• Tigers' Tate to take talents to Ohio State men's hoops program

    After helping his team win the Division I state championship last March, Pickerington Central boys basketball player Jae'Sean Tate told ThisWeekSPORTS.com that he was just "very, very happy" and that it "was my dream."

    It was only the beginning of a memorable few months for the 6-foot-5 young star, considering that according to various reports the junior verbally committed to play for Ohio State on Nov. 19.

    Unless something dramatically changes over the next four months, Tate likely will become the first player from central Ohio in November of 2013 to sign with the Buckeyes since Northland's Jared Sullinger and J.D. Weatherspoon signed there in November of 2009.

    There have been some other Big Ten recruits to come through the area like Westerville South's Traevon Jackson (Wisconsin), Northland's Trey Burke (Michigan) and Pickerington Central's Caris LeVert (Michigan), but he's the first OSU recruit in a few years.

    Tate got overshadowed a bit last year because LeVert was such a great player, and the Tigers also had Taco Charlton and Javon Bess, but this will be Tate's show this fall. LeVert graduated and Bess transferred to Gahanna, where he attended throughout his childhood before going to Central the last two years.

    Tate averaged 12 points and made second-team all-league and honorable mention all-district last season but those numbers should increase this winter.

    He's ranked No. 43 according to ESPN from the 2014 class at small forward. At 6-foot-5, 190 pounds, it wouldn't hurt him to put on a few pounds over the next year-and-a-half, but he's got the slashing ability to be a nice addition to Ohio State.

    The Buckeyes have a small 2013 recruiting class, so it's vital that they strike it big with Tate's class.

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  • Northland’s Peterson signs with Syracuse

    Northland High School girls basketball player Alexis Peterson signed a letter of intent Nov. 16 to play for Syracuse.

    Peterson, a 5-foot-6 senior who has been a starter since her freshman season, helped the Vikings to a 24-2 record and a Division I regional runner-up finish a year ago.

    The point guard was the district’s Player of the Year, and she made first-team all-state and was named the ThisWeek Super 12 captain. She averaged 18.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 4.1 steals and has scored 1,092 points for her prep career.

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  • Dublin Coffman signings

    Coffman's Hausfeld, Vargo to play college volleyball

    Two Dublin Coffman High School seniors signed letters of intent Nov. 14 to play volleyball at the collegiate level.

    Cassie Hausfeld, a middle hitter/outside hitter, signed with Seton Hill University and Jenn Vargo, a setter, signed with Duquesne University.

    This fall, Hausfeld was named OCC-Central Division Player of the Year and made first-team all-district and Vargo was second-team all-district and first-team all-league, as Coffman went 22-4, captured its sixth consecutive league title and reached a Division I regional semifinal before losing 25-20, 25-20, 25-22 to Massillon Jackson on Nov. 1.

    Coffman's Hall signs to play baseball at Xavier

    Dublin Coffman High School senior Jason Hall signed a letter of intent Nov. 14 to play baseball at Xavier University.

    Last season, Hall pitched 38 1/3 innings and had a 2-4 record with a 1.83 ERA, 38 strikeouts and 20 walks, as the Shamrocks finished 11-15 overall and went 7-7 in the OCC-Central Division to tie Hilliard Davidson for fifth behind champion Thomas Worthington (11-3).

    “This worked out great for Jason and his family because he’s going to pitch on the same team his brother (2011 Coffman graduate Adam) pitches for,” Shamrocks baseball coach Tim Saunders said. “Jason had a great summer of baseball and he’s looking forward to finishing up his high school career and moving on to Xavier.”

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  • Olentangy signings

    Liberty's Ruffing signs with Wright State

    Olentangy Liberty High School senior Stephanie Ruffing signed a letter of intent Nov. 14 to play volleyball at Wright State University.

