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‘Meet Your City Council’ set for Feb. 22 By KEVIN PARKS ThisWeek Community Newspapers

The first in a planned series of events designed to get Columbus City Council members out into the community for one-on-one time with residents during the coming months is set for Tuesday, Feb. 22. The “Meet Your City Council” event will take place in the Fedderson Recreation Center, 3911 Dresden St., near the intersection of Karl and Cooke roads. It’s scheduled to last from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

While these gatherings are open to anyone interested in attending, city council communications director John Ivanic said that this session is specifically aimed at residents served by the Northland Community Council, Clintonville Area Commission, Northwest Civic Association and North Linden Area Commission. Four others are planned, although only a March 8 date is specifically set for people represented by South Side organizations, Ivanic said. The others will have dates firmed up

in April for the north central area of the city, in early May for the Near and Far A closer look East sides and in late May for the Hilltop and Franklinton areas, according to Ivanic. The “Meet Your City Council” “You can’t really do quadrants or pies event will take place in the Fedderor anything like that because we’re not son Recreation Center, 3911 Dresbuilt that way,” the communications di- den St., near the intersection of rector said. Karl and Cooke roads. It’s set for Similar meetings, which involve only 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 22. a brief introduction and then the opportunity for those attending to sit down place the last several years, according face to face, albeit briefly, with council to council president Andrew J. Ginther. members and their staffs, have taken These have most consistently taken place

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Operation Buckeye

Founder hopes to top 25,000 boxes this year

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Operation Buckeye started out on the dining room table of founder Jim Caronis’ Worthington home. It moved into his garage when his late wife, Nancy Priode Caronis, wanted someplace to serve Thanksgiving dinner. The nonprofit organization, which packs and ships boxes of snacks, candy, Girl Scout cookies, playing cards and other items to soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan to help lighten the burden and gloom of being far from home, now has its headquarters on North High Street in Clintonville, a post office box for donations in Westerville and volunteers from throughout central Ohio. Caronis said last week that he was inspired to launch Operation Buckeye back in 2006 after reading a piece by the late Dispatch columnist Mike Harden about a local Army officer and his soldiers who, instead of coming home from South Korea, were diverted instead to further duty in Iraq. Caronis immediately told his wife he wanted to send boxes of goodies to those poor military personnel, who so abruptly found themselves diverted from reuniting with loved ones to putting their lives on

on the South Side, once or twice at the Shamrock Club and also at recreation centers, as well as a few years ago for the King-Lincoln District. “We really strongly believe we ought to do it in all different parts of the city,” Ginther said. “My thought is we ought to be doing everything we can to make council as accessible and available to community and neighborhood leaders throughout the city,” he said.

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Mim Strait organizes items that will be boxed and sent to troops in Afghanistan and Iraq as part of Operation Buckeye. The organization is staffed only by volunteers and 100 percent of the donations goes to items for the boxes as well as shipping. For more information on the organization, visit www.operationbuckeye.org.

the line. They decided to pledge $10 for each of their 13 grandchildren and match that figure with their own money, expecting to send perhaps 20 gift boxes to soldiers. They wound up sending 94 that first time around, Jim Caronis recalled last week. The letters of appreciation received in return were heart-warming, so when Nancy asked her husband if they were

going to do it again the next year, he replied: “You betcha!” With the help of a growing number of like-minded people, Caronis said that the second year’s batch of boxes increased to 184. To date, the total is 18,000 boxes. Caronis hopes that figure tops 25,000 by the end of 2011. “Each and every year we’ve

grown, and we continue to grow,” Caronis said. Nancy Caronis passed away this past Nov. 3, and her husband now carries on with Operation Buckeye in her honor. On Feb. 18, Jim Caronis will be receiving the 2011 Community Volunteer of the Year honor during the

