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USTA honors area association

The United States Tennis Association has selected the Greater Columbus Tennis Association as its Community Tennis Association of the Year for 2014.

The GCTA will be honored during the USTA’s annual Tennis Development Workshop on Nov. 6-9 in Atlanta. The USTA established the award in 2002 to honor community tennis associations for growing the sport on a local level.

The GCTA has promoted area tennis initiatives for more than 60 years and is led by a board of 30 volunteers who include tennis club owners, teaching professionals and business people.

A panel of USTA Community Tennis Association Development Committee members selects the award recipient from 17 nominees, one from each USTA section.

For more information on the GCTA, visit

Basketball league starting at YMCA

The first Larry Jones Open Basketball Adult Men’s League will be held on Sundays from Sept. 28-Dec. 28, with proceeds benefiting youth development programs at the Eldon & Elsie Ward Family YMCA.

The league, open to men ages 21-34, is named in honor of former NBA and ABA player Larry Jones, who grew up in the neighborhood of the Ward Family YMCA, 130 Woodland Ave. in Columbus.

For more information or to register, contact Steve Stevenson at or (614) 252-3166. The registration deadline is Sept. 1.

Ohio 88 football team seeks players

The Ohio 88 semi-pro football team is looking for skilled players to play on a highly competitive adult flag football team this fall. If interested, call (614) 565-1408.

Hidden Gems holding tryouts

Hidden Gems Basketball will hold tryouts for a fifth-grade fall/winter league from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 24 at Dodge Recreation Center, 667 Sullivant Ave. in Columbus. For more information, call (614) 929-8378.

Youth basketball league offered

Central Ohio Showtime will play host to a youth basketball league at Reynoldsburg High School beginning Sept. 7. Games will be played on Sundays through Oct. 12. For more information and registration, visit

Max Elite offering fall lacrosse leagues

Max Elite Lacrosse is offering fall leagues for boys in grades 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. The leagues run Sept. 14 through Oct. 12. For more information and registration, visit

Machine foundation to promote lacrosse

The Ohio Machine has formed a nonprofit charitable organization, the Ohio Machine Foundation, to help promote the growth of lacrosse in central Ohio.

According to the Major League Lacrosse team, the foundation will look to expand the sport by supporting programs and partnerships that focus on community involvement and youth development.

The foundation is managed by the Delaware County Foundation, a nonprofit that oversees permanent endowment funds set up by members of the community.

For more information, visit

The Machine, which was founded in 2012, plays its home games at Selby Stadium in Delaware.

McGowan 5K set for Aug. 17

The Jeff McGowan Memorial 5K will be held at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 17 at the Scioto Audubon Metro Park in downtown Columbus. Proceeds from the race benefit the Jeff McGowan Memorial Scholarship Fund. For more information and an entry form, contact Matt McGowan at or visit

State football tickets on sale

The Greater Columbus Sports Commission is leading an effort to sell 5,000 all-session tickets for the 2014 state football finals that will be played Dec. 4-6 at Ohio Stadium.

The tickets include priority seating locations and will allow fans to attend the championship games for all seven divisions. To purchase tickets, contact Brian Timm with the GCSC at or visit and use the promo code GRID1.

Single-game tickets go on sale in October.

The state football finals, which had been held in Canton and Massillon the past 24 years, will be played in Columbus the next two seasons.

ODU baseball team holding golf outing

The Ohio Dominican University baseball program will hold its annual golf outing Sept. 26 at Foxfire Golf Club.

All proceeds go to the baseball team.

For more information and to register, contact Paul Page at (614) 251-4535 or Nick Wood at

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CWHS to induct hall of fame class

Canal Winchester High School will induct the 22nd class into its athletics hall of fame during the Indians’ football game against Big Walnut on Sept. 5. A banquet will be held the following day.

The hall of fame inductees are Seth Morton (2002-06; soccer, wrestling), Byron “B.J.” Mullens (2006-08; basketball) and Suzanne Van Scoy Patton (1976-1980; basketball, softball, track and field, volleyball).

Volunteer Dale Rawn also will be honored as the Award of Merit recipient.

For more information or reservations to the banquet, contact Sue Edwards at (614) 738-3304 or

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Sowards competes in PGA Championship

Bob Sowards of Dublin posted a two-round total of 8-over-par 150 while failing to make the cut in the 96th PGA Championship held Aug. 7-10 at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky.

Sowards, a teaching professional at New Albany Country Club, shot 75 in both of his rounds.

He qualified by tying for fifth in the 47th PGA Professional National Championship held June 22-25 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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Grimme receives All-America honor

Christian Grimme, a 2014 Gahanna Lincoln High School graduate, recently received a 2013-14 Scholar All-America award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Grimme starred at goalkeeper for the Lions. Last fall, he was first-team all-state and all-district, the OCC-Ohio Division Player of the Year and a ThisWeek Super 12 selection.

He is playing soccer at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Hamler wins archery title

Gahanna Lincoln High School junior Blake Hamler won the Junior Olympic Archery Division state championship for 15- to 17-year-old boys in a competition held June 14 and 15 in Oregon, a suburb of Toledo.

Hamler, 17, has been competing for about two years. On Aug. 30 and 31, he will compete in the Ohio State Outdoor Championships at Alum Creek State Park in Delaware County.