    This fall, Ruffing was named first-team all-district and all-league, as the Patriots finished 17-5 overall, went 12-2 in the OCC-Central Division to finish second behind Dublin Coffman (14-0) and reached a Division I district final before losing to Pickerington North 25-23, 25-17, 25-20 on Oct. 27.

    Olentangy athletes make college choices

    Girls basketball players Lydia Hyburg and Brooke Zwayer and girls lacrosse player Mallory Quiggle from Olentangy High School signed letters of intent Nov. 16 to play college sports.

    Hyburg signed with Wheeling (W.Va.) Jesuit, Zwayer signed with Malone University in Canton and Quiggle signed with Lake Erie College in Painesville.

    The girls basketball team won its third consecutive OCC-Cardinal Division championship and was a Division I district runner-up last season. Zwayer averaged 11.3 points and made first-team all-league and third-team all-district, and Hyburg averaged 8.6 points and 4.7 rebounds to make second-team all-league and honorable mention all-district.

    Quiggle had 22 goals and nine assists last spring as the girls lacrosse team went 10-4 and was a regional semifinalist.

    Orange’s Agler signs to play for Indiana

    Olentangy Orange High School senior Taylor Agler has signed a letter of intent to play women’s basketball for Indiana University.

    Agler, a 5-foot-9 point guard, averaged 15.6 points, 6.8 assists and 3.5 steals last season. She was the OCC-Capital Division Player of the Year and first-team all-district in Division I as Orange was a district runner-up.

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  • Kilbourne's Stern-Tucker to play basketball at Findlay

    Worthington Kilbourne High School senior Tyler Stern-Tucker signed a letter of intent Nov. 15 to play men's basketball at the University of Findlay.

    Last season, Stern-Tucker averaged 10.7 points and was first-team all-league and honorable-mention all-district in Division I, as the Wolves finished 12-10 overall and went 8-6 in the OCC-Central Division to tie Westland for fourth behind champion Upper Arlington (12-2).

    Last season, Findlay finished 24-7 and won the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament. The Oilers were ranked third in the NCAA Division II Bulletin preseason poll this season.

    “This is a great opportunity for Tyler because he’s getting a full scholarship to go to a Division II national power,” Kilbourne boys basketball coach Tom Souder said. “Tyler’s a 6-foot-7 kid who has a lot of skills. He can play every position, except the five, and he creates a lot of matchup problems with his skill set.”

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  • Three Grove City volleyball players to play in college

    Three Grove City High School seniors signed letters of intent Nov. 14 to play volleyball at the collegiate level.

    Keely Creamer signed with Northern Kentucky University, which moved up from Division II to Division I this fall, and Anna Conti (Kutztown University) and Ambyr George (Alderson-Broaddus College) signed with Division II schools.

    This fall, Creamer led the Greyhounds with 296 kills, 41 aces and 77 blocks and was named first-team all-district. Conti had 715 assists, 27 blocks, 224 digs and 45 aces and was second-team all-district and George had 311 digs and 456 serve receptions.

    Grove City finished 18-7 overall and went 9-5 in the OCC-Ohio Division to tie Newark for third behind Pickerington North (14-0) and Gahanna (11-3). The Greyhounds lost to Westerville Central 26-24, 25-14, 24-26, 23-25, 15-11 in a Division I district semifinal Oct. 25.

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  • DeSales lacrosse players sign

    Westerville residents Katie Moody and Paige Plesich of the DeSales High School girls lacrosse team signed letters of intent Nov. 14 to play for Walsh and Wheeling Jesuit universities, respectively.

    Moody, an attacker and two-year letterwinner, scored 10 goals last season for the Stallions, who went 8-8-1 overall and lost to Cincinnati Mother of Mercy 12-7 in the first round of the Division II South/Central Region tournament. She earned academic all-Central Independent League and academic all-state honors.

    Plesich, an attacker and three-year letterwinner, had 22 goals through five games last year before suffering a season-ending injury. She scored a program-record eight goals in a game against Watterson and earned academic all-Central Independent League and academic all-state honors.

