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ThisWeek seeks community profiles

Did the Grove City football fan you sat next to claim he has not missed a Dawgs home game since 1971? Is your father credited for starting the lacrosse craze in Upper Arlington? Is your brother a driver at Scioto Downs?

ThisWeek is in search of people like that for community profiles.

Contact ThisWeek at sports@thisweeknews.com with the names of people you think have interesting stories. Unfortunately, not all submissions can be used.

New players sought for senior softball

The Central Ohio Senior Softball Association is looking for players.

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.

Schools announce coaching vacancies

The following schools are seeking coaches:

Columbus School for Girls -- Track. Send letter of interest and resume to athletics director Megan Henry at mhenry@columbusschoolforgirls.org.

Dublin Grizzell -- Seventh-grade assistant football. Send letter of interest and resume to athletics director Dale Hounshell at hounshell_dale@dublinschools.net.

Dublin Sells -- Middle school boys golf. Send letter of interest and resume to athletics director Jay Schwanke at schwanke_jay@dublinschools.net.

Hilliard Davidson -- Junior varsity B girls soccer. Send letter of interest and resume to Nathan Bobek at nathan_bobek@hboe.org.

Licking Heights -- Boys soccer. Send letter of interest and resume to athletics director Curt Johansen at cjohansen@laca.org.

Linden-McKinley -- Track, assistant girls basketball, junior varsity girls basketball, middle school girls basketball. For track, send letter of interest and resume to athletics director Josh DeVoll at jdevoll@columbus.k12.oh.us. For girls basketball, send letter of interest and resume to coach Erick Herzberg at coach_hersh@yahoo.com.

Olentangy Orange -- Hockey. Send letter of interest and resume to athletics director John Betz at john_betz@olsd.us.

Ready -- Assistant girls volleyball. Send letter of interest and resume to coach Mark Sisler at msisler@cededucation.org by Friday, July 3.

Reynoldsburg -- Seventh-grade girls volleyball. Contact varsity coach Matt Bailey at matthew.bailey@reyn.org.

St. Charles -- Assistant football (wide receivers/defensive backs). Contact coach Jeff Pharion at jeffpharion@hotmail.com.

Upper Arlington -- Middle school field hockey, seventh-grade assistant football. For field hockey, send letter of interest and resume to Hastings athletics director Mike Elfers at melfers@uaschools.org. For football, send letter of interest and resume to Hastings coach Zach Williams at zacharymwilliams@gmail.com by July 10.

Village Academy -- Golf, middle school golf. Send letter of interest and resume to athletics administrator Tom Hopson at hopsont@villageacademy.org.

Wellington -- Assistant girls basketball, assistant middle school golf, assistant middle school girls soccer. Send letter of interest and resume to athletics director Lindsey Smith at smith2@wellington.org.

Westerville Central -- Assistant girls basketball. Contact athletics director Andy Ey at (614) 797-6827.

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Officials join OHSAA hall

The Ohio High School Athletic Association Officials Hall of Fame inducted 14 members and recognized its 2014-15 Officials of the Year during its annual banquet in June in Columbus.

Hall of Fame inductees from central Ohio were Marie Anthony of Columbus (basketball), Ken Kaiser of Columbus (basketball and football), the late Robert Peterfish of Columbus (swimming and diving) and Brian Spangler of Reynoldsburg (basketball and football).

The Officials of the Year included Frank Grubb of Grove City (baseball), Joseph Hrabak of Columbus (hockey) and Jon Reidler of Blacklick (boys swimming and diving).

Women's golf tourney slated

The 92nd Franklin County Women's Golf Tournament will be held July 13-17 at High Lands, 10391 Hollow Road SW in Pataskala.

The event is open to golfers with an established 18-hole USGA handicap index who are residents of Franklin County or are members of a Columbus Women's District Golf Association course.

The field is limited to 96 competitors, with a qualifying round scheduled the first day to determine the championship flight of 16.

