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Tuesday April 15, 2014 3:44 PM

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OHSBCA announces academic honors

The Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association has announced its academic all-state players for the 2013-14 season.

Mike DeLeon (Olentangy Liberty) and Alex Stevens (Delaware) made the Division I boys team, and Jimmy Hanley (Ready) made the Division III boys team.

Alyssa Rice (Reynoldsburg), Kayla Pack (Worthington Kilbourne) and Kelsey Walker (Westerville North) made the Division I girls team.

Area golfers shine in Ohio Kickoff

The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour held its Ohio Kickoff tournament April 5 and 6 at Delaware Golf Club, and several area competitors turned in top performances.

In the boys 15-18 division, Brady Bohl of Dublin finished second, three strokes behind Will Kurtz of Hudson. Grant Godfrey of Delaware placed third, one stroke behind Bohl.

The girls 15-18 division ended in a playoff, with Emily Knouff of Minster edging Makenzie Torres of Grove City for the title.

In the boys 11-14 division, Tejas Sinha of Pickerington won the title by three shots over Troy Taylor II of Westerville.

Riley Dean of Lewis Center won the girls 11-14 division, seven shots ahead of runner-up Tabytha Robinson of Dublin.

Mount Union to hold football camps

The University of Mount Union will play host to the Larry Kehres Instructional Football Camps from June 23-25 and June 25-27 on its campus in Alliance.

The camps are open to players entering grades 6-12. Campers will be divided into instruction groups and 7-on-7 teams based on age and skill level.

The cost of the camp covers housing in a residence hall, meals and a camp T-shirt.

For more information and registration, visit the football page at

Golf outing to be held at Willow Run

The second annual Excellence In Sportsmanship golf outing will be held at 10 a.m. May 3 at Willow Run, 1158 Hazelton Road in Pataskala. The tournament features a four-person scramble format and begins with a shotgun start.

Proceeds benefit the Excellence In Sportsmanship Committee. The event includes a 50/50 raffle and closest to the pin and longest putt competitions.

For more information or reservations, contact Jim Simpson at

Reds Legends clinic scheduled 

The 21st annual Cincinnati Reds Legends charity youth baseball clinic will be held June 16-18 at VFW Field in Marietta.

Former Reds players scheduled to attend include Todd Benzinger, Clay Carroll, Eddie Milner, Ron Oester, Pokey Reese, Reggie Sanders and Herm Winningham. 

There are spots for 125 players. To register, call Mike Wagner at (740) 373-3476.

3-on-3 basketball tourney planned

The Columbus Hoopla 3-on-3 basketball tournament will take place June 21 and 22 in the Arena District. The event is open to youth, co-ed and adult teams. For more information and registration, visit The registration deadline is May 16.

DeSales holding boys lacrosse clinic

DeSales High School will play host to a lacrosse clinic from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. May 5 for boys in grades 3-6. Clinic proceeds will benefit Run the Race, a program of the Brian Muha Foundation. Register at under “DeSales Announcements.”

St. Charles to hold basketball camps

St. Charles Preparatory School is offering boys basketball camps July 1 and 2 for grades 5-9, July 8-11 for grades 5-7 and July 14-17 for grades 8-9. For more information and registration, contact coach Will Gruber at or (614) 260-2303.

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.

Class offered for wrestling officials

The Ohio High School Athletic Association is offering a class for prospective wrestling officials April 25-27 in Columbus.

Classes will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 25 and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 26. On April 27, students will officiate the Wrestling Against Autism Tournament at Olentangy Orange and then take a test to become a certified official.

For more information and registration, contact Frederick Feeney at or (614) 946-6167.

Challenger offering area soccer camps

Challenger Sports is offering “British” and “TetraBrazil” soccer camps across central Ohio this summer.

The camps, which will be led by British and Brazilian coaches, will take place in June, July and August in Columbus, Delaware, Dublin, Gahanna, Grove City, Hilliard, New Albany, Powell, Reynoldsburg, Westerville and Whitehall.

For more information or to register, visit

Girls golf clinics offered in April

The Ohio Girls Golf Foundation will hold clinics from 10 to 11 a.m. April 19 and 26 at Bent Tree in Sunbury.

The clinics, which are taught by LPGA and PGA instructors, are open to girls of all skill levels ages 8-18 and will cover all aspects of the game.

To register, visit or email The deadline is April 1.

Spielman camp set for July 15-16

The eighth annual Chris Spielman youth football camp will be held from 4 to 7:30 p.m. July 15 and 16 at Dublin Coffman High School.

Participants will learn fundamental football skills and have the opportunity to interact with Spielman, a former Ohio State and NFL linebacker who directs the camp with area prep and college coaches.

