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Levy request delayed until August Clearer state budget picture by then might change millage amount By NATE ELLIS ThisWeek Community Newspapers The Pickerington Local School District will ask for a levy in 2011, but it won’t be in May. The board took initial steps Jan. 28 to place a 9.5-mill continuing levy before voters in May. At a special meeting Monday, Jan. 31, members voted 3-2 to proceed with a May 3 levy that, if passed, would have generated approximately $10.14-million

in new annual revenue for the district. However, “no” votes by board President Lisa Reade and member Cathy Olshefski prevented the levy plan from receiving the “supermajority” of support needed to be on the May ballot. In opposing the May levy, Reade repeated her belief that the board can place a levy on the August ballot that would be more suitable to the district’s needs because members will have a better indication of how much funding will be granted to the schools in the state budg-

et. She also is hopeful the district can reduce some expenses through contract negotiations with teachers this spring. Olshefski’s vote on Jan. 31 was a slight departure from her actions on Jan. 28. At that meeting, she supported moving forwarded with a May levy. But she also opposed the board’s decision to seek 9.5 mills, which she said was too small. “I have spent the last three days pretty much not being able to escape this decision in my mind,” Olshefski said on

Monday. “There is no right answer, which makes this even harder. “I’m not comfortable with the millage. … We don’t know what’s going on with the state. We don’t know the conversations that will take place with the union.” Now, Aug. 2 appears to be the likely target for a levy, after each board member on Monday maintained the district must secure more revenue in order to balance its budget for the 2011-12 school year.

The filing deadline for an August levy is May 4. Board members also could opt to wait until November for the levy, but each also has said they plan to use November as a last-ditch effort to pass a levy, should earlier attempts this year fail. “We all know there has to be additional money,” board member Lee Gray said. “It’s just a matter of when we go on and what is the best approach.” See LEVY REQUEST, page A4

Citizens’ committee to evaluate the city’s finances

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Stung by Pickerington City Council’s decision to deny a $1,271 request to fund carriage rides, carriage ride luminaries and children’s crafts at the OPVBA’s annual Victorian Holiday, OPVBA treasurer Deblin Jennings compared city officials to “the Grinch who stole Christmas.” According to Melillo and Pickerington Area Chamber of Commerce president Helen Mayle, downtown stakeholders — including the city — have begun mending fences.

Pickerington officials plan to form a “blue-ribbon” citizens’ committee to evaluate the city’s finances. As soon as this May, Pickerington Mayor Mitch O’Brien, city manager Bill Vance and Pickerington City Council President pro tempore Brian Sauer expect to seat a 10- to 20-person advisory panel of residents, business officials and Violet Township representatives. The group is being dubbed a blue-ribbon committee because it would serve as an independent and exclusive commission of nonpartisan statesmen and experts formed to investigate a governmental issue, O’Brien said. In this case, the city is seeking input related to its finances and management of money. It would be the first panel of its kind in Pickerington. City officials also hope the panel will weigh in on the issue of taxes. If it determines additional revenues are needed to maintain or enhance city services and personnel, as O’Brien, Vance and council members have concluded, it would give the city another campaign tool should officials decide to seek an income tax, police levy or other new revenue source in November or sometime in 2012. “I think that seating a panel like this offers us the opportunity to tap into skill sets not available on staff or the elected body,” O’Brien said. In planning to form the committee, Pickerington is taking a cue from the city of Gahanna, which last year established a Citizen Financial Advisory Committee to review Gahanna’s 2011 general fund, planned revenue and expenses and five-year forecast to assist the city in developing recommendations for the future.

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City to buy flowers for historic district By NATE ELLIS ThisWeek Community Newspapers Taking a page from a national florist, Pickerington is going to “say it with flowers” this spring. City officials plan to spend approximately $10,000 to purchase flower baskets and banners and to refit Olde Pickerington Village lampposts so the new decorations can be hung on them. It might not be the biggest public revitalization project to come down the pike in recent

years, but according to some downtown players, the additions are the latest example of the city fostering relationships with those with historic district interests. “The city has taken a renewed interest in this downtown area,” said Sandy Melillo, owner of The Hair Boutique, 37 E. Columbus St., and president of the Olde Pickerington Village Business Association. “That’s just going to enhance our community.” Last April, some OPVBA members held a vastly different opinion.

EMA, National Weather Service to train local ‘spotters’ By NATE ELLIS ThisWeek Community Newspapers The Fairfield County Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service are looking for local volunteers to help spread alerts about impending, dangerous weather conditions. It’s still winter, but emergency management officials already are seeking to line up personnel critical to keeping res-

idents safe from tornadoes and other dangerous storms and weather patterns that often crop up in Ohio in spring and summer. The Fairfield County EMA this week announced it once again will offer a free class to anyone who wants to serve as an official “weather spotter” for the EMA and NWS. This year, the class will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. March 28 at the Liberty

Center, 951 Liberty Center Drive, Lancaster. Although it’s more than a month away, Fairfield County EMA director John Kochis said he hopes people of all ages will begin registering for the class so the county can have as many spotters as possible this year. “Now is a good time to sign up,” he said. “Our resources are always limited, so any citizens that can help in the

response to serious weather, it’s appreciated.” While many rely on the NWS, the county EMA and local meteorologists to warn them when potentially dangerous storms and other weather conditions approach, they might not realize those weather informants and emergency response agencies count on local residents to keep them abreast of the latest weather patterns moving into their areas.

