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Area players excel in Memorial Junior

Several central Ohio golfers stood out in the Memorial Junior held July 21-23 at Longaberger Golf Club in Nashport, with Lexie Toth of Dublin winning the Girls Division with a 3-over-par 219.

Sybil Robinson of Dublin placed second (223). Also competing were Kamerine Taylor of Dublin (240) and Emily Hughes of Blacklick (244). 

The Boys Division was won by Donnie Trosper of Canton, Mich., with a 7-under 209. The top area finisher was Jeg Coughlin III of Dublin, who placed third with a 217.

Also competing were Cameron Michalak of Orient (217), Nick Montes of Pickerington (220), Nabeel Khan of Westerville (225), Justin Perdue of Dublin (229), Avery Schneider of New Albany (231), J.D. Fletcher of Dublin (231), Jack Herceg of Dublin (233), Seth Brenneman of Upper Arlington (233), Chris Doody of Upper Arlington (235), Darnell Ellis of Reynoldsburg (236), Matt Hoffman of Westerville (237), Connor Yakubov of Columbus (239), Jackson Moss of New Albany (239), Justin Wick of Upper Arlington (249) and Nick Contini of Granville (256).

Max Elite offering fall lacrosse leagues

Max Elite Lacrosse is offering fall leagues for boys in grades 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. The leagues run Sept. 14 through Oct. 12. For more information and registration, visit

Coordinator sought to monitor OCC umpires

The Ohio Capital Conference is looking for a coordinator to develop and implement its baseball umpiring program.

Responsibilities will include assigning, evaluating and monitoring all umpires at the varsity and sub-varsity levels.

Candidates should send a letter of interest and résumé to OCC commissioner Dave Cecutti at by Monday, Aug. 4.

Machine foundation to promote lacrosse

The Ohio Machine has formed a nonprofit charitable organization, the Ohio Machine Foundation, to help promote the growth of lacrosse in central Ohio.

According to the Major League Lacrosse team, the foundation will look to expand the sport by supporting programs and partnerships that focus on community involvement and youth development.

The foundation is managed by the Delaware County Foundation, a nonprofit that oversees permanent endowment funds set up by members of the community.

For more information, visit

The Machine, which was founded in 2012, plays its home games at Selby Stadium in Delaware.

Blue Jackets holding miniature golf outing

The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation will play host to its first Stinger Mini Golf Classic at 4 p.m. Aug. 10 at Westerville Mini Golf, 450 W. Schrock Road.

The event is for players of all ages, with proceeds benefiting the foundation. It will include an 18-hole round of mini golf with Stinger and Blue Jackets personalities, followed by a pizza party and awards presentation.

For more information and registration, visit

Firefighters charity golf outing planned

Members of the public are invited to play in the eighth annual Central Ohio Fallen Firefighters Memorial Golf Tournament on Aug. 11 at Delaware Golf Club.

Proceeds from the event, which is part of a nationwide effort, benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. The effort has raised more than $2 million to help the foundation provide programs and services to surviving family members.

For more information and registration, visit

McGowan 5K set for Aug. 17

The Jeff McGowan Memorial 5K will be held at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 17 at the Scioto Audubon Metro Park in downtown Columbus. Proceeds from the race benefit the Jeff McGowan Memorial Scholarship Fund. For more information and an entry form, contact Matt McGowan at or visit

Soccer officiating classes offered

The Licking County Soccer Officials Association is offering classes for prospective high school officials beginning Aug. 3.

Classes will be held at Headley Park in Gahanna. Upon completion of the course and passing the tests, students will receive an OHSAA license.

To register, visit For more information, contact instructor Howard Lewinter at (614) 235-6544 or

GCSTO holding fall/winter tryouts 

The Greater Columbus Swim Team of Ohio is holding tryouts for its fall/winter season. Athletes ages 6-18 are eligible.

Tryouts will be held from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Aug. 4 and 5 at the Gahanna pool, 148 Parkland Drive. Athletes then will be invited to practice with the team for two weeks before deciding whether to commit.

For more information on the team, contact coach Steve Nye at or (614) 478-5445, or visit

Dog Days 5K slated for Aug. 2

The 13th annual Circleville Dog Days 5K road race will be held at 9 a.m. Aug. 2, beginning and ending at Circleville High School. For more information and registration, visit

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.

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

ODU baseball team holding golf outing

The Ohio Dominican University baseball program will hold its annual golf outing Sept. 26 at Foxfire Golf Club.

All proceeds go to the baseball team.

For more information and to register, contact Paul Page at (614) 251-4535 or Nick Wood at

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CWHS to induct hall of fame class

Canal Winchester High School will induct the 22nd class into its athletics hall of fame during the Indians’ football game against Big Walnut on Sept. 5. A banquet will be held the following day.