The monthly meeting of the Northland Community Council, canceled on the eve of a wintry blast that seemed to laminate much of central Ohio in a coating of ice, has been rescheduled for this evening (Thursday, Feb. 10). Council president Dave Paul, who called off the Feb. 1 meeting via e-mail at 4:13 p.m. the day before, announced the makeup session last week. The agenda, largely unchanged, will include election of officers. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the multi-purpose room at Friendship Village, 5800 Forest Hills Blvd. Because the bylaws mandate that voting on president, vice president, secretary and treasurer take place at the February meeting, Paul urged as many council representatives as possible to be on hand for the rescheduled session. “The lack of a quorum at this meeting would present us with some challenges, and would most likely require that a special NCC meeting be called prior to the NCC Awards Banquet on Feb. 23,” Paul wrote in an e-mail to members. Paul could not recall an occasion during his fiveplus years as president when foul weather forced cancellation of a regular monthly gathering. “I honestly haven’t kept good track of that,” he said. “It is certainly a rarity.” Reviewing past records, Paul said that the closest he could come up with was a near-cancellation back in 2007, also of a February meeting with election of officers on tap. “In this case, we did have our meeting, though I can’t recall if we achieved a quorum,” Paul wrote in an e-mail. “I assume we did, if only barely, because the election wasn’t rescheduled.” Election committee chairman John Kirkpatrick persuaded all but one of the current officeholders to stand for re-election. Paul, who had earlier indicated he did not want to serve a sixth term, consented

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Free tax help Group to sponsor free ‘Food Inc.’ showing available at Helping A closer look Hands clinic By KEVIN PARKS

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To Shirley Williams, the picture was worth several thousand words. Williams was among those who received free assistance in preparing federal and state income tax returns last year at the Helping Hands Health and Wellness Center. The service was provided by the free clinic, based at the Haimerl Center on Morse Road, through

the Ohio Benefit Bank in partnership with the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks. Williams, who had just lost her job and could not afford the services of a tax professional, was so delighted to find help through Helping Hands that she consented to have her photo taken. In the picture, still up on the clinic’s website, a beaming Williams holds a sign that reads, See FREE TAX, page A4

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A free showing of the Academy Awardnominated documentary “Food Inc.,” intended to get African Americans, in particular, thinking more about their diet, is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 18, at the Karl Road Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. The event is sponsored by the Westerville-based African American Alzheimer’s and Wellness Association. It will run from 6:30 to 8: 30 p.m. and feature healthy refreshments. Showing the 2008 film, a decidedly unflattering look at food industry in the United States, is in keeping with the “wellness”

The free Feb. 18 showing of “Food Inc.” is sponsored by the Westervillebased African American Alzheimer’s and Wellness Association. It will run from 6:30 to 8: 30 p.m. and feature healthy refreshments.

side the five-year-old organization’s mission, according to executive director Kimberly S. Lee. Diabetes and hypertension, which are present to a marked degree in African Americans, are thought to be possible contributing factors to the onset of Alzheimer’s disease,

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Lee said. That’s why the former director of local assisted living facilities created the nonprofit organization. At one time, Lee pointed out, many in the African American community ignored the presence of Alzheimer’s among older people. “Really reaching out and asking for help is not something that culturally the AfricanAmerican community has done,” Lee said. That’s beginning to change, she said, but now that the issue is being increasingly recognized, there is a need for prevention efforts. The “wellness” part of the organization’s name was added after its founding, and See ‘FOOD INC.’, page A2

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‘Meet Your City Council’ set for Feb. 22 Continued from page A1 By holding these sessions in places like neighborhood recreation centers, Ginther said that people who might not attend a council meeting will have a chance to go to a familiar setting that might be “a little more open, informal,

conversational and collaborative.” “Basically it’s about two hours of people walking around and talking to council members as they please; one minute, two minutes, three minutes; whatever,” Ivanic said. “I think any time we have a chance to meet our council members and talk to

them, especially with the limited time you have to speak at a council meeting … it’s great to give folks an opportunity to speak candidly,” Northland Community Council president Dave Paul said. “I keep referring to it as ‘speed-dating your council members,’ ” he said. “Nevertheless I think it’s a good op-

portunity to sit down and get to know your council members better, especially the two new members.” Ginther described himself as “passionate” in his support of the existing at-large method of electing members of city council, as opposed to a ward system where those voted in serve specif-

Operation Buckeye founder hopes to ‘FOOD INC.’ top 25,000 boxes to soldiers this year Continued from page A1

