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CENTRAL OHIO

Schottenstein named tennis award winner

Columbus resident Eric Schottenstein has been named Professional Tennis Registry Member of the Year for Ohio.

The award, which will be presented during the PTR International Tennis Symposium held Feb. 17-20 in Hilton Head, S.C., is given to a PTR member who has shown dedication and diligence in promoting and supporting tennis and PTR.

Schottenstein, who serves on the professional staff at Olympic Indoor Tennis Club and was a four-year letterwinner at Tufts University, has been a PTR member since 2008. PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 15,000 members in 127 countries.

Basketball, wrestling state tickets on sale

Tickets for the OHSAA state tournaments in basketball and wrestling are on sale.

The state wrestling individual tournament is March 3-5, the girls basketball state tournament is March 10-12 and the boys basketball state tournament is March 17-19. Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center is the venue for all three tournaments.

Tickets also are on sale for the state wrestling dual team tournament Feb. 14 at Ohio State’s St. John Arena.

Tickets may be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster locations or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000. They also are available at the Schottenstein Center ticket office.

Registration open for Police and Fire Games

Registration is open for the 39th annual Ohio Police and Fire Games, which will be held June 12-17 in Lancaster.

All first responders in law enforcement, firefighting and the military are invited to participate in the Games, which are being coordinated by the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office.

This year, about 40 events are being offered, including basketball, softball, racquetball, dodgeball, rugby, cycling, running, swimming, weightlifting, trap shooting, pistol and rifle events and K-9 competition.

For more information, visit theohiopoliceandfiregames.org or contact Games president Joseph A. Mahan at mahan@TheOhioPoliceandFireGames.org or (937) 335-4336, or Sgt. Jesse Hendershot of the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office at overallcoord@TheOhioPoliceandFireGames.org or (740) 652-7902.

Arnold 5K race to be held March 6

The 16th annual Arnold 5K will be held March 6 in downtown Columbus as part of the Arnold Sports Festival weekend.

All entrants receive an Arnold 5K race T-shirt and free entry to the Arnold Sports Festival after the race. The top 500 finishers receive Arnold 5K medals.

For more information, visit www.runohio.com or contact Matt McGowan at runohio@ee.net.

Baseball tourney set for June 22-26

A wooden-bat baseball tournament for teams featuring players ages 16-18 will be held from June 22-26 at the Bob Cene complex in Struthers, Ohio. For more information and registration, contact Ken Quinn at (330) 719-0581.

New players sought for senior softball

The Central Ohio Senior Softball Association needs about 20 players to complete rosters for its seven-team Over 70 league.

Practices start March 29 and player assignments will be made April 21. Preseason games begin April 26 and opening day is May 17. Games are played Tuesday and Thursday mornings at McCord Park in Worthington.

For more information, contact Gary Salyer at (740) 362-3276, (740) 602-5019 or gsalyer@columbus.rr.com.

Hockey programs awarded grants

As part of its mission to support youth and amateur hockey, the McConnell Education Foundation recently awarded grants to Columbus-area high school and club programs for the 18th consecutive year. 

The recipients included high school varsity and junior varsity teams representing DeSales, Dublin Coffman, Dublin Jerome, Dublin Scioto, Gahanna, New Albany, Olentangy, Olentangy Liberty, Olentangy Orange, St. Charles, Thomas Worthington, Upper Arlington, Watterson and Worthington Kilbourne.    

Also receiving grants were the Athens Bobcats, the Columbus Ice Hockey Club, Hilliard Southwest, the Newark Generals, Northeast Storm, the Olentangy District Hockey Club, the Prowler Hockey Association and the Westerville Warcats.

Softball umpiring classes scheduled

A two-day accelerated course is being offered for those interested in becoming OHSAA softball umpires.

Classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 14 at Capital and Feb. 21 at Otterbein. The course will include instruction in OHSAA and ASA rules as well as umpire mechanics. Also, the OHSAA online examination and scrimmage opportunities are part of the course and will be offered at its conclusion.

To register, visit http://officials.myohsaa.org/logon.

Arnold festival set for March 3-6

The 2016 Arnold Sports Festival and Arnold Classic bodybuilding championships will be held March 3-6 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center and Ohio Expo Center.

In its 28th year celebrating health and fitness, the Arnold is expected to attract an estimated 185,000 people to watch about 18,000 athletes compete in 50 sports and events, including 14 Olympic events.

In addition, the Arnold Fitness EXPO, which features more than 900 booths dedicated to sports equipment, apparel and nutrition, will be held March 4-6 at the convention center.

For more information, including a schedule of events, visit arnoldsportsfestival.com.