For more information and registration, visit

Wooster holding girls soccer camps

The College of Wooster is holding residential girls soccer camps from June 22-25 (grades 5-8) and June 29-July 2 (grades 9-12). For more information and registration, visit

Make a Splash lessons available

The Greater Columbus Swim School is serving as the central Ohio partner for USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash water safety initiative for children. Sessions are scheduled for April, May, June and July. To register, contact instructor Stepha Echard at or (614) 551-7772. For more information, visit

GCSTO offering various programs

The Greater Columbus Swim Team of Ohio is offering various programs this spring and summer, including swimming lessons, a youth fitness program, lifeguard training and one-day stroke camps.

Lessons are available for participants of all ages, the youth fitness program is for ages 11 to 17 and lifeguard training is for ages 15 and older. For more information, contact instructor Erin Harris at (614) 582-2597 or

Stroke camps are available for backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle, and another is offered for starts, turns and finishes. For more information, contact coach Steve Nye at (614) 478-5445 or

Theismann to speak at Ohio Dominican

Former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann will be the keynote speaker for Ohio Dominican’s fifth annual Black & Gold Club kickoff event fundraiser at 6 p.m. Aug. 7 in the university’s Alumni Hall.

Theismann played 12 seasons in the NFL from 1974-85, all with Washington. He was league MVP in 1983 and led the Redskins to a 27-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII.

The Black & Gold Club provides financial support for ODU athletics. The fundraiser includes a dinner, silent and live auctions and a raffle.

To purchase tickets, visit

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Bexley holding basketball camp

The Bexley High School boys basketball program will play host to a camp June 2-5. Sessions are scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon (boys entering grades 3-6) and 1 to 4 p.m. (boys entering grades 7-9). For registration, contact coach Dave Gustin at

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Lyle earns OAC honor

Capital University freshman Jordan Lyle, a Big Walnut High School graduate, earned all-Ohio Athletic Conference honors at the league’s indoor track and field meet held Feb. 28-March 1 at Mount Union.

Lyle finished second in the pole vault, clearing a school-record 11 feet, 4 1/4 inches.

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Scioto freshman wins saber title

Dublin Scioto freshman Matthew Hayes took first place in senior men’s saber during a recent competition in North Royalton and qualified for the U.S. Fencing National Championships to be held June 22-July 3 in Columbus.

Hayes is a member of the Dublin High School Fencing Club, which trains at Columbus Fencing & Fitness and is coached by Coffman teacher Simon Birkhoff.

Scioto team doctor honored

Dublin Scioto High School’s team physician, Dr. Trent Sickles, has been honored as the Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association Team Physician of the Year for 2014.

Sickles practices at OhioHealth Max Sports Medicine. He previously has been a team physician for Ohio State, Ohio Wesleyan and Worthington Kilbourne.

Sickles will be honored at the association’s annual awards banquet May 9 at the Columbus Marriott Northwest in Dublin.

For more information, visit

Jerome holding basketball camp

Dublin Jerome High School will play host to a boys basketball camp June 9-12. Grades 3-6 will participate from 9 to 11:30 a.m., followed by grades 7-9 from 12:30 to 3 p.m. and grades 1-2 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

For more information and registration, contact coach Jamie Pearson at (740) 244‐3994 or

Stephen named Coach of the Year

Dublin Jerome boys and girls tennis coach Tyler Stephen recently was named High School Coach of the Year by the Midwest Division of the United States Professional Tennis Association. 

Last spring, Stephen’s boys team won its fourth consecutive league title. The girls team won its 10th league title in a row last fall.

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Wuorinen competes in NCAA meet

Columbus Academy graduate Conrad Wuorinen, a Gahanna resident, helped the Denison University men’s swimming and diving team finish second at the NCAA Division III meet held March 19-22 in Indianapolis.

Wuorinen, a sophomore, placed 12th in the 50-yard freestyle (20.59 seconds) and 11th in the 100 free (44.97). He also competed on the 200 medley relay (ninth, 1:29.63), 200 free relay (ninth, 1:21.08) and 400 free relay (second, 2:58.67).

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Warrior Spirit wins 10 medals

Four members of the competition team at Warrior Spirit Karate of Grove City combined to win 10 medals at the Arnold Sports Festival.

Sensei Don Mathews, who is chief instructor, won two golds and two silvers. Sensei Craig Merritt won a gold and a bronze, while Kennedy Yowell won a silver and Mary Thomas won a gold, a silver and a bronze.

Mattox captures third state title

Jaden Mattox, an eighth-grader at Brookpark Middle School in Grove City, recently won his third consecutive Ohio Athletic Committee junior high school state wrestling championship.

Mattox won the title at 96 pounds after previously winning at 78 and 84 pounds.

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Hilliard swimmers compete at OSU

Hilliard swimmers representing the United Swim Association competed March 7-9 in a Junior Olympics meet at Ohio State.

The 13-14 girls 200-yard freestyle relay, featuring Alexa McDonald and Riley Ernst of Hilliard, finished 15th in 1 minute, 43.34 seconds. The pair also swam on the 16th-place 200 medley relay (1:57:62).

