Upper Arlington thumped rival Hilliard Davidson 42-14 to win the OCC Central Division title and secure the tradition-laden program's first perfect slate since 2000, when the Golden Bears captured the Division I state championship. Steve Blackledge writes for Saturday's Press Pros.

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Braun’s Historic Triple Powers Central Ohio Domination
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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Blackledge:  Jumpers Take Center Stage At Friday State Meet
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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Ailing Wolfe Powers Orange Advance To Meet New Albany
Jun
5

Ailing Wolfe Powers Orange Advance To Meet New Albany

Two scintillating semifinals in an All-Ohio Capital Conference Central Regional went down to the wire, setting up an Olentangy Orange vs. New Albany final for a berth in the state’s final four. (Press Pros Feature Photos by Mike Munden)

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‘Grinder’ DI Regional Features Some Impressive Performances…
May
29

‘Grinder’ DI Regional Features Some Impressive Performances…

Despite the rotten weather and cold temps, Westerville Central’s Justin Braun opened eyes by taking the 100, 200, and 400mm sprints at the Division I regional tract meet at Pickerington North, part of an impressive tease to next week’s state track tournament. Steve Blackledge writes for Press Pros.

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Worth The Wait, W’ville South Finally Gets That District Title
May
26

Worth The Wait, W’ville South Finally Gets That District Title

Cel-e-brate good times….It took almost thirty years, but Westerville South finally clinched a long-awaited district title in baseball Wednesday with a 3-2 win over Hilliard Darby. Columnist Steve Blackledge writes for Thursday’s Press Pros.

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The Next Natural?  Meet Hartley’s Kami Kortokrax
May
5

The Next Natural? Meet Hartley’s Kami Kortokrax

Accustomed to competition and expectation, Bishop Hartley’s Kami Kortokrax makes it look easy as one of the top players in the country.  And she doesn’t get it from strangers. Steve Blackledge writes about her in the latest Press Pros.

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Jace Middleton:  En Route With A Family Tradition
Apr
27

Jace Middleton: En Route With A Family Tradition

Jace Middleton says he was born on a baseball diamond, and seems destined to follow in the steps of his father as a Buckeye recruit and as far as his talent and pedigree will take him. Steve Blackledge writes for today’s Press Pros.

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Blackledge:  The Truth Of The Matter Lies Somewhere In Between
Apr
25

Blackledge: The Truth Of The Matter Lies Somewhere In Between

According to survey, the percentage of coaches favoring playoff expansion to those who don’t is about 50-50.  But the inconsistencies between stories, and demographics, and regions of the state lead one believe that we might never know the truth. Steve Blackledge shares perspective from central Ohio.

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DeSales Overwhelmed By St. Vincent-St. Mary Feeding Frenzy
Mar
21

DeSales Overwhelmed By St. Vincent-St. Mary Feeding Frenzy

Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary threw off its first half doldrums to storm past Columbus DeSales for the Division II title. Steve Blackledge writes for Press Pros.

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Westerville Central Grits Out Win Over Taller St. Ignatius
Mar
21

Westerville Central Grits Out Win Over Taller St. Ignatius

More about heart than size…Westerville Central and Tasos Cook (below) used speed and determination to knock out Cleveland St. Ignatius in the Division I semifinal Saturday night at UD Arena. Steve Blackledge writes the story for the latest Press Pros update.

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Watson, Defense Propels DeSales To Win Over C-J
Mar
20

Watson, Defense Propels DeSales To Win Over C-J

DeSales proved to be better on both ends of the court, and Davidson recruit Desmond Watson (below) was the offensive catalyst as the Stallions moved past Chaminade-Julienne to the Division II championship final.

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Moore’s Buzzer-Beater Lifts Worthington Christian To Win Over Cincinnati Taft
Mar
19

Moore’s Buzzer-Beater Lifts Worthington Christian To Win Over Cincinnati Taft

Junior DJ Moore ended it with the “biggest shot of my career”, as Worthington Christian knock Taft out of the Division III tourney on a last-second shot. Steve Blackledge writes for Press Pros.

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Late Surge Helps Columbus Grove Beat New Boston Glenwood
Mar
19

Late Surge Helps Columbus Grove Beat New Boston Glenwood

Down by double digits in the second half, Columbus Grove’s fourth quarter surge breaks the hearts of New Boston Glenwood in the Div. IV semi-final. Steve Blackledge writes the story for Press Pros.

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Cook’s Last Second Heave Lands Westerville Central In Final Four
Mar
13

Cook’s Last Second Heave Lands Westerville Central In Final Four

A wild finish to an unpredictable year and an improbable shot by Tasos Cook lands Westerville Central in its first state tournament Final Four. 

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Blackledge:  Big Boy Basketball Don’t Get Much Better…!
Mar
12

Blackledge: Big Boy Basketball Don’t Get Much Better…!

Gahanna and Westerville Central advance in boys regional play to set up an OCC showdown Saturday between the #1 and #2 seeds in the Central District. Steve Blackledge writes for Press Pros.

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Blackledge:  Westerville Central Captures District Over Pick North
Mar
6

Blackledge: Westerville Central Captures District Over Pick North

It took a ‘dream’ shot to do it, but a three-pointer by Landon Tillman handed Westerville Central the Division I district title over Pickerington North, at the buzzer. Steve Blackledge writes for Press Pros.

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Worthington Christian Leaves No Doubt, Wins District Over Harvest Prep
Mar
6

Worthington Christian Leaves No Doubt, Wins District Over Harvest Prep

Worthington Christian man-handles Harvest Prep to avenge a stinging blow from last year…and move on in the Division IV boys tournament.

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Blackledge:  Bradley Takes District Win Over Westerville South
Mar
4

Blackledge: Bradley Takes District Win Over Westerville South

A close encounter throughout, Hilliard Bradley uses 10-0 run to gain advantage, win over Westerville South for a Division I district semi-final win. Steve Blackledge writes for Press Pros.

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Coffman Claims Div. I District, Trips Marysville, 37-28
Feb
27

Coffman Claims Div. I District, Trips Marysville, 37-28

Dublin Coffman rolls on, and improves to 22-1 and claims a district women’s basketball title after Saturday’s 37-28 win over Marysville. Steve Blackledge writes for weekend Press Pros.

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Blackledge: Olentangy Orange Squeezes By Big Walnut For Sect. Title
Feb
27

Blackledge: Olentangy Orange Squeezes By Big Walnut For Sect. Title

Olentangy Orange came up short on shooting and used its defense to claw to a Division I sectional title Friday over Big Walnut. Steve Blackledge writes for Saturday Press Pros.

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