Who was the best high-school athlete in central Ohio during the winter sports season? Viewers of Time Warner Cable will get to decide.

Who was the best high-school athlete in central Ohio during the winter sports season? Viewers of Time Warner Cable will get to decide.

Time Warner and ThisWeek Community Newspapers have teamed up for the first Athlete of the Season competition. ThisWeek selected the top performers in nine sports, and those nine will be featured on Time Warner Cable Local On Demand Channel 1111 from now until April 15. The athlete who receives the most votes will win $500 for his or her school's athletics boosters. Each view is worth one vote.

Tune into Local On Demand Channel 1111 and select the "Viewer's Choice" tab.

The nine athletes are: Northland's Jared Sullinger (boys basketball), Pickerington Central's Emilee Harmon (girls basketball), Westerville North's Josh Demas (wrestling), Olentangy Liberty's Doug Kouskouris (hockey), Dublin Coffman's Hailey Fairchild (gymnastics), Upper Arlington's Eric Huffman (boys swimming), Watterson's Gracie Finnegan (girls swimming), Pickerington North's Ryan Gorring (boys bowling) and Westerville Central's Mary Wells (girls bowling).

Freshman Cassie Brungarth, a Grove City graduate, is playing for the Otterbein women's tennis team this season.

Grove City residents recently competed for the Greater Columbus Swim Team of Ohio in the Ned Reeb "Last Ditch" Memorial Feb. 6-8. Top finishers were:


8-and-under -- Max Dreisbach (second 100 fly, second 50 free, second 100 back, second 50 fly, second 100 free, second 50 back, second 100 breast, third 100 IM)

11-12 --ÊMitchell Dreisbach (first 100 back, first 100 fly, first 50 back, second 50 fly, third 100 free, third 50 free)


13-14 --ÊClaudia Pierce (third 200 IM, third 50 free)

Zenith is offering a volleyball academy from April 5 through May 17 at Dublin Jerome High School for boys and girls grades 3-12. Course last five days and will focus on high level skill instruction as taught by Steven Hinds.

Hinds is currently an assistant for the Capital women's volleyball team. The athlete-to-instructor ratio won't exceed 1-to-10.

For more information call Hinds at (614) 361-3315 or e-mail asnmse@yahoo.com.

Ed Guice's Ohio Lady Hoopsters basketball program is accepting applications for spring leagues for girls K-4 and 5-12. The leagues will last six weeks and begin April 4.

For information call Guice at (740) 657-8474 or visit www.ohioladyhoopsters.com.

The Ohio Girls Golf Foundation will offer clinics for girls ages 8-18 on April 4, 11, 18 and 25 at various sites in Ohio, including Shamrock.

The clinics, taught by PGA and LPGA instructors, will run from 10-11 a.m.

For information, contact Judd Stephenson, executive director, at (440) 871-4638 or juddstephenson@yahoo.com.

The Columbus Coralinas Synchronized Swimming Club will offer a team in training synchro learning opportunity for girls ages 12-and-under.

Lessons are available from 1-3 p.m. Sundays through May at New Albany High School.

For questions or to register, contact Hayley Head at (614) 488-6175 or timhayley@sbcglobal.net or visit www.coralinas.org.

The Ohio Chargers U-14 baseball team is looking for players. The Chargers will play a regional schedule and participate in the tournaments throughout the Midwest. Eligible players cannot turn 15 before May 1, 2009. For more information, e-mail OhioChargers@aol.com.

The Mid Ohio Jets Football Club is looking for players and coaches for full-contact football. Apply online at www.midohiojets.com 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 sports@thisweeknews.com 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 pca@positivecoach.org or visit www.positivecoach.org.