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Pickerington police Jan. 6 • A Pickerington woman was cited for failure to control following a crash on state Route 256. Jan. 8 • A Gayle Drive woman reported the attempted unauthorized use of her checking account information. • Two 16-year-old Reynoldsburg girls were charged with theft, underage possession of alcohol and criminal trespassing after allegedly attempting to steal an undisclosed item from a Postage Road department store. • A Lookout Lane woman reported a woman she knows stole $170 from her residence. Jan. 9 • A Dublin man was cited for a red-light violation and no operator’s license following a stop on Stonecreek Drive. • A Pickerington woman reported her purse was stolen from her vehicle while it was parked at a Hill Road grocery store. Jan. 10 • A Pickerington man was cited for failure to maintain assured clear distance ahead following a crash on state Route 204. Jan. 12 • A Monebrake Drive man reported the unauthorized use of his checking account. Loss was listed at $1,483.93. • Employees at a Hill Road vehicle rental business reported a catalytic converter was stolen from a business truck. Jan. 13 • A Columbia Drive man See POLICE, page A3

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City to buy flowers for historic district Continued from page A1 Melillo said a city representative now regularly joins OPVBA meetings after attendance dropped off last year. She credited Mayor Mitch O’Brien with bringing the meetings back to the city’s attention. She also said the city’s help and better cooperation among local people and groups should improve the 13 events held in Olde Pickerington — everything from the Violet Festival to Taste of Pickerington and the July Fourth parade — and keep them from leaving. In recent years, the opposite has at times happened, including last year when the city’s reluctance to allow alcohol sales and consumption in Victory Park led to the relocation of the Pickerington Jazz and Blues Ribfest to Canal Winchester after 11 years in Olde Pickerington. “We’ve had, in my opinion, kind of a division in the community and now everybody is coming together,” Melillo said. “All I know is (the city and local groups) had not been working together and now they are. “The business owners work really hard to put these events down here. It’s not just for our businesses. It’s more improving the quality of life and what’s available downtown.” On Jan. 27, the city hosted a

meeting with OPVBA and chamber officials, as well as those from the Pickerington Local School District, Violet Township officials and other downtown merchants and property owners. Attendees were told of the city’s plans to purchase and outfit downtown lampposts with flower baskets and banners, something that hasn’t occurred the past two years. City officials also held a presentation that many hope will lead to the establishment of a Main Street Pickerington organization within the next two or three years. Main Street programs were developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to save historic commercial architecture throughout the United States. In Ohio, they are administered by Heritage Ohio, which works with communities to revitalize local historic or traditional commercial areas. Mayle said Pickerington city manager Bill Vance has made regional teamwork a priority, and it’s paying off. “It seems like the first time since I joined the chamber (six years ago) that everybody’s on the same page,” Mayle said. “I’m an ‘area’ chamber of commerce, and the chamber’s goal always has been working together for the regional economy. It’s great the city has a manager who supports that.”

Vance said the city isn’t singling out Olde Pickerington, but rather is taking an initial step toward citywide community and economic development enhancements. City development services director Susan Crotty said the downtown area currently is the focus of efforts because Pickerington hopes to help in further development of local events, as well as business retention and recruitment. “The city is actively working with the Olde Pickerington Village Business Association and the Pickerington Area Chamber of Commerce to reinvigorate the downtown area,” Crotty said. “We have seen a lot of interest by businesses looking in the downtown area. “We’re going to focus a little more on beautification efforts. Due to budget constraints in the past, we had gotten away a little bit from flower baskets and banners and things that identify the downtown and give it a sense of place.” According to Crotty, there are 59 businesses currently operating in Olde Pickerington, and three new businesses are planning openings soon. Melillo said she’s aware of just two commercial space vacancies currently in Olde Pickerington. “We want to preserve the history of the city and foundation

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SPOTTERS tablished at 1 percent in 1976. Unlike the survey and audit, however, the committee won’t cost anything because its members won’t be paid. “We’re going to get all this stuff on the table and verify … that this is the direction we would like to go or not go,” Vance said. Under the proposal approved by council, O’Brien, Vance and Sauer will begin soliciting applications from prospective committee members within the next month or two in hopes of naming committee members in May. From there, the committee is expected to meet once a month. It

Continued from page A1 That committee, among other things, recommended raising Gahanna’s income tax from 1.5 percent to 2.5 percent. Committee members reasoned the increase would allow Gahanna to continue providing services that residents have come to expect. The group suggested the issue be placed on the November 2011 ballot, something Gahanna officials continue to consider. Pickerington officials are hoping for similar input as they bear down on decisions related to raising revenues. In addition to the formation of the citizens’ panel, Pickerington City Council already has approved spending $12,000 for a telephone survey, which this month will seek residents’ thoughts on city services and their willingness to pay more in taxes. The city also is set to spend $24,500 on a performance audit of the Pickerington Police Department. The Ohio Auditor’s Office will conduct the audit, which will analyze department spending, operations and management, as well as determine if the department is receiving adequate funding. The blue-ribbon panel will analyze Pickerington’s expenditures and revenues, and provide opinions as to whether the city is doing a good job of managing money and if its tax base must grow to support services and personnel. City officials hope the information it provides will lend credibility to their claims that Pickerington needs additional revenue. They’ve noted Pickerington’s $7.7million general fund for 2011 represented no increase from the previous year, and the city’s income tax hasn’t risen since it was es-

