One way to pass time during self-isolation last week, and the week before that, and so on, was waiting to hear the Ohio High School Athletic Association's verdict on whether spring sports will happen in some abbreviated fashion, or at all, because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
On April 8, the OHSAA gave some optimism to its athletes, coaches and fans, releasing a tentative spring schedule contingent on schools reopening May 4. The regular season for all sanctioned sports would begin May 9, and state championships would take place over the final three weekends of June.
Schools are closed through May 1. If they do not reopen this year, spring sports will be canceled.
At least we have memories of fall and winter sports, something best reflected upon at the end of a school year.
In lieu of having live sports -- at any level -- here are some of the top moments in central Ohio high school sports from the 2019-20 school year, from back when times were normal and in no particular order:
*The Pickerington Central football team won the Division I state championship in memorable fashion, outscoring Cincinnati Elder 14-0 in the fourth quarter to win 21-14 for its second title in three years. A 49-yard touchdown pass from Demeatric Crenshaw to Lorenzo Styles Jr. with 3 minutes, 41 seconds left was the game winner, minutes after a key 12-yard screen pass to Justin Canini on fourth-and-10.
*New Albany's girls golf team strengthened its case to be known as the best in state history, recording a second consecutive undefeated season and repeating as Division I state champion while breaking its own tournament records for best score in a round and lowest tournament score.
*DeSales' girls volleyball team won its first state championship in Division I, its first state title since 1982 and the area's first since Reynoldsburg in 1989. The Stallions knocked off Parma Padua, which had been ranked first nationally by USA Today, 19-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-22 in the final.
*The inaugural state girls wrestling tournament held Feb. 22 and 23 at Hilliard Davidson was a smashing success. Three area wrestlers won individual championships and 234 total wrestlers competed. Several area coaches and competitors expressed hope that the OHSAA will sanction the sport as soon as next winter under the "emerging sport" designation.
*Dublin Scioto's Pete Hrelec scored a state-record 11 goals in a 15-4 rout of DeSales on Feb. 12 in the first round of the Blue Jackets Cup consolation tournament. He also tied the state record for points in a game by recording 12 against the Stallions.
*Even as the Upper Arlington girls swimming and diving team became the state's preeminent program over the past 20 years, winning 12 championships since 2003, the area was especially dominant at this year's Division I girls state meet. Dublin Coffman won its first championship, followed closely by New Albany and UA in second and third place, respectively.
*In boys basketball, Harvest Prep's Christopher Anthony and Walnut Ridge's VonCameron Davis finished their illustrious careers with 2,395 and 2,201 points, respectively, to rank first and second all-time in the district, according to the OHSAA. Davis, a Kent State recruit, was named Ohio's Mr. Basketball.
Whether spring sports happen hinges on whether schools reopen, and that decision will come from the state rather than the OHSAA. But here are a few storylines to keep in mind if there is a spring season:
*The UA girls lacrosse team's pursuit of its sixth consecutive Division I state championship. The state's premier program, regardless of division, is 134-17-2 over the past seven seasons, six of which have ended with state titles.
*Could Pickerington Central's boys track and field team repeat as Division I state champions? The Tigers set state meet records last year by winning six events, finishing first in all four relays, scoring 87 points and amassing a 63-point margin of victory.
Or would the Olentangy Orange boys team bring central Ohio another title after winning the Division I indoor championship?
*Would St. Charles' Reece Yakubov be in the running for the Division I state singles championship in boys tennis? Yakubov made state in singles last year and was part of a state runner-up doubles team two years ago.
Also in boys tennis, even without standouts Robert Cash and Nathan Jose, who now are at Ohio State and Army, respectively, New Albany has its sights set on a 14th consecutive OCC-Capital Division championship and a fifth Ohio Tennis Coaches Association state tournament appearance in a row.
*Signing ceremonies for spring athletes -- the old-fashioned kind, where athletes gather with their classmates, families and friends and mark the end of one era in their lives and the beginning of the next.
This column doesn't change our long-range plan to have our annual Year in Review package in late December or early January.
The top story likely has been decided, but let's just hope we haven't already seen all of the highlights.