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CENTRAL OHIO

Diving nationals to be held at OSU

About 150 divers, including six Olympians and several central Ohioans, are scheduled to compete in the USA Diving Winter National Championships on Tuesday, Dec. 16, through Dec. 21 at Ohio State.

Divers will be competing for national titles in 1-meter and 3-meter springboard, 10-meter platform, synchronized 3-meter and synchronized 10-meter. The event also will be used to select competitors for the 2015 World University Games and 2015 FINA Grand Prix meets. In addition, four divers will earn berths to the 2015 World Championships.

Area participants are expected to include 2012 Olympic silver medalist Abby Johnston of Upper Arlington, Samantha Bromberg of Bexley, Olentangy Liberty graduates Olivia Ball and Alex Clay, Liberty junior Cameron Thatcher and New Albany seniors David Dinsmore and Estee Pryor.

For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.usadiving.org.

Max Elite offering clinics

Max Elite Lacrosse is offering clinics focusing on stick work, dodging, shooting, individual offense/defense and game situations.

The clinics will be held at D1, 8080 N. High St. in Columbus, for middle school/high school girls (Dec. 22), elementary school boys (Dec. 26), middle school boys (Dec. 29) and high school boys (Dec. 30). All the clinics will run from 1 to 3 p.m.

For more information and registration, visit maxelitelacrosse.com.

Columbus wins Final Four bid

The NCAA has awarded Columbus the 2018 Division I women’s basketball Final Four.

It will be the third time the event has been played in Ohio, with Columbus joining Cincinnati (1997) and Cleveland (2007) as host cities. Games will be played at Nationwide Arena, with Ohio State serving as the host school.

Columbus’ selection was announced as part of the NCAA choosing sites for the women’s Final Four from 2017-20. The other host cities are Dallas (2017), Tampa, Fla. (2019) and New Orleans (2020).

Cities were voted on by the Division I Women’s Basketball Committee.

The event will be held in Tampa in 2015 and Indianapolis in 2016.

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.

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 Ticketmaster.com, BlueJackets.com 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 www.arnoldsportsfestival.com.

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 stevenye@sbcglobal.net, or visit www.gcsto.com.

Baseball Academy camps planned

U.S. Baseball Academy will hold camps this winter at 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 Watkins Memorial camp is scheduled for Jan. 4-Feb. 8, and the Westland camp will take place Jan. 11-Feb. 15.

To register, visit www.USBaseballAcademy.com.

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 www.2016ussenioropen.com.

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BEXLEY

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CANAL WINCHESTER/GROVEPORT

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CLINTONVILLE

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DELAWARE/SUNBURY

OWU players receive honors

Several central Ohio high school graduates received postseason North Coast Athletic Conference honors for their contributions to the Ohio Wesleyan men’s soccer team, which reached an NCAA Division III semifinal and finished 17-5-4.

Senior midfielder Colton Bloecher, from Olentangy Orange, was named NCAC Offensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.

Joining him on the all-NCAC first team was senior defender Drew Pang (Dublin Coffman). Making the second team were sophomore forward Kyle Baum (Olentangy Liberty) and senior goalkeeper Colin Beemiller (Pickerington North), and senior forward Taylor Rieger (Orange) was honorable mention.

Fleak earns MAC honor

Big Walnut High School graduate Skylar Fleak was named to the Mid-American Conference all-freshman team in women’s soccer.

Fleak, a forward for Bowling Green, led the Falcons with five goals and added an assist for a team-best 11 points.

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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DUBLIN

Coffman honoring hall’s class of 2015

Four individuals and one team will be inducted into the Dublin Coffman High School Athletic Hall of Fame during events Jan. 23 and 24.

The class of 2015 consists of Ike Indukwe (2000; football), Bart Hunton (2001; football, basketball and baseball), Nedu Indukwe (2003; football and basketball), Kyle Madsen (2005, basketball) and the 1991 football team coached by Bryan Deal.

The honorees will be introduced during halftime of the boys basketball game Jan. 23, with the induction taking place during a ceremony Jan. 24 at the school.

Noppenberger earns OAC recognition

Dublin Scioto High School graduate Grant Noppenberger was named second-team all-Ohio Athletic Conference in football.

Noppenberger is a junior center at Otterbein.

Mount earns NCAC honor

Dublin Jerome High School graduate Carrie Mount was named second-team all-North Coast Athletic Conference following her senior season on the College of Wooster field hockey team.

Mount, a goalkeeper, made 129 saves and had a 2.02 goals-against average.

Martin receives Horizon accolade

Dublin Jerome High School graduate Marissa Martin was named to the Horizon League all-freshman team in women’s soccer.

Martin, a defender for Youngstown State, started all 17 games for the Penguins and was a key contributor to a defense that posted four shutouts.

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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GAHANNA

Lunger earns OAC honor

Gahanna Lincoln High School graduate Jaden Lunger was named second-team all-Ohio Athletic Conference after his freshman season on the Otterbein University men’s soccer team.

Lunger, a defender, started every game for the Cardinals, contributing to four shutouts. He also scored two goals.

Elliott earns OAC honor

Blacklick resident Alex Elliott was named first-team all-Ohio Athletic Conference after her junior season on the Baldwin Wallace University women’s soccer team.

In 18 games, Elliott scored a team-high nine goals and added an assist to finish second on the Yellow Jackets with 19 points.

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GRANDVIEW

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GROVE CITY

Ogden selected for Queen of Diamonds 

Ready High School softball player Erica Ogden has been selected to compete in the Queen of Diamonds Showcase North on Jan. 3 and 4 at Kent State.

Athletes apply to participate and are selected on criteria including ability, potential, academics, graduation year and coaches’ requests and referrals.