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BEXLEY

Bexley resident earns athletic award

Fred Barends, the director of operations for the Ohio State track and field and cross country programs, recently was recognized with the Contributor Award by the Ohio Track and Field and Cross Country Officials Association.

The Contributor Award honors outstanding individuals who have made a positive contribution to the sports of track and field or cross country in Ohio. 

Prior to arriving at Ohio State in 2011, Barends spent more than 20 years coaching at the NCAA Division III level with stints at Pomona-Pitzer, Otterbein, Ohio Wesleyan and Capital. He has coached 43 first-team All-Americans and four NCAA individual champions and has won seven team league championships.

A native of Columbus, Barends and his wife, Rachel, live in Bexley and have three children: Hannah, Peter and Parker.

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CANAL WINCHESTER/GROVEPORT

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CLINTONVILLE

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DELAWARE/SUNBURY

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DUBLIN

Scioto softball team holding indoor camp

The Dublin Scioto High School softball program will be holding an indoor camp for first- through fifth-graders from 9 a.m. to noon March 5.

The Scioto coaches and players will conduct the camp, which will cover the fundamentals of fielding, throwing, hitting and baserunning. No previous experience is required.

For more information, contact Chris Heasley at cjhgcc@sbcglobal.net or (614) 332-6530.

Dublin Rugby offers free youth clinic

Dublin Rugby will be holding a free clinic for all Dublin high school and middle school students from 7 to 8 p.m. Feb. 24 at Field Sports.

The clinic will introduce the basics of rugby and include rugby-related games that allow participants to show off their new skills. This will be a non-contact session.

Dublin Rugby will begin practicing March 2 at Dublin Jerome High School.

For more information, visit rugbyohio.com/dublinrugby or email dublinrugby@rugbyohio.com.

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GAHANNA

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GRANDVIEW

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GROVE CITY

Sign-ups for youth baseball underway

Grove City Parks and Recreation will be holding registration for Little League baseball during the month of February.

Children ages 5 through 17 are eligible to participate. Participants must sign up at City Hall, located at 4035 Broadway. The office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with late hours until 7 p.m. on Feb. 23.

Practices begin April 4 and games begin May 7.

For more information, visit GroveCityOhio.gov or call the Grove City Parks and Recreation Department at (614) 277-3050.

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HILLIARD

Sign-ups underway for Hilliard rowers

The Hilliard Rowing Association is seeking participants for its high school and middle school teams for the spring season.

For more information, visit hilliardrowing.com or contact HRA president Bill Palumbo at wjpalumbo@wowway.com, coach Megan Hamlin at mhamlin12@jcu.edu or coach Eric Olson at leolson.2010@gmail.com.

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JOHNSTOWN

Fundraiser set for baseball team

The second annual “Quarter Auction Fundraiser,” with ticket sales and proceeds benefiting the Johnstown-Monroe baseball team, will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 2, in the high school cafeteria. Doors open at 1 p.m.

For more information, contact Becky Newlon at (740) 281-6668.

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Fundraiser set for baseball team

The second annual “Quarter Auction Fundraiser,” with ticket sales and proceeds benefiting the Johnstown-Monroe baseball team, will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 2, in the high school cafeteria. Doors open at 1 p.m.

For more information, contact Becky Newlon at (740) 281-6668.

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LICKING COUNTY

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MARYSVILLE

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NEW ALBANY

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NORTHLAND

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NORTHWEST

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OLENTANGY

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PICKERINGTON

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REYNOLDSBURG

Local youth wrestler qualifies for state

Josh Wolf of the Reynoldsburg youth wrestling team has qualified for the Ohio Athletic Committee grade-school state tournament to be held March 19 and 20 at Covelli Centre in Youngstown.

Wolf qualified by placing third at 85 pounds in Division II in the district tournament Jan. 3 at Thomas Worthington High School. The top four finishers in each weight class advanced to state.

Wolf is a third-grader at Taylor Road Elementary School.

Local caddie earns college scholarship

Reynoldsburg High School eSTEM Academy senior Nikola Kurbatfinski recently received the Chick Evans Scholarship, awarded by the nation’s largest scholarship program for caddies.

Kurbatfinski was one of 24 seniors in Ohio to be awarded the four-year college scholarship. Recipients are chosen based on a strong caddie record, excellent academics, demonstrated financial need and outstanding character.

Kurbatfinski, who will attend Ohio State, is a caddie at Columbus Country Club.

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UPPER ARLINGTON

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WEST SIDE

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WESTERVILLE

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WHITEHALL

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WORTHINGTON

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