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Capital to hold softball clinics

Capital University softball coach Nan Payne will hold hitting clinics Jan. 16 and 30 and defensive clinics Jan. 9 and 23 for girls in grades 5-12. For more information and registration, contact Payne at

Softball hall inducting class

The Columbus Slow Pitch Softball Hall of Fame will honor its class of 2016 during its 22nd annual dinner Feb. 6 at the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union 189, 1250 Kinnear Road.

The inductees are Mindy Anthony, Rosby Lee, Rick Sedlacek, Ray “Ramone” Stokes, John Whitacre and the 1971 Central Ohio Welding Team. The 1960-84 Men’s All-State Team and Steve Edwards, the 2015 Columbus Player of the Year, also will be honored.

For reservations, contact John Fleeman at (614) 560-1912.

OCC inducts two into hall

The Ohio Capital Conference inducted longtime Mount Vernon High School coach Lynn Ellen Apple and former Hilliard Davidson athletics director Mark Princehorn into its hall of fame Nov. 9.

Inductees are nominated by member schools and selected by a committee comprised of athletics directors and the OCC commissioner.

Apple was the softball coach at Mount Vernon for 20 years, leading the Yellow Jackets to a 251-176 record. Her teams won three OCC titles and one district title. She also has served as an assistant coach in the softball program for the last 15 years.

After working in various roles at Westerville North, Westerville South and Buckeye Valley, Princehorn served as athletics director at Olentangy from 1996-99. He then was athletics director at Davidson until retiring from that position in 2014.

Area schools earn OHSAA recognition

Five area schools were among the 27 honored by the Ohio High School Athletic Association for meeting the Respect the Game Challenge for the 2014-15 academic year.

Earning the sportsmanship award were Dublin Sells Middle School and Johnstown-Monroe, Olentangy, Olentangy Orange and Watterson high schools.

In addition, Sells and Watterson were among the seven schools statewide to also receive the Harold A. Meyer Award.

To meet the Respect the Game Challenge, schools had to complete various sportsmanship, ethics and integrity programs. Meeting the challenge was the precursor to being considered for the Meyer Award, which is named for the OHSAA commissioner from 1969-77 and was presented to schools that demonstrated they had completed an eight-part program promoting sportsmanship, ethics and integrity in their schools and communities.

Blue Jackets to hold 5K, winter events

The Columbus Blue Jackets and Columbus-based M3S Sports will hold the 5th Line 5K Race on Jan. 23 as part of the team’s Winter Park festivities.

The race, for runners and walkers, will begin at 10 a.m. outside of Nationwide Arena and is limited to 3,000 participants. For more information and to register, visit

The Blue Jackets will hold Winter Park from Jan. 22-Feb. 21 at McFerson Commons, across the street from Nationwide Arena. The centerpiece of Winter Park will be an NHL-sized ice rink open for public skating, hockey and community events.

For more information on Winter Park, visit

Baseball Academy clinic planned

U.S. Baseball Academy will hold its spring training clinic Jan. 3-Feb. 7 at Watkins Memorial High School.

Watkins Memorial coach Don Schone will direct the program, which offers players in grades 1-12 advanced training in hitting, pitching, catching, fielding and baserunning. Sessions will be limited to six players per coach so athletes can receive individual attention.

To register, visit

Machine holding coaches convention

The Ohio Machine will hold its 2015 coaches convention from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center, 100 Green Meadows Drive South in Lewis Center.

The convention is open to coaches at all levels of boys and girls lacrosse. Instruction will focus on offensive and defensive development, goalie play, faceoff and wing play, program building and practice planning.

For more information and to register, visit or call (614) 754-1973.

State football tickets on sale

All-session tickets are on sale for the seven state football championship games, which will be played Dec. 3-5 at Ohio Stadium.

Two packages are available: Club-level tickets, which include access to the Huntington Club, and reserve tickets. To purchase tickets, go to

Single-game tickets go on sale Nov. 29.

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

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CBA holding sign-ups for 2016

CBA’s coed basketball league will hold sign-ups and workouts Dec. 5 and 12 at Ridgeview Middle School, 4241 Rudy Road in Columbus. Players ages 9-12 will participate from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., followed by ages 13-16 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Teams will practice one day per week and games will be played on Saturdays, beginning in January.

