Not sure what goals to set for the Big Walnut High School baseball team this season, first-year coach Kyle Bennett left it up to the players.
"And Grant Beam looked at me and said, '.500. I want to be realistic and say .500. Let's get above .500,'" said Bennett, a 2004 Big Walnut graduate. "So that's the goal we've set.
"Obviously, it would be great to compete for the (OCC-Capital Division championship), but before you can compete for the league, you have to be above .500."
Coach Rob Hays has to be impressed with the Newark High School boys tennis team's fast start.
Sandwiched around a 4-1 setback in last Tuesday's OCC-Ohio Division opener at Reynoldsburg, the Wildcats posted a pair of 5-0 victories. They beat Canal Winchester last Monday and visiting Watkins Memorial last Wednesday as senior Alex Brest set the tone in that all-Licking County matchup with a 6-1, 6-2 win at first singles over Stephen Heiliger.
Going over Gahanna Lincoln's non-league softball schedule, coach Jim Campolo remarked about its toughness.
"I don't know why the guy made a schedule like that," he said. "Unfortunately, it was me.
"There are no easy games. It's going to be one of those years where we could wind up being, record-wise when we go into the (postseason) tournament, nowhere near where we've been in the past.
"But still, we'll probably have a better team."
With her team trailing host Olentangy 6-0 in the first half on April 6, Hana Abu-Kwiek, a junior midfielder for the Olentangy Orange High School girls lacrosse team, watched a steady stream of Pioneers fans heading for the exit.
That just might have been the inspiration Orange needed, as the Pioneers cut their deficit to 8-5 by halftime before rallying for a 13-12 OCC-Ohio Division victory.
Abu-Kwiek scored four goals, including the winner with 41 seconds remaining, as the Pioneers posted their second win over Olentangy.
When Heather Miller's parents, Jeff and Cherie, took her to the doctor for an eye exam shortly before her fourth birthday, it was expected to be a routine checkup before the start of preschool.
That's when Miller was diagnosed with optic nerve hypoplasia, a medical condition in which a person's optic nerve is small, pale and missing several fibers.
In Miller's case, she is legally blind in both eyes, with a corrected central vision of about 20/250 and very little peripheral vision.
Columbus Dispatch does an excellent Q&A with Grove City Senior and Ole Miss bound pitcher Mike Mayer,
• Age: 18
• Class: Senior
• Grade-point average: 3.95 (National Honor Society)
• Sports: Football, basketball and baseball
• College: Mississippi (Will be a baseball pitcher on scholarship and will major in business)
Question: How many people spell your name "Meyers"?