Area members of the Buckeye Gymnastics team competed in the Universal Galaxy Meet Jan. 9-10. The top finishers are below:

Area members of the Buckeye Gymnastics team competed in the Universal Galaxy Meet Jan. 9-10. The top finishers are below:

Level 4: 7-year-olds -- Mia Lobel (third vault, third floor)

Level 6: 12-year-olds -- Peyton Vlaservich (third beam)

Level 9: 12-and-under -- Nia Dennis (first vault, first all-around, second bars)

Level 10: 16-year-olds -- Becca Bubnar (third beam)

Local high school boys and girls basketball players have been nominated for selection to the McDonald's All-American teams. The final rosters will be announced during the McDonald's All-American High School Basketball Games Selection Show, which will be at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 11 on ESPNU. Local players nominated were:

Boys -- Rob Brandenberg (Gahanna), Raphael Carter-Nowling (Olentangy), Jerry Dixon (Columbus East), Kevin Gray (Reynoldsburg), Michael Green (Dublin Coffman), Ralph Hill (Westerville North), Nick Kellogg (DeSales), Jordan Laster (Columbus East), Craig Sealey (Brookhaven), Jared Sullinger (Northland) and J.D. Weatherspoon (Northland)

Girls -- K.C. Elkins (West Jefferson), Kate Francisco (Marysville), T'Shera Lucas (Reynoldsburg), Haley Robertson (New Albany), Hannah Robertson (New Albany) and Haley Schmitt (Gahanna)

The Heidelberg softball program will hold clinics for players grades 5-12 on Feb. 7, featuring instruction from the Heidelberg staff and Hofstra alumni Ashley Lane and Tara Ulrich.

An offense and defense session will be held at 12 p.m. for players grades 5-8, followed by an offense and defense session at 2 p.m. for players grades 9-12. There will also be a pitchers clinic at 4 p.m. for players grades 5-12. For questions or more information, contact coach Betsy Hada at (419) 448-2289 or assistant coach Pam Dreslinski at (419) 448-2857.

Steve Hinds, an assistant for the Capital women's volleyball team, is offering the Zenith Volleyball Academy for girls grades K-12. This will include the VolleyTots program for girls K-3, the general skills clinic for girls grades 4-7, the setter clinic for girls grades 5-12, the hitting/blocking clinic for girls grades 5-12, the defensive specialist clinic for girls grades 5-12 and the team systems/playout clinic for girls grades 8-12. The final session will be Sunday at the Ultimate Sports Center. For more information, contact Hinds at (614) 361-3315 or

High school football fans can tune into Local On Demand on Time Warner Cable channel 411 to catch replays of playoff games. The channel features coverage from Time Warner Cable, SportsTime Ohio, ONN and production teams throughout Ohio. The games are available to Time Warner Cable Digital Cable customers. To watch the games at any time, select the Sports tab and choose the category "HS Football Nov." Games with local interest currently on demand include: Logan vs. Canal Winchester, Chillicothe Zane Trace vs. Heath, Westerville South vs. Dublin Coffman, Hilliard Davidson vs. Pickerington Central, Napoleon vs. Watterson, Davidson vs. Coffman, Brookhaven vs. Marion-Franklin, DeSales vs. Watterson and Davidson vs. Cincinnati Elder.

Capital softball coach Nan Payne and pitching coach Jeff Dupler will hold hitting clinics from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 30 and Feb. 13, as well as a pitching clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 23. Clinics are open to girls grades 5-12. A brochure with registration information is available at For more information, call Payne at (614) 236-6487 or e-mail

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.

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

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.

Former NBA player Stan Kimbrough, who played for the Sacramento Kings and Detroit Pistons, is offering two clinics for boys and girls grades 5-8. The Nothing but Net basketball skills clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 15 at Indian Hill Winter Club. The Advanced Skills Clinic will be from 2-4:30 p.m. For more information, contact Kimbrough at (513) 229-0863 or visit

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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