Continued from page A2 reported the radio was stolen from his vehicle. • A Melrose Boulevard man reported someone forced entry to his truck and stole tools for work in fiber optics. Loss was listed at $50,000. • A Pickerington man was cited for speeding, driving under a 12-point suspension, driving under a license forfeiture suspension, driving under a noncompliance suspension and driving under a child support suspension following a stop on Milnor Road. • A Patterson Street man reported someone stole a radio, 20 to 30 videogames, a subwoofer and a globalpositioning system device from his vehicle. • A 17-year-old Pickerington girl was cited for failure to maintain reasonable control following a crash on Center Street. • A Drexel Place man reported someone forced entry to his vehicle and stole the stereo. • A McLeod Parc man reported someone broke out a window of his daughter’s vehicle. • A 17-year-old Baltimore, Ohio, boy was cited for failure to maintain reasonable control following a crash on Hill Road North. • A Pickerington woman was cited for failure to maintain assured clear distance following a crash on Milnor Road. • A Pickerington man reported someone forced entry to his vehicle while it was parked at a Stonecreek Drive fitness center and stole his wallet, its contents and $400 cash. • A Columbus woman was charged with receiving stolen property, driving under suspension and FRA suspension following a stop on Hill Road for allegedly driving a vehicle bearing stolen plates. • A Pickerington man reported someone entered his vehicle while it was parked at a Hill Road North pizza parlor and stole a GPS device, an Ohio-issued mobile telephone and sunglasses. Loss was listed at $1,400. • A Pickerington woman reported someone forced entry to her vehicle while it was parked at a Hill Road dance center and stole her purse and contents and a mobile phone. • A Columbus woman reported someone slashed her vehicle’s tires while it was parked at a Hill Road urgent care facility and forced entry

will set up its own guidelines and areas of evaluation after receiving information about the city’s finances and needs from city officials. According to O’Brien, the committee would work independently of the city, but would present its conclusions to city officials in August. “We’re not trying to shirk our responsibility,” council Vice President pro tempore Tony Barletta said. “We need people from the community to validate what we think.” nellis@thisweeknews.com www.ThisWeekNews.com

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LEVY REQUEST Continued from page A1 Had the 9.5-mill levy gone forward in May and been passed, it would have cost homeowners an additional $290.94 in annual taxes per $100,000 home valuation. Attached to that levy were tentative plans by the board to cut another $3.5-million from the 2011-12 school year budget in addition to the $13-million worth of cuts announced on Jan. 24. The earlier moves cut 100 jobs — including those of 87 teachers — prior to next school year. Delaying a levy request will have no effect on those cuts.

District treasurer Dan Griscom said the combination of the levy and additional cuts would keep the district solvent until June 2014, when it likely would face an approximately $2-million deficit and be in a position to ask for another levy. Some or all of those budget reductions may not be needed if the state’s funding cut to the district is less than the 13 percent Griscom has estimated, based on early indications from state lawmakers. If the 9.5-mill levy were passed without additional cuts, the PLSD would face an approximately $2.5-million deficit

by June 2013, Griscom said. Following Monday’s meeting, Reade said the board will continue to solicit information from state legislators and Gov. John Kasich’s office through mid-March. She said the updates should allow the board to determine the size and scope of a levy to place on the August ballot. “We’ll know what our projected funding is and we can act in March once we have those numbers,” she said. “We don’t have to wait until May 4 to act on an August levy, but we need to take this time and make an informed decision.”

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Personnel, program cuts needed to balance budget This is a difficult time for Pickerington schools. It mirrors the difficult times that schools in Ohio and throughout the country are facing. Support for education is directly tied to the success of a nation, and the quality of education impacts every community. In these challenging economic times, answering how to stay academically and globally competitive with limited resources seems overwhelming. The role of Pickerington school leaders is to directly address what must be done in order to make ends meet and stay on the leading edge. At the Jan. 24, 2011, board of education meeting, a reduction plan was introduced and approved. The plan was intended to carve out costs without collapsing the system. It is the only way to balance the books. These decisions were made as a result of a failed levy in November, loss of state funding and the anticipated loss of 13 percent

in state funding for the upcoming year. The Pickerington school district receives over one-half of its KAREN funding from the state. MANTIA In order to balance the budget, reductions in the areas of transportation, administration, K12 personnel, classified personnel and programming will be made. A recommendation is expected soon regarding the areas of athletics and extracurricular activities. The reduction plan also includes changes in the student school day start times, elimination of scheduled late start days and a revamped approach to art, music, physical education, media, and technology — replaced by an integrated fine arts approach that supports classroom learning and objectives.