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to 50 items contained in each. “We call them care boxes,” Caronis said. “They’re sort of like snowflakes; there’s no two alike.” A small American flag and, as the name implies, a buckeye are among the “signature items” contained in each. Those packing the boxes often include a personal name with their name and address. “Many of the soldiers write back,” Caronis said. Volunteer packers have included schoolchildren from throughout central Ohio, the members of 11 different athletic teams at OSU, Girl Scouts and many others willing to give a little of their time to thank someone far away for serving in the military, the chairman added. “People in Columbus and the United States in general are giving, giving people,” Caronis said. While many of the items included in the “care boxes” are donated, the cost of shipping them falls on Operation Buckeye, and it’s gone up from $8.50 a box when Jim and Nancy started to $10.95 today. “My feeling is we ought to do like the Brits to and send it over for free,” Caronis said. As the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq have gone on over the years since Operation Buckeye was founded, Caronis said that he sometimes has to remind people there are still U.S. soldiers in danger far away. “There’s 100,000 soldiers and their families, and they know we’re at war,” he said. “The rest of the people go to the mall and go out to dinner.

annual awards dinner and silent auction of the Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce. “I just wish my wife could be there, too, to also receive that award,” Caronis said. Operation Buckeye depends upon a network of Army chaplains, the National Guard and occasionally Ohio State University head football coach Jim Tressel to come up with the names of soldiers in need of the pick-me-up one of the boxes could provide. Caronis was a member of the same fraternity, Alpha Tau Omega, as Tressel and his brother, OSU running backs coach Dick Tressel. The latter has served as honorary chairman of Operation Buckeye and Caronis said that on one of his visits to the war zone with other college football coaches, Jim Tressel returned with 500 names for the organization. Often, these are enlisted men and women with little in the way of family support back home, according to Caronis. “If you’ve got nobody writing a letter to you, you’re sure as heck not getting a box,” Caronis said. Girl Scout cookies and beef jerky have been among the most requested items on the part of soldiers serving in war zones, according to the Operation Buckeye chairman, but the volunteers who pack the boxes also include things like magazines donated by Half Price Books, wet wipes offered by Buffalo Wild Wings and playing cards among the 45

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NCC meeting set for Feb. 10 Continued from page A1 to have his name nominated as president. Secretary Roseann Hicks, who recently gave birth to her first child, agreed to return, as did treasurer Lyn Denney. Clinton Estates Civic Association president Emmanuel V. Remy is running for vice president, potentially replacing Bob Thurman, who will continue as development committee chairman. Nominations will be taken from the floor during the meeting. Also on the agenda will be a presentation by Central Ohio Transit Authority president and chief executive officer William J. Lhota. He is slated to provide an update on a proposed Bus Rapid Transit project along Cleve-

land Avenue, a new “health-education line” connecting area colleges, university and hospitals as well as proposed capital improvements for the transit authority. A question-and-answer period is scheduled with Lhota. A representative of the Northland Swim Club was scheduled to give a brief presentation at the Feb. 1 meeting, and Paul said that he assumes someone will be available at the replacement session. The nonprofit community club, 5006 Almont Drive, opened in the summer of 1965, but a 46th season may not take place if the board of directors can’t raise $10,000 by March 1 to cover the cost of repairing a major equipment breakdown, spokesman and board member Robert Saunders has said.

An update on the annual Awards Banquet as well as “news and concerns presented by NCC member communities” rounds out the agenda for the rescheduled February meeting, according to Paul. Finding a date that didn’t conflict with some member civic group’s gathering made rescheduling the weather-canceled meeting tricky, according to Paul. Fortunately, he said, Lhota was next able to be on hand tonight, and that date appeared to work for the others on the council’s executive committee. “It remains to be seen how many or our community representatives actually will be there,” Paul said. kparks@thisweeknews.com www.ThisWeekNews.com

