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Area schools earn OHSAA recognition

Five area schools were among the 30 honored by the Ohio High School Athletic Association with sportsmanship awards for the 2013-14 academic year.

While all 30 schools met the OHSAA’s Respect the Game Challenge, only Watterson High School and Lakewood in northeast Ohio received the highest honor, the Commissioner’s Award.

Dublin Sells Middle School was one of 10 schools to also receive the Harold A. Meyer Award, while Grandview Heights, Johnstown-Monroe and Olentangy Liberty high schools were Respect the Game Challenge recipients.

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.

Tennis team places second at nationals

A group of Columbus-area high school students finished second in the USTA Junior Team Tennis 18-and-under Intermediate National Championships last month in Cayce, S.C.

The Columbus team represented the Midwest USTA Section. In the championship match, the team lost to the USTA Middle States Section team from Yardley, Pa., 49-43. The Columbus team advanced by defeating the Missouri Valley Section team from Kansas City, Mo., 49-47 in a semifinal.

The team included Alex Hulka, Nicole Holman, Shuo Liu and Ashley Weeks of Upper Arlington, Bri Brdicka of Olentangy and Arjun Venkataraman of Dublin Scioto.

The national tournament featured the top 32 teams from various USTA sections across the country.

Max Elite Lacrosse offering indoor league

Max Elite Lacrosse is offering a 10-week indoor league for boys in grades 3-5, with games beginning Nov. 21 at D1, 8080 N. High St. in Columbus. For more information, visit

NHL Fan Fair part of All-Star weekend

The NHL Fan Fair will take place Jan. 23-25 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center as part of the league’s All-Star Game weekend festivities.

The event will feature interactive games and attractions for fans of all ages, NHL memorabilia and trophy displays and appearances by current and former players as well as NHL mascots. It will be open to the public from 3 to 10 p.m. Jan. 23, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 24 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 25.

Tickets can be purchased at, or at the Nationwide Arena box office.

Arnold set for March 5-8

The annual Arnold Sports Festival will be held March 5-8, bringing an estimated 18,000 athletes from 80 countries to Columbus to compete in 50 sports and events.

About 175,000 fans are expected to attend the sports festival, which began in 1989 as a one-day bodybuilding competition known as the Arnold Classic.

New events this year include the Arnold Kids Fitness Expo, the WWE, rowing and chess. The Kids Fitness Expo will focus on youth sports, demonstrations, clinics and exhibits.

Most events will be held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center (400 N. High St.), the Ohio Expo Center (717 E. 17th Ave.) and Lifestyle Communities Pavilion (405 Neil Ave.).

For more information, visit

GCSTO offering home-school team

The Greater Columbus Swim Team of Ohio is offering a team option for home-school students. The program is held in six-week sessions during the fall and winter, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. For more information, contact coach Steve Nye at (614) 478-5445 or, or visit

Lacrosse coaches clinic scheduled

The Ohio Machine will play host to a clinic for youth and high school boys lacrosse coaches on Dec. 6 at the Ohio State Martha Morehouse Medical Plaza, 2050 Kenny Road.

The clinic will be led by Machine coach Bear Davis and will include speakers and instructors from coaching staffs throughout the Midwest. On-field instruction will be offered in offensive and defensive formations, goalie play, face-offs and wing play. Also, members of the Ohio State Sports Medicine staff will present concussion and training protocols.

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

Baseball Academy camps planned

U.S. Baseball Academy will hold camps this winter at Hilliard Bradley, Watkins Memorial and Westland high schools.

The camps offer players in grades 1-12 advanced hitting, pitching, catching, fielding and baserunning training programs. Sessions are limited to six players per coach so athletes can receive individual attention.

The Bradley and Watkins Memorial camps are scheduled for Jan. 4-Feb. 8, and the Westland camp will take place Jan. 11-Feb. 15.

To register, visit

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

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.

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Poling inducted into OWU hall

Delaware native Chad Poling recently was inducted into the Ohio Wesleyan University Athletic Hall of Fame for his achievements in men’s golf.

A 2004 OWU graduate, Poling was a three-time All-American who capped his career by winning the individual championship at the NCAA Division III tournament. 

Poling graduated from Delaware Hayes High School in 2001.

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Sotos earns NCAC honor

Dublin Coffman High School graduate John Sotos earned Newcomer of the Year honors in the

North Coast Athletic Conference for his performance in the NCAC men’s cross country meet Nov. 1 at Infirmary Mound Park in Granville.

Sotos, who competes for Ohio Wesleyan University, was the top freshman finisher in the race, placing 10th in 27:00.2.

Dublin Crew boat takes 13th in Boston

Competing in the 50th Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, Dublin Crew’s girls youth varsity 4+ finished 13th of 85 boats by completing the 4,800-meter course in 20 minutes, 31.677 seconds.

The boat featured coxswain Gus Workman (Dublin Jerome), Gina Michael (Dublin Coffman), Emily Marshall (Olentangy Liberty), Bridget Geyer (Watterson) and Jennifer Voltmann (Jerome).

Dublin Crew athletes honored

Two members of Dublin Crew have been honored by USRowing. Bridget Geyer of Watterson was one of 49 student-athletes named to the 2014-15 Scholastic Honor Roll, and Gina Michael of Dublin Coffman was one of 36 to receive honorable mention honor roll recognition.

The Scholastic Honor Roll recognizes high school seniors who have excelled in both academics and rowing. Applicants must have competed as a rower or coxswain for at least a year, and must have competed at or above the league or regional level.

Geyer and Michael both competed for Dublin Crew in the Youth National Championships in June.

Philbin inducted into Millikin hall

Dublin resident Terrence Philbin has been inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Millikin University in Decatur, Ill.

Philbin, a 1989 graduate who went on to become an orthopedic surgeon in central Ohio, was a football team captain and first-team all-conference offensive lineman as a senior. The season before, he earned academic all-American honors.

Philbin also is a team physician for Dublin Coffman and Olentangy Liberty high schools.

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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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Harlem Wizards to play at Central

The Harlem Wizards basketball team will face a team of Westerville teachers and guests at 7 p.m. Jan. 20 at Westerville Central High School. The game is sponsored by the Libraries for Liberia Foundation. Tickets are available at and at Westerville school buildings. For more information, contact Amy Birtcher at

Terrell inducted into OWU hall

Westerville North High School graduate Akeya Terrell recently was inducted into the Ohio Wesleyan University Athletic Hall of Fame.

Terrell was a two-time All-American in the 400 meters and a standout defender in women’s soccer. During her career, she won six North Coast Athletic Conference individual titles in track and was a 15-time all-NCAC honoree.

She also was a part of two consecutive NCAA Division III national championship teams in soccer in 2001 and 2002.

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Harris to compete in national meet

Brookside Elementary School sixth-grader Amya Harris will compete in the Cross Country Coaches National Youth Championships on Nov. 22 in Nashville, Tenn.

Harris qualified by finishing with a time better than 13 minutes, 30 seconds in the Ohio middle school meet Oct. 19 at Groveport Madison High School.

Competing in the girls sixth-grade-and-under division, Harris placed seventh (13:15.9) of 47 runners.

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