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CENTRAL OHIO

NFHS offering course on basketball officiating

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has launched a basketball officiating course at NFHSLearn.com.

"Officiating Basketball" is intended to assist individuals in improving their officiating skills. Included in the course are units covering fouls, screening, post play, block/charge calls, among other topics. Each unit concludes with a two- or three-question quiz to evaluate an individual's understanding of the content.

The cost of the course is $10 for members of the NFHS Officials Association and $20 for non-members.

Registration underway for baseball camp

Watkins Memorial and Westland high schools both will play host to a six-week baseball camp startingJan. 8.

Watkins Memorial coach Don Schone and Westland coach Neil Bittel will direct their respective camps, which are in conjunction with U.S. Baseball Academy.

Classes are available for players in grades 1-12 and are limited to seven players per coach. Sessions are offered in advanced hitting, pitching, catching, fielding and baserunning. Registration is underway.

For more information, visitUSBaseballAcademy.com or call toll-free866-622-4487.

Bob Cene baseball tourney to be held

Registration is underway for the 2017 Bob Cene Memorial Wood Bat Tournament for 18U and 17U baseball teams. The tournament will be held June 22-25 at the Bob Cene Baseball Complex in Struthers as well as outlying fields. For more information and to register, visit youngstownclassb.com.

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BEXLEY

Hall induction set for Jan. 7

Five former Bexley athletes will be inducted into the high school's Athletic Hall of Fame on Jan. 7.

An induction ceremony and brunch will be held at the school, 326 S. Cassingham Road, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event is open to the public.

The honorees are Kevin Seckel (class of 1990; two-time state doubles tennis champion), Marie Ridgeway (1984; two-time state doubles tennis champion), Sam McCandlish (1960; captain in football, basketball and baseball), Jodie Bauman (1988; all-league and all-district in volleyball and basketball) and Charlotte Myers (2011; four-year standout in soccer and track and field).

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CANAL WINCHESTER/GROVEPORT

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CLINTONVILLE

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Delaware graduatenamed all-NCAC

Hannah Joseph, a 2015 Delaware Hayes High School graduate, recently was named honorable mention all-North Coast Athletic Conference for the Ohio Wesleyan University women's soccer team.

The sophomore defender ranked third on the team in scoring with seven points. She shared the team lead with three assists and scored two goals.

The Bishops finished 7-10 overall and 4-4 in the NCAC.

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Ashbrook earns region, conference honors

Natalie Ashbrook, a senior defender for the Otterbein University women's soccer team, recently was named third-team all-Great Lakes Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and second-team all-Ohio Athletic Conference.

Ashbrook, a 2013 Dublin Coffman High School graduate, started all 18 games this season and helped the Cardinals post nine shutouts and rank second in the OAC in goals-against average (0.86) and goals allowed (16).

Otterbein finished 10-6-2 overall and 5-3-1 in the OAC.

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Blacklick athlete earns all-OAC accolade

Alex Elliott, a Blacklick resident who attended IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, recently was named second-team all-Ohio Athletic Conference for the Baldwin Wallace University women's soccer team.

Elliott, a junior midfielder/forward, recorded career-bests in goals (10), assists (4) and points (24), making her second on the team in points and goals. In 62 career games, she has 26 goals and eight assists for 60 points.

Baldwin Wallace finished 12-9-1 overall and 5-4 in the OAC.

Lunger earns all-OAC accolade

Jaden Lunger, a 2014 Gahanna Lincoln High School graduate, recently was named co-Defender of the Year for the Ohio Athletic Conference.

The junior started all 18 games for the Otterbein University men's soccer team this season, helping the third-ranked defense in the OAC post seven shutouts. He also had an assist as the Cardinals finished 8-7-3 overall and 3-5-1 in the OAC.

Lunger also earned conference honors as a freshman and sophomore.

Gahanna athletenamed to Otterbein HOF

Jenny Knox Gayler, of Gahanna, recently was inducted into the Otterbein University Athletics Hall of Fame.

Gayler, a defender, helped lead the women's soccer team to three consecutive Ohio Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles from 2008-10. Otterbein finished each season ranked in the top 10 nationally.

A 2011 graduate, Gayler was the only three-time female All-American in Otterbein history. She also compiled a 4.0 GPA and finished as a two-time first-team Academic All-American.

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GRANDVIEW

Farynowski earns all-NCAC honors

Ben Farynowski, a 2013 Grandview Heights High School graduate, recently was named honorable mention all-North Coast Athletic Conference for the Ohio Wesleyan University men's soccer team.

Farynowski, a senior goalkeeper, led the NCAC in save percentage (.849), ranked second in saves (73) and goals-against average (0.81) and was fourth in shutouts (5.1).

Ohio Wesleyan finished 10-5-3 overall and 5-2-2 in the NCAC.

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GROVE CITY

Grove City graduate earns all-OAC honors

Andrea Miller, a Grove City High School graduate, recently was named second-team all-Ohio Athletic Conference for the Otterbein University women's volleyball team.

Miller, a sophomore setter, ranked fifth in the OAC this season with 966 assists. She had 19 matches with 30-plus assists and surpassed 40 in seven matches, culminating with a career-high 49 in a five-set loss to Mount Union in the OAC Tournament. Miller also ranked fourth on the team with 191 digs.