    Walsh and Wheeling Jesuit are Division II schools.

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  • Westerville signings

    South's Raker signs with Bowling Green

    Westerville South High School senior Chelsea Raker signed a letter of intent Nov. 14 to play softball at Bowling Green State University.

    Last season, Raker (3B/1B/P) led the Wildcats in hitting (.529), RBI (30), doubles (16), triples (5) and home runs (4) and was named first-team OCC-Cardinal Division and honorable mention all-district.

    South finished 12-14 overall and 8-6 in the OCC-Cardinal last year.

    North's Gibbs to play basketball at Davidson

    Westerville North High School senior Jack Gibbs signed a letter of intent Nov. 14 to play basketball at Davidson College in North Carolina.

    Gibbs, a 5-foot-10 point guard, suffered a season-ending knee injury in the fourth game last season. He was averaging 17 points before being injured in the first quarter of a 45-41 loss to Dublin Scioto.

    “I signed early because recruiting was a really long process and I just wanted to focus on my senior year,” said Gibbs, who also considered Akron and Creighton in Omaha, Neb. “Plus, I found out who was really interested after my knee injury. I think that made it easier to find the right fit.”

    Gibbs was second-team all-district and first-team all-OCC-Cardinal Division as a sophomore, leading the Warriors in points (18.1), assists (4.5) and steals (3.7).

    Last season, North finished 18-5 overall and tied Westerville South for second in the league at 11-3 behind Olentangy Liberty (12-2). The Warriors lost to Newark 63-62 in overtime in a Division I district semifinal.

    Central's Kindall, McCrary to play college volleyball

    Westerville Central High School seniors Haley Kindall and Jayla McCrary signed letters of intent Nov. 14 to play volleyball at the collegiate level.

    Kindall signed with Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, W.Va., and McCrary signed with Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, W.Va.

    This fall, Kindall was first-team all-district in Division I and second-team all-OCC-Cardinal Division and McCrary was first-team all-league and honorable mention all-district, as Central went 21-3 and won its first district championship.

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  • Pickerington signings

    Pickerington North’s Jeffery to play at High Point

    Pickerington High School North senior Val Jeffery signed a letter of intent Nov. 14 to play women’s volleyball at High Point University, a Division I school in High Point, N.C.

    Jeffery, a setter who was honorable mention all-state, first-team all-district and first-team all-league this fall, helped the Panthers to a Division I regional final, where they lost to Massillon Jackson 21-25, 25-14, 20-25, 25-20, 15-8 on Nov. 3 at Hilliard Davidson to finish 26-2.

    The Panthers also were regional runners-up and finished 26-2 in 2011. Jeffery was an AAU All-American last season.

    Jeffery helped the senior class post a 100-10 in their careers at North. The class never lost a match in OCC-Capital Division play or in the district tournament.

    North's Macioce signs to play basketball at Dayton

    Pickerington High School North senior Christy Macioce signed a letter of intent Nov. 14 to play basketball at the University of Dayton.

    Macioce, a 6-foot forward, averaged 11.6 points per game last season as the Panthers went 21-3 overall and 12-2 in the OCC-Ohio Division and reached a Division I district final before losing to Gahanna 63-46.

    Macioce was named first-team all-league and honorable mention all-district last season.

    Four North seniors sign to play baseball

    Four Pickerington High School North seniors signed letters of intent Nov. 14 to play baseball at the collegiate level.

    Tyler Pagano (Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.) and Matt Poland (Dayton) signed with Division I programs and Jordan Grubb (Walsh University in North Canton) and Kyle Montell (Tiffin) signed with Division II schools.

    Last season, Pagano, a right-handed pitcher and outfielder, went 5-2 on the mound with a 2.65 ERA and 33 strikeouts and 32 walks in 37 innings and batted .295 with four doubles, a triple and 15 RBI. He was honorable mention all-OCC-Ohio Division.

