Below are area natives who are listed on rosters of college football teams competing in bowl games this season:

Below are area natives who are listed on rosters of college football teams competing in bowl games this season:

PLAYER (HIGH SCHOOL) COLLEGE BOWL GAME

Mike Adams (Dublin Coffman) Ohio State Fiesta Bowl, Jan. 5

Chazz Anderson (Pickerington Central) Cincinnati Orange Bowl, Jan. 1

Greg Antill (Watkins Memorial) West Virginia Meineke Bowl, Dec. 27

Mikel Berry (Upper Arlington) Penn State Rose Bowl, Jan. 1

Shane Bowen (Pickerington Central) Georgia Tech Chick-fil-A Bowl, Dec. 31

Ben Buchanan (Westerville Central) Ohio State Fiesta Bowl, Jan. 5

Gar Chappelear (Grove City) Ohio State Fiesta Bowl, Jan. 5

Jim Cordle (Lancaster) Ohio State Fiesta Bowl, Jan. 5

Torry Cornett (Independence) Cincinnati Orange Bowl, Jan. 1

Ricky Crawford (Olentangy) Ohio State Fiesta Bowl, Jan. 5

B.J. Cunningham (Westerville South) Michigan State Capital One Bowl, Jan. 1

Alex Daniels (Brookhaven) Cincinnati Orange Bowl, Jan. 1

Andre Dawson (Olentangy) Ball State GMAC Bowl, Jan. 6

Bo Delande (Hilliard Davidson) Ohio State Fiesta Bowl, Jan. 5

Jeremy Ebert (Hilliard Darby) Northwestern Alamo Bowl, Dec. 29

Steve Gardiner (Dublin Coffman) Michigan State Capital One Bowl, Jan. 1

Kollin Hancock (Gahanna) Tulsa GMAC Bowl, Jan. 6

Derrick Henry (Worthington Kilbourne) Ball State GMAC Bowl, Jan. 6

Charley Howard (Gahanna) Cincinnati Orange Bowl, Jan. 1

John Hughes (Gahanna) Cincinnati Orange Bowl, Jan. 1

Mark Ison (Olentangy Liberty) Northwestern Alamo Bowl, Dec. 29

Tony Jackson (Westland) Ohio State Fiesta Bowl, Jan. 5

Antonio Jeremiah (Hilliard Darby) Michigan State Capital Ohio Bowl, Jan. 1

Justin Kershaw (Reynoldsburg) Michigan State Capital One Bowl, Jan. 1

Will Keuchler (DeSales) Air Force Armed Forces Bowl, Dec. 31

Ricky Kovatch (Dublin Jerome) West Virginia Meineke Bowl, Dec. 27

Paul Kuppich (St. Charles) Notre Dame Hawaii Bowl, Dec. 24

Mike Maciejowski (Upper Arlington) Minnesota Insight Bowl, Dec. 31

B.J. Machen (Hilliard Darby) Georgia Tech Chick-fil-A Bowl, Dec. 31

Chris Malone (Gahanna) Ohio State Fiesta Bowl, Jan. 5

Ryan Manalac (Pickerington Central) Cincinnati Orange Bowl, Jan. 1

Julian Miller (Beechcroft) West Virginia Meineke Bowl, Dec. 27

Prince Moody (Eastmoor) Wisconsin Champ Sports Bowl, Dec. 27

Justin Moore (DeSales) Air Force Armed Forces Bowl, Dec. 31

Adam Morris (Dublin Scioto) Ball State GMAC Bowl, Jan. 6

Andrew Moses (Watterson) Ohio State Fiesta Bowl, Jan. 5

Mark Nelson (Big Walnut) Cincinnati Orange Bowl, Jan. 1

Isaiah Pead (Eastmoor) Cincinnati Orange Bowl, Jan. 1

Rocco Pentello (Westerville South) Ohio State Fiesta Bowl, Jan. 5

Brian Peters (Pickerington Central) Northwestern Alamo Bowl, Dec. 29

Darryl Phillips (Reynoldsburg) West Virginia Meineke Bowl, Dec. 27

Dan Potokar (Grove City) Ohio State Fiesta Bowl, Jan. 5

A.J. Principe (DeSales) Buffalo International Bowl, Jan. 3

Jacob Ramsey (Independence) Cincinnati Orange Bowl, Jan. 1

Taylor Rice (Dublin Scioto) Ohio State Fiesta Bowl, Jan. 5

Josh Richardson (Dublin Scioto) Kansas Insight Bowl, Dec. 31

Wesley Richardson (Olentangy Liberty) Cincinnati Orange Bowl, Jan. 1

Kyle Ruhl (Dublin Coffman) Ohio State Fiesta Bowl, Jan. 5

DeAngelo Smith (Independence) Cincinnati Orange Bowl, Jan. 1

Drew Stevens (Olentangy) Michigan State Capital One Bowl, Jan. 1

Jake Stoneburner (Dublin Coffman) Ohio State Fiesta Bowl, Jan. 5

Chris Thomas (DeSales) Air Force Armed Forces Bowl, Dec. 31

A.J. Trapasso (Pickerington Central) Ohio State Fiesta Bowl, Jan. 5

It's early, but the Pickerington High School North boys basketball team has already dealt with more adversity than anticipated.

The Panthers opened with losses in four of their first five games, including to Reynoldsburg 58-53 last Friday.