The hall of fame inductees are Seth Morton (2002-06; soccer, wrestling), Byron “B.J.” Mullens (2006-08; basketball) and Suzanne Van Scoy Patton (1976-1980; basketball, softball, track and field, volleyball).

Volunteer Dale Rawn also will be honored as the Award of Merit recipient.

For more information or reservations to the banquet, contact Sue Edwards at (614) 738-3304 or

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Watterson holding volleyball tourney

The Watterson High School O’Connor/Gleich Alumni Volleyball Tournament will be held Aug. 10 at the school. To register, visit and click on “Alumni” and then “Upcoming Alumni Events.” For more information, contact tournament director Chuck Gleich at

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Golf outing to be held for Hoopsters

The Delaware Hoopsters will hold a golf outing Aug. 3 at Mill Creek Golf Club, with proceeds benefiting the Delaware Hayes High School boys basketball program.

For more information, contact Kelly Holly at (740) 513-9353.

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DSL looking for coaches

The Dublin Soccer League is looking for volunteer coaches for this fall and next spring for its U9 boys and U11/12 boys teams. There will be one weekday practice and one Saturday game. Email for more information.

Fencers fare well in national event

Dublin Scioto High School student Maya Szonn-Lillard placed third among more than 100 competitors in Division III women’s saber at the USA Fencing National Championships that concluded July 3 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Kelli Wozniak of Westerville Central, a two-time Ohio high school women’s saber champion, finished fifth. Alyson Gruber of Hilliard placed 19th.

Area players win at Ohio Junior Girls

Dublin Coffman High School senior Lexie Long shot a two-day total of 148 to win the Ohio Junior Girls golf championship July 15 at Marion Country Club.

Long’s teammate at Coffman, senior Kamerine Taylor, placed fourth with a 153.

In the girls 13-and-under tournament, Riley Dean of Olentangy Orange Middle School shot a two-day 163 to finish two shots ahead of runner-up Leila Raines of Olentangy Berkshire Middle School.

Malas stands out at Nike combine

Reagan Malas, a senior on the Dublin Coffman High School football team, finished 85th of 21,000 competitors at the Nike football combine, which was held in cities around the country.

As a defensive back for the Shamrocks last season, Malas was special mention all-district and second-team all-league.

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Prusz wins Muay Thai title

Gahanna Lincoln High School graduate Taylor Prusz captured the super middleweight championship at the North American Muay Thai Classic held June 26-29 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Prusz, the son of Michelle and Larry Prusz of Blacklick, is a criminal justice major at the University of Cincinnati.

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Kelleher earns academic honor

Hilliard Bradley High School graduate Troy Kelleher has earned his second consecutive all-academic honor from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Kelleher is a sophomore distance runner on the men’s track and field team at North Central College in Naperville, Ill.

To qualify for the all-academic award, student-athletes must have a GPA of at least 3.3 and must have competed in the NCAA indoor or outdoor championships, or finish the season ranked in the top 35 in an individual event or the top 25 in a relay.
Kelleher, an English major with an emphasis in journalism, won a CCIW indoor championship in the 5,000 meters and competed in the indoor national championships in the 3,000 and 5,000. He also qualified for the outdoor national championships in the 5,000 and 10,000, placing third in the 10,000 to earn All-America honors.

Field hockey players earn national honor

Four members of the Hilliard Lynx club field hockey program were selected to participate in the USA Field Hockey Futures Program.

Earning the honor were Jessica Apelt (Darby High School), Katie Schmidt (Davidson), Isabella Wagner (Bradley) and Olivia Wawrzyniak (Bradley).

The athletes in the Futures Program receive five months of training and instruction in preparation for possible selection to a USA Field Hockey national team.

Davidson holding boys golf tryouts

Tryouts for the Hilliard Davidson High School boys golf team will be held at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 1 at Turnberry, 1:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at Darby Creek and 7:15 a.m. Aug. 4 at Thorn Apple. For more information, contact coach Monte Rhoden at (614) 562-6167.

Hilliard’s Hillery to run in Hershey

Reggie Hillery of the Hilliard Track Club will compete in the Hershey Track and Field North American Final on Aug. 2 in Hershey, Pa.

Hillery will represent Region 1, which includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Ontario and Wisconsin, in the 200 meters for boys 11-12.

He was selected based on his performance in the Hershey state meet June 28 at Reynoldsburg High School, where he finished first in 27.41 seconds.

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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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Johnstown Hawks 18U tryouts scheduled

The Johnstown Hawks 18U/American Legion Post 254 Seniors baseball team will hold tryouts for the 2015 summer season at 11 a.m. Aug. 23 and 1 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Johnstown-Monroe High School baseball diamond, 401 S. Oregon St.

The Hawks will enter three CaptainU tournaments next year: two in central Ohio and an American Legion tournament in Elkins, W.Va. The schedule also will include 12 to 15 local games.

