Gahanna High School senior Blake Heriot has made a verbal commitment to run track for the University of Florida.

Gahanna High School senior Blake Heriot has made a verbal commitment to run track for the University of Florida.

He is expected to sign a letter of intent in February.

Heriot won the 200 (21.47 seconds) and 400 (47.16),Ęand finished second in the 100 (10.98) in the Division I state meet last year, as Gahanna scored 48 points to finish ahead of runner-up Cleveland Glenville (45) and 71 other squads to win its first state team title in 30 years.

Heriot also won a state title in the 200 as a sophomore.

Sports 101 is offering a youth basketball league in the Blacklick/Reynoldsburg area, Pickerington, Grove City and Lewis Center for boys and girls ages 3-17. The eight-week season will run from Jan. 9 through March 7. All players will receive a reversible jersey, matching shorts and ticket to the Cleveland Cavaliers-New York Knicks game on Feb. 6 in Cleveland. For more information contact Chris Sabatino at (614) 348-1383 or

There will be tryouts for the Gahanna baseball traveling team for boys grades 4-6 from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday and Nov. 8. For questions or more information contact coach Tim Martin at (614) 832-5932.

The Ohio Wesleyan softball team will hold a hitting and bunting clinic from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 14 for girls grades 5-12. Registration is limited to 50 participants per clinic so register early.

For more information or a registration form visit or call coach Cassie Cunningham at (740) 368-3737.

The Columbus Comets, a women's professional football team, will hold tryouts from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Grove City Christian. All female athletes are encouraged to attend the open tryout. For more information visit the team's Web site at

The Columbus Sharks Black U-10 travel baseball team is looking to fill its final roster spots. The Sharks are seeking players looking for competitive baseball in an instructional environment. For more information, call Gene Pirko at (740) 513-9664 or Randy Rines at (614) 537-4589.

The following schools are seeking coaches:

Dublin Jerome -- Junior varsity softball, junior varsity baseball. Send résumé to Nick Magistrale, Athletic Director, Dublin Jerome High School, 8300 Hyland Croy Road, Dublin 43016.

Hilliard Darby -- Boys lacrosse assistant. Send résumé to Chad Schulte, Athletic Director, Hilliard Darby High School, 4200 Leppert Road, Hilliard 43026.

Johnstown-Monroe --ĘVarsity wrestling. E-mail letter of interest, résumé and three letters of reference to Mike Carter, athletics director, at

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The Columbus Sharks U-15 baseball team is looking to complete its roster for next season. Positions needed are utility infielder, outfielder and catcher. For more information, contact Steve Parker at (614) 284-3825 or

Margaret Hofmann, a Columbus resident, has created, a Web site designed to serve the female athlete exclusively by providing functional strength and conditioning programs, online coaching and relevant health and wellness information.

There are articles, handouts and resources on just about every topic relating to women's needs as athletes. Female athletes also can purchase and download a sport specific exercise program to get started on improving conditioning. For more information, e-mail Hofmann at

Former NBA player Stan Kimbrough, who played for the Sacramento Kings and Detroit Pistons, is offering private or small group basketball lessons at The Hoop for boys and girls grades 3-12. For information, call (513) 229-0863 or visit

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

Has your uncle coached basketball at Gahanna Jefferson Junior High for the last 20 years? Did the Grove City football fan you sat next to claim he has not missed a Dawgs home game since 1971? Is your father credited for starting the lacrosse craze in Upper Arlington? Is your brother a driver at Scioto Downs?

ThisWeek is in search of people like that for a series called "Community Profiles."

Contact ThisWeek at with the names of people you think have interesting stories. Unfortunately, not all submissions can be used.

The Positive Coaching Alliance, a non-profit organization based at Stanford University, offers a free Internet-based course on how to develop and promote positive youth sports programs for youth coaches, parents and league administrators. The program's goal is to raise the level of sportsmanship in youth sports.

For information, call (650) 725-0024, send an e-mail to or visit

The National Youth Sports Safety Foundation is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the number and severity of injuries young people sustain in sports and fitness activities. For more information, visit