    A catcher, Poland hit .391 with 11 doubles and 20 RBI and threw out eight of 12 baserunners who attempted to steal last year and was special mention all-league.

    Last year, Grubb, a second baseman, hit .333 and Montell, a right-handed pitcher and outfielder, was 4-3 with a 4.51 ERA with 23 strikeouts and 27 walks in 35 2/3 innings and batted .356 with two doubles, five RBI and nine runs.

    Last season, North went 17-9 overall and 9-4 in the OCC-Ohio and reached a Division I district semifinal before losing to Westerville Central 6-3.

    North's Davis, Milam sign to play golf in college

    Pickerington High School North seniors Allisa Davis and Gabby Milam signed letters of intent Nov. 14 to play golf at Northern Kentucky University and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, respectively.

    This fall, Milam shot an 80 and Davis carded an 83 in the Division I district tournament Oct. 9 at Cooks Creek as the Panthers placed third with a 335, falling one spot shy of advancing to state as a team.

    Milam was medalist with an 80 in the sectional Oct. 2 at The Links at Groveport and Davis tied junior teammate Kristin Oliphant for second with an 84.

    North's Giardina signs to play at Clemson

    Pickerington High School North senior Megan Giardina signed a letter of intent Nov. 14 to play volleyball at Clemson University.

    A 6-foot-2 setter, Giardina was named second-team all-state and first-team all-district and shared OCC-Ohio Division Player of the Year honors with Newark's Anni Thomasson this fall, as the Panthers went 26-2 and won district and league titles.

    North reached a Division I regional final before losing to Massillon Jackson 21-25, 25-14, 20-25, 25-20, 15-8 on Nov. 3.

    As a junior, Giardina was first-team all-state and an AAU All-American.

    “Megan Giardina was more to us than an (AAU) All-American setter,” North coach Kris Kern said. “She really developed into an incredibly well-rounded player. She was a powerful right-side hitter and often blocked the opponent’s best hitter. In the back, she was a primary passer and serve receiver.”

    Central's Doggette signs with West Virginia

    Pickerington High School Central senior Brooklyn Doggette signed a letter of intent Nov. 14 to compete in gymnastics at West Virginia University.

    Doggette trains at Buckeye Gymnastics in Westerville.

    Both of her parents competed in athletics at WVU, as her mother, Becky, was a gymnast and her father, Cecil, played football. Her father went on to play professionally in the World League of American Football and the Arena Football League.

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  • Six Hartley athletes to play collegiately

    Hartley High School had six athletes sign letters of intent Nov. 14 to compete in college sports.

    In girls volleyball, Brooke Betts signed with Louisville and teammates Madison Brake and Molly Shonk signed with Kutztown University in Pennsylvania and Georgia State, respectively.

    Also signing with Louisville was senior swimmer Andrea Cottrell.

    Softball player Anna Kirk signed with Ohio State and girls tennis player Rachael Morales signed with Marshall.

    Betts was lost for the season with an injury Sept. 11, but she was one of three players to earn district Player of the Year honors last season.

    The Hawks, who were Division II state champions a year ago, were district runners-up this fall with Brake and Shonk among their key players.

    Cottrell won the Division II state championship in the 100-yard breaststroke (1 minute, 3.32 seconds) and was third in the 200 individual medley (2:04.57) last season. She was second in both the 200 IM and the 100 breast in 2010-11.

    Kirk was the district’s Player of the Year and made first-team all-CCL last season after hitting .609 with nine home runs, 34 RBI and 35 stolen bases.

    Morales is a four-time state qualifier who won the Division II state singles championship Oct. 20. She went 25-1 this season and 118-10 for her prep career.

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  • Gahanna signings

    Gahanna’s Shannon, Jackson sign letters

    Gahanna Lincoln High School girls volleyball player Kelly Shannon and boys basketball player Aaron Jackson signed letters of intent Nov. 15 to play in college.

    Shannon signed with Clarion University in Clarion, Pa., and Jackson signed with the University of Akron.

