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CENTRAL OHIO

Youth baseball competition slated

Major League Baseball’s “Pitch, Hit & Run” youth competition will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Jerry L. Garver YMCA, 6767 Refugee Road.

Boys and girls will be divided into four age divisions — 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14 — with local winners advancing to the sectional level of competition. There are four levels of competition, with the national finals to be held at the 2015 MLB All-Star Game.

Each participant must present a copy of his or her birth certificate and have a parent or guardian fill out a registration form/waiver before the competition.

For more information about the local competition, contact John Joyce at jjoyce@ymcacolumbus.org.

Capital holding sports camps

Capital University is offering camps this summer in football, boys basketball, girls basketball, boys soccer, girls soccer and softball. For more information and registration, visit athletics.capital.edu/camps/index.

Capital City Swim looking for athletes

Capital City Swim Club, formerly the JCC Dynamo Swim Team, is placing new participants for spring. For more information, visit www.capitalcityswimming.com or contact coach Tony Phillips at capcityswimming@gmail.com. The team still practices at the Columbus JCC.

Reds legends clinic scheduled

The 22nd annual Cincinnati Reds legends charity youth baseball clinic will be held June 22-24 at VFW Field in Marietta.

Former Reds scheduled to participate include Eric Davis, Todd Benzinger, Eddie Milner and Leo Cardenas.

There are 125 spots available. To register, call event director Mike Wagner at (740) 373-3476 by June 17.

Clinics offered by Gym Rat Basketball

Gym Rat Basketball is holding “skills and drills” programs on Tuesdays through May 19. The sessions are for boys and girls in grades 1-4 and girls in grades 5-8.

For more information, contact Sharon Kaplan at (614) 545-8357 or skaplanb@aol.com, or visit www.basketballgymrats.com

New players sought for senior softball

The Central Ohio Senior Softball Association is looking for players 68 and older for its 2015 season.

Games are played Tuesday and Thursday mornings at McCord Park in Worthington, with opening day May 12.

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

Clinics offered for girls golfers

The Ohio Girls Golf Foundation will hold clinics from 10 to 11 a.m. April 4, 11, 18 and 25 at Bent Tree Golf Club in Sunbury.

The clinics are for girls ages 8-18 and are designed for players of all skill levels.

To register, visit www.oggf.org.

Wooster holding girls soccer camps 

The College of Wooster is offering residential soccer camps June 14-17 and June 29-July 2 for girls ages 10-18. For more information and registration, visit www.woostersoccercamp.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.

Ohio Fury sets tourney schedules

The Ohio Fury will hold its “Star Spangle Shootout” baseball and softball tournaments June 26-June 28 at K.C. Geiger Park in St. Marys.

For baseball, there are 14U, 16U and 18U/American Legion divisions. For softball, there are 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U divisions.

For more information, contact Mike Short at (419) 738-3795 or mshort@bright.net. Entry forms are available at www.eteamz.com/ohiofury1.

GCSTO offering various programs

The Greater Columbus Swim Team of Ohio will offer several programs this spring.

Stroke analysis camps will be held on Saturdays for butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle, as well as a “start, turn and finish” camp.

A swimming team program will be available for home-schooled students, with practices held on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays.

GCSTO also is looking for swimmers ages 6 to 18 to join its team.

For more information on these programs, visit www.gcsto.com or contact coach Steve Nye at (614) 478-5445 or stevenye@sbcglobal.net.

Make a Splash lessons available

The Greater Columbus Swim Team of Ohio is serving as an area partner for USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash water safety initiative for children.

The program offers lessons to children who may not otherwise learn how to swim because of financial restrictions.

GCSTO will hold free Make a Splash sessions from 10:45-11:45 a.m. April 11, 18 and 25 and May 2, 9 and 16 at Columbus Academy.

For information on eligibility and registration, visit www.gcsto.com or contact the GCSTO’s Make a Splash coordinator, Jacinta Batisky, at jbatisky@hotmail.com.

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.