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Free tax help available at Helping Hands clinic Continued from page A1 “My tax refund: $3,462. Thanks, Helping Hands.” “It was great,” said Williams, who used part of the money to enroll at National College. “It was and it is.” It is, in fact, even more of a help this year to people who meet the same eligibility requirements for receiving medical care at the free clinic. Last year, only one person trained by personnel at the Ohio Benefit Bank, an Internet-based service that seeks to connect lowand moderate-income Ohioans to a variety of sources of help, provided tax preparation assistance, according to clinic executive director Joyce Bourgault. This time around, she said, four or five tax counselors will be active, offering help with state and federal returns by appointment on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays starting this month and continuing through the 2011 filing date of April 18. “Trained counselors at Benefit Bank sites and clinics throughout the state will help Ohioans prepare and file their tax returns at no cost if they meet the income eligibility requirement of less than $60,000 per year in household income,” according to an announcement from Helping Hands. “If eligible, clients can also claim the Earned Income Tax Credit, a special tax refund program for working families and individuals.” Longtime free clinic volunteer

Benefit Bank services listed From the website of the Ohio Benefit Bank: “Getting help is easier than you think. “The Ohio Benefit Bank is an Internet service that is available for Ohioans who are in need of help. Through no fault of their own, many Ohioans are being forced to make tough decisions each and every day, such as choosing between paying rent or buying food. In an effort to eliminate such choices from having to be made and to help Ohioans gain access to programs that are available for those in need, the Ohio Benefit Bank is now available at your fingertips. “From the comfort of your home, from a local library that has Internet access, from the computer of a trained Ohio Benefit Bank counselor or any other computer with Internet access, Ohioans can complete applications for programs such as Food Assistance, formerly Food Stamps, the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), child care subsidies, and even file their federal and state taxes for free.” More information on each of these areas of assistance is available at www.ohiobenefits.org/.

Diane Hendrickson was the lone Ohio Benefit Bank tax counselor offering the free service last year. Although she’s not a tax professional, Hendrickson said that computer software and a helpline enabled her to assist low- and moderate-income residents in preparing their forms. “They just thanked me so much,” Hendrickson said. “That felt neat.” “She was very nice and cordial,” Williams said. “She’s a Christian and I’m a Christian, so we were just helping one another. “It’s a great benefit to people of the community.” Offering more than health care to the uninsured is fully in keeping with the mission of Helping Hands, according to Bourgault. “We are not just a free clinic,” she said. “When we talk about being a health and wellness cen-

ter, it’s been a growing process. “If you don’t attend to all of their needs, you can take care of their health problems, but if you can’t get them medicine and you can’t find them food and you can’t find them housing, then they’ve still got the same problems as when they first came.” Those interested in making an appointment to receive free income tax preparation assistance through the clinic at the Haimerl Center, 1421 Morse Road, may call 262-5094. Helping Hands was founded by congregation members of Ascension Lutheran Church and a handful of other Northland-area churches. The clinic began operations on April 20, 2007, and as many as 40 churches from many different denominations came to support the clinic within two years of its founding.

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Brother, can you spare a dime for a night’s lodging? Columbus and America have spent much of the last quarter-century attempting to come to grips with the problem of people with little or no money and very few places to spend the night. But this is not a story about America today. I will leave that story to others. Today I would rather look a little more closely at how people with few resources lived a century ago. One hundred years ago, some people who had lost everything due to bad decisions, bad attitudes or simply bad luck left their old world behind and hit the road. They became known as “tramps,” “hoboes” or “vagrants” and lived off the land and by their wits. As far as I know, the definitive history of the American vagrant has yet to be written. Good historical research seems to point to the fact that outsiders and other just plain unlikable people have a long history in our country. More than one historian has noted that more than a little of America was founded and settled by them. Many of these people settled down, found a calling, a living or a career and no longer drifted across the land. Every town of any size in America has had its share of people who simply did not fit in. Many lived on the edges of the town, did their best to stay out of the way and got on with their lives. In the early history of Columbus, a number of rather disreputable types — nominally led by a man named Jones — founded a settlement of their own called “Jonesburgh” near the intersection of Naghten Street and Cleveland Avenue, a place that was then “out in the country.” It soon became an open marketplace for thieves, robbers and other nasty people. The “village,” such as it was, became a local center of drink, dissolution and disease and was in short order closed down by local residents who did not like to have such a place so close to the state capital. One could assume that the good citizens of Columbus who drove out the bad people of Jonesburgh thought they had rid the city of its unwanted residents once and for all. If they thought so, they were sadly mistaken. Columbus would always have a vice district — an area that through much of the 1800s would come to be called the “Badlands.” Columbus would also always have people who literally lived at the edges of the town and subsisted on whatever they might scavenge. This story is not about those people. Rather, it is about the people who came to Columbus look-