    Shannon is a senior middle hitter who was first-team all-OCC-Ohio Division and first-team all-district this fall as the Lions were Division I district runners-up.

    Jackson is a 6-foot-6 guard who made first-team all-league, third-team all-district and the ThisWeek Super 12 last season. He averaged 14 points, 5.5 rebounds, two assists and two steals as the Lions went 16-7 and were district semifinalists.

    Tuohy, girls basketball players sign letters

    Gahanna Lincoln High School girls basketball players Zenobia Bess, Maddison Blackwell, Chrishna Butler and Quiera Lampkins and baseball player Alec Tuohy signed letters of intent Nov. 16 to compete in college.

    Tuohy signed with Buffalo, Bess with Illinois State, Blackwell with Xavier, Butler with Cleveland State and Lampkins with Ohio University.

    Tuohy was the winning pitcher when the Lions beat Dublin Coffman 5-1 in a 2011 Division I district final. Last spring, he went 5-4 with a 2.54 ERA in a team-high 57 2/3 innings.

    The girls basketball team won a district championship and finished 18-7 last season. Lampkins averaged 12.8 points and made the ThisWeek Super 12. Butler (8.7 ppg), Blackwell (8.2 ppg) and Bess (6.0 ppg) also were starters.

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  • Reynoldsburg signings

    Reynoldsburg's Davis signs with Ashland

    Reynoldsburg High School senior Wendell Davis signed a letter of intent Nov. 15 to play men’s basketball at Ashland University.

    Davis averaged 14.1 points and eight rebounds last season as the Raiders won their second Division I district championship. He made the ThisWeek Super 12.

    Reynoldsburg beat Northland 53-51 in a district final as Davis scored 17 points, including the winning basket. He also had 28 points in the Raiders’ 57-49 regional-semifinal loss to Canton McKinley.

    Raiders girls players sign

    Reynoldsburg High School senior girls basketball players Destini Cooper, Yamonie Jenkins and Shiloh Murphy announced their college choices at a ceremony Nov. 18.

    Cooper and Jenkins signed with Ohio University and Murphy signed with Morehead State.

    Cooper, who has started since her freshman year, averaged 10 points and 7.4 rebounds while making second-team all-OCC-Ohio Division and honorable mention all-district last winter.

    Jenkins averaged 5.7 points, 5.6 assists, 4.0 steals and 2.2 rebounds at point guard while making first-team all-league and honorable mention all-district.

    Murphy averaged 6.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 1.6 assists while making special mention all-league.

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  • Hilliard Davidson signings

    Davidson seniors sign to play college lacrosse

    Hilliard Davidson High School seniors Marie Austin and Rachelle Walko signed letters of intent Nov. 14 to play women’s college lacrosse.

    Walko, a midfielder, signed to play at Winthrop in Rock Hill, S.C. She was first-team all-OCC-Ohio Division last spring, leading Davidson in scoring with 44 goals, four assists and 69 groundballs.

    Austin, a goalie, signed to play at Wheeling (W.Va.) Jesuit. She was second-team all-league with 145 saves.

    Last season, the Wildcats finished 2-10 overall and were seventh (0-6) in the OCC-Ohio behind champion Olentangy Liberty (6-0).

    Davidson’s Campbell to play college volleyball

    Hilliard Davidson High School senior Katie Campbell signed a letter of intent Nov. 14 to play women’s volleyball at Wheeling (W.Va.) Jesuit University.

    Campbell, a middle hitter, was second-team all-district and all-OCC-Central Division this fall.

    The Wildcats finished 16-8 overall and were third (10-4) in the OCC-Central behind champion Dublin Coffman (14-0).

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  • Hilliard Darby signings

    Heicher to play lacrosse at Walsh

    Hilliard Darby High School senior Becca Heicher signed a letter of intent Nov. 14 to play women’s lacrosse at Walsh University in North Canton.