For more information and an entry form, visit www.cwdga.com.

Dog Days 5K set for Aug. 1

The 14th annual Circleville Dog Days 5K will be held at 9 a.m. Aug. 1, beginning and ending at Circleville High School. For more information and an entry form, visit www.circlevillexc.com.

Burson basketball camps scheduled

Jay Burson and Elevate Basketball Academy will hold a camp July 13-16 for boys and girls in grades 3-7. For more information and registration, visit www.elevatebasketball.net.

Charity lacrosse event scheduled

Shootout for Soldiers, a 24-hour lacrosse event benefiting wounded American soldiers, will be held July 10 and 11 at Thomas Worthington High School.

Those interested in participating can register at www.ShootoutForSoldiers.com. The games are open to male and female participants, with no age restrictions.

Since its inception in 2012, Shootout for Soldiers has raised more than $500,000 for wounded U.S. service members, according to organizers. Last year, events in Baltimore and New York attracted more than 21,000 spectators.

Lennon 5k/10k set for June 27

The Bob Lennon Memorial 5k/10k will be held June 27 at Alum Creek Park North in Westerville. For information and registration, visit sfdstallions.org/lennonloop.

Lacrosse players receive honors

The all-Ohio Athletic Conference men’s lacrosse teams included several athletes who played for area high school programs.

Otterbein junior Marcus Willis (Thomas Worthington) was named co-Offensive Player of the Year and Capital sophomore Tate Stover (Olentangy) was named Defensive Player of the Year.

Also on the first team were Otterbein senior Brandon Stroup (Dublin Jerome), Otterbein sophomore Matt Isele (Jerome) and Capital freshman Cole Palmby (Olentangy).

Making the second team were Capital sophomore Brent Walton (Pickerington Central), Baldwin Wallace sophomore Shane Rakich (Olentangy Liberty), Wilmington freshman Devon Maki (Pickerington Central), Capital freshman Dylan Bishop (Worthington Kilbourne), Otterbein junior Adam Norris (Thomas) and Otterbein junior Alex Titus (Olentangy Orange).

Area softball players honored

The all-Ohio Athletic Conference softball teams included several players from the area.

Making the first team were Capital junior second baseman Brooklyn Staten (Grove City High School) and Capital senior outfielder Kelsey Swain (Pickerington North).

Making the second team were Heidelberg sophomore outfielder Taylor Hicks (Marysville), Muskingum junior outfielder Amber Bova (Grove City) and Muskingum sophomore utility player Alyxis Moore (Canal Winchester).

Tennis players earn OAC honors

Several athletes who played high school boys tennis in central Ohio earned all-Ohio Athletic Conference honors in men’s tennis this spring.

Making the first team were Doug Ganim of Baldwin Wallace (Olentangy Orange) and Luke Buchanan of Capital (Westerville Central).

Making honorable mention were Sam Prewitt of Ohio Northern (Pickerington North), David Seckel of Otterbein (Bexley) and Sam Lawless of Otterbein (Big Walnut).

Area baseball players honored

Several athletes who played high school baseball in central Ohio earned all-Ohio Athletic Conference honors this spring.

Making the first team were Otterbein junior first baseman Jake Simmerman (Westerville Central), Ohio Northern junior utility player Nick Eltzroth (DeSales) and Baldwin Wallace senior first baseman Kyle Chontos (Pickerington North).

Making the second team were Otterbein junior outfielder Tyler Kent (Grove City) and Muskingum sophomore outfielder Austin DeVore (Grove City).

Making honorable mention were Otterbein senior designated hitter Ty Compton (Granville), Capital sophomore outfielder Jake Foley (Licking Heights) and Heidelberg freshman pitcher Sam Ankrom (Thomas Worthington).

Area lacrosse players honored

Several athletes who played high school boys lacrosse in central Ohio earned all-North Coast Athletic Conference honors in men’s lacrosse this spring.

