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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.

Pro soccer player to host free camp

Professional men’s soccer player Kyle Culbertson will host a free soccer camp for local youth from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 3 at Stars Indoor Sports, 6124 Busch Blvd., Columbus.

Culbertson will teach soccer skills and speak about his experience as a professional athlete. The camp is aimed at Hispanic youth but is open to children of all backgrounds.

Culbertson, who played Olentangy High School and Ohio State, recently completed his rookie professional season with Puerto Rico F.C. and was selected as a finalist for the North American Soccer League’s Young Player of 2016 Award.

The camp is limited to 50 participants. Registration will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. For details or to register, visit waiver.fr/p-RUpz9.

Registration underway for baseball camp

Watkins Memorial and Westland high schools both will play host to a six-week baseball camp starting Jan. 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, visit USBaseballAcademy.com or call toll-free 866-622-4487.

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

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CANAL WINCHESTER/GROVEPORT

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CLINTONVILLE

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DELAWARE/SUNBURY

Delaware graduate named 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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DUBLIN

Coffman grad named preseason All-America

Dublin Coffman High School graduate Nate Axelrod, a junior on the Ohio Wesleyan University men’s basketball team, recently was named first-team D3hoops.com preseason All-America.

Last season, Axelrod was named All-America and Great Lakes Region Player of the Year by D3hoops.com. He also was North Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year.

A 5-foot-7 guard, Axelrod ranked fifth in the NCAC in scoring (17.2 points per game) and led the conference in assists (5.6 per game) last season. He also led the NCAC in assist/turnover ratio (3.8) and ranked fourth in the conference in free-throw percentage (.788).

Dublin athlete earns all-district accolades

Natalie Ashbrook, a 2013 Dublin Coffman High School graduate, recently earned academic all-district accolades from the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Ashbrook, an early childhood education major and a member of the women’s soccer team at Otterbein University, was one of five defenders chosen in Otterbein’s district, which spans Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. She also was one of two Ohio Athletic Conference players to receive the honor.

Jerome’s Herceg named Junior All-American

Jack Herceg, a senior on the Dublin Jerome High School boys golf team, has been named to the Transamerica Scholastic Junior All-America Team by the American Junior Golf Association.

Created in 1988, the All-America team consists of 12 boys and 12 girls who demonstrate the ability to excel on the golf course as well as in the classroom and the community.

Herceg has a 4.65 adjusted GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society.

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GAHANNA

Gahanna athlete named 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

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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

Hilliard Track Club competes in USTAF event

Six members of the Hilliard Track Club had top-10 finishes in the USA Track & Field Ohio Association Cross Country Championships that recently were held at Otterbein University.

Erica Kaulen won the 2,000 meters among girls 8 and younger. Jonah Lambert placed seventh and Cole Fetzer was 10th in the 3,000 among boys ages 9-10, and Nicole Kaulen took eighth in the 3,000 among girls ages 11-12.

Also in the 3,000, Ryan Kaulen finished ninth among boys ages 8 and younger, and Kira Morisue-Lesser took 10th among girls ages 9-10.

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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

Orange graduate named 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

Pickerington athlete named 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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WEST SIDE

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WESTERVILLE

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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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