Running back Jeff Backes rushed for 3,353 yards and 44 touchdowns in leading Upper Arlington to the Division I state championship as a senior in 2000 before playing in college at Northwestern.

    Series names each school's best

    Week 5 focuses on the OCC-Central Division.
    Lance Perry, the general manager of D1 Sports Training in Worthington, takes a breather while using an elevation workout mask while training with a resistance sled.

    Mind over matter?

    Athletes and fitness enthusiasts have forever looked for that little extra -- and mostly legal -- edge.
  • Swimming

    Chad Kegelmayer of Hunters Ridge won the 13-14 boys 50-yard butterfly and 100 individual medley to help the Seahorses finish second in the Varsity Division at the Suburban East Swim League meet July 21 at Gahanna Swim and Racquet Club.

    Eastmoor wins fourth straight SESL title

    George Melikian and Tyler Mansfield both won three individual events to lead the Eastmoor Swordfish to their fourth consecutive Varsity Division title during the Suburban East Swim League championships July 21 at Gahanna Swim and Racquet Club.
  • Swimming & Diving

    Natalie Holub of the Worthington Blue Wave swims in the 10U girls 100-meter individual medley during the GCSL meet July 18 at Highlands Park Aquatic Center. Holub won a title in the 50 breaststroke.

    Stingrays maintain GCLS supremacy

    The Delaware Aquatic Racing Team won its eighth consecutive overall title during the Greater Columbus Swim League championship finals held July 18 and 19 at Highlands Park Aquatic Center in Westerville.

The Sports Doc: Examining how placebo effect impacts sports success

Sports provides for some of the most interesting, funniest, and quirkiest athlete superstitions. For as long as sports have been played athletes have used various rituals, concentration exercises and “magical clothing” ...

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Brotherly love set tone for Sawickis

Like many brothers, Mason and Brennen Sawicki have occasional battles.
Field Hockey

Geiger finds 'perfect fit' at Harvard

Grace Geiger carefully thinks through her decisions in the classroom and on the playing field, employing a meticulously cerebral nature that has helped her excel academically and athletically.

Dublin Arctic wins NEW championship

A season after winning the North-East-West league championship by just 2.5 points, the Dublin Arctic swimming team ended up with a much more comfortable victory July 18 at Dublin Community Pool North.
Tri-County Aquatics League

Kingfish win 12th straight title

The Chevington Woods Kingfish won 30 of 77 events during the 11-team Tri-County Aquatics League championships held July 21 and 22 at the Canal Winchester Municipal Pool to easily capture their 12th consecutive title.

Pusateri: Beard named UA coach

The Upper Arlington High School hockey team’s expected new coach has an even better resume than the longtime leader he will replace.

Weiland picked for U.S. roster

Upper Arlington High School graduate Andy Weiland has been named to U.S. Rowing’s 84-athlete roster for the coming World Rowing Senior, Under 23 and Junior Championships.

Mayers makes major league debut

Although it wasn’t the performance they had hoped to witness, a strong contingent from Grove City was proud to be a part of an important night July 24 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

Wright-Tennyson earns top pro honor

Often times, gifts to young children are discarded after a few years without much of a second thought.