Four runs in the first two innings gave Greyhounds sophomore ace Keegan Holstrom all the support he needed in a 4-1 state semifinal win over No. 2-ranked Mason and its state player of the year pitcher Brenden Garula.
When a failed school levy in 2009 fractured Grove City's sports teams, the baseball team managed to march ahead under the leadership of coach Ryan Alexander. The Greyhounds return to the state tournament in Akron this weekend for the first time since 2012.
Continuing a recent trend, central Ohio teams and individuals walked away with most of the hardware in the Division I state track and field championships at Ohio State's Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Steve Blackledge writes for Sunday's Press Pros.
Jonathan Alder fought to tie its Division II state title game with Wooster Triway, but the Pioneers and senior ace Marlee Jacobs couldn't come up with the magic they needed in falling to Wooster Triway, 2-1.
Grove City got championship pitching and defense...and enough offense to slide past defending champ New Albany and into next week's state Final Four in Division I. Columnist Andy Anders writes for Press Pros Magazine.
Two Columbus-area long jumpers captured Division III long jump crowns and Hilliard Davidson's girls 4x800 relay took second, but the big story was Westerville Central standout Justin Braun scratching from four preliminary races and Castalia's Kenna Stimmel's national record in the pole vault.
Jonathan Alder is within one victory of its second Division II state softball championship in four years, thanks in no small measure to senior Danielle Robbins, whose inside-the-park home run had her smiling as she crossed home plate. (PressPros Feature Photo by Julie McMaken Wright).
Westerville South's Reign Winston celebrates his meet record in the high jump, but it was Westerville Central's Justin Braun who stole the show in the Division I regional at Pickerington North. (PressPros Feature photo by John Hulkenberg).
Marysville's Hannah Pack celebrates scoring a run in what proved a back-and-forth Division I district softball final that the Monarchs pulled out with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to edge upstart Olentangy. (PressPros Feature Photo by John Hulkenberg).
Indiana-bound Hilliard Darby senior Alex Smith has been a quick study on the track, emerging as an elite long jumper and sprinter. All that's missing is a state title. (PressPros Feature Photo by John Hulkenberg).
Berlin’s Jocelyn Franz (left), Elizabeth Sprecher, Addi Davis and their teammates had plenty to celebrate in an 8-4 victory over fifth-ranked Marysville that keeps the OCC Cardinal championship up for grabs. (PressPros Feature Photo by John Hulkenberg).
Hilliard Bradley used timely hitting, efficient pitching and steady defense -- epitomized by the ready-for-action stance from third-baseman Andrea Day -- to surprise highly-touted Olentangy Liberty (PressPros Feature Photo by Brian Bayless).
Olentangy Liberty's David Dielman is one of four Division I recruits on the Patriots, and among the many elite players that make three schools in the Olentangy district among the best teams in Division I (PressPros Feature Photo by John Hulkenberg).
Alyssa Shope has battled through a litany of physical ailments to become the premier distance runner in Ohio and earn a track/cross country scholarship to Indiana University (PressPros Feature Photo by John Hulkenberg).
Gold Standard....Ten years after Pickerington Central won its last state title in basketball, the Tigers took down defending champion Centerville and snapped its unbeaten streak in a stunning performance for the 2022 Division I championship. Steve Blackledge writes the story for Monday's Press Pros.
Pickerington Central's sticky defense, as displayed here by Sonny Styles on the slam attempt of St. Ed's Jair Knight, powered the Tigers to an easy win in the state semifinals and a Sunday matchup with defending champion Centerville (PressPros Feature Photo by Sonny Fulks).