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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, 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

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, or visit

Lacrosse coaches clinic scheduled

The Ohio Machine will play host to a clinic for youth and high school boys lacrosse coaches on Dec. 6 at the Ohio State Martha Morehouse Medical Plaza, 2050 Kenny Road.

The clinic will be led by Machine coach Bear Davis and will include speakers and instructors from coaching staffs throughout the Midwest. On-field instruction will be offered in offensive and defensive formations, goalie play, face-offs and wing play. Also, members of the Ohio State Sports Medicine staff will present concussion and training protocols.

For more information and to register, visit or call (614) 754-1973.

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

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

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 also are on sale.

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.

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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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Sotos earns NCAC honor

Dublin Coffman High School graduate John Sotos earned Newcomer of the Year honors in the

North Coast Athletic Conference for his performance in the NCAC men’s cross country meet Nov. 1 at Infirmary Mound Park in Granville.

Sotos, who competes for Ohio Wesleyan University, was the top freshman finisher in the race, placing 10th in 27:00.2.

Dublin Crew boat takes 13th in Boston

Competing in the 50th Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, Dublin Crew’s girls youth varsity 4+ finished 13th of 85 boats by completing the 4,800-meter course in 20 minutes, 31.677 seconds.

The boat featured coxswain Gus Workman (Dublin Jerome), Gina Michael (Dublin Coffman), Emily Marshall (Olentangy Liberty), Bridget Geyer (Watterson) and Jennifer Voltmann (Jerome).

Dublin Crew athletes honored

Two members of Dublin Crew have been honored by USRowing. Bridget Geyer of Watterson was one of 49 student-athletes named to the 2014-15 Scholastic Honor Roll, and Gina Michael of Dublin Coffman was one of 36 to receive honorable mention honor roll recognition.

The Scholastic Honor Roll recognizes high school seniors who have excelled in both academics and rowing. Applicants must have competed as a rower or coxswain for at least a year, and must have competed at or above the league or regional level.

Geyer and Michael both competed for Dublin Crew in the Youth National Championships in June.

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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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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Matheny to speak at fundraiser

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny will speak at the Reynoldsburg Diamond Club banquet scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at Reynoldsburg High School’s Livingston Campus field house.

Matheny, a 1988 Reynoldsburg graduate, played in the major leagues from 1994-2006 with Milwaukee, Toronto, St. Louis and San Francisco, winning four Gold Glove awards as a catcher. He has managed the Cardinals since 2012, winning the National League pennant in 2013.

To purchase tickets to the banquet, contact Dave Starling at (740) 919-4410 or Rob Gravatt at (614) 499-4363. All proceeds will benefit the Diamond Club and the Battersbox scholarship fund.

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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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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 and at Westerville school buildings. For more information, contact Amy Birtcher at

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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Boys basketball league planned

A winter basketball league for boys in grades 7-8 begins Sunday, Nov. 30, at Worthington Kilbourne High School and McCord Middle School. The league features an eight-game schedule. For more information and to register, contact Sharon Kaplan at (614) 545-8357 or

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