Knight to speak at 2015 ceremony

Former Indiana coach Bob Knight will be the keynote speaker at the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame’s 10th anniversary celebration May 2 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Knight, who was part of the hall’s first class in 2006, played for Ohio State and grew up in Orrville. He also coached at Army and Texas Tech.

The 2015 hall inductees will be honored at the anniversary celebration. They are Theresa Check, Thomas Dinger, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Dave Jamerson, Johnny Miner, Bert Price, Edith Spivey, Marlene Stollings, John Tipton, Al Van Wie and Brooke Wyckoff.

To purchase tickets to the event, visit ohiobasketballhalloffame.com or contact executive director Sheila Fox at sfox@ohiobasketballhalloffame.com.

Baseball tournament seeking participants

The 2015 Bob Cene Memorial Baseball Tournament will be held June 25-28 at Bob Cene Park and surrounding fields in Struthers, Ohio.

The wood bat tournament, which consists of round-robin play and single-elimination rounds, is for ages 16-19. Teams of any affiliation, including all-star teams, are welcome to participate.

For more information or to register, visit www.bobcenememorial.com or contact Ken Quinn at (330) 719-0581 or kenneth_qnn@yahoo.com.

Registration closes May 1.

Police-Fire Games to be held in June

The Ohio Police and Fire Games is registering competitors for this year’s event, which will be held June 14-19 in the Youngstown area.

The Olympic-style competition, which is in its 38th year, is for Ohio’s active and retired law enforcement, firefighter and military personnel. Proceeds benefit several charities.

More than 40 events will be offered this year, including softball, soccer, basketball, darts, golf, track and field, cycling, swimming and weightlifting.

For more information and registration, visit www.TheOhioPoliceandFireGames.org.

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BEXLEY

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CANAL WINCHESTER/GROVEPORT

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CLINTONVILLE

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DELAWARE/SUNBURY

Fundraisers planned for Hayes football

The Delaware Hayes High School football team is planning several fundraisers and activities, including a mulch sale, a spaghetti dinner and a youth football camp. For more information, visit www.delawarepacersfootball.com.

Medlock competes in two NCAA events

Big Walnut High School graduate Brea Medlock competed for Wittenberg in the NCAA Division III indoor track and field meet March 13 in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Medlock, a junior participating in her first NCAA meet, placed 17th in the 60 meters (7.87 seconds) and 14th in the 200 (25.78).

In the North Coast Athletic Conference meet March 7 at DePauw, Medlock was named Indoor Sprinter of the Year after winning the 60 (NCAC-record 7.76) and 200 (25.55).

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DUBLIN

Axelrod earns D3hoops honor

Dublin Coffman High School graduate Nate Axelrod was named Rookie of the Year by D3hoops.com after his freshman season on the Ohio Wesleyan men’s basketball team.

Axelrod, a point guard, previously was named third-team all-Great Lakes Region, the region’s Rookie of the Year and North Coast Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year.

Axelrod averaged 16 points and six assists while helping the Battling Bishops finish 22-6 overall and win the NCAC championship at 16-2.

Jerome holding basketball camp

The third annual Celtic Basketball Camp for players in grades K-9 will be held June 8-11 at Dublin Jerome High School and Grizzell Middle School. For more information and registration forms, visit www.jeromebasketball.com.

Johnson competes in NCAA meet

Dublin Coffman High School graduate Sara Johnson competed for Ohio Wesleyan in the NCAA Division III indoor track and field meet March 13 in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The junior finished 17th in the 60-meter hurdles (9.36 seconds), a week after winning the North Coast Athletic Conference title in the event in 8.9 seconds.

Jerome’s Murphy honored by OHSAA

Dublin Jerome High School hockey coach Pat Murphy has received his sport’s annual Sportsmanship Ethics and Integrity Award from the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

Murphy was honored at the state tournament, where the Celtics lost to Lakewood St. Edward 2-0 in a semifinal March 12 at Nationwide Arena. Jerome was making its first state tournament appearance and finished 29-8-2.

Karamol named DYA athletics director

Dublin Youth Athletics has named Jeff Karamol as its athletics director, effective May 1. He replaces Jim Link, who retired after 32 years.