Our task was to reduce the cost of operations without completely gutting the system. We’ve tried to be creative and retool, and because of these streamlined approaches, the majority of academic programs remain in place. We are not “out of the woods.” The state of Ohio is in deep financial trouble, and while Pickerington has planned for a 13-percent state cut in funding, it could be more. Further, with the levy loss in November and with the loss of collection of revenue, we, too, have a crisis situation. Please visit the district website for further information about the reductions. Lastly, there is a sense of great pride in Pickerington employees. They care about their students, and even in the face of adversity, the focus will always remain on the success of every student. Dr. Karen Mantia is superintendent of the Pickerington Local School District.

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Funding schools with property taxes is unfair To the editor: After reading the report from The Buckeye Institute on the salaries of the Pickerington Local School District employees, I felt vindicated at first. I had known all along that salary/benefits packages that the property owners have been paying for were out of control and this was the proof. Then after the facts had sunk in, I was completely outraged. The packages of the mid- to upper-level employees, based on 186 days worked, are obscene. These pay scales at anything less than 2,080 hours worked are outrageous. It’s no wonder the district is broke. This is how the board has handled our money? In the public trust? Now we hear from the board that they are eliminating 100-plus positions and other services in the already small percent of the budget that actually affects our children. Keep in mind that this is the same school board that eliminated a small number of positions in the past two years and told the taxpayers that they were now efficient. Well, it’s too little, too late. I submit to the property owners of this community that if the board can eliminate nearly 150 positions and operate the district effectively, then these positions were not necessary to begin with.

How many millions were wasted on those positions? Again school board is forcing the citizens of this community to discuss yea or nay on yet another levy to pay for their misuse of funds. I and many other local taxpayers say that we are all missing the point — the point being that local property owner-based school funding is unconstitutional, thus illegal. But we continue to pass levies and the chain of unfair taxation

continues and lack of responsibility to the local taxpayers becomes neverending. It has to stop and the time is now. Voting no on the levy forces two things: an end to irresponsible spending by the school board and the need for school board to petition our Capitol Square lawmakers to uphold the law and change school funding. Michael A. Crocco Pickerington

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Panthers sweep OCC-Ohio Division titles By PAUL BATTERSON ThisWeek Community Newspapers

Pickerington High School North boys and girls swimming and diving coach Ben Canini wants to see his athletes excel in the Division I sectional meet on Feb. 12 at Upper Arlington, but he made sure they did not attempt to look past the OCC-Ohio Division championships. That didn’t happen, as the Panthers swept the team titles at the league meet Jan. 27 at New Albany and Jan. 29 at Thomas Worthington.

“This meet by itself is such a big meet,” Canini said. “The OCC is all we’ve thought about. We weren’t even thinking about sectionals right now. This is too important.” The girls team won its third consecutive OCC-Ohio championship, winning five events and scoring 354 points to finish well ahead of runnerup Gahanna (225) as well as Pickerington Central (193), Grove City (178), Lancaster (133), Newark (69) and Reynoldsburg (60). North won two of the three relays, with Katelyn Fisher, Sara Sams, Kelly

Mason and Megan Grodesky winning the 200-yard medley relay in 1 minute, 57.94 seconds and Logan Griffith, Fisher, Jessica Kaiser and Grodesky winning the 200 freestyle relay (1:44.01). Also finishing first were Griffith in the 200 free (2:03.71), Grodesky in the 50 free (25.89) and Sams in the 100 breaststroke (1:12.53). Placing second were Fisher in the 100 butterfly (1:01.6) and 100 backstroke (1:02.67), Griffith in the 500 free (5:37.58), Grodesky in the 100 free (57.51), Sams in the 200 indi-

vidual medley (2:20.28) and Griffith, Kaiser, Claire Focke and Sams in the 400 free relay (3:53.11). The boys team finished first in the OCC-Ohio meet with 337 points. Gahanna was second with 284, followed by Grove City (190), Lancaster (174), Reynoldsburg (90), Central (26) and Newark (12). The Panthers were led by Paul Hintz, who won the 100 free (49.38) and 200 free (1:51.05), was on the winning 200 free relay along with Matt Riordan, Jacob Griffith and Adam Ingram (1:32.53) and anchored the

winning 400 free relay that included Jacob Griffith, Riordan and Justin Mathews (3:28.59). Also finishing first was Jacob Griffith in the 100 fly (55.69). Jimmy Ross placed second in the 100 breast (1:05.14). The OCC-Ohio meet marked the second consecutive week in which the Panthers swept a meet. North also won the boys and girls team titles in Central’s Tiger Invitational on Jan. 22 at the Lancaster YMCA. See SWIMMING, page A7