ing for work, with few resources, and just needed a place to stay. In January 1902, a reporter for the ED Columbus Press-Post folLENTZ lowed several of these people and wrote a rather lengthy story about what he discovered about their lives: “There are several men in Columbus who are each worth $1,000,000, which at 6 percent interest, means an income of $60,000, or nearly $200 per day … But it is not with the rich man this article is intended to deal … The poorest man is the one who lands in the city with 25 cents in his pocket, and must live upon this until he can find something to do that will bring him another 25 cents, if no more. “The man with 25 cents still views the world hopefully. He discovers that it will carry him through one day in comparative comfort. There is 5 cents for his breakfast, 5 cents for his dinner, 5 cents for his supper and 10 cents remaining for a bed in a lodging house. “There are numerous lodging houses in Columbus, whose signs say that a night’s lodging may be secured within at prices ranging from 10 to 15 cents. To put it in round figures, a canvass was made of ten of these ‘hotels’ and it was learned that an average of 20 men per night — all the year round — lodge in each of these establishments. “There is a sitting room, dignified by the title of ‘office,’ usually upon the walls of which the farseeing proprietor has hung framed

rules and regulations, made up in style somewhat like Sunday School mottos, reading thus: “‘Anyone retiring with his shoes on will forfeit his bed.’ ‘Sleeping in the office strictly forbidden.’ ‘Beds must be paid for in advance.’ “There are, however, permanent lodgers also in the 10- and 15-cent hostelries. The majority of these have the 15-cent beds. These beds are located in small rooms hardly larger than the private lockers in the athletic clubman’s club house … In the rooms or stalls, there is a single iron bed, one chair and hooks for hanging up clothing … The lodgers who expend 15 cents a night for a sleeping place are many of them clerks on small salaries, some of them from the great army of men who work in the wholesale houses and other big establishments where hundreds of men are employed. “The ambitious and manly boy who came to the city from his country home last autumn to find work in town writes to his mother dating his letter ‘hotel’ this and that, and little does the good woman dream of how dreary is the place called hotel, where her son is spending the long winter nights, sending home every cent he can spare. “Of course, there are better things in store for the boy, for he is gritty, but at present he is bravely doing the best he can and does not find a cheap lodging house unendurable.” For many people coming to a town growing and changing in early 20th-century America, the 10- to 15-cent hotel was a first step to a better life. Perhaps in our own time, similar places still are. Ed Lentz writes a history column for ThisWeek.

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The Beat Arts, eats and fun in central Ohio plot of Mozart’s classic opera The Mar5 The riage of Figaro relies heavily on secrecy —

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ing? Start with The Chapin Sisters, Lily and Abigail, whose spare tunefulness and plaintive harmonies call to mind a post-modern Indigo Girls. Stir in trippypopsters Eisley, a Texas quintet fronted by three DuPree sisters that crafts songs at once dramatic and whimsical. Lastly, add a heaping portion of So-Cal poprockers Rooney, who call to mind the likes of The Cars and The Raspberries. And there you go. It’s all at The Basement Friday, Feb. 11. Tickets are $15/$17. Call 1-800-745-3000.

