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  • LORRIE CECIL/THISWEEK
    Richard and Carol Shaver sprinkle dirt taken from the shortstop area of the Westerville North High School softball field on a tree being planted Nov. 19 in memory of their daughter, Jamie Shaver Mayberry. Mayberry was a 1992 graduate of Westerville North, where she was a star shortstop for the softball team.

    Tree stands as symbol of strength, motivation

    Classmates from high school and college remember Jamie Shaver Mayberry racing around softball bases, her sandy hair covered in diamond dust.
  • Village Lights

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    Artist Michael Dickinson paints the windows at Schmidt's Fudge Haus in advance of Village Lights, slated for 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 4. Schmidt's Fudge Haus, Schmidt's Sausage Haus und Restaurant and the Red Stable, all located on East Kossuth Street, are participating in the event, as will many other businesses throughout German Village.

    Stage set for holiday cheer, fun

    Per tradition, the cluster of businesses on South Kossuth Street will usher in the yuletide cheer for Village Lights.
  • Weather where you live

    Satellite enhances forecast

    NASA's launch of a new weather satellite has been a success so far.
  • Marching Orders

    Check out ThisWeek's new special section devoted to the U.S. Armed Forces, with videos, stories, military notes, links and a veterans resource guide.
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Sports

  • Football

    Aaron Latiolais, Heath

    ThisWeek reveals Super 25 team

    The moment has arrived. It’s time to release the honorees on ThisWeek's Super 25 football team for 2016.
  • Athletes of the Year

    Honorees highlight 2016 fall season

    As the fall season winds down, it’s time to announce our Athletes of the Year.
  • Super 12 Boys Soccer Team

    Shane Flanigan/ThisWeek
    Senior midfielder Kristo Strickler (10) had 19 goals and 14 assists in leading St. Charles to the Division I state final and a 21-1-1 record.

    Skillful Strickler sparked Cardinals

    When it comes to analyzing Kristo Strickler’s game, St. Charles Preparatory School soccer coach Chris Vonau struggles to find a flaw.
  • Super 12 Girls Soccer Team

    Shane Flanigan /ThisWeek
    Gahanna Lincoln goalkeeper Kaylee Hensley has been chosen as the ThisWeek Super 12 girls soccer team captain for 2016.

    Hensley stands tall in goal for Gahanna

    Kaylee Hensley told herself she just needed to save the first shot and she’d be OK.
  • FRANK DiRENNA | THISWEEK
    Westerville South’s Kaleb Wesson signs his letter of intent Nov. 16 to play men’s basketball at Ohio State. Wesson will join his brother, Andre, who is a freshman forward for the Buckeyes. Kaleb and Andre helped lead South to the Division I state title last season.

    National Signing Day: Where they're going

    Numerous central Ohio high school athletes have made their college decision. See the latest list and check back for updates.
Football

Hartley advances to state championship game

When it competes in the Division IV state championship game at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Ohio State, the Hartley High School football team will try to become just the 13th program to win at least four titles.
Football

Hoban ends Stallions' run

Like the first three opponents to face Akron Hoban in this year's playoffs, the DeSales High School football team failed to crack the scoreboard during the second half against the defending state champion in their Division III state semifinal Nov. 26 at Arlin Field in Mansfield.
Cross Country

Davidson’s Johnson shines in Midwest Regional

Hilliard Davidson High School senior India Johnson continued her memorable cross country season with a stellar performance in the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships Midwest Regional on Nov. 26 at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
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Arts.Food.Fun

  • BARBARA J. PERENIC/THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
    General manager Keli Flanagan said the new Napa Kitchen & Bar in Dublin is "trying to accommodate all kinds of different dining experiences."

    Dublin's Napa eatery raises toast to West Coast

    Napa Kitchen & Bar should give Dublin a taste of California wine country.
  • JONATHAN QUILTER/THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
    Co-owners Aaron Mercier (left) and John Havens first met as students at the Wellington School in Upper Arlington. They've opened Rooks Tavern, a dry-rub barbecue restaurant on Chittenden Avenue near the Ohio State campus.

    Founders hope patrons crow about Rooks Tavern

    Rooks Tavern is using primitive cooking techniques -- smoke and fire -- to enhance a modern, sophisticated menu.
  • TYLER STABILE/THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
    Frances Stern, 11 months old, is held by her mother, Westerville resident Leah Stern, as they order food with the help of Veronica Dias at Vaqueiros: Real Mexican Street Food in Westerville on Nov. 10. At the restaurant, which was developed by the same partners behind the El Vaquero chain, customers choose their own bowls, salads, burritos, quesadillas and tacos from a long line of ingredients.

    Vaqueiros pairs Jalisco cuisine with bevy of beverages

    Vaqueiros: Real Mexican Street Food has opened in Westerville, bringing a taste of the Mexican state Jalisco to the central Ohio market.
Block's Bagels

New year holds promise of new chapter

Block's Bagels, an East Side community landmark that will mark its 50th anniversary this month, is scheduled to reopen in early 2017 at 3012 E. Broad St.

Spurlock: Holy Chicken not a hoax

Time will tell whether Holy Chicken is a scam or sincere. But its founder and independent filmmaker, Morgan Spurlock, said the fast-food concept is here to stay and he plans to make Columbus home to Holy Chicken's first brick-and-mortar restaurant.

Staff Q&A:

Is Chantilly cream underutilized?

Behind the Menu | Carsonie's keeps customers coming

Carsonie’s Stromboli & Pizza Kitchen in Upper Arlington emerged from the recession in good shape.
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