Otterbein finished 16-14 overall and 4-5 in the OAC.

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HILLIARD

Bradley grad earns all-NCAC honors

Brady Whittekind, a 2016 Hilliard Bradley High School graduate, recently was named honorable mention all-North Coast Athletic Conference for the Ohio Wesleyan University men's soccer team.

Whittekind, a freshman forward, also was named NCAC Newcomer of the Year and ranked fourth on the team in scoring with four goals. He was tied for third in the NCAC with three game-winning goals.

Ohio Wesleyan finished 10-5-3 overall and 5-2-2 in the NCAC.

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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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Johnstown golfer named to Otterbein HOF

Ryan Dorff, of Johnstown, recently was inducted into the Otterbein University Athletics Hall of Fame.

Dorff helped lead the men's golf team to four consecutive Ohio Athletic Conference titles and a pair of fourth-place NCAA finishes. The 2002 OAC individual champion missed repeating by one stroke as a senior.

Dorff had a pair of top 20 finishes in the NCAA and finished as a three-time All-American - one of just 10 in school history - while also earning Academic All-American Scholar recognition his final two years.

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LICKING COUNTY

Granville athlete named to Otterbein HOF

Don Snider, of Granville, recently was inducted into the Otterbein University Athletics Hall of Fame.

The football team had nine consecutive losing seasons until the arrival of Snider's freshman class, which compiled a 24-12-1 record over four seasons.

As a linebacker, Snider had 131 tackles as a freshman and 98 through five games as a sophomore before breaking his leg. He was named Ohio Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year as a junior, setting the school's single-season record for tackles with 147 tackles.

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MARYSVILLE

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NEW ALBANY

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NORTHLAND

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NORTHWEST

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OLENTANGY

Baum earns region, conference honors

Kyle Baum, a senior forward for the Ohio Wesleyan University men's soccer team, recently was named first-team all-Great Lakes Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and all-North Coast Athletic Conference.

Baum, a 2013 Olentangy Liberty High School graduate, led the Battling Bishops in scoring this season with eight goals and five assists. His 19 points ranked third in the NCAC.

Ohio Wesleyan finished 10-5-3 overall and 5-2-2 in the NCAC.

Pham garners all-OAC accolade

Tiger Pham, a 2016 Olentangy Liberty High School graduate, recently was named honorable mention all-Ohio Athletic Conference for the Otterbein University men's soccer team.
Pham, a freshman midfielder, started 13 of 18 games and had three goals and two assists.

Otterbein finished 8-7-3 overall and 3-5-1 in the OAC.

Orange graduatenamed all-NCAC

Mackenzie Brunke, a 2015 Olentangy Orange High School graduate, recently was named first-team all-North Coast Athletic Conference for the Ohio Wesleyan University women's soccer team.

The sophomore goalkeeper ranked second in the NCAC in saves (104) and third in save percentage (.788) as the Bishops finished 7-10 overall and 4-4 in the conference. She also tied for third in the NCAC with 3.1 shutouts.

Brunke was a second-team all-NCAC selection as a freshman.

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PICKERINGTON

Local resident plays in baseball showcase

Dorian Hamilton, of Pickerington, participated in the Junior All-American Games held Nov. 25-27 at the Baltimore Orioles Spring Training Complex in Sarasota, Florida.

The event featured baseball players of various ages from more than 20 states and included an opening ceremony, game competition, instruction, skills showcase, player evaluations and a home run derby.

Hamilton plays for the Big Katz 11U team, which is coached by Justin Belcher.

Pickerington athletenamed to Otterbein HOF

Tara Carter, of Pickerington, recently was inducted into the Otterbein University Athletics Hall of Fame.

Carter, a goalkeeper, helped lead the women's soccer team to three consecutive Ohio Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles from 2008-10. Otterbein finished each season ranked in the top 10 nationally.

A 2011 graduate, Carter was named 2010 National Goalkeeper of the Year and remains the OAC's all-time leader in shutouts (54), goals-against average (.430), minutes played (7,815) and consecutive scoreless minutes (1,094).

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REYNOLDSBURG

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UPPER ARLINGTON

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WESTERVILLE

Central grad earns all-OAC selection

Jalen Liggins, a 2012 Westerville Central High School graduate, recently was named honorable mention all-Ohio Athletic Conference for the Otterbein University football team.

Liggins, a senior defensive back, started every game this season for the Cardinals and finished second in the OAC with eight pass breakups. He had two interceptions, which ranked 10th in the conference, and 45 tackles.

Otterbein finished 5-5 overall and 5-4 in the OAC.

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WHITEHALL

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WORTHINGTON

Thomas grad named all-OAC in volleyball

Ellen Hawkins, a 2014 Thomas Worthington High School graduate, recently was named first-team all-Ohio Athletic Conference for the Baldwin Wallace University women's volleyball team.

It is the first all-OAC selection for Hawkins, a junior right-side hitter who appeared in all 30 matches this season, recording career-bests in hitting percentage (.345), kills (305), digs (82) and service aces (20).

For her career, Hawkins has appeared in 68 matches and has recorded 463 kills, 124 digs, 88 blocks, 28 aces and 15 assists.

This season, Baldwin Wallace finished 24-6 overall and placed fifth in the OAC at 5-4.

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