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in her trio shows. And, speaking of trio shows… Welch and her trio play the Grand Ballroom of the Athletic Club of Columbus, courtesy CityMusic, Sunday, Feb. 13. Notes from the Silver Screen – A Valentine’s Cabaret, will include music from Singing in the Rain, Alfie, The Wizard of Oz, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Lady and the Tramp and A Star is Born, among many others. Jazz siren Helen Welch is Lunch is available at the Ath2 a treat for the eyes and the letic Club for patrons who want ears. to arrive early. Her voice is Tickets are $250-$10. Call (614) luxurious and 223-3093. equally at home on the 3 What else is a preschoolwide variety teacher-by-day-indie-muof material sician-by-night to she feado? tures You start playing some of your songs for kids, maybe even tailor the lyrics to your audience a bit,

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and all of a sudden you’re a children’s music superstar! Well, in Laurie Berkner’s case, it wasn’t quite “all of a sudden” – and the music video spots on Nick Jr. didn’t hurt. But the best part is the catchy folk-pop melodies adults love, too. The Laurie Berkner Band plays the Palace Theatre Sunday, Feb. 13. Tickets are $37.50/$27.50. Call (614) 469-0939. may not immediately 4 You think “honky-tonk outlaw country” when the Town of Flint, Mich., is referenced, but Whitey Morgan aims to change all that. Morgan and his band live in the rough edges of country, the kind cut by Waylon Jennings, David Allan Coe and Johnny Paycheck. Top it all off with lots of flannel and denim and amps cranking out sounds pounded out from the band’s Fender Telecasters Whitey Morgan and it’s honky-tonk heaven, friends. Touring in support of their latest, a self-titled effort, Whitey Morgan and the 78’s will stop at the Woodland Tavern for a Thursday, Feb. 17, gig. Lydia Loveless and The Tin Hearts open. Call (614) 299-4987.

people and plans both remaining hidden when necessary so no one can tell the true intent. This production also requires much of the same from the cast, including a woman with blonde hair playing a woman with flowing brown locks, a 25-year-old man portraying two different characters (both many years his senior) and a young woman transforming into a 15-year-old boy. The fair-haired and fair-skinned Anne-Carolyn Bird spends so much time — between 30 and 45 minutes — applying “more makeup than Miss America” to look that part of a brunette, that there’s not enough time to dye her hair and keep it looking good. “I love being a brunette,” Bird, who plays Susanna, Figaro’s intended and the object of his master’s affection as well, told The Beat. “I wear a gorgeous brown wig that’s very long, all the way down to my waist.” The period costuming helps the singing actors take on their varied roles as well, as Bird attempted to describe with as much delicacy as possible. “One of the aspects of this time period is the women wear corsets,” she explained. “Susanna is a little bit of a flirt, and there are two times in the production where I bow in such a way that presents certain … assets … to a gentleman.” “I would never do that as Anne-Carolyn Bird, but it’s fun to inhabit that world,” Bird said. Kirsten Gunlogson has much the opposite situation. As the 15-year-old boy Cherubino, her transformation is even more dramatic. “It’s different than putting a dress on,” said the veteran of numerous ‘trouser’ roles. But even once I’ve got the jacket and boots on and the wig and the makeup, it’s more important how it feels. I don’t want to be hindered in creating the physicality of the character. “Cherubino’s a young boy, he’s youthful and exuberant and there are times when I scamper around the stage,” she added. “Plus there is a lot that goes into the time period and the character as far as how I hold my arms and what to do with myself when I’m just standing, or how I walk or sit in a chair or take someone’s hand.” The physical mannerisms are key for Stefan Barner, who plays both Don Basilio and Don Curzio, both older men but with very different personalities. “It’s amazing what they can do with makeup and wigs to make you look like a totally different person,” Barner explained. “But the singing and the acting have to be different as well.”

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He added that the different look and feel of each costume helps distinguish for him the differing requirements of each character. Don Basilio is a coconspirator with the Count, smarmy and self-serving, while Don Curzio is a lawyer in full gown who also happens to be quite the bumbler. “How I walk and my body carriage are totally different and even little things like facial expressions,” Barner said. “I spend a lot of time in my hotel room pacing around and making faces in the mirror.” Bird, whose Susanna is a servant to the Countess, said the way the characters interact is a significant way to convey to the audience the difference in their social standing. “I encourage the audience to watch who touches whom, and in what context,” Bird said. “It says a lot about the relationships of the characters.” “My biggest compliment is when people tell me how much I seem like a boy,” Gunlogson said. “You want the audience to be transported in their imagination. That’s what theater is.” For more on Opera Columbus’ production of The Marriage of Figaro, read the BeatBlog at www.ThisWeekNews.com.