    Heicher, a defender, was honorable mention all-OCC-Buckeye Division last spring, when the Panthers finished 3-13 overall and were fifth (0-5) in league behind champion Upper Arlington (5-0).

    Ramsey to play baseball at Valpo

    Hilliard Darby High School senior Chris Ramsey signed a letter of intent Nov. 14 to play baseball at Valparaiso University in Indiana.

    Ramsey, an outfielder, was second-team all-district and all-OCC-Central Division last spring. He batted .352 with 24 runs, 10 doubles, 11 RBI and five stolen bases.

    Last season, the Panthers finished 14-14 overall and were second (10-4) in the OCC-Central behind Thomas Worthington (11-3).

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  • New Albany signings

    New Albany’s Rhea to play basketball at American

    New Albany High School senior Jalen Rhea signed a letter of intent Nov. 14 to play men’s basketball at American University in Washington, D.C.

    Rhea, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound shooting guard, averaged 14.4 points and was named first-team all-OCC-Capital Division and honorable mention all-district last year for the Eagles, who were 12-9 overall and 10-4 in the league. Rhea made a school-record seven 3-pointers in an 81-44 win over Columbus West last Dec. 30.

    New Albany’s Duling, Scipio to play college basketball

    Kyasia Duling and Hannah Scipio of the New Albany High School girls basketball team signed Nov. 14 to play for Duquesne University and the University of Akron, respectively.

    Duling, a 6-foot-2 forward, averaged 11.2 points and 10.3 rebounds last year for the Eagles, who went 17-6 overall and 12-2 in the OCC-Capital Division. She was first-team all-league and honorable mention all-district.

    Scipio will be a four-year starter at point guard for the Eagles. She averaged 13.3 points and 5.7 assists and had 92 steals — all team-highs — last season while being named first-team all-league, second-team all-district and honorable mention all-state.

    Carter to play golf at Iowa State

    Jack Carter of the New Albany High School boys golf team signed a letter of intent Nov. 15 to play at Iowa State University.

    Carter, who averaged 73 per 18 holes this fall, shot 72 to share medalist honors with teammate Avery Schneider in the Division I sectional tournament Oct. 2 at The Players Club at Foxfire. Seven days later, Carter shot 78 at Apple Valley as the Eagles won the district championship. He then shot 163 in the state tournament Oct. 19 and 20 at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course as New Albany placed fourth.

    McLellan to swim for Cincinnati

    Haley McLellan of the New Albany High School girls swimming and diving team signed a letter of intent Nov. 15 to compete for the University of Cincinnati.

    McLellan teamed with Taylor Berend, Elly Gleason and Stephanie Jones to qualify last season for the Division I state meet in the 200 (16th, 1 minute, 39.94 seconds) and 400 (22nd, 3:43.1) free relays. They were fifth (1:39.69) and seventh (3:40.66), respectively, in the district meet.

    McLellan specializes in the butterfly and freestyle.

    New Albany girls lacrosse players sign

    Three New Albany High School girls lacrosse players signed letters of intent Nov. 15 to compete in college.

    Midfielder Morgan Fee signed with Ohio State, attacker Elaina Enich with Cincinnati and defender Rachael Yoho with Alma University, a Division III school in Alma, Mich.

    Fee, who verbally committed to the Buckeyes before her sophomore season, had 50 goals and 21 assists last season for the Eagles, who lost 17-13 to Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown in the Division II state championship game. Fee, who also scored 21 goals in 2010, was named second-team all-region and first-team all-state.

    Enich scored 70 goals last year before sustaining a season-ending knee injury during an 18-3 victory over Cincinnati Indian Hill in the South/Central Region final May 24. She was second in scoring on the team behind Emily Richmond (85 goals) to earn first-team all-region and first-team all-state honors and also was named an honorable mention All-American by US Lacrosse.

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  • Dublin Jerome signings

    Jerome’s Saale to dive at N.C. State

    Dublin Jerome High School senior Grant Saale signed a letter of intent Nov. 14 to dive for North Carolina State.

