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Area divers reach world championships

Three area competitors from the Ohio State Diving Club have qualified to compete in the FINA World Junior Championships from Sept. 9-14 in Penza, Russia.

Cameron Thatcher of Olentangy Liberty High School (boys 14-18 synchronized 3-meter) and Nikki Watters of New Albany (girls 14-15 1-meter and 3-meter) were selected for Team USA based on results from the 2014 USA Diving Junior National Championships held Aug. 4-9 in Knoxville, Tenn.

In addition, Georgina Milne of New Albany qualified for the girls 14-15 1-meter and 3-meter competitions representing South Africa based on her performance in the South African junior nationals in May.

Also at the U.S. junior nationals, Noah Duperre of New Albany Middle School won the boys 12-13 1-meter, 3-meter and platform events; Rachel Rubadue of Worthington Kilbourne won the girls 14-18 synchronized platform title; New Albany’s Estee Pryor won in girls 14-18 synchronized 3-meter; and Thatcher won in boys 14-18 synchronized 3-meter.

Hidden Gems to hold showcase

The Hidden Gems Showcase for area boys basketball players in grades 6-12 will take place Oct. 11 at Thomas Worthington High School.

Representatives from various college basketball programs will be in attendance.

For more information on the event, including registration, contact Lucius Jones at

Tickets available for U.S. Senior Open

Tickets are on sale for the 2016 U.S. Senior Open at Scioto Country Club at an introductory rate through Dec. 31.

The 37th playing of the U.S. Senior Open is Aug. 8-14, 2016.

Weekly grounds tickets are valid Monday through Sunday. Tickets for the 1916 Club, also valid Monday through Sunday, provide access to an air-conditioned pavilion located between hole Nos. 13, 14 and 15. The club features upgraded food and beverages available for purchase within a sports bar atmosphere.

Junior tickets are available on a complimentary basis for children under 17 who are accompanied by a ticketed adult.

Tickets may be purchased by visiting

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

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.

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.

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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Area player up for USA Baseball team

Dublin resident Patrick Thompson, a sixth-grader at St. Brigid of Kildare School, was one of 220 players from across the country invited to try out for the USA Baseball 12U team.

The tryout is being held Thursday, Aug. 28, through Sunday, Aug. 31, in Cary, N.C. The top 18 players will compete for the team next summer, and the top 50 will participate in the USA Baseball development program next summer.

Thompson, 11, plays locally for Ohio Elite Baseball.

Race renamed in honor of Davids

Dublin Crew has renamed its annual spring regatta, the Ohio Governor’s Cup, in honor of Lance Cpl. Wesley Davids, a former rower for the club who was killed on May 11, 2005, while serving with the U.S. Marines in Iraq.

The event now will be called the Wesley Davids Memorial Championship Regatta.

Davids, a 2003 Dublin Scioto High School graduate, “stood for the very best of what our young athletes can take from the sport,” Dublin Crew president Craig Marshall said. “We want to keep that esprit de corps in the forefront for everyone involved in rowing and the community at large.”

King recognized for sportsmanship

Dublin Jerome High School graduate Katie King earned her second Big Ten Conference Sportsmanship Award after her senior season on the Ohio State women’s rowing team.

King, who also received the honor as a sophomore, rowed on the varsity 8 for the Buckeyes’ national championship teams in 2013 and 2014. In 2012, her varsity 4 won Ohio State’s first NCAA boat title.

While at Jerome, King competed for Dublin Crew.

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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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Bradley basketball holding fall program

Hilliard Bradley High School is holding a “fall ball” basketball skill-development program for boys and girls in grades 3-6.

The clinic will focus on shooting, ball-handling, passing, defense and rebounding. Players will be grouped by grade and skill level.

Sessions are scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 15, 17, 22, 24 and 29 and Oct. 1.

For more information and registration, contact Brett Norris at (614) 542-7636 or, or Gregg Allocco at (614) 905-0689 or

Tryouts set for travel basketball

Hilliard Travel Basketball will hold tryouts for girls in grades 4-6 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 28 and 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Davidson High School field house.

Twice a week practices start in November, and the approximately 20-game schedule will be played in December through February.

For more information, visit

Bradley teams holding golf event

The Hilliard Bradley High School baseball and boys basketball teams will play host to a golf outing at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Hickory Hills. For more information, contact Matthew Gilkerson at or Brett Norris at

Youth lacrosse tryouts scheduled

The Hilliard Youth Lacrosse Association will be holding tryouts for a new boys select travel team called the Hilliard Predators.

The tryouts are scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 12 at Hilliard Municipal Park, 3800 Veterans Memorial Drive, and are open to fifth- and sixth-grade boys, along with advanced fourth-graders.

To register, visit Send questions to David Ames at or Kevin Sayers at

Basketball league sign-ups underway

The Hilliard Optimist Basketball League is registering players for its 2014-15 season through Oct. 10. Boys and girls in grades 2-8 who live in the Hilliard school district are eligible. Sign up online at www.leaguelineup/HOBL.

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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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NAHS to honor hall of fame class

The 2014 inductees to the New Albany High School Athletics Hall of Fame will be honored at a banquet in the middle school cafeteria at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5.

They also will be introduced before the Eagles’ home football game against Westerville Central that evening.

The inductees are Don Richards, Stephen Benedict, Tom and Dennis Keesee, Rob Talpas and Adam Leeman.

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Clay receives academic honor

Alex Clay, a 2012 Olentangy Liberty High School graduate, has been named a first-team Scholar All-American by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.

Clay was one of six members of the Stanford University women’s swimming and diving team to earn a Scholar All-American honor. A diver, she is a junior pre-med major focusing in human biology.

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Volleyball league holding meeting

The league meeting for Pickerington adult co-ed volleyball will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 14 at Rule 3, 650 Windmiller Drive.

Those interested in entering a team or individuals looking for a team should attend. A representative from each team should attend the meeting, during which rules and schedules will be discussed.

The league will start in mid-October. For more information, contact Stacey Thomas at (740) 503-3393 or

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Edington shines at CrossFit Games

Reynoldsburg resident Shellie Edington competed in the Reebok CrossFit Games in July in California and placed third in the Masters 45-49 women’s age group.

According to the event’s website, the CrossFit Games “are the world’s premier test to find the Fittest on Earth.”

Edington, a former competitive gymnast and cheerleader, started CrossFit training in 2010. She owns Tumblin4Kids, a local gymnastics and fitness program.

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Football alumni reunion planned

An alumni reunion for the Upper Arlington High School football team will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at Marv Moorehead Memorial Stadium, before the Golden Bears’ home game against Whetstone.

The event will include a tribute to Dan Dupler, a former UA player and assistant coach for more than 40 years who died in 2012.

For more information on the event or to purchase tickets for the reunion, visit

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Williams picked for Queen of Diamonds

Westerville resident Lauren Williams, a DeSales High School student, has been selected to compete in the Queen of Diamonds Showcase South on Saturday, Aug. 30, and Sunday, Aug. 31, at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C.

Athletes apply for the event and are selected based on criteria including ability, potential, academics, graduation year, coach requests and referrals.

Williams, a center fielder, plays in the summer for the Central Ohio Stampede.

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