• Wildcats' Ball verbally commits to Wisconsin

    Whether he was playing offense, defense or special teams, or even if he was on the basketball court, Westerville South senior Marcus Ball has proven time and again the last couple years that he's a special athlete.

    Listed at 6-3, and either 205 or 210 depending on the scouting service, Ball sifted through more than 20 Division I scholarship offers before recently verbally committing to play for Wisconsin.

    Ball didn't have an offer from Ohio State, but the three-star recruit according to Rivals.com had offers from several other Big Ten schools as well as Notre Dame, Tennessee and West Virginia.

    What's the most impressive thing about Ball is his versatility.

    As a junior, Ball completed 80 of 139 passes for 1,232 yards with 11 touchdowns and four interceptions and rushed for 298 yards while making first-team all-league and special mention all-district at quarterback and defensive back.

    This season, Nick Renzetti took over full-time at quarterback for South and threw for more than 3,000 yards but Ball played a big role again as the Wildcats went 8-3 and made the Division I, Region 3 playoffs for the third time in four seasons. He had 53 receptions for 779 yards and seven touchdowns on offense, was South's punter and had four interceptions on defense while making first-team all-district, first-team all-league and ThisWeek Super 25 honorable mention.

    His size might dictate that he'll be an outside linebacker in college, where he'll join his older brother, 2011 graduate Ray Ball, on the Badgers' team.

    Ray Ball is a redshirt freshman who has seen some action this year for Rose Bowl-bound Wisconsin.

    This winter, Marcus Ball should be one of the district's top boys basketball players.

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    By: Jarrod Ulrey

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  • Warriors' Rickly signs to compete in gymnastics for Buckeyes

    Worthington Christian senior Andrew Rickly signed a letter of intent to compete for the Ohio State men's gymnastics team Nov. 19.

    Rickly has been training at Hocking Valley Gymnastics Center in Lancaster since first grade under owner and coach Mike Serra and is a six-time Junior Olympic National qualifier.

    At the 2012 VISA Championships in June in St. Louis, Rickly tied for third on bars, was seventh on rings and 13th all-around. He also attended training camps at Michigan, Penn State, Nebraska and the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

    "I am so grateful to God and to everyone who has helped me reach the collegiate level, and I can't wait to be a Buckeye," Rickly said.

    Rickly also has been an academic All-American the last three years at Worthington Christian, which, like every other school in central Ohio, doesn't have a boys gymnastics program.


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    By: Jarrod Ulrey

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