Karamol, a 16-year-old Dublin resident, has been a volunteer coach in Dublin for more than 14 years and has served in leadership roles on the DYA board for the past 12 years.

DYA provides recreation and travel programs for more than 3,300 youth participants. The organization is the joint effort of parent volunteers, the city’s Recreation Services department and Dublin City Schools.

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GAHANNA

Wuorinen earns All-America honor

Gahanna resident Conrad Wuorinen, a Columbus Academy graduate, helped the Denison men’s swimming and diving team place second in the NCAA Division III national championships March 18-21 in Shenandoah, Texas.

Wuorinen earned All-America recognition with a 10th-place finish in the 100 freestyle. He also was a member of three All-America relays: the 200 medley (ninth), 400 free (fourth) and 200 free (third).

Gahanna hockey offering clinics

The Gahanna Lincoln High School hockey program is holding clinics May 3 and 7 for players who will be in grades 3-9 in the fall.

The clinics, which will be held at Chiller Easton, are intended to introduce future Gahanna players to the coaching staff, familiarize players with the basic drills utilized at the high school level and to identify player developmental needs. 

For more information and registration, visit gahannaicehockey.com.

GLHS to hold basketball camp

The Gahanna Lincoln High School boys basketball camp will be held June 15-18. Boys in grades 3-5 will participate from 9 to 11:30 a.m., followed by boys in grades 6-8 from 12:30 to 3 p.m. For camp forms, visit gahannalincolnathletics.com.

Travel baseball team holding fundraiser

The Gahanna Lions Blue 9U travel baseball team will play host to a golf event May 9 at Willow Run to raise money to play in the Ripken Experience next year in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Each golfer will receive a Gahanna Lions baseball T-shirt, lunch and dinner. A sports memorabilia silent auction also will be held.

For more information and registration, contact Matt Donovan at mattdonovan34@hotmail.com.

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GRANDVIEW

Grandview junior swimmers stand out

Five swimmers from Grandview Heights helped the Ohio State Swim Club win the Junior Olympic age group state championships held March 13-15 at Bowling Green State University.

In individual events, Calvin Furbee, 14, competed in the 200-yard butterfly (fourth, 2 minutes, 1.39 seconds), 100 fly (ninth, 54.04), 50 freestyle (14th, 23.28), 100 free (12th, 50.6), 200 free (12th, 1:49.5) and 400 individual medley (21st, 4:33.58).

Keelin O’Connor, 14, competed in the 200 backstroke (22nd, 2:13.53), 400 IM (28th, 4:57.48), 200 IM (25th, 2:18.5), 100 free (52nd, 57.0) and 100 back (35th, 1:02.85).

Leah Stamm, 12, competed in the 50 back (second, 29.33), 50 breaststroke (ninth, 32.42), 100 back (sixth, 1:02.36), 50 fly (17th, 29.18), 100 IM (fourth, 1:03.1), 100 breast (10th, 1:11.51) and 200 IM (sixth, 2:17.57).

Annie Volker, 12, competed in the 50 back (48th, 32.24), 50 breast (82nd, 37.85), 50 fly (56th, 30.83) and 50 free (70th, 28.3).

Phoebe Ferguson, 11, competed in the 100 back (23rd, 1:06.82), 50 fly (70th, 31.83) and 50 back (32nd, 31.57).

Jump places second at state

Grandview Heights eighth-grader Hudson Jump finished second in the junior high state wrestling tournament March 21 and 22 in Youngstown.

Competing in the 164-pound weight class, Jump won four matches by pin before losing in the final.

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GROVE CITY

GCHS offering football camp

The Grove City High School football camp will be held from 9 a.m. to noon June 15-18 for boys entering grades 4-9. Registration forms can be picked up at the high school. Contact coach Mike Lanza with questions at (614) 888-2655.

GCHS holding basketball camps

Grove City High School will play host to basketball camps June 9-12 for boys entering grades 4-9 and June 9-11 for boys entering grades K-3. The registration deadline for both is May 28. For registration forms, visit gchsgreyhounds.com.

Grove City starting athletics hall of fame

Grove City High School is beginning an athletics hall of fame.

