roundup

    Senior midfielder Ali Cargin of the DeSales girls lacrosse team maneuvers past Watterson's Torie Sullivan during a 22-14 victory in the opener March 28. Cargin has scored a team-high 28 goals in leading the Stallions to a 6-1 start.

    Cargin leads by example for Stallions

    Their conversation might take place five minutes after a game, or even the next day, but Ali Cargin of the DeSales High School girls lacrosse team always ends up reviewing the Stallions' play with coach Joe Finotti.
  • Boys Basketball

    Jerry Francis, choosing to step back to concentrate on his health and family, resigned his boys basketball coaching position April 4. Francis guided Central to the 2012 Division I state championship as well as OCC-Ohio Division championships and district titles each of the past three years.

    Francis resigns coaching post

    After a stroke and back surgery prevented him from coaching the Pickerington High School Central boys basketball team for the second half of this past season, Jerry Francis stayed away, monitoring the Tigers' progress and keeping touch via calls, texts and the media.
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Venue change could boost interest in football finals

Considering his team has lost three state semifinals since 2009, it's not surprising what Marion-Franklin football coach Brian Haffele thinks about holding the championship games in Columbus the next two seasons.
Boys Basketball

Miller retires as Thomas coach

Bob Miller resigned as coach of the Thomas Worthington boys basketball team April 10, ending a coaching career that spanned five decades.
Boys Basketball

Riggs steps down as Canal Winchester coach

Kent Riggs has resigned from his job as coach of the Canal Winchester boys basketball team.

Murphy comfortable in role for Pickerington North

By the time her career as a player ends, Hannah Murphy likely will have left everything on the field.

Celtics stay unbeaten in Dublin Classic

Dublin Jerome team took home the first plaque presented in the second-annual Dublin Classic.
Centennial Roundup

Softball team rallies to top Whetstone

Katie Conroy felt an extreme amount of pressure as she stood in the batter's box with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning of a City League-North Division game April 11 against Whetstone.

Saunders earns 500th career win

When Tim Saunders took over 26 years ago, he quickly formed a bond with his assistant coaches and players.

Orange beginning to jell in all phases of game

Coach Phil Callaghan likes how his team is evolving.
New Albany Roundup

Beckman steps up for lacrosse team

Throughout the course of a recent three-minute interview, Jackson Beckman's voice slowly regenerated from raspy to steady.
Columbus Academy Roundup

Boys track squad driven by past success

Although his program lost several key athletes to graduation, coach Bob Kirk is looking forward to his team attempting to defend its consecutive Division III state titles.
City Notes

Eastmoor Academy sprints to track forefront

Again this season, Eastmoor Academy is a safe place to start when determining where the City League's best sprint corps will reside.


Photo Slideshows

Boys Basketball State Tournament | 2014

Upper Arlington boys basketball team made its first state tournament appearance since 1939.

Boys Basketball State Tournament | 2014

Watterson boys basketball team returned to the state tournament for the second consecutve season.

Boys Basketball State Tournament | 2014

Ready made its fifth appearance at the state tournament.

Girls Basketball State Tournament | 2014

The Coffman girls basketball team was the first Dublin team — boys or girls — at the state tournament.


Images from the state gymnastics meet.


Images from the state wrestling meet.

Swimming & Diving

Images from the state swimming & diving meet.

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