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Scenario similar in boys basketball Just when things got sticky for the Upper Arlington High School boys basketball team on Jan. 28 against Hilliard Darby, the Golden Bears switched gears. UA had its lead cut to four midway through the third quarter then turned up the defensive pressure for easy transition baskets en route to a 54-36 victory. The Bears won their 34th SCOTT consecutive regHENNEN ular-season game and improved to 15-0 with a 58-50 win over Watterson on Jan. 31. Just like last year, UA looks to be one of four area teams that could finish unbeaten in the regular season. UA was joined by Gahanna, Northland and Westerville South as teams entering the Division I postseason undefeated last year. Those same four teams seem headed for a similar February finish. Gahanna improved to 16-0 after beating Pickerington Central 56-37 on Jan. 28. Northland was 14-0 before playing LindenMcKinley on Feb. 1. South was 15-0 after defeating Dublin Jerome 74-50 on Jan. 28. Despite their continued success, only UA and South had a strong nucleus returning. Northland and Gahanna had to reload. Gahanna has won 44 consecutive regular-season games, and senior Stevie Taylor has been a major key to the success at point guard. The Ohio University signee is the only starter back from last season’s 62-50 state semifinal loss to Massillon Jackson. Northland was the top-rated team in the country last season when it lost to Gahanna 71-45 in a regional final. The Vikings lost, among others Jared Sullinger and J.D. Weatherspoon, both of whom are freshmen at Ohio State. But Northland returned a top-flight senior point guard in Trey Burke, a Michigan signee, to help the Vikings jump to 24th in last week’s MaxPreps national poll. The Vikings won their 40th consecutive regular-season game on Jan. 29 with a 74-60 victory over host Logan (W.Va.). South and UA pretty much returned their core groups from last season and haven’t missed a beat. Led by Miami Universitysignee Brian Sullivan, the Golden Bears lost to OCC-Central nemesis Dublin Coffman 50-48 in a district semifinal last year after defeating the Shamrocks twice during the regular season. They finished 20-1. Coffman looms large on the horizon for UA, with the teams set to meet again Feb. 18 at UA. The Bears won 53-52 on Jan. 14. South finished 22-1 after falling to Marion-Franklin 6657 in a district semifinal. The Wildcats brought back most of their firepower, including Traevon Jackson, a Wisconsin signee. The Wildcats have won 40 consecutive games in the regular

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North’s Evan Mills (lower) tries to protect the ball from Central’s Connor Kern during the third quarter on Jan. 25. The Panthers won 56-38.

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North making clutch free throws By KURTIS ADAMS ThisWeek Community Newspapers

If the Pickerington High School North boys basketball team’s OCC-Ohio Division showdown with undefeated Gahanna comes down to free throws, the Panthers could be in line to post one of the most notable upsets in central Ohio this season. After all, their ability to add points with the clock stopped helped key three recent victories. The Panthers made 11 of 14 free throws while outscoring Central 17-4 during the fourth quarter of a 56-38 home win on Jan. 25. Jake McCullough went 5-for-5 at the

line in the game and Michael Klamo went 6-for-8 to lead North, which converted 16 of 22 attempts overall. A differential of 10 made free throws (16-6) also was the decisive margin in a 43-33 win Jan. 28 at Reynoldsburg. On Jan. 29 against New Albany, McCullough knocked down two free throws with 1 second remaining as the visiting Panthers won 51-49 for their ninth consecutive victory. It’s no coincidence that both McCullough and Klamo are seniors, coach Pete Liptrap said. “We’re shooting about 70 percent for the year,” Liptrap said. “Our seniors, well, they’ve won a lot of games throughout their

years in our program so they’ve taken a lot of free throws late in games. You can’t simulate that kind of experience.” Gahanna plays host to the second-round league game against North on Friday, Feb. 4. Aside from a trip Feb. 11 to Reynoldsburg, this might be the Lions’last credible challenge as they try to secure the top seed in the Division I district tournament. The Lions are 16-0 overall and 10-0 in the OCC-Ohio after turning back Pickerington Central 56-37 on Jan. 28. They were ranked second in the state poll behind Cincinnati Moeller at the time. North, which is 14-1 and 9-1, dropped the first-round game 61-41 on Dec. 22.

“It’s real important to our seniors to go out as a winning team,” Liptrap said. “They won every game at the junior high (level) or maybe all but one of them. They came in and won as freshmen, too. They struggled at the junior-varsity level because some of the sophomores had moved up, but they had another good season last year (finishing 17-6 overall). “None of them are move-ins or anything like that, either. They’re Pickerington kids. They came up playing together and take a lot of pride in that.” •At Central, players continue to adjust See BOYS, page A6

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Central’s Hillary Jacks (left) and North’s Brittany Johnson scramble for a loose ball on Jan. 25. The

See HENNEN, page A6 host Panthers won 66-55.

When the Pickerington High School Central girls basketball team played Groveport the first time, it held its ground in the fourth quarter and came away with a 47-44 victory. Now might be a good time to revisit that Dec. 17 game given the Tigers’ recent struggles in the second half. Trailing 28-26 at halftime against Pickerington North on Jan. 25, the Tigers were outscored

23-10 in the third quarter and lost 66-55. The Tigers also floundered in the second half of a 62-58 loss to Gahanna on Jan. 28, slipping below .500 with three regularseason games remaining. They led Gahanna 39-32 after Katie Stevens bounced a pass into the lane and Jasmine Henshaw scored on a layup with 4 minutes, 50 seconds remaining in the third quarter. They gave up that advantage when the Lions went on a 9-2 run. See GIRLS, page A7


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Panthers need help to repeat as OCC champ By KURTIS ADAMS

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The Pickerington High School North wrestling team will need some help to win a piece of another OCC-Ohio Division title. That means the Panthers will be rooting for Pickerington Central once their league dual with the Tigers on Thursday, Feb. 3, is complete. Both North and Central are 4-1 in the OCC-Ohio, and the Tigers will play host to first-place Lancaster on Friday, Feb. 4. That match originally was scheduled for Jan. 20 but was postponed because of snow. Of course, even if all that works out the Panthers would still need to defeat Gahanna in their final league dual to share the championship. They meet Feb. 10 at Gahanna, which also is 41 in the OCC-Ohio. The original match against the Lions on Jan. 20 also was postponed because of snow.