A committee co-chaired by principal Tom Rutan and former football coach and athletics director Jack Lehr will select the initial class, which will be inducted at the 2015 football home opener.

For information and nomination forms, visit gchsgreyhounds.com. Nominations will be accepted until June 1.

Youth team tennis program scheduled

A Midwest Youth Team Tennis program is being offered this summer for South-Western City Schools students.

Sessions will be held June 9-July 14 at Grove City High School for students entering grades 1-4, 5-6 and 7-8.

For more information, contact James VanDyne at westlandtennis@gmail.com or (614) 560-3922.

Registration ends May 1. Visit www.MidwestTeamTennis.com.

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HILLIARD

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.

Bradley holding basketball camp

The Hilliard Bradley High School boys basketball camp will be held June 15-18 for grades K-8. For more information and registration, contact coach Brett Norris at brett_norris@hboe.org.

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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

Dinsmore picked by USA Diving

New Albany High School senior David Dinsmore is among the 13 divers who have been selected by USA Diving to compete in the FINA Diving World Series, an invitation-only circuit based on results from the 2014 FINA World Cup.

Dinsmore will travel to London to compete May 1-3 in men’s synchronized 10-meter with partner Jordan Windle of Morrisville, N.C.

Dinsmore, a University of Miami signee, decided to forgo his senior season at New Albany to concentrate on national and international competitions.

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NORTHLAND

Northland honors former coach Deyo

Northland High School has renamed its wrestling room in honor of former coach Chuck Deyo.

The wrestling room also was repainted for a ceremony that took place April 10.

Deyo, who also coached softball at the school for 25 years, led the wrestling program from 1969-95.

Lucas, Joyce shine in youth wrestling meet

Marquis Lucas of the Lil’ Punchers wrestling club won a title in the U6 division at 75 pounds in the Ohio Athletic Committee state tournament March 29 in Youngstown, according to coach Caska Thompson.

Jalen Joyce, who competes at 120 pounds in the 7- to 8-year-old age group for the Lil’ Punchers, took fourth.

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NORTHWEST

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OLENTANGY

Bice competes in NCAA pole vault

Olentangy High School graduate Whitney Bice competed for Grand Valley State in the NCAA Division II indoor track and field meet March 13 in Alabama.

The junior finished 11th in the pole vault, clearing 11 feet, 9 3/4 inches.

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PICKERINGTON

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REYNOLDSBURG

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UPPER ARLINGTON

Guthrie earns NHL scholarship

Cassidy Guthrie of Upper Arlington has been named one of three recipients of the 2015 National Hockey League/Thurgood Marshall College Fund academic scholarship.

Guthrie, a former Columbus Ice Hockey Club player who also competed for the Columbus Sting and Ohio Flames, is a sophomore at Miami University, where she competes on women’s club hockey team. The scholarship will be applied to her remaining two years at Miami.

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WEST SIDE

Youth team tennis program scheduled

A Midwest Youth Team Tennis program is being offered this summer for South-Western City Schools students.

Sessions will be held June 9-July 14 at Grove City High School for students entering grades 1-4, 5-6 and 7-8.

For more information, contact James VanDyne at westlandtennis@gmail.com or (614) 560-3922.

Registration ends May 1. Visit www.MidwestTeamTennis.com.

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WESTERVILLE

Lacrosse teams holding tourney

The Westerville Lacrosse Club will hold its “3 Dogs and 2 Cats” middle school boys and girls tournament April 25 at Westerville Central High School. For more information, visit www.westervillelax.org.

North holding basketball camps

The Westerville North High School boys basketball camps for grades 3-6 and middle school students will be held May 26-29. For more information and registration, contact coach Shan Trusley at trusleys@wcsoh.org.

Melsop competes in NCAA long jump

Westerville resident Aaron Melsop, a DeSales High School graduate, competed for Wittenberg in the NCAA Division III indoor track and field meet March 13 in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Melsop, a junior, earned his first All-America honor in his first national meet, clearing 22 feet, 5 1/4 inches in the long jump to place seventh of 15 competitors.

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WHITEHALL

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WORTHINGTON

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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