Junior attacker Marcus Dietz, a Westerville resident and DeSales graduate, was named Offensive Player of the Year. Joining him on the first team were Wittenberg junior attacker Andrew Fuss (Gahanna) and Ohio Wesleyan senior defender Steve Barnett (Upper Arlington).

Making the second team were Denison junior midfielder James Meager (Worthington Kilbourne) and Kenyon senior defender Ben Grindle-deGraaf (Upper Arlington).

Wittenberg junior attacker Thomas Fuss (Gahanna) made honorable mention.

Spielman football camp set for July

The eighth annual Chris Spielman Football ProCamp will be held from 4 to 7:30 p.m. July 14 and 15 at Dublin Coffman High School.

Spielman, a former All-American linebacker at Ohio State, will direct the camp along with area prep and college coaches. The camp is open to boys and girls of all skill levels in grades 1-8.

For more information and registration, visit ChrisSpielmanCamp.com.

Registration open for hockey camp

Registration is underway for the Donskov Hockey Development Camp, which will be held July 13-24 at Chiller Easton. For more information and to register, visit www.donskovhockey.com or contact Paul Donskov (614) 523-3112 or info@donskovhockey.com.

Faust to be speaker at ODU fundraiser

Former Notre Dame football coach Gerry Faust will be the keynote speaker at the sixth annual Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine Black & Gold Club Kickoff on Aug. 6 at Ohio Dominican.

Faust, an Ohio native, coached Notre Dame from 1981-85, compiling a 30-26-1 record in six seasons and guiding the Fighting Irish to victory in the 1983 Liberty Bowl. He went on to coach Akron from 1986-94, posting a 43-53-3 record in nine seasons.

Before coaching at the college level, Faust coached Cincinnati Moeller High School for 18 seasons, compiling a 174-17-2 record. The Crusaders won five state titles and four mythical national championships during his tenure.

Faust, who earned three letters as quarterback for the University of Dayton, joins a distinguished group of speakers who have appeared at the annual Black & Gold Club event, including Archie Griffin, Clark Kellogg, Chris Spielman, Joe Theismann and Jim Tressel.

The Black & Gold Club provides financial support for ODU athletics. The fundraiser includes a dinner, silent and live auctions and a raffle.

For more information, visit ohiodominican.edu and select “athletics.”

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BEXLEY

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CANAL WINCHESTER/GROVEPORT

Bender 5K set for July 25

The Dr. Bender 5K Classic will be held at 8:30 a.m. July 25 starting and finishing at Canal Winchester High School.

The event, which is named in honor of late Canal Winchester cross country and track and field coach John Bender, also includes a 1-mile fun run at 8 a.m. Proceeds benefit the boys and girls cross country teams.

For registration and more information, visit drbender5k.com.

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CLINTONVILLE

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DELAWARE/SUNBURY

St. Mary holding basketball tourney

St. Mary Catholic Church will play host to its 10th annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament July 17 and 18 for boys and girls in grades 3-9.

The event, sponsored by the St. Mary Athletic Association, will be held in St. Mary's gymnasium at 82 E. William St. in Delaware.

To register a team, contact Mary Hughes at (740) 815-7821 or stmarys3on3@yahoo.com.

Hayes holding football camp

The Delaware Hayes High School youth football camp for grades 3-8 is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon June 22-24. For more information and registration, visit delawarepacersfootball.com.

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DUBLIN

Johnson earns regional honor

Ohio Wesleyan junior Sara Johnson, a Dublin Coffman High School graduate, was named the Great Lakes Region Women’s Track Athlete of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Johnson placed 13th in the 100-meter hurdles in the NCAA Division III meet after winning the event in the North Coast Athletic Conference meet. Also in the NCAC meet, Johnson was second in the 100 and third in the 200, and she helped the 400 relay finish first.