The losses are frustrating enough, but the way North has lost makes the slow start even more difficult. Reynoldsburg trailed late in the fourth quarter before coming from behind to steal a victory.

Canal Winchester followed that same pattern to beat the Panthers 61-53 in the opener Dec. 5, and Pickerington Central used the fourth quarter to widen a lead and cruised to a 79-58 victory Dec. 12.

"I think the guys are starting to realize the quality of the league we're in and what it's going to take for us to step up and start playing at that level," said coach Pete Liptrap, who has started seven players, including four sophomores. "The younger guys are learning that toughness that makes (central Ohio) basketball so competitive. There's a natural learning curve and it's going to take a little while before they fully catch on."

Guard Eric Brindle has had success scoring, but Liptrap says he still is shouldering too much of the load.

"He's our toughest kid without question and has stepped up as a leader early on," Liptrap said of Brindle, who is averaging more than 15 points. "Getting those pieces in place around him, it's only a matter of time."

Kenny Yurasek has taken some of the weight off Brindle. The senior scored 18 points in a 79-69 win over Grove-port on Dec. 9 and added 16 against Reynoldsburg.

"This league is a big step up for us," Liptrap said. "The sooner we realize the effort it's going to take to win, the better basketball team we're going to be."

•After Central opened with three consecutive wins, coach Jerry Groves emphasized keeping the success in perspective.

Gahanna strengthened his case as it handed the Tigers an 88-64 loss last Friday. Groves hopes that defeat is an important step in his team's early improvement.

"We knew that playing an uptempo style and relying on shooting the basketball would be a tough adjustment at times," Groves said. "Whenever you play that kind of style, there will be nights where you don't shoot well and don't get up the floor for transition baskets."

As dates loom with Delaware on Tuesday and defending Division I state champion Newark two days, Groves has a simple solution to rectify those problems -- conditioning and practice.

"Right now, we need to continue to get in shape," he said. "I've told the guys that while we've started fast, there's so much room to grow. I'd say our effort level is about 40 percent and our offense is running at about 20 percent of where it could be."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Central and North boys and girls basketball teams:

CENTRAL BOYS

*Last Friday -- Lost to Gahanna 88-64. Jarred Miller scored 23 points and Isac Franklin added 15.

*Last Tuesday -- Played Groveport

Tuesday -- Home vs. Delaware

Of note: The Tigers are 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the OCC-Ohio.

CENTRAL GIRLS

*Dec. 15 -- Defeated Groveport 68-47. Samantha Griffith and Emilee Harmon both scored 15 points.

*Last Friday -- Def. Gahanna 46-41. Harmon scored 21 points and Amy Buccilla and Jessica Powell added 10.

Tuesday -- At Bedford St. Peter Chanel

Of note: The Tigers are 5-1 overall and 4-1 in the OCC-Ohio.

NORTH BOYS

Dec. 16 -- Lost to New Albany 64-49. Eric Brindle scored 17 points, Kenny Yurasek had 16 and Trent Waybright added 7

*Dec. 19 -- Lost to Reynoldsburg 58-53. Michael Klamo scored 14 points and Brindle had 11.

*Last Tuesday -- Played Gahanna

Tuesday -- Home vs. St. Charles

Of note: The Panthers are 1-4 overall and 1-2 in the OCC-Ohio.

NORTH GIRLS

*Last Saturday -- Def. Reynoldsburg 46-44

*Last Tuesday -- Played Gahanna

Saturday-Monday -- At home Kroger Holiday Classic. North opens at 8:15 p.m. Saturday against McMurray (Pa.) Peters Township. The championship game is 8:15 p.m. Monday. North has finished runner-up the last two seasons.

Of note: The Panthers were 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the OCC-Ohio before last Saturday.

*OCC-Ohio game