Although their accomplishment was memorable on its own, there was no way for Wellington School boys golfers to realize what they were about to become a part of.

Although their accomplishment was memorable on its own, there was no way for Wellington School boys golfers to realize what they were about to become a part of.

On Oct. 14 and 15, the Jaguars braved windy conditions at Ohio State's Scarlet Course to capture their first Division III state championship.

That performance set off a chain reaction that still is pulsating throughout central Ohio in terms of fall sports success.

Seven days after Wellington won its title, the Dublin Jerome boys and girls golf teams earned Division I state titles at Ohio State. Also on Oct. 22, the St. Charles water polo team beat Toledo St. Francis 16-6 to win its second consecutive state title and the Upper Arlington girls water polo team defeated Thomas Worthington 15-10 to capture its 12th state title.

The next day, Jerome's girls tennis team completed a perfect dual season by beating Cincinnati Ursuline Academy 3-1 in the championship match of the OTCA state tournament.

Seeing a pattern yet?

The first two weekends of November had a distinctly central Ohio feel as well.

On Nov. 5, the Thomas field hockey team completed an unbeaten season with a 1-0 state-title win over Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown and the Dublin Coffman boys cross country team pulled one of the shockers of the postseason by capturing its first state championship.

This area has a well-earned reputation for playing some of the state's best soccer, and it lived up to that billing when the Worthington Christian boys team won the Division III title Nov. 11 and the DeSales girls captured the Division II championship the next day in Crew Stadium.

Add in that the Hartley girls volleyball team finally broke through after a few near misses with its first state championship Nov. 12, and it truly has been a historic fall.

To find when the area experienced success at the state level even close to this during a fall sports season, one has to look back more than a decade.

In 1997, the Columbus Academy boys golf team, the DeSales boys and girls soccer squads, the Academy field hockey team and the Pickerington boys cross country team all won titles. DeSales then capped the season by winning the Division III state football championship.

But even that year comes up short in comparison considering central Ohio didn't win girls volleyball or golf titles.

So what's left for an encore this fall?

Football, of course, and options remain for the area to add to its 2011 fall trophy case during the first weekend in December.

Considering the way it survived for a 48-42 overtime victory over Dresden Tri-Valley on Nov. 18 to improve to 13-0, Marion-Franklin - if it can find some answers on defense - could be poised to give Columbus City Schools its second state football title. The Red Devils play Trotwood-Madison in a Division II state semifinal Friday, Nov. 25.

Pickerington Central is alive in Division I after handling Hilliard Davidson 24-0 in the Region 3 final Nov. 19. The Tigers play Cincinnati St. Xavier in a state semifinal Saturday, Nov. 26.

Although defending Division IV state champion Hartley endured a gut-wrenching 30-28 loss to Kenton on Nov. 19, Johnstown kept the district's hopes of a title alive in the division with a 27-24 win over Coshocton that same night.

There's plenty to be excited about for the coming winter sports season, as various area basketball powers and wrestlers vie for spots in finals at Ohio State and local swimmers, gymnasts and hockey players also seek state glory.

In the meantime, take time to savor what has been a remarkable fall season.

We might not see one like it again for a long time.