MOUNT VERNON — It’s no secret that Mount Vernon is baseball-crazy, especially for its Yellow Jackets.
This season, like in previous years, there is plenty to be crazy over.
“Our goals are the same every year,” Mount Vernon head coach Matt Smith said. “Win 20-plus games. Win the Ohio Capital Conference title. Win the district title.”
Chris Holly’s Golden Eagles are on an early-season roll.
Following a season-opening loss to Div. II defending state champion Jonathan Alder, Big Walnut (3-1) has reeled off three straight wins, using a 12-run third inning to outscore Marion Pleasant 12-9, shutting out Marion Harding 9-0 and run-ruling Cardington 11-1 in five innings.
Andrew Sinclair always has high expectations for the New Albany tennis team and last year was no different.
"It went pretty well," the coach said. "We felt going into the season that we could go undefeated. We came pretty close."
The Eagles finished 19-3 overall and went 7-0 in the Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division to win the league, right ahead of 6-1 Big Walnut and lost to Upper Arlington 3-1 in the OTCA regional final.
With a 12-7 overall finish, the Olentangy Liberty boys lacrosse team had a dramatic turnaround last season after going 3-9 in 2009 and 5-10 the year before that.
"We definitely flipped the wins and losses categories," coach Eric O'Brien said.
O'Brien, in his second year with the squad, said the change was all about the basics.
"It was a matter of bringing the boys to a positive note and getting back to fundamentals," he said. "They enjoyed the process and we're taking it a step up."
Nana Kyeremeh has changed from the self-professed lazy kid he was as a freshman at Thomas Worthington High School.
Now a junior sprinter on the boys track and field team, he has been making a name for himself in central Ohio.
In the Stingel Invitational at Pickerington North on April 9, Kyeremeh won the 100 meters (11.31 seconds) and was runner-up in the 200 (22.61). He also was the anchor of the 800 relay (area-best 1:29.79) that included juniors Kevin Girgis, Andrew Maetzold and Armand Austin.