    Saale finished fourth (474.20 points) in the Division I state meet last season and received all-state and all-American recognition.

    He holds the program-record scores for six (294.25) and 11 (490.10) dives.

    Jerome’s Irelan to row for Kansas

    Dublin Jerome High School senior Maddie Irelan of the Dublin club rowing team signed a letter of intent Nov. 14 to compete for Kansas University.

    Irelan rowed on Dublin’s girls varsity 8 that reached the grand final in the Midwest Junior championships last May but placed fourth (7 minutes, 1.9 seconds) to miss advancing to Youth Nationals by one spot.

    Jerome’s DiPaolo to play at Dayton

    Dublin Jerome High School senior Jenna DiPaolo signed a letter of intent Nov. 14 to play women’s golf for the University of Dayton.

    DiPaolo shot 161 and placed 25th in the Division I state tournament Oct. 19 and 20 at Ohio State’s Gray Course to help the Celtics capture their second consecutive championship. She was Jerome’s third-best scorer at state as the team shot 629 to edge Medina Highland (630) for the title.

    DiPaolo averaged 76.25 to finish fourth in the OCC-Cardinal Division this fall.

    She also represented the Celtics at state as a junior.

    Jerome’s Barco picks Bellarmine 

    Dublin Jerome High School senior Tanner Barco signed a letter of intent Nov. 14 to play men’s lacrosse at

    Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky.

    Barco, a 5-foot-9 attacker and midfielder, was a first-team all-state selection who had 35 goals and 14 assists last season.

    He helped the Celtics win their second consecutive OCC-Buckeye Division championship and earn a state runner-up finish in Division I. Jerome had won back-to-back Division II state titles in 2010 and 2011.

    “I chose Bellarmine because it was a good fit for me since it’s a smaller school in a nice part of the city,” said Barco, whose team went 21-1 last season. “It was important to me to be close to home so I can come back to watch my brothers play and spend time with my family.”

    Jerome baseball players sign

    Three Dublin Jerome High School seniors signed letters of intent Nov. 14 to play college baseball in Jason Johnson (Dayton), Masashi Sakamoto (Akron) and Kyle Lento (Tiffin).

    Last spring, Sakamoto batted .362 with two home runs, two triples, four doubles, 17 RBI and 15 runs to be named first-team all-OCC-Cardinal Division and honorable mention all-district in Division I.

    Lento, who batted .306 with nine RBI and 16 runs, was second-team all-league.

    Johnson batted .300 and went 4-4 with a 4.27 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 41 innings.

    Bellinger to play for Cincinnati

    Dublin Jerome High School senior Lauren Bellinger signed a letter of intent Nov. 14 to play tennis at the University of Cincinnati.

    Bellinger combined with Sarah Stein to win the Division I state doubles title in 2011, and the duo finished second in doubles in the state tournament in 2010.

    As a senior, Bellinger went 1-1 in singles in the Division I state tournament, beating Canfield’s Allison Pavlansky 6-0, 6-4 and losing to defending state champion Sandy Niehaus 1-6, 6-1, 6-2.

    Howard to play golf at Cincinnati

    Dublin Jerome High School senior Chad Howard signed a letter of intent Nov. 14 to play golf at the University of Cincinnati.

    Howard shot 157 (79-78) in the Division I state tournament Oct. 19 and 20 at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course to tie Centerville’s Caleb Wolters for ninth and earn second-team all-state honors.

    Howard’s score helped the Celtics (630) win their second consecutive state title ahead of Centerville (631).

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  • Coffman’s Turner, Zepp make college choices

    Dublin Coffman High School seniors Brianna Turner and Steffi Zepp signed letters of intent Nov. 14 to play college lacrosse.

    Turner signed with Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., and Zepp signed with Walsh University in North Canton.