For more information, visit or call Randy Colby at (614) 267-6547.

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Jerome’s Kacherski picked for combine

Dublin Jerome High School junior defensive end/tight end Johnathan Kacherski has been selected to participate in the U.S. Army National Combine on Jan. 7 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Kacherski was invited by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee. The combine will feature 600 of the nation’s top high school football underclassmen.

The combine focuses on measuring speed, strength, quickness and football skills while also providing educational seminars on the college recruiting process, training and leadership. It is held annually in conjunction with the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

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Davidson offering youth wrestling

The Hilliard Davidson High School youth wrestling club begins at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30. The club is for grades K-6. For more information, contact Dominic DiSabato at

Runners advance to championships

Several members of the Hilliard Track Club will compete in the USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships on Dec. 12 in Albuquerque, N.M.

Each runner advanced by finishing in the top 15 of his or her age group in the Ohio championships held Nov. 14 at Hilliard Davidson High School.

Those advancing were Peter Burback, Jack Vamos, Noah Long, Michael Whiteside and Nicky Gazvoda in 13-14 boys; Justin Miller, Mason Peck, Brady Whiteside, Tyler Kline and Alexander Kafka in 11-12 boys; Brody Boyd in 9-10 boys; Nicole Kaulen in 9-10 girls; Jonah Lambert in U8 boys; and Erica Kaulen, Mia Hanley and Siena Boyd in U8 girls.

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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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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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Jayes earns academic honor

New Albany High School graduate Meghan Jayes, a junior goalkeeper on the California University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team, has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) academic all-district team.

Jayes now is eligible for selection to the CoSIDA academic all-America team. She has a 3.6 cumulative GPA while pursuing a degree in middle-level education (grades 4-8) with a concentration in social studies.

To qualify for the academic all-district honor, student-athletes must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher and must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing. Nominees must have participated in at least half of their team’s games and must be a starter or important reserve. The district consists of all schools in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and Mountain East Conference.

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Boren named finalist for academic honor

Ohio State senior center Jacoby Boren, a Pickerington High School Central graduate, has been named one of 12 finalists for the 2015 William V. Campbell Trophy, which is awarded to the top football scholar-athlete in the nation.

The 12 finalists each will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete Class. The winner, who will be announced at the 58th NFF annual awards dinner Dec. 8 in New York City, will have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.

Boren has a 3.83 GPA and is majoring in sustainable plant systems.

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Streb wins fencing gold

Joseph S. Streb of Upper Arlington won a gold medal with the U.S. veteran saber team in the Veteran Fencing World Championships held recently in Limoges, France.

The U.S. team won the championship match against Germany. The event featured competitors from 47 countries.

Streb also placed 11th in the individual foil competition. He previously participated in the World Championships in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2014, winning a silver medal in individual saber in 2012 in Austria and a bronze medal in saber in 2005 in Tampa, Fla.

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NCAA recognizes Otterbein program

Otterbein University has received the NCAA Division III Diversity Spotlight Initiative award for October for its "Under the Lights" education series that explores areas of diversity through athletics.

"Under the Lights" includes guest speakers, workshops and lunch conversations that focus on areas of diversity such as gender, race, ethnicity, community and sexuality, and how students can make a difference on campus.

Each month, the Diversity Spotlight Initiative recognizes one NCAA Division III institution for a program that helps students make a connection between athletics and diversity-related subjects. Nominations are submitted monthly to the NCAA Office of Inclusion, which rewards one recipient $500 toward its next diversity-related initiative.

Otterbein inducts hall of fame class

Otterbein University recently inducted eight individuals and two teams as part of its eighth Hall of Fame class.

Among the honorees were Mike Lochner of Bexley (class of 2003) and Angelo Manzo of Pickerington (class of 2004).

Lochner was an All-American defender who helped the men’s soccer team win three consecutive OAC championships and earn three NCAA tournament berths.

Manzo, a forward, is the all-time leading scorer for the men’s soccer team with 143 points. He helped the Cardinals win four OAC titles and make four NCAA tournament appearances.

The 1986 women’s tennis team was inducted for being the first Otterbein tennis team to win an OAC championship and the first female team at the school to capture a league title.

Also honored was the 1960 football team, which finished 8-1 and averaged 39.1 points per game under coach Moe Agler.

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