Delaware Hayes High School's Grant Groff has been named to the Super 12 boys soccer team.

Delaware Hayes High School's Grant Groff has been named to the Super 12 boys soccer team.

Groff, a senior forward/midfielder, had 17 goals and seven assists as Delaware finished 11-5-2. He was first-team all-district and was the OCC-Capital Division Player of the Year. He helped the Pacers finish 4-0-2 in the OCC-Capital as they won their first league championship since 2002, with Mount Vernon second at 4-1-1.

"Grant is just one of those kids who has special ability," coach Brett Barber said. "He does have a tremendous work rate and always has a ball on his foot, but it goes beyond hard work. He is blessed with talent.

"It is amazing to watch him play. He rarely slows down. As a coach, you can see the determination in his face. You look at him and you can tell when he says enough is enough, we're not going to lose this game. He can will you to win. His work and will are above all else."

ThisWeek's Super 12 team profiles the top high school boys soccer players -- regardless of position -- in our coverage area. The team was determined by the sports staff and by nominations from area coaches.

Ohio Wesleyan sophomore Nicholas Stelzer, a Delaware graduate, was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV team. Stelzer, a defensive lineman on the football team, has made eight tackles this season. He also serves as the team's long-snapper on punts and field goals. Stelzer is majoring in accounting and has made the dean's list twice.

Ashley Sprau was named Most Valuable Player for the Delaware Hayes High School girls volleyball team at its banquet Nov. 12. Sprau, a junior middle hitter, was honorable mention all-state and second-team all-district in Division I. She also was OCC-Capital Division Player of the Year.

Kasey Parker was named Most Improved and Jen Crozier received the Pacer Award for sportsmanship and hustle. Also honored were all-league players Megan Swan (second team), Sarah McKee (honorable mention) and Jackie Smith (scholar-athlete).

The Ohio Wesleyan athletic department has announced that admission to all home games for the men's and women's basketball teams this season will be free. The men's home opener is Saturday in the OWU/Kenyon Classic. The women's home opener will be Dec. 6 against Hiram. All home basketball games will be played in Branch Rickey Arena located at 105 S. Sandusky St. A complete schedule for both teams can be found at

The Mid Ohio Jets Football Club is looking for players and coaches for full-contact football. You can apply online at or call Same Husein at (614) 580-2135.

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