La Casita is one of the best Mexican restaurants in town When people ask me — and they frequently do — what’s the best Mexican restaurant in Columbus, I can tell they usually mean “Mexican restaurant of a certain type.” In other words, instead of, say, a bare-bones mom-n-popper in the back of a market, they probably want a gringo-friendly party palace with good free chips and salsa, boat-sized slushy margaritas, bouncy music and a colorphoto-filled, order-by-number menu approximately the size of the Mexico City phone book. Nothing wrong with all that, I go to those places too. Anyway, if you’re seeking a toptier version of such a fun-forward establishment, look no further than the terrific La Casita. This place rocks. And on the rocks is how you should order your margarita here.

MENU by G.A. Benton And if you order La Casita’s “Original” (made with fresh lime juice, Hornitos tequila and Cointreau) with half the sugar (as I do), you’ll be drinking one of the best margaritas in Columbus. Sip on that smile-making quaff and check out this raucous, fiesta-happy joint. Yes, it’s bright and bouncy and has all of those aforementioned attributes of the standard burrito haunt. But it’s also smaller and cozier, and nicer in most every way — including its cheery, polished wood-paneled walls, arched brick-rimmed windows and loopy wooden chairs with wickery accents.

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Fajitas Del Mar, Birria and the “Original” margarita at La Casita.

Oh yeah, and La Casita’s food is better too. A good starter is the refreshing Tostada de Ceviche ($3).

A nice, crispy fried corn tortilla was piled high with diced whitefish, plenty of carrot, onion, a touch of jalapeno and cilantro. A fresh and creamy avocado slice helped balance the bright flavors. For a considerably more substantial appetizer, opt for the wonderful Birria ($5.50 per “cup”). A veritable bucket of rich, tender, juicy and perfectly salty pot roast chunks was swimming in a thin, glistening red chili sauce. It wasn’t overly spicy, just really delicious. Considerably more heat emanated from the flaming hot Torta Ahogada ($7.29). A huge, flat and puffy roll was packed with carnitas pork plus a guacamole schmear, then totally soaked in an incendiary, devil-red chili broth. Highly recommended, but only for asbestos-throated types.

La Casita Mexican Restaurant 1355 Bethel Road 614-457-0823 Cuisine: Mexican Price: $ (up to $10 per person) Patio: Yes Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday Milder pork arrived with the almost elegant Lomo de Puerco ($11). Three large but lean slabs of rosemary-scented and just-notdry pork loin were lightly doused in a chili sauce, cheese and pico de gallo. Comes with rice and beans — choose the soupy and excellent whole pintos. The Fajitas del Mar ($17) breathed life into that ubiquitous cast-iron dish. This one had a big

ol’ nice-tasting and flaky fish (tilapia) plus an ocean of good seared shrimp and scallops. Like real tacos? Served on soft corn tortillas with radishes, lime, onion and cilantro, La Casita’s are the real deal and a steal of a deal at $2 each. Try the barbacoa, carnitas or chicken — all were juicy and delicious. As for the towering slice of milky and comforting Tres Leches cake I had for dessert ($4.59), my friendly waiter told me his wife made it. I told him he was a fortunate man. You’ll be a fortunate diner if you choose to get your Mexican food at La Casita. To read G.A. Benton’s blog, visit ColumbusDiningGuide.com

