Archive for Central Ohio Feature
Sep
10

Darby Stays Perfect, Downs Davidson In Thriller

In a battle of high-powered rushing offenses, Hilliard Darby held off cross-town rival Davidson and star tailback Jonny Weir in a down-to-the-wire thriller that hinged on surprise ending (PressPros Feature Photo by John Hulkenberg)

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Sep
9

Week 4, Central Ohio: Hilliard, Dublin Battles Loom

The expansion of the playoff fields in each region allow more margin for error, but teams under .500 need to get busy in what for most OCC teams will be their final week of play outside their division.

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Sep
4

Berlin’s Defense ”Bears” Its Teeth In Taking Down Scioto

Defense hasn’t defined Olentangy Berlin in its young history, but that history may be changing after what the Bears did to Dublin Scioto and tailback Lesley Andoh in a 17-7 victory (Press Pros feature photo by Keith Harney)

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Aug
28

Pick Central Defense Dominates In Win Over Elder

University of Cincinnati recruits CJ Doggette and Tyler Gillison pave the way on defense as the Tigers built on their impressive Week One victory at Massillon Washington with a win over another of Ohio’s royalty programs, Cincinnati Elder.

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Aug
28

Darby Flashes Passing Chops To Dispatch Bradley

Hilliard Darby did most of its damage through the air in a 21-13 win over cross-town rival Bradley, which benefitted from a sure tackle by linebacker Peyton Murphy (15) on Darby’s Nathan Burdick (12) on this play. (Press Pros feature photo by John Hulkenberg)

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Aug
26

Week 2 Central Ohio: A Hilliard Showdown; Elder Invades

Hilliard Darby’s option attack with QB Blake Horvath and RB James Hakes will probe the interior of cross-town rival Hilliard Bradley’s defense (Press Pros feature photo by Brian Bayless)

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Aug
21

Gresock Gets It Done As UA’s Meal Ticket And Decoy

Carson Gresock rushed for 276 of his career-high 382 yards after halftime as Upper Arlington erased a 20-point deficit for a thrilling, 42-41 victory over Reynoldsburg.

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Aug
21

Darby’s Youthful Defense Puts 17-0 Squeeze On Orange

Hilliard Darby’s defense bared teeth few figured it possessed to turn the Panthers’ opener into a comfortable win over Olentangy Orange on a night where everything felt blissfully bizarre.

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Aug
18

Pick Central, DeSales Out To Erase State Title Defeats

A pair of perennial Central Ohio kingpins face different challenges in trying to regain the mojo that helped them to state championship games in 2020. Central columnist Steve Blackledge shares in today’s Press Pros feature.

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Aug
9

Hard-Nosed Gresock Provides Backbone For Upper Arlington Rebuild

You like a running back with the power of a bulldozer and the speed of Barry Sanders?  You’ll love Upper Arlington senior Carson Gresock.  OCC columnist Steve Blackledge shares his latest for Press Pros readers.

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Aug
6

Westerville South’s Kaden Saunders Is A Fast Study

Committed to Penn State, ESPN’s #5 senior receiver nationally hopes to make his final season at Westerville South one to remember.  The Wildcats have a chance to be REALLY good again.

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Jul
20

Blackledge: Hartings Building More Than Just A Program…

Five years ago St. Henry native and former NFL All-Pro Jeff Hartings said he had a calling to become a high school head coach.  That calling is amounting to more than just a football program at Worthington Christian. (Press Pros Feature Photos by Brian Bayless)

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Jul
14

L’backer Bloodlines Run Deep In Future Buckeye Powers

Gabe Powers appears cut from the same cloth as legendary as Ohio-born and bred Ohio State linebackers Randy Gradishar, Chris Spielman and A.J. Hawk. But before becoming a Buckeye he will serve as the cornerstone of Marysville High School’s hopes for an extended playoff run his senior season.

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Jul
2

Best Of Ohio: Why These Games Mean So Much…!

Baseball games on the fourth of July used to be a matter of routine and tradition.  Now, they’re something to be taken more seriously…with colleges, scholarships, and futures on the line.  You never know who’s watching, and they may be watching you! Read why so many kids are playing this weekend in today’s Press Pros.

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Jul
2

“A Blessing To Play”…But Can You Make Up For Lost Time?

Baseball players from around the state aren’t shy about expressing an opinion on lost time due to Covid.  Some are frustrated, while others (Dublin’s Patrick Joyce, below) are already considering their options.  In the meantime…they play as much as they can, while they can.

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Jun
14

Division I: Close, And A Cigar…New Albany Wins

It was wide open for five innings, and then Elder made it interesting.  But New Albany coach Dave Starling had it pegged about right.  His starter delivered, his offense produced, and his bullpen finally nailed down the 2021 Division I title in a wild finish.

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Jun
12

Shocker: New Albany Powers Past Walsh To D-I Final

After a nervous start…great pitching, great defense, and timely hitting powered New Albany to reliever Brady Conley (below, middle) and past favored Walsh Jesuit to play in Sunday’s Division I final. Read about the game on Press Pros.

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Jun
5

Conley’s Stellar Relief Helps New Albany Edge Orange

Things in and out of its control conspired against New Albany for the last two seasons, but the Eagles were tired of waiting for a trip to the state baseball tournament’s final weekend and made it happen Saturday against OCC rival Olentangy Orange. Bruce Hooley writes for Press Pros.

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Jun
5

Braun’s Historic Triple Powers Central Ohio Domination

It’s rare air that Westerville Central’s Justin Braun (below) is breathing with his sprint triple, highlighting a dominant performance by Central Ohio track and field stars, including a D-I team title for Pickerington Central’s boys thanks to a clutch effort from Steven McElroy. Steve Blackledge writes for Sunday’s Press Pros.

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Jun
5

Blackledge: Jumpers Take Center Stage At Friday State Meet

Saturday’s races got a great preliminary boost with Friday’s state tournament action.  Long jumpers and pole vaulters got a lot of attention with some big efforts. Steve Blackledge writes for weekend Press Pros.

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