McDonald also reached the finals in the 100 breaststroke (13th, 1:08:64) and 200 breast (15th, 2:32:31).
McDonald and Ernst advanced from a regional meet Feb. 21-23, along with fellow Hilliard swimmers Payton Gehring, Brogan Gehring, Brady Vann, Maaz Baig, Reilly Vann, Ryan Gunter and Ben Coons.

In the regional meet, McDonald and Ernst helped the 13-14 girls 200 free relay finish first (1:43.04). The 11-12 boys 200 free relay, which included Brady Vann and Baig, also took first (1:54.46).

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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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Tulloss earns OAC honor

Capital University freshman Caitlyn Tulloss, a Northridge High School graduate, earned all-Ohio Athletic Conference honors at the league’s indoor track and field meet held Feb. 28-March 1 at Mount Union.

Tulloss placed third in the 500 meters, breaking her own school record in the event with a time of 1 minute, 19.32 seconds.

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Kobelt earns 100th career win

New Albany High School graduate Maddie Kobelt earned her 100th career victory for the Syracuse University women’s tennis team during a 6-1 win at Pittsburgh on April 4.

Kobelt, a senior who plays first singles, defeated Audrey Ann Blakely 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 7-6 (7-3).

She became the 30th player in program history to reach 100 wins.

Windle earns national honor

Ashland University junior Drew Windle, a New Albany High School graduate, has been named men’s indoor track and field Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive year.

In the NCAA Division II meet March 15 in Winston-Salem, N.C., Windle won his second consecutive national championship in the 800 meters, finishing in 1 minute, 49.73 seconds.

A day earlier, Windle ran on Ashland’s distance medley, which won a national title in 9:49.14.

Earlier this season, Windle ran the second-fastest 800 among all collegians and the fastest in Division II indoor history in 1:46.52.

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O’Neil captures Golden Gloves title

Colby O'Neil, a sixth-grader at Olentangy Hyatts Middle School, captured the 2014 tri-state Golden Gloves championship for Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia in the 125-pound weight class. He trains at Sullivan Brothers’ Gym in Powell.

McCorkle wins bowling event

Jay McCorkle, a third-grader at Oak Creek Elementary in Lewis Center, won the 10-and-under district bowling title in the Pepsi Championships at HP Lanes. He rolled a 508 series, including a 203 high game, to advance to the state finals in May for the second consecutive year.

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Plans in works for ‘Superhero’ program

The Reynoldsburg Parks and Recreation Department is working toward developing a “Superhero” sports league for area children with intellectual and physical disabilities.

The first meeting for the effort is scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at City Hall. Topics scheduled to be discussed include: registration process, age groups, teams, sports offered, volunteers, practice/game schedules, awards and jerseys, length of season and sustainment of the program.

For more information, contact Reynoldsburg Parks and Recreation at (614) 322-6806.

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Johnston enters Circle of Champions

Upper Arlington graduate and Olympic diver Abby Johnston was inducted into the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Circle of Champions during the boys basketball state tournament March 22 at Ohio State.

A two-time state champion who helped the Golden Bears girls swimming and diving team win three state titles, Johnston went on to become a three-time All-American at Duke University, winning the NCAA’s 3-meter title in 2011. She earned a silver medal in 3-meter springboard synchronized diving at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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Humphrey competes in NCAA meet

Columbus Academy graduate Jackson Humphrey, a Westerville resident, helped the Denison University men’s swimming and diving team finish second at the NCAA Division III meet held March 19-22 in Indianapolis.

Humphrey, a senior, finished seventh in the 200-yard individual medley (1 minute, 50 seconds), eighth in the 400 IM (3:56.89) and seventh in the 200 backstroke (1:47.85).

Westerville teens win gold at Arnold

Westerville Central High School junior Dajour Cooper and Westerville South sophomore Vili Marquez won gold medals competing March 2 in the martial arts competition at the Arnold Sports Festival.

In the black belt competition, Cooper won gold in sparring and Marquez won gold in forms and silver in weapons forms.

They train at Koguryo Martial Arts Academy in Westerville.

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Steele breaks swim club record

Samuel Steele broke Worthington Swim Club’s 24-year-old record in the 11-12 boys 50-yard backstroke when he clocked 29.02 seconds in the Ohio Short Course Junior Olympic Championships held March 7-9 at Ohio State.

The previous record was 29.62.

Steele placed eighth in the 50 back. He also was sixth in the 50 freestyle, 11th in the 100 back and 13th in the 100 individual medley, and helped the 400 free relay finish 13th.

Taylor wrestles in NCAA tourney

Worthington Kilbourne High School graduate Andrew Taylor competed for Baldwin Wallace University in the NCAA Division III wrestling tournament March 14 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Taylor, a senior 133-pounder, lost both of his matches to finish 31-17 for the season and 91-70 for his career. He was second-team all-Ohio Athletic Conference this season.

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