Those interested in trying out should email Scott Hummel at or call (614) 332-5115.

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Football, volleyball programs offered

The Licking County Family YMCA is registering players for youth flag football and volleyball leagues through Aug. 15.

Flag football is open to boys and girls in grades 1-4, and volleyball is for girls in grades 1-7.

For more information and registration, contact the YMCA at (740) 345-9678.

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MHS holding fall sports meeting

The Marysville High School athletics department will hold its fall sports meeting for coaches, parents and student-athletes at 6 p.m. Aug. 5 in the auditorium. Enter the building through the Alumni Hall entrance. The meeting will last about 20 minutes and will be followed by individual team meetings. Student-athletes must attend with at least one parent or guardian.

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Masturzo wins COGA tourney

New Albany High School sophomore Austin Masturzo shot a two-day total of 149 to win the Central Ohio Golf Academy Junior Tour tournament held July 16 and 17 at Turnberry by seven strokes.

Masturzo was the first-round leader with a 78. He followed with a 71 that included a hole-in-one on the 183-yard No. 7.

Area players win in USTA event

Several area tennis players captured titles last month in the USTA/Midwest Section Closed Junior Championships.

Competing in Indianapolis, Francesca DiLorenzo of New Albany won the girls 18-and-under singles title 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 over Sara Daavettila of Williamston, Mich.

Competing in Okemos, Mich., Saiprakash Goli of Mason and Joel Jose of New Albany won the boys 12 doubles title 6-1, 6-3 over Eli Gordon of Highland Park, Ill., and Joseph Stafford of Livonia, Mich.

Also in Okemos, Robert Cash of New Albany and Jack Dabek of Dublin won the boys 14 double title 6-7 (7), 6-4, 10-5 over Lucas Horve of Forsyth, Ill., and Jack Randall of Lockport, Ill.

More than 1,000 players from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin competed.

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Kristoff nominated for service award

Josh Kristoff, a 2010 Pickerington High School Central graduate who plays football for Ohio University, has been nominated for the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.

Through the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, Allstate and the American Football Coaches Association recognize college football players who also are involved in community service work.

Kristoff has volunteered each of the past three years at the Athens County Food Bank, has organized team visits to hospitals and has served as a volunteer football and baseball coach.

There are 182 nominees, of which a final roster of 22 award recipients -- 11 from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 from the Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II and III and the NAIA -- will be announced in September.

Kristoff is a redshirt senior safety who finished second on the Bobcats in tackles (72) and earned academic all-Mid-American Conference honors last season.

Golf outing to benefit North girls

A golf outing benefiting the Pickerington High School North girls basketball program will take place Aug. 9 at Turnberry.

The format will be a four-person scramble, with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. A raffle and silent auction will be held during dinner, which begins at 6 p.m.

Prizes will be awarded for low score, longest drive, closest to the pin and longest putt.

The registration deadline is Aug. 1. Contact Neil Khan at (614) 738-2056 or

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Crew to administer city soccer program

The Columbus Crew and its Crew Juniors program have partnered with the city of Reynoldsburg to run the city’s recreational soccer programming. 

The agreement will enable participants to learn from professional coaches. The city’s program typically includes about 300 area children per season.

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Lint wins USATF decathlon title

Westerville resident Jack Lint, a 2014 graduate of Columbus Academy, won the decathlon for 17- and 18-year-olds at the USA Track & Field Junior Olympics held July 21-27 in Humble, Texas.

Lint, who will compete for the University of Virginia, scored 7,235 points to finish 814 ahead of runner-up Ryan Chase.

Lint was first in the high jump (6 feet, 2 3/4 inches), 110-meter hurdles (14.3 seconds), discus (141-8) and pole vault (13-9 1/4), second in the shot put (42-4), third in the 100 (11.15) and long jump (21-1 1/2) and fourth in the javelin (140-7) and 1,500 (4:34.08). He didn’t place in the 400.

South volleyball holding fundraiser

The Westerville South High School girls volleyball program will hold an alumni match from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 15 in the gymnasium to raise funds for new equipment and uniforms.

The Wildcats are now coached by Jessica Timmons, the daughter of longtime former coach Bob Price. Price and his wife, Jeri, will serve as guest officials for the alumni match.

For more information about the event, including making a donation to the program, contact Erin Johnson at

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Swimmers set team records

Emily Huber, Maddie Holub, Becca Taylor and Abby Noonan set two Worthington Swim Club records while competing in the Ohio Junior Olympics held July 17-20 at Miami University.

The four placed seventh in the girls 13-14 400-meter medley relay in 4 minutes, 43.64 seconds, breaking the club record of 4:52.53. They also placed 15th in the 200 medley relay in 2:12.28, breaking the club record of 2:14.05.

The previous records were set in 2011 by Kaylee Witkiewicz, Rina Laois, Jackie Wachtel and Abby Wiet.

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