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  • Campus Cruise: Gahanna grad returns to stardom at Kent State
    Four years since his last outdoor track competition, Riak Reese celebrated his long climb back with a trip to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, last week.A two-time 100- and 200-meter state champion and school record-holder at Gahanna, Reese entered Kent State in 2014 with high expectations. But after a promising indoor season in which […]
  • Men's basketball | Dublin Coffman's Dominiq Penn works out at Saint Louis camp
    Dominiq Penn has long considered himself among the nation’s top basketball players in his class. Last week, thanks to a surprise phone call, he got the chance to again prove it.The junior-to-be at Dublin Coffman spent Thursday through Sunday in St. Louis as a participant in the Nike Elite 100 camp on the campus of […]
  • High schools | State champions head 'Dispatch' all-district track and field team
    Sixteen athletes who combined to win 11 state championships were selected Central District track and field athletes of the year by The Dispatch.LaCarr Trent of Gahanna, who placed second in the state in the 100 (10.75 seconds) and ran on the state champion 400 (41.79) and 800 relays (1:25.90), earned the Division I boys track […]
  • High schools | Weekly Wrap for May 28-June 3
    In addition to the two Athletes of the Week, The Dispatch recognizes a top performer in some sports in season: Evan MatthewsPICKERINGTON CENTRAL, BOYS TRACKMatthews, a junior, won two gold medals and a silver in helping Pickerington Central win its first Division I title with 48 points. Matthews rallied to win the 300 hurdles (37.13 seconds) […]
  • High schools | Athletes of the Week for May 28-June 3
    The Dispatch high school Athletes of the Week, based on performances of May 28 to June 3: Corey MayerOLENTANGY LIBERTY, BASEBALLMayer, a senior designated hitter who returned this season after being out 20 months because of back surgeries, was 3-for-5 with seven RBI and one run scored in helping lead the Patriots to the Division I […]
  • Scholar-Athlete awards | Fairbanks' Megan Olson wins through hard work
    By most measures, Megan Olson had a busy, remarkable, achievement-laden run through her high school years, even kicking for the Fairbanks football team her senior year.But Wednesday night, she was pretty much just another face in the crowd, sitting among peers during The Columbus Dispatch & Motorists Insurance Group Scholar Athlete Awards banquet at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. […]
  • High school football | Saturdays back on schedule for playoff games
    A year after moving all football playoff games through the state semifinals to Friday night, the Ohio High School Athletic Association announced Wednesday it is moving some games back to Saturday night.Playoff games in Divisions I, II, III and VI will be played on Fridays, whereas playoff games in Divisions IV, V and VII will […]
  • State meet notebook | High school track and field
    Central Ohio track and field athletes left Jesse Owens Saturday night with two team championships, 20 individual titles (seven in relays), 22 runner-ups, 19 third-places and three individual or relay state records (five if you count Abby Steiner re-setting Friday's preliminary marks).Cleaning out a slightly mangled (from Friday's deluge) notebook of notes, quotes and observations […]
  • St. Charles ends Alter's volleyball state-title reign
    Alex McLane was ready for his prime-time moment.The junior outside hitter slammed down the kill that gave St. Charles its second Division II state championship in boys volleyball Sunday with a 25-19, 14-25, 25-16, 28-26 victory over top-ranked Kettering Alter at Capital.The second-ranked Cardinals (23-5) and avenged a loss to the four-time defending state champion […]
  • Boys track | Pickerington Central runs away with Division I crown
    Trailing by 28.5 points after the opening day of the Division I boys state track and field meet, perceived favorite Pickerington Central wasn't about to panic."I told the guys, 'We've got the math right in front of us. Just do what you're supposed to do and we'll be just fine,' " Tigers coach Jason Roach […]