Hilliard Bradley’s Jeb Bischoff tries to block Upper Arlington’s Owen Gawel in a tightly-contested OCC battle that tilted to Bradley on the strength of Cade Norris" career night (PressPros Feature Photo by John Hulkenberg)

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Norris Drops Career-High 33 In Bradley Win Over UA
Jan
21

Norris Drops Career-High 33 In Bradley Win Over UA

Hilliard Bradley’s Jeb Bischoff tries to block Upper Arlington’s Owen Gawel in a tightly-contested OCC battle that tilted to Bradley on the strength of Cade Norris” career night (PressPros Feature Photo by John Hulkenberg)

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Gahanna, Pick North Duel…Then Along Came Jones
Jan
15

Gahanna, Pick North Duel…Then Along Came Jones

Gahanna used its size inside, including 6-7 Javan Simmons (24), and a stellar effort from Marquette signee Sean Jones to pull away from Pickerington North (PressPros Feature Photos by John Hulkenberg).

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Sheldon’s 38 Powers Coffman’s Late Comeback
Jan
7

Sheldon’s 38 Powers Coffman’s Late Comeback

Upper Arlington’s Nick Heath leveled this blocked shot at Coffman’s Ryan Kirkby, but the ‘Rocks took over late with their defense and Ajay Sheldon’s 38 points (PressPros Feature Photos by John Hulkenberg).

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Second-Half Surge Sends South Past Davidson
Dec
27

Second-Half Surge Sends South Past Davidson

Westerville South’s Isaiah Johnson (15) found himself in Hilliard Davidson’s defensive vice here, but he and his teammates’ pressure wound up turning the tables and triggering South’s ascent to 8-0. (PressPros Feature Photos by John Hulkenberg)

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Davidson Jumps Coffman Early To Remain Unbeaten
Dec
18

Davidson Jumps Coffman Early To Remain Unbeaten

Not known as a basketball power, Hilliard Davidson and point guard Cole Carter (1) delivered a statement OCC Central win by using a blend of height, defense and chemistry to defeat Dublin Coffman (PressPros Feature Photos by John Hulkenberg).

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South Holds Off North In Defensive Battle Of The ‘Ville
Dec
10

South Holds Off North In Defensive Battle Of The ‘Ville

Defense was the name of the game, and the key to the game, as it often is when Westerville South and Westerville North battle, as South’s Andy Badu (23) and North’s Caleb Iheukwu (4) do here in South’s 45-43 win (PressPros Feature Photo by John Hulkenberg).

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Lakewood St. Ed’s Slows UA Offense In 16-10 Final
Nov
26

Lakewood St. Ed’s Slows UA Offense In 16-10 Final

An unbeaten season that ends shy of a state championship never ends painlessly, and such was the case with Upper Arlington after its 16-10 loss to Lakewood St. Edward, with Henry Rappolt (67) consoling Jake Badgeley (66) when the Golden Bears ran out of time.

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UA Ends Pick Central’s Regional Streak In 3OT Thriller
Nov
20

UA Ends Pick Central’s Regional Streak In 3OT Thriller

The heartbreak of falling just short in triple overtime is evident in the pain of Pickerington Central’s Kobe Asamoah after Upper Arlington gained a 21-14 victory in the Division I Region 3 finals (PressPros Feature Photo by Brian Bayless).

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Defense Powers Springfield To 27-0 Shutout Of Marysville
Nov
20

Defense Powers Springfield To 27-0 Shutout Of Marysville

Te’Sean Smoot passed for 363 yards and two TDs and also ran for two scores as Springfield rolled to its third consecutive Division I regional title. Springfield’s Anthony Brown (7) hauls in a reception while Marysville’s Cameron Jones (4) pursues. (pictured). Steve Blackledge writes for Saturday Press Pros.

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Magnificat Turns Tables On Liberty in Division I Title Match
Nov
13

Magnificat Turns Tables On Liberty in Division I Title Match

Despite some great moments, like this one Abbey Queen and Gabby Moulton (33) celebrated, Olentangy Liberty came up short of winning its first state championship with a four-set loss in the Division I girls state volleyball title match (PressPros Feature Photos by Sonny Fulks).

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Central Gains Revenge On North In Battle Of Pickerington
Nov
13

Central Gains Revenge On North In Battle Of Pickerington

Led by its dominant defense, Pickerington Central whipped Pickerington North, 27-7, advancing to a sixth straight regional title game. Steve Blackledge writes for Saturday Press Pros.

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Monnin’s Midas Touch Powers UA Past New Albany
Nov
13

Monnin’s Midas Touch Powers UA Past New Albany

New Albany had a plan to stop Upper Arlington’s Carson Gresock (33), but the Eagles didn’t count on QB Simon Monnin (14) torching their defense for five touchdown passes (PressPros Feature Photos by Keith Harney).

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OCC Showdowns: UA-New Albany, Battle of Pick Town
Nov
11

OCC Showdowns: UA-New Albany, Battle of Pick Town

You can’t go wrong living in either Upper Arlington or New Albany, but only one will survive their regional semifinal matchup of unbeatens as Week Three of the Playoffs distills the field from 16 in each Division down to eight.

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Olentangy Liberty Sails Into Division I Volleyball Final
Nov
11

Olentangy Liberty Sails Into Division I Volleyball Final

Some anxious moments intruded on Olentangy Liberty’s intended getaway, but each time the Patriots were threatened in Friday’s Division I semifinals, they found a way to break free in search of a state title.

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Undefeated Eagles’ Backfield Trio Wears Down Darby
Nov
6

Undefeated Eagles’ Backfield Trio Wears Down Darby

New Albany is set for a regional semifinal showdowm with Upper Arlington thanks to the dominance of its running game, led by QB Brock Kidwell (7) and fullback Jadyn Garnes (PressPros Feature Photos by Brian Bayless).

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UA Defense Stifles Reynoldsburg In Rematch
Nov
6

UA Defense Stifles Reynoldsburg In Rematch

Asher Hamilton and the Upper Arlington defense pointed the way to the regionals, where the Golden Bears will face unbeaten New Albany after eliminating Reynoldsburg. (PressPros Feature Photos by John Hulkenberg).

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Coffman, Troy Christian Among Playoff Upset Winners
Nov
4

Coffman, Troy Christian Among Playoff Upset Winners

There were many lopsided mismatches that the masses feared in Week One of the state football playoffs, but a noteworthy number of upsets mitigated the ugliness and set some teams up for future success.

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Reynoldsburg Starts Fast On Post-Season Revenge Tour
Oct
30

Reynoldsburg Starts Fast On Post-Season Revenge Tour

In a season marred by near misses, Reynoldsburg developed a healthy case of revenge for someone and made Hilliard Davidson the first, and maybe not the last, to pay for past frustrations.

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Everhart Runs Wild, Leads Jerome Over Liberty, 21-7
Oct
30

Everhart Runs Wild, Leads Jerome Over Liberty, 21-7

Dublin Jerome used some big plays in the passing game, including this one to David Adolph, and elusive tailback Preston Everhart to oust Olentangy Liberty (PressPros Feature Photo by John Hulkenberg).

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Week 11, Central Ohio…The March to Canton Begins
Oct
28

Week 11, Central Ohio…The March to Canton Begins

Mismatches abound, or appear to, as the state playoffs begin with some pairings that suggest competition may not be as robust as the size of the pack chasing a title in each region (PressPros Feature Photos by Brian Bayless).

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