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Pickerington Central and North wrestling teams: CENTRAL Jan. 22 — Finished second (258) at Wapakoneta Invitational behind the host Redskins (263). Isaiah Brunner (125) and Ason Sunkle (145) won titles while Josh Hunter (119), Aaron Yarger (130) and Connor Foster (189) placed second. *Jan. 27 — Lost to Gahanna 46-23 Jan. 29 — Lost to Harrison 44-24 and Mason 46-7. Hunter won both of his matches while Foster went 1-1. *Feb. 3 — At Pickerington North *Feb. 4 — Home vs. Lancaster.

The Lions, who already have lost to Lancaster, and the Panthers split last year’s league title when both finished 6-1. “It’s different,” North coach Brad Harris said of competing against the Tigers one night and supporting them the next. “Stranger things have happened. There’s still a chance we could

Feb. 5 — Cardinal Invitational at Thomas Worthington Of note: The Tigers are 4-1 in the OCC-Ohio. NORTH Jan. 22 — Finished 10th (76) at James Horning Memorial Invitational at Mason, won by the host Comets (228.5). Pat Elflein placed second at heavyweight. *Jan. 27 — Lost to Lancaster 47-24. The Gales improved to 5-0 to lead the OCC-Ohio. *Feb. 3 — Home vs. Pickerington Central Feb. 5 — Best of the Southwest Invitational at St. Paris Graham *Feb. 10 — At Gahanna. Of note: The Panthers are 4-1 in the OCC-Ohio. *OCC-Ohio match

win it, but we need to beat Central and hope they can beat Lancaster. Everything has to go just right.” The Panthers also compete at the Best of the Southwest Invitational at St. Paris Graham on Saturday, Feb. 5. The five-team event includes Bluffton, Mechanicsburg and New Carlisle Tecumseh as well.

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Classic on Dec. 3-4 and the home Panther Invitational Tournament on Dec. 18. Central’s Josh Hunter is ranked 13th at 119. He advanced to the state meet a year ago and went 1-2, dropping his opening match 14-3 against eventual-champion Jerome Robinson of Cleveland St. Ignatius. Hunter lost a second-round consolation match 7-3 against Tyler Regan of Miamisburg in sudden death. His lone victory also came in sudden death, 5-3 over Fairfield’s Adam Sams. “Hunter was (an) overtime loss from placing last year and was fourth at (the) North Canton (Holiday Tournament on Dec. 17) and fifth at the (Greater Miami Valley Wrestling Association Invitational Tournament (on Dec. 28-29),” Brakeman wrote. “He’ll have to ramp up those numbers to place (at state).” kadams@thisweeknews.com www.ThisWeekSPORTS.com

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Continued from page A5 to a mostly new coaching staff and vice versa. “We’re still learning about them and they’re still learning about us,” first-year coach Jerry Francis said. “It’s a beautiful thing to watch.” Francis said the only holdovers from last year’s staff are freshman coach Matt Dansby and varsity assistant Darius Clemons. Chuck Perry, who is the junior varsity coach, and another newcomer, Terry Holliman, both played under Francis when he was an assistant at Columbus Wehrle in the final seasons before Wehrle closed. The staff as a whole feaBy Paul Vernon/ThisWeek tures a distinctive Wehrle flavor. Francis is a 1985 graduate who Central’s Manny Harrison grabs a rebound in front of the North’s later starred at Ohio State. He Michael Klamo. brought in one of his former prep teammates, Chris Green, to serve At a glance in various roles. Francis’staff also includes Antonio Watson, an East- Below are the recent results and com- Of note: The Tigers were 6-7 overall moor Academy graduate who ing schedules for the Pickerington Cen- and 6-5 in the OCC-Ohio before Feb. 1. played for the Buckeyes from tral and North boys basketball teams: NORTH 1992-95, and Eric Krueger. *Jan. 25 — Def. Pickerington Central CENTRAL Wehrle made seven appearances *Jan. 25 — Lost to Pickerington North 56-38. Michael Klamo scored 16 to lead the Panthers. in the state tournament from 1984- 56-38. Caris Levert scored 12 points points to lead the Tigers, who were outscored *Jan. 28 — Def. Reynoldsburg 4391 and won four small-school 17-4 in the fourth quarter. 33. Justin Zielinski had eight points. championships. *Jan. 28 — Lost to Gahanna 56-37. Jan. 29 — Def. New Albany 51-49. “It’s going to take some time to Levert had 10 points for Central, which Tyler Kelly scored 15 points for the match what we did at Wehrle,” was outscored 32-16 after halftime. Panthers, who handed the Eagles just *Jan. 31 — Defeated Lancaster 62- their second loss this season. Francis said with a laugh. “It’s 41. Zach Beaver had 13 points. *Feb. 4 — At Gahanna. The Panthers going to be a lot of fun trying, Feb. 1 — Played Delaware dropped the first-round game 61-41 *Feb. 4 — At Groveport. The Tigers on Dec. 22. though.” posted a season-high point total while winning the first-round game 84-59. Feb. 5 — At Dublin Coffman

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Top games GAMES OF THE WEEK BOYS: Gahanna at Pickerington North, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 4, in a battle of the top two teams in the OCC-Ohio. GIRLS: Hartley at Watterson, 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 5. Both are highly ranked in the area in their respective divisions.