Ogden is a sophomore shortstop at Ready. She also plays outfield, catcher and shortstop for the Ohio Hawks Harrell travel team.

Volleyball league sign-ups underway

Grove City Parks and Recreation is registering teams for adult volleyball leagues through Dec. 31. Sign up from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at City Hall, 4035 Broadway.

Teams will play an eight-match season starting Jan. 11 at Grove City High School. Matches will be held on Sundays from 2 to 6 p.m.

For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at (614) 277-3050 or visit www.GroveCityOhio.gov.

Hoffman earns OAC honor

Chris Hoffman, a 2012 Grove City High School graduate, has been named honorable mention all-Ohio Athletic Conference in football.

Hoffman is a two-year starting right tackle for Muskingum.

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HILLIARD

Curtis earns OAC honor

Hilliard Davidson High School graduate Jimmy Curtis was named honorable mention all-Ohio Athletic Conference after his sophomore season on the Capital football team.

Curtis, a safety, led the Crusaders in tackles with 59, interceptions with three and pass break-ups with five. His four forced fumbles were the most in the OAC.

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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.

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Witte earns NCAC honor

Northridge High School graduate Andrea Witte has been named first-team all-North Coast Athletic Conference in women’s soccer.

The Denison University junior had seven goals and 11 assists this season.

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LICKING COUNTY

Newark Catholic to donate sneakers

Fans attending the Newark Catholic High School boys basketball game Dec. 27 are encouraged to donate a gently worn (or new) pair of sneakers at the door.

The sneakers will be donated to the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store in Newark. Last year, more than 400 pairs of sneakers were donated.

The Green Wave will play Columbus Academy at 8 p.m. The game is part of the Newark Catholic Holiday Tournament.

Campbell earns OAC honor

The Ohio Athletic Conference has named Licking Heights High School graduate Catie Campbell its Runner of the Year in women’s cross country.

Campbell, a senior at Mount Union, won the OAC individual championship in 23 minutes, 59.99 seconds. Her performance led Mount Union to the conference championship, and she was the Purple Raiders’ first individual champion since 1990.

She also was the first Mount Union athlete to earn the OAC Runner of the Year honor in the award’s 16-year history.

Dent earns OAC honor

Watkins Memorial High School graduate Austin Dent was named second-team all-Ohio Athletic Conference after his senior season on the Capital University men’s soccer team.

Dent, a defender, helped the Crusaders earn six shutouts and post nine games with one or fewer goals allowed.

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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

Liberty holding baseball camp

The Olentangy Liberty baseball program’s winter camp is scheduled for 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 22 and 23 in the high school gym. For more information and to register, visit olhscamps.com or contact Ty Brenning at ty_brenning@olsd.us.

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PICKERINGTON

Walton receives OAC accolade

Pickerington High School Central graduate Brent Walton was named second-team all-Ohio Athletic Conference after his sophomore season on the Capital football team.

Walton rushed for 1,125 yards and 10 touchdowns. He finished with 1,323 all-purpose yards.

Hammond earns OAC recognition

Pickerington High School Central graduate Tyler Hammond was named honorable mention all-Ohio Athletic Conference after his senior season on the Otterbein football team.

Hammond, a kickoff returner and running back, averaged 26.2 yards per kickoff return and rushed for 168 yards on 33 carries.

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REYNOLDSBURG

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UPPER ARLINGTON

Stone earns OAC honor

Upper Arlington High School graduate Ali Stone was named honorable mention all-Ohio Athletic Conference after her senior season on the Otterbein University women’s soccer team.

Stone, a defender, started all 19 games for the Cardinals, contributing to nine shutouts.

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WEST SIDE

Westland’s Bailey named All-American

Tim Bailey, a 2014 graduate of Westland High School, has been named a U.S. Paralympics Track and Field High School All-American by the U.S. Paralympic Committee.

In the second year of its high school Paralympic program, Ohio led all states with seven All-Americans.

Bailey earned All-American honors in the 100, 400 and 800 meters. He won the 400 in a state meet-record 57.75 seconds June 7 at Ohio State. He also finished second in the 800 (2:01.75) and placed third in the 100 (17.7).

As a junior, Bailey won the 100 (17.28) and placed second in both the 400 (1:01.96) and 800 (2:13.76).

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WESTERVILLE

Pulliam receives OAC accolade

Westerville North High School graduate Jared Pulliam was named first-team all-Ohio Athletic Conference after his senior season on the Otterbein University men’s soccer team.

Pulliam, a forward, led the Cardinals and ranked fourth in the OAC with 10 goals and 23 points.

Florey, Pulliam earn OAC honors

Westerville South High School graduate R.G. Florey and Westerville North graduate Jacob Pulliam received postseason Ohio Athletic Conference honors as members of the Capital University men’s soccer team.

Florey, a senior midfielder, was first-team all-OAC. He led the Crusaders with nine goals and also had four assists.

Pulliam, a sophomore midfielder, was honorable mention all-OAC. He led the Crusaders with five assists.

Stemen recognized for play in college

Westerville resident Melinda Stemen was named second-team all-Ohio Athletic Conference after her senior season on the Otterbein University women’s soccer team.

Stemen, a forward who graduated from DeSales High School, had five goals and three assists to help Otterbein win the OAC regular-season title.

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 HarlemWizards.com and at Westerville school buildings. For more information, contact Amy Birtcher at Libraries4Liberia@gmail.com.

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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WHITEHALL

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WORTHINGTON

Weston receives postseason honors

Worthington Christian High School graduate Tobie Weston has been named second-team all-Great Lakes Region in women’s soccer.

A senior midfielder at Wittenberg, Weston started all 17 games this season and finished with five goals and two assists. She also was named first-team all-North Coast Athletic Conference for the second consecutive season.

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