In high school sports, where disparities in talent can be much larger than in college and in the pros, the majority of games are predictable. The fact is, we could pick the outcomes of most games with a high degree of certainty.

In high school sports, where disparities in talent can be much larger than in college and in the pros, the majority of games are predictable. The fact is, we could pick the outcomes of most games with a high degree of certainty.

But few moments in sports are as exciting as when we're wrong -- those times when a writer is covering a game and calls into the office and says, "You're not going to believe this "

We have a few of these every year, but the true upsets don't come around often.

As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of ThisWeek, we wanted to look back at those legendary events, and we didn't want to do it alone. We have done the research and compiled what we believe to be the 10 biggest upsets involving teams and athletes from central Ohio in the past 20 years, but we want our readers to take it from there.

We are introducing our poll, 20 Years of Upsets, on that allows you to choose which upset is truly the greatest. The poll will remain open until July 9, but we'll keep the results under wraps. Later in the summer, we will run a retrospective article on each of your top five choices.

Before we introduce our top 10, it's worth pointing out that cutting the list to 10 was time-consuming but an enjoyable trip back through time. We dug through archives, talked with area coaches and sports historians.

We cut our initial list of 45 to 25, then to 15 before arriving at the 10 we thought had a legitimate claim to being called the biggest upset in the last 20 years. We truly feel that each of these 10 events warrants consideration for that title.

However, if you think we've missed one, there is space for write-in votes.

And now, here are the choices, in chronological order:

1995 Division I boys basketball district tournament, first round -- Watkins Memorial (2-19) stuns second-seeded London (15-5) 93-87 in overtime as Charles Johnson scores 57 points, which was a tournament record at the time. Former London coach Dave Gustin said after the game, "I've never seen a game like that before. (Johnson) was just unconscious ungodly."

1999 Division I boys basketball district tournament, first round -- Westland (3-17) beats top-seeded Brookhaven (16-3) 59-56. Westland was seeded last of 28 teams in the Central District. Brookhaven started three players listed at 6-foot-6 or taller, and Westland's starting center was 6-2.

1999 Division I wrestling state tournament, heavyweight final -- Troy Bowers of Westerville South pins Alex Stepanovich of Berea in the first period. Stepanovich was ranked first in the Brakeman Report, and Bowers was ninth. Bowers did not win sectional or district titles, and he needed to rally from five points down in the third period just to win his quarterfinal match at state. Stepanovich went on to go 36-0 the next season and eventually started at center for the Ohio State football team.

1999 Division I softball district tournament, first round -- Groveport (6-16) defeats top-seeded Hilliard Darby (22-2) 2-1. Darby was ranked fourth in the state and was hitting .340 as a team, but had just three hits. Groveport lost to Westerville North 7-5 in its next game.

2001-02 regular season girls basketball -- Newark (0-3) beats Pickerington (2-0) 43-42 to snap the Tigers' 181-game conference winning streak. Pickerington, which had reached a Division I regional final the year before, went on to reach a regional final again. Newark lost to Mount Vernon in the second round of the district tournament.

2002 Division I boys basketball district tournament, second round -- Unseeded Upper Arlington (9-12) beats second-seeded Dublin Scioto (19-1) 85-78 in triple-overtime. Upper Arlington hit 12 of 19 3-point attempts and shot 65 percent from the field overall. The Golden Bears beat unseeded Newark 62-55 in the next round before losing to fourth-seeded Dublin Coffman 59-50 in a district final.

2003 Division I boys tennis district tournament, quarterfinal -- Dublin Coffman's Tom Jagels beats Pickerington's Craig Smith 6-4, 6-1 to qualify for the state tournament. Smith was a two-time district champion and had signed with Wright State. He also came in with a 17-0 career record against Jagels. After the match, Jagels told ThisWeek, "I knew that I was going to end up playing Craig Smith in the second round, so I was already planning what I was going to do on Saturday because I didn't think I'd still be playing tennis."

2004 Division III baseball district tournament, district final -- New Albany (13-12) beats top-seeded Olentangy Liberty (19-3) 6-5. Liberty led 3-1 in the seventh and pitcher Eric Best, who went on to pitch at Ohio State, had a no-hitter through 6 2/3 innings and had two strikes on Ben Jeffers before a Jeffers hit sparked a five-run rally. New Albany went on to win the state title with the most losses ever for a state champion. Coach Bob Talpas considers this the Eagles' biggest upset in that title run.

2006 Division I football playoffs, first round -- Eighth-seeded Gahanna (7-3) beats host Lancaster (10-0) 33-28. Two weeks earlier, Lancaster had beaten Gahanna 34-3 in week nine of the regular season. Gahanna had lost its last four games against Lancaster by an average of 25 points. The Lions lost the next week to Dublin Coffman 35-23 in a regional semifinal.

2008 Division I district tournament, district semifinal -- Westerville South (15-7) beats top-seeded Northland (21-0) 67-59. Star center Jared Sullinger was suspended by his coach and father, Satch Sullinger, but with Northland ranked second in the state at the time, the Vikings appeared to have enough firepower to dispatch the Wildcats. South was not among the district's 12 seeded teams and hadn't won a district title since 1990.