Prusz wins Muay Thai title

Gahanna Lincoln High School graduate Taylor Prusz captured the super middleweight championship at the North American Muay Thai Classic held June 26-29 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Prusz, the son of Michelle and Larry Prusz of Blacklick, is a criminal justice major at the University of Cincinnati.

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Grandview swimmers compete in zone meet

Three swimmers from Grandview Heights competed Aug. 1-3 in the USA Swimming Central Zone meet in Geneva, Ohio.

For 10-and-under girls, Phoebe Ferguson was eighth in the 100-meter backstroke, 24th in the 50 back and 37th in the 50 butterfly.

For 11-12 girls, Leah Stamm was 21st in the 50 breaststroke and 29th in the 100 breast.

For 13-14 boys, Calvin Furbee was 13th in the 200 fly, 24th in the 100 freestyle and 26th in the 100 fly.

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Area tennis players bring home title

Members of the South-Western Youth Tennis program competed during the summer as part of a Junior Team Tennis league.

In the Ohio Challenge on July 26 at Capital University, Grove City High School’s Megan Landis and Megan Salyer and Central Crossing’s Dylan Bell and Kyle Deep helped defeat five other teams from around the state to finish first.

Westland’s Grant Bare, Central Crossing’s Jacob Cerino and Grove City’s Morgan Cox, Vicki Rohr and Lauren Singleton rounded out the team.

Westland graduate and former Cougars tennis player Renee Staudt coached the team, with guidance from Westland boys coach and Grove City girls coach Dan Witteman and James VanDyne.

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Hillery competes in Hershey finals

Reggie Hillery of the Hilliard Track Club competed Aug. 2 in the Hershey’s Track & Field Games North American finals in Hershey, Pa. He finished third (27.7 seconds) in the boys 11-12 200 meters.

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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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Johnstown Hawks 18U tryouts scheduled

The Johnstown Hawks 18U/American Legion Post 254 Seniors baseball team will hold tryouts for the 2015 summer season at 11 a.m. Aug. 23 and 1 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Johnstown-Monroe High School baseball diamond, 401 S. Oregon St.

The Hawks will enter three CaptainU tournaments next year: two in central Ohio and an American Legion tournament in Elkins, W.Va. The schedule also will include 12 to 15 local games.

Those interested in trying out should email Scott Hummel at or call (614) 332-5115.

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Athletes compete in Junior Olympics

Several area athletes competed for the Westerville-based Flying J’s Track Club in the USA Track & Field Junior Olympics held July 21-27 in Humble, Texas.

The performances included a national championship from Alexis Brookshire in the girls 13-14 1,500 meters (4 minutes, 44.27 seconds).

Brookshire, who also was sixth in the 800 (2:21.68), will be an eighth-grader at Olentangy Shanahan Middle School.

Also competing were Kole Brookshire in the boys 11-12 1,500 (27th, 5:07.2) and 800 (34th, 2:30.44); Kyle Brookshire in the boys 15-16 pole vault (26th, 11 feet, 7 3/4 inches), high jump (tied for 27th, 5-3) and javelin (31st, 116-5); and Jack Dunlop in the boys 11-12 3,000 (28th, 11:27.73) and 1,500 (31st, 5:14.6).

Kyle Brookshire will be a sophomore at Olentangy High School, and Kole Brookshire and Dunlop are starting sixth grade at Shanahan.

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Kristoff nominated for service award

Josh Kristoff, a 2010 Pickerington High School Central graduate who plays football for Ohio University, has been nominated for the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.

Through the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, Allstate and the American Football Coaches Association recognize college football players who also are involved in community service work.

Kristoff has volunteered each of the past three years at the Athens County Food Bank, has organized team visits to hospitals and has served as a volunteer football and baseball coach.

There are 182 nominees, of which a final roster of 22 award recipients -- 11 from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 from the Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II and III and the NAIA -- will be announced in September.

Kristoff is a redshirt senior safety who finished second on the Bobcats in tackles (72) and earned academic all-Mid-American Conference honors last season.

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Lint wins USATF decathlon title

Westerville resident Jack Lint, a 2014 graduate of Columbus Academy, won the decathlon for 17- and 18-year-olds at the USA Track & Field Junior Olympics held July 21-27 in Humble, Texas.

Lint, who will compete for the University of Virginia, scored 7,235 points to finish 814 ahead of runner-up Ryan Chase.

Lint was first in the high jump (6 feet, 2 3/4 inches), 110-meter hurdles (14.3 seconds), discus (141-8) and pole vault (13-9 1/4), second in the shot put (42-4), third in the 100 (11.15) and long jump (21-1 1/2) and fourth in the javelin (140-7) and 1,500 (4:34.08). He didn’t place in the 400.

South volleyball holding fundraiser

The Westerville South High School girls volleyball program will hold an alumni match from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 15 in the gymnasium to raise funds for new equipment and uniforms.

The Wildcats are now coached by Jessica Timmons, the daughter of longtime former coach Bob Price. Price and his wife, Jeri, will serve as guest officials for the alumni match.

For more information about the event, including making a donation to the program, contact Erin Johnson at

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WKHS to hold Labor Day 5K

The Worthington Kilbourne High School cross country boosters will hold their 23rd annual Labor Day 5K on Sept. 1. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and the race starts at 9. The course begins and ends at Worthington Hills Elementary School, 1221 Candlewood Drive.

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