Top performances BOYS Westerville North’s Jack Gibbs made five 3-pointers and scored 30 points to lead the Warriors past Westerville Central 77-70 on Jan. 25.

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defeating Mentor Lake Catholic 93-63 on Jan. 29. The area foursome has the attention of poll voters. In last week’s state rankings, Gahanna was second behind Cincinnati Moeller, Northland was third and South was tied for fourth. UA received no mention statewide, but was fourth in last week’s area coaches poll behind Gahanna, Northland and South. And just more than a week away — Sunday, Feb. 13 — the district seeding meeting takes place at Olentangy Liberty. Last year, Northland was the top seed followed by Gahanna, South and UA. Coffman was fifth. Right now, Gahanna likely would be the top seed, followed by Northland, South and UA, but that’s only a guess. There is still a week of basketball to play before the seeding deadline on Friday, Feb. 11, and it might be foolish to bet against any of these

Continued from page A5 season. They have a possible stumbling block ahead in Westerville North on Tuesday, Feb. 8. The Warriors took their rivals to overtime but lost 77-73 on Jan. 4. The next meeting will be at South. At first glance, Gahanna and Northland seem to have smooth sailing to unbeaten regular seasons. But things are rarely that simple with 15- to 18-year-olds taking the court. Gahanna’s biggest test may be Friday, Feb. 4, at Pickerington North, which is 14-1. The Panthers’ lone loss was a 61-41 setback at Gahanna on Dec. 22. The Vikings may have their toughest tests this weekend. On Friday, Feb. 4, they play at home against Brookhaven, a team they edged 43-41 on Jan. 11. One day later, they travel to Lakewood St. Edward, which was 12-4 after

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GIRLS Continued from page A5 Gahanna never trailed after going ahead 47-46 early in the fourth quarter. “Our kids battled. They played hard until the final horn,” said Central coach Wade Brockwell, whose team is 8-9 overall and 4-7 in the OCC-Ohio Division entering its home game against Groveport on Friday, Feb. 4. “But we had three freshmen on the floor the last part of the game (against Gahanna), so we’re still learning how to close games out.” Henshaw, a 5-foot-11 junior post player, leads the Tigers in scoring at 12.1 points per game and has been in double figures in each of the past three games. Stevens, a senior point guard, is averaging 10 points. The lineup gets noticeably younger after them, however. Marley Hill, a 6-2 sophomore, is averaging 10.2 points. Freshmen twins Aajah and Amari Hawkins are seeing more playing time on the perimeter, as is classmate Allie Luther in the post. The only other seniors are Melissa Weaver and Hilary Jacks. That means a learning curve remains in place. “I feel we are very close to turning the corner,” Brockwell said. “We just need something good to go our way.” •North is experiencing something similar as it leans more on role players such as sophomore forward Christy Macioce and freshman post player Brittany Johnson following senior Paige Stought’s season-ending knee injury. Johnson scored a season-high 11 points in a 59-47 loss Jan. 28 at Reynoldsburg. She also helped defend Alyssa Rice, who failed to score.

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At a glance Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Pickerington Central and North girls basketball teams: CENTRAL *Jan. 25 — Lost to Pickerington North 66-55. Jasmine Henshaw had 18 points to lead the Tigers. Katie Stevens matched her season highs with 15 points and four 3-pointers as Central’s three-game winning streak ended. *Jan. 28 — Lost to Gahanna 6258. Henshaw had 18 points. *Feb. 4 — Home vs. Groveport. The Tigers won the first-round game 4744 as Henshaw scored 13 points and Hilary Jacks added 11. Of note: The Tigers are 8-9 overall and 4-7 in the OCC-Ohio. NORTH *Jan. 25 — Def. Pickerington Central 66-55. Kavunaa Edwards scored 24 points for the Panthers, who lead the all-time series 5-3 following a second consecutive season sweep. They also prevailed 53-30 on Dec. 10. *Jan. 28 — Lost to Reynoldsburg 59-47. Edwards had 23 points, the sixth consecutive game she topped 20. Brittany Johnson had a seasonhigh 11. *Feb. 3 — At Gahanna. The Panthers won the first-round game 5624 on Dec. 21. Paige Stought, since lost for the season with an ACL injury, paced the Panthers with 14 points. Of note: The Panthers are 12-5 overall and 9-2 in the OCC-Ohio. *OCC-Ohio game

Still, the Panthers were outscored 24-12 in the fourth quarter and 15-3 down the stretch after Johnson’s basket from the left baseline on an assist from Macioce forged a 44all tie with 4:12 remaining. “Brittany’s just a freshman, but she played against Rice in junior high. She got an opportunity to play a lot here tonight because of her size (5-11),” North coach Dave Butcher said after the game. “And Christy, she’s only a sophomore, but we think she’s on the verge of breaking out because she’s a pretty good offensive player.

