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🔒 Preseason top 10 defensive linemen in the Columbus area

Pickerington Central's Braden Mantooth is hit by Pickerington North's David Alabi as Central's Dominic Shaw, left, runs in during a Division I regional semifinal game at Newark's White Field on Nov. 12, 2021.
Pickerington Central's Braden Mantooth is hit by Pickerington North's David Alabi as Central's Dominic Shaw, left, runs in during a Division I regional semifinal game at Newark's White Field on Nov. 12, 2021.

To kick off the high school football season, we're producing a series ranking the top 10 high school football players from the Columbus area at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, offensive line, linebacker, defensive line and defensive back. Here's the sixth installment of the series, ranking the top 10 defensive linemen.

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🔒 Preseason top 10 linebackers in the Columbus area

Heath sophomore Connor Corbett (7) is one of the top linebackers in the Columbus area.
Heath sophomore Connor Corbett (7) is one of the top linebackers in the Columbus area.

To kick off the high school football season, we're producing a series ranking the top 10 high school football players from the Columbus area at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, offensive line, linebacker, defensive line and defensive back. Here's the fifth installment of the series, ranking the top 10 linebackers.

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🔒 Preseason top 10 offensive linemen in the Columbus area

To kick off the high school football season, we're producing a series ranking the top 10 high school football players from the Columbus area at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, offensive line, linebacker, defensive line and defensive back. Here's the fourth installment of the series, ranking the top 10 offensive linemen.

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🔒 Preseason top 10 receivers in the Columbus area

Olentangy's Gavin Grover fends off Westerville South's Javi'er Wills during a game Aug. 20, 2021, at Olentangy High School in Lewis Center, Ohio.
Olentangy's Gavin Grover fends off Westerville South's Javi'er Wills during a game Aug. 20, 2021, at Olentangy High School in Lewis Center, Ohio.

To kick off the high school football season, we're producing a series ranking the top 10 high school football players from the Columbus area at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, offensive line, linebacker, defensive line and defensive back. Here's the third installment of the series, ranking the top 10 receivers/tight ends.

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🔒 Preseason top 10 running backs in the Columbus area

Big Walnut's Nate Severs (7) stiff-arms Dublin Scioto's Cameron Jackson Jr. (25) during the host Golden Eagles' 28-20 win Oct. 15.
Big Walnut's Nate Severs (7) stiff-arms Dublin Scioto's Cameron Jackson Jr. (25) during the host Golden Eagles' 28-20 win Oct. 15.

To kick off the high school football season, we're producing a series ranking the top 10 high school football players from the Columbus area at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, offensive line, linebacker, defensive line and defensive back. Here's the second installment of the series, ranking the top 10 running backs.

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🔒 Preseason top 10 quarterbacks in the Columbus area

Olentangy Braves quarterback Ethan Grunkemeyer (6) runs up the middle past Thomas Worthington Cardinals linebacker Trevor Caruso (23) during the first half of the high school football game at Olentangy High School in Lewis Center on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021.
Olentangy Braves quarterback Ethan Grunkemeyer (6) runs up the middle past Thomas Worthington Cardinals linebacker Trevor Caruso (23) during the first half of the high school football game at Olentangy High School in Lewis Center on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021.

To kick off the high school football season, we're producing a series ranking the top 10 high school football players from the Columbus area at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, offensive line, linebacker, defensive line and defensive back. The series started Tuesday with the top 10 quarterbacks.

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🔒Liberty Union's Jacob Miller embraces attention as his MLB draft stock continues to rise

Liberty Union pitcher Jacob Miller, a Louisville commit, is one of the best pitchers in Ohio and MLB.com's No. 56 prospect in this draft class. Miller poses for a photo at Liberty Union High School baseball field in Baltimore, Ohio on April 11, 2022.
Liberty Union pitcher Jacob Miller, a Louisville commit, is one of the best pitchers in Ohio and MLB.com's No. 56 prospect in this draft class. Miller poses for a photo at Liberty Union High School baseball field in Baltimore, Ohio on April 11, 2022.

Liberty Union pitcher Jacob Miller will likely be selected in the first three rounds of this summer's MLB draft. But for Miller, who committed to Louisville when he was 14, the attention that comes with being a sought-after baseball player is nothing new, and he's not fazed by it.

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🔒High school girls lacrosse players to watch this spring

Some of the best girls lacrosse players in Ohio hail from the Columbus area, and this spring is set to be another season where Columbus teams are at the top of the list of state title contenders.

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The Dispatch's 2022 All-Metro girls basketball team

Imarianah Russell, a senior on the Reynoldsburg girls basketball team, is the Dispatch's All-Metro player of the year. Russell, pictured at the Summit campus high school on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, is committed to West Virginia and one of the best scorers in the state.
Imarianah Russell, a senior on the Reynoldsburg girls basketball team, is the Dispatch's All-Metro player of the year. Russell, pictured at the Summit campus high school on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, is committed to West Virginia and one of the best scorers in the state.

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🔒What is the best high school basketball gym in central Ohio? Here are our 7 favorites

Some of the state’s oldest schools are in Columbus, but those such as Africentric, East and Linden-McKinley all have been upgraded the past few years into larger, fresher venues.

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🔒 'Such a joy to be coaching these boys': Wrestling back at Ohio School for the Deaf

None of the wrestlers knew what to expect when they started, but despite the challenges of competing with minimal experience, it's clear that they're all deeply enjoying the learning process.

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Africentric rallies to beat Beechcroft in City League boys basketball championship game

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Africentric hangs on to beat Northland for City League girls basketball championship

Sophomore guards Rayanna Howell and Kamryn Grant led the way for the first time. “It’s good because we’re a new team and it’s exciting to win it by ourselves,” Grant said.

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