    Turner had 56 goals and 20 assists a year ago. Zepp is a 5-foot-11 senior attacker and face-off player who helped the Shamrocks go 10-8 last season.

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  • Licking Heights’ Dawson to play baseball for Ohio State

    Licking Heights High School senior Ronnie Dawson signed a letter of intent Nov. 14 to play baseball at Ohio State.

    An outfielder, Dawson was the MSL-Cardinal Division Player of the Year last season after hitting.459 with 24 doubles, five triples and nine home runs.

    He is coming off a knee injury suffered during the football preseason. As a junior, Dawson was a second-team all-state pick who played tailback and defensive back for the Hornets.

    “As a child, I always dreamed about becoming a Buckeye and wearing the scarlet and gray,” Dawson said in an Ohio State press release. “Now, as a young man, my dream has turned into reality by becoming a part of this baseball program.”

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  • DeSales' Acquista signs with Louisville

    DeSales High School senior Andrea Acquista signed a letter of intent Nov. 14 to compete in diving for the University of Louisville.

    As a sophomore, Acquista placed fourth (437.75 points) in the Division II state meet and set a district-meet record by placing first with a score of 488.75 at Ohio State. She did not qualify for state last season.

    A resident of Gahanna, she placed 12th in platform (329.15), 21st in 3-meter (373.35) and 37th in 1-meter (303.3) in the 2011 Junior National Diving Championships at the University of Tennessee.

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  • Grove City’s Bapst signs with Malone

    Grove City High School senior Brandon Bapst signed a letter of intent Nov. 14 to play basketball at Malone University.

    A 6-foot-4 forward, Bapst averaged 11.8 points and 7.0 rebounds for the Greyhounds last season and was named second-team all-OCC-Ohio Division and honorable mention all-district. He was Grove City's second-leading scorer last season behind 2012 graduate Brad Saxton, who averaged 15.8 points.

    The Greyhounds finished 15-7 overall and 8-6 in the OCC-Ohio last season.

    “We are very excited to be adding Brandon Bapst to our program,” Malone coach Tim Walker said. “We are very impressed with his length and versatility as a player. But most importantly, he will be a great fit in our program. He has both the character and the academic excellence that we value.”

    Located in Canton, Malone is in Division II and is a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

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  • DeSales’ Blubaugh signs with Ohio State

    DeSales High School senior J.T. Blubaugh signed a letter of intent Nov. 14 to play lacrosse at Ohio State University.

    Blubaugh, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound attacker from Galena, had 66 goals and 21 assists last season as the Stallions won their first Division II state title, defeating Rocky River 8-6. He was named Division II Attacker of the Year and also earned first-team all-region, all-state and All-American honors.

    Blubaugh also was second-team all-district in football this season as a running back, rushing for 895 yards and 10 touchdowns as the Stallions finished 5-5.

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  • Tigers' Charlton named to all-star football game

    Michigan football fans from central Ohio will get at least two more chances to watch their future players, when Pickerington North's Jake Butt and Marion-Franklin's Jaron Dukes compete for their respective teams in regional championship games this weekend.

    On Jan. 4, 2013, there will be another opportunity to watch a future Wolverine in action when Pickerington Central's Taco Charlton competes in the Semper Fidelis All American Bowl in Carson, Calif., at the Home Depot Center. The game is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m.

    Charlton, a first-team all-OCC-Ohio Division player who helped the Tigers win a share of their seventh consecutive league title as well as make the postseason for the seventh consecutive season, is a hybrid linebacker/defensive end who also contributed at tight end this fall.

    At 6-6, 235, Charlton had 15 tackles for losses and more than 100 tackles on defense. He also scored three touchdowns.

    This will be the second year of the Semper Fidelis All American Bowl. The West defeated the East 17-14 in the inaugural game Jan. 3, 2012.

    The game is supported by the U.S. Marine Corps and will air on the NFL Network.

    It should be fun to see if Charlton can continue to make big plays at the next level as he did throughout this season for Pickerington Central.

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