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Central’s Jasmine Henshaw shoots over North’s Jenna Andreas on Jan. 25.

“They’re still making the adjustment to this level, though.” Reynoldsburg, which improved to 16-1 overall and 110 in the league, made three 3pointers in the fourth quarter. Aliyah Zantt’s 3 from the right corner all but put the game out of reach at 55-47 with 1:19 remaining. The Raiders, who were ranked sixth at the time in the Division I state poll led by Canton McKinley, have won the last three games in the series with North. That includes a 52-38 win on Dec. 17 that saw them

SWIMMING Continued from page A5 Five of the OCC-Ohio schools participated in the Tiger Invitational. “The Central Invitational was a nice way to come into this,” Canini said. “We used our performance there to keep us focused and motivated.” Canini expects to see a different side of his teams as the Panthers go into their taper for the postseason. Among the teams that North will be competing against at sectional are Upper Arlington, St. Charles, Watterson and Westerville Central. On Jan. 29, UA swept the OCC-Central team championships, the Westerville Central boys team won the OCCCardinal title, St. Charles won the CCL boys championship and Watterson won the CCL girls title. Canini said his swimmers are anticipating the reduction in workouts as they gear up for the postseason. “It’s a neat metamorphosis,” he said of the taper. “Everyone is super energetic and they can’t sit still. They anticipate it and they’re ready for it.” •Maddie Martin of Central said winning two titles at the OCC-Ohio meet was the perfect send-off as she prepares for the sectional meet. Martin placed first in the 100 fly (58.24) and 500 free (5:23.81). Her time in the 100 fly is less than four seconds off her state championship time of 54.85 last year. “I see myself doing a lot better than I did last year,” Martin said. “The OCC meet was good practice. I need to have my whole mental game together.” Martin anchored Ashley Stewart, Lindsey Inkrott and Paige Martin to a first-place finish in the 400 free relay (3:48.11) and helped Inkrott, Paige Martin and Stewart place second in the 200 medley relay (2:15.93). Stewart won the 100 free (57.32) and Paige Martin placed second in the 100 breast (1:13.14). The boys team didn’t have any top-five finishers in an individual events at the OCC-Ohio meet. Coach Nicole Miller is excited to see how her teams transform during the taper. “I know they are excited for

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At a glance Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Central and North swimming and diving teams: CENTRAL Jan. 19 — Boys: Lost to Dublin Jerome 133-29; Girls: Lost to Jerome 104-66 Jan. 22 — Boys: Tied Liberty Union for 12th (26) in 19-team Tiger Invitational, behind champion North (232); Girls: Finished third (172.5) of 16 teams, behind champion North (249) Jan. 26 — Boys: Finished second (47) behind Granville (151) and ahead of Liberty Union (28) and Madison Christian (8); Girls: Finished second (114) behind Granville (135) and ahead of Liberty Union (55) Jan. 29 — Boys: Finished sixth (26)

that because now they’re going to see their times drop drastically,” she said. “You get to that point where you wonder why your times aren’t dropping and why you’re staying the same. “Now is the time when we slow them down and we get to see those times drop tremendously. This is what you’re waiting for.” The Tigers will join North at the Upper Arlington sectional meet. The top two finishers from each swimming event automatically advance to the district meet on Feb. 19 at Ohio State. In addition, there will be 26 at-large district qualifiers per event based on the times from the two Central District sectional sites, the East District sectional site and the Southeast District sectional site. Miller said the UA sectional can be pretty intimidating.

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in six-team OCC-Ohio Division meet, behind champion North (337); Girls: Finished third (193) in seven-team OCC-Ohio meet, behind champion North (354) Feb. 12 — Division I sectional at Upper Arlington NORTH Jan. 22 — Boys: Finished first (232) in 19-team Tiger Invitational; Girls: Finished first (249) of 16 teams Jan. 29 — Boys: Finished first (337) in OCC-Ohio meet; Girls: Finished first (354) in OCC-Ohio meet Feb. 4 — Lancaster at Lancaster YMCA Feb. 12 — Division I sectional at Upper Arlington

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VIOLET TOWNSHIP BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS Notice of Public Hearing The Violet Township Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a Public Hearing at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at the Violet Township Administrative Offices, located at 12970 Rustic Drive, Pickerington to consider the following applications: The continuation of Case Number 18-VA-2010: an application for variance filed by Scott Dunlap c/o M.J. O’Reilly Atty, 115 N. Center Street, Pickerington for 10 acres which is part of a 62 acre tract located on the west side of Allen Road, south of Basil Western Road. This application requests a variance from Violet Township Zoning Resolution Section 3A2-02 to allow the split of a property which contains no frontage upon, and no access to an improved public road or street. This application is available for examination from Friday, February 3, 2011 through Thursday, February 17, 2011, inclusive, Mondays through Fridays, excluding legal holidays, during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Violet Township Administrative Offices, 12970 Rustic Drive, Pickerington, Ohio 43147. The person responsible for giving notice of this public hearing by publication is Kelly Sarko, Violet Township Zoning Inspector. Violet Township Board of Zoning Appeals Denise Cole, Chair

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