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GAHANNA

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GRANDVIEW

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GROVE CITY

CCHS volleyball schedules camp

The Central Crossing High School girls volleyball program will hold a camp from 9 to 11:30 a.m. July 8-10 for girls in grades 3-9. For more information, contact Kelly Morgan at gusifer@yahoo.com. For registration forms, visit www.centralcrossingcomets.org.

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HILLIARD

Blatt earns OAC honor

Otterbein women’s lacrosse player Tory Blatt, a Hilliard Darby High School graduate, has received a Clyde Lamb Award from the Ohio Athletic Conference.

The award is presented annually to the top male and female senior athlete from each of the OAC’s 10 schools.

Blatt, a nursing major who recently graduated with a 3.85 GPA, was a four-year starter for the Cardinals. She is the all-time leading scorer for the women’s lacrosse team with 221 points (184 goals, 37 assists) and was first-team all-OAC as a junior and senior.

Summer workout program offered

Hilliard Davidson High School cross country coach Nate King will lead a free summer-conditioning program for boys and girls entering grades 6-8. Athletes from any sport are welcome to participate. For more information, contact King at nathan_king@hboe.org.

Boys soccer camp planned

The Hilliard Bradley, Darby and Davidson high school boys soccer teams will hold a combined boys youth soccer camp July 7-9. For more information and a registration form, visit www.davidsonboyssoccer.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

Road races set for New Albany

The third annual New Albany Independence Day 5K Run & Walk is set for Saturday, July 4.

The event also will offer a 20-yard toddler crawl and a 1/4-mile fun run for kids. The races begin and end at Market Square. Kids races begin at 8 a.m. and the 5K starts at 8:15 a.m.

Live performances by the New Albany Symphony and other non-profit performing groups will be along the course.

All proceeds will benefit the New Albany Symphony Orchestra as well as the New Albany High School band, choir and orchestra boosters, the New Albany Children's Ballet Theatre and the New Albany Arts Council.

For more information and to register, visit www.na5krace.com.

Bauer named Big Ten Athlete of the Year

Ashley Bauer, a senior on the Ohio State women’s rowing team, recently was named Big Ten Conference Athlete of the Year for all women’s sports as well as first-team all-Big Ten in rowing.

Bauer, a 2011 New Albany graduate, rowed in the No. 5 seat of the first varsity eight, which helped lead the Buckeyes to their third consecutive NCAA Division I national championship as well as the Big Ten title.

The NCAA rowing championships concluded May 31 in Gold River, Calif. 

The first varsity eight, which finished the season 49-0 overall and 15-0 in races, was the only boat for the Buckeyes to win an individual national title. Its time of 6 minutes, 18.15 seconds in the 2,000-meter course is the second-fastest time in the history of the NCAA regatta.

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NORTHLAND

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NORTHWEST

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OLENTANGY

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PICKERINGTON

Smith finishes baseball career at W&J College

Kyle Smith, a 2011 Pickerington High School Central graduate, recently completed his senior season with the Washington & Jefferson College baseball team.

The third baseman helped lead the Presidents to a 29-17 overall record and a 16-8 mark in the Presidents Athletic Conference. W&J won the PAC championship with a 17-5 win over top-seeded Thomas More and qualified for the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional for the fifth time.

Smith started all 46 games, finishing second on the team in batting average (.340), hits (50) and runs (36). He also had eight doubles and 27 RBI, and his 22 stolen bases led the PAC and broke the single-season program record.
Smith earned first-team all-PAC honors for the first time and was named second-team all-Mideast Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association.

W&J is located in Washington, Pa.

Pickerington native earns coaching award

Wheaton College baseball coach Matt Husted, a 1991 graduate of Pickerington High School, was named the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) Coach of the Year.

In his third season, Husted led the Thunder to a 21-21 record, including 14-7 in the league. Wheaton finished second to North Central, which finished 16-5.

Husted, a 1995 graduate of Miami University, is the third Wheaton coach to win the award since its inception in 1980.

Previously, Husted was an assistant at Michigan (2008-12), Toledo (2003-07), Eastern Illinois (2002-03) and Bowling Green (1998-2002).

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REYNOLDSBURG

Soccer camp, training offered

The Reynoldsburg High School girls soccer program is offering a youth camp for boys and girls in grades K-6 and a “speed and agility” training camp for boys and girls in grades 2-8.

The youth camp is scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 22-24 at the high school football stadium. The training camp is scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 30, July 7-9 and July 14, 16, 21 and 23 at Baldwin Road Junior High School.

For more information and registration, email info.rsba@reynsoccer.com or visit www.reynsoccer.com.

Raglin earns tennis scholarship

Cameron Raglin, a 2015 Reynoldsburg High School graduate, recently was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Richard Bradley Memorial USTA/Midwest Section Scholarship in tennis. 

A four-year member of the Reynoldsburg boys tennis team, Raglin won a Division I sectional title in singles all four seasons and was a two-time state qualifier.

He ended his prep career with a 6-2, 7-5 loss to Hilliard Bradley’s Mitchell Thai in a second-round district match May 22 after beating Hilliard Davidson’s Thomas Porter 6-2, 6-0 in the first round.

Raglin, who also competes in USTA/Midwest tournaments, has committed to play for the men’s team at Amherst College, a Division III school in Amherst, Mass. The Lord Jeffs won the Division III national championship in both 2011 and 2014.

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UPPER ARLINGTON

Cooper earns NCAC honor

Upper Arlington High School graduate Charles Cooper was named second-team all-North Coast Athletic Conference as a member of the Ohio Wesleyan baseball team.

Cooper, a senior pitcher, went 5-1 with a 4.47 ERA this season.

Vannatta named all-NCAC in tennis

Upper Arlington High School graduate Eric Vannatta was named second-team all-NCAC in men’s tennis.

Vannatta and doubles partner Alec Kaczkowski posted an 11-7 record for DePauw this season.

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WEST SIDE

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WESTERVILLE

Lacrosse camp planned for Central

The Westerville Central High School lacrosse camp for boys in grades 3-8 is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon July 13-15. For more information and registration, visit www.wchsmenslax.org.

Gresh earns NCAC honor

Ohio Wesleyan junior outfielder Lilly Gresh, a Westerville North High School graduate, was named honorable mention all-North Coast Athletic Conference in softball. She batted .326 with nine RBI this season.

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WHITEHALL

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WORTHINGTON

Craft basketball camp scheduled

The second-annual Aaron Craft Basketball ProCamp will be held from 9 a.m. to noon July 25 and 26 at Worthington Kilbourne High School.

The camp is open to boys and girls entering grades 1-12.

Participants will learn fundamental skills from the former Ohio State guard as well as from area high school and college coaches. Each attendee will receive an autograph from Craft and a team photo with Craft.

For more information and to register, visit www.AaronCraftCamp.com.

Basketball clinics planned for Thomas

The Thomas Worthington High School boys basketball program will hold player workout sessions July 6, 13 and 20 for players entering grades 3-8.

Also, camps are scheduled for June 16-18 (grades 1-5) and June 22-24 (grades 6-8).

For more information and registration, contact coach Sean Luzader at sluzader@worthington.k12.oh.us.

Thomas offering soccer camps

The Thomas Worthington High School boys soccer program will hold camps from 6 to 8 p.m. July 6-10 for boys and girls in grades K-8. For more information and registration, visit twhsmenssoccer.com.

Shackelford earns academic honor

Thomas Worthington High School graduate Andrew Shackelford, a sophomore wrestler at Baldwin Wallace, has been named to the National Wrestling Coaches Association scholar all-American team.

Shackelford, who has a 3.68 GPA in exercise science, went 30-12 this season while competing in the 197- and 285-pound weight classes. He has a 48-27 career record.

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