Baker mad about new opportunity in Olde Towne East Vicki Hink thinks her new café is a good fit for Olde Towne East, an intimate, tight-knit neighborhood where residents value each other and stores in the area. “I don’t think it will ever be a Short North with tons of business and all of that, but I don’t know if everyone wants it to be that busy,” said Hink, owner of the recently opened The Angry Baker, 891 Oak St. The 900-squarefoot restaurant seats 14. Open for breakfast, lunch and early dinner hours, the eatery is specifically known for baked goods, such as the caramel brioche cinnamon roll, Dr. Pepper cake (filled with chocolate ganache and crushed blackberries), croissants and chocolate chip cookies. The menu is rounded out by savory goods, including a variety of soup and sandwiches such as the crispy chicken thigh, clover greens, fried egg and dressed with chimichurri. There’s also a vegan option — sloppy joes made with lentils. Sandwich prices, including breakfast options, range from $5.25 to $8.25. Sweets are a buck to $4.50 for a slice of cake. Hink said she is trying to buy local as much as possible, a common expression for today’s conscientious restaurant owner. For example, she buys Ludlow cheese from Blue Jacket Dairy in Bellefontaine, turkey from Cooper Farms in St. Henry and maple syrup, among other items, from Stutzman Farms in Millersburg. A graduate of Columbus State Community College’s culinary program, Hink has worked locally at such places as Hyde Park, Z Cucina and Bakery Gingham. By Lorrie Cecil/ThisWeek “I’ve worked for a couple of places and I Vicki Hink, owner of The Angry Baker, is seen here with her brioche always wanted to do my own thing,” she said. cinnamon rolls with caramel, an eclair and a piece of Dr Pepper “I guess I planned to do it a little bit later in life but it all kind of happened.” cake. The Angry Baker opened Jan. 28 at 891 Oak St.

Despite the name of her restaurant, Hink said she’s really not mad at anybody. “It was kind of a funny nickname from an old bakery I used to work at,” she said. “It just kind of stuck.” Old Towne East, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, is located on the Near East Side of town. Hink, who lives in the area, said there’s a vibrant, built-in dining culture that frequents such neighborhood haunts as Yellow Brick Pizza and Black Creek Bistro. And there’s room for more, she said. “I really love the neighborhood,” she said. “And I knew we were really in the need for something like this.” The Angry Baker is open six days a week, closed Monday. For more information, call 614-947-0976. As of Feb. 1, Luce was back in the hands of its original owners. Chef Alex Rodriguez has returned the Powell restaurant to John and Mike Ciotola, and Randy Turturice. Rodriguez, who purchased Luce two and a half years ago, will stay on as chef for another month, Mike Ciotola said. The Ciotolas and Turturice founded Luce (pronounced loo-chay) almost six years ago at 3499 Market St. It started out as a casual Italian restaurant with an extensive wine list. The partnership sold the restaurant to Rodriguez in July 2008. He kept the name and wine inventory and added a Latin touch to the menu. Mike Ciotola, who now lives in Naples, Fla., said the menu will change considerably. He has hired Wes Thompson, a former sous chef at the restaurant, and will retain current

Luce sous chef Phillip Goulis. “We want to move more toward classic Italian, simple preparations with really fresh ingredients,” Ciotola said. “We’re going to try get as much local stuff as we can, as much organic stuff as we can.” It’s been 18 months since the brothers sold La Scala, the iconic Italian restaurant in Dublin founded by their father, the late Bennie Ciotola.

■ For Valentine’s Day cheese recommendations, see Wendy Hunsinger’s column at www.ThisWeekNews.com Wendy Hunsinger /foodandwine. ■ Etiquette expert Nora Cline gives a few suggestions on good manners for the romantic holiday.

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Being part of a rising program won’t be a new experience for Northland High School senior Jarrell Jones next fall. On Feb. 2, the 5-foot-10, 170pound two-way starter for the Vikings signed to play football with Miami University, which bounced back from a 1-11 season in 2009 to advance to a bowl game for the first time since 2004. Jones helped the Vikings advance to the postseason for the first time last fall, when they qualified for the Division I, Region 3 playoffs. “He’s just a vocal leader and he’s a physical player who makes plays,” Northland coach Kevin Tooson said. “They really liked his leadership and competitive fire.” Although Jones battled injuries during the early weeks of last season, he finished with 1,004 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns on 114 carries. Defensively, he had 35 tackles as the Vikings went 8-3. Jones verbally committed to play for the RedHawks last June after also considering Kent State, Akron and Ivy League schools such as Dartmouth. He likely will play cornerback for Miami, which beat Northern Illinois 26-21 in the Mid-American Conference championship game Dec. 3 and defeated Middle Tennessee State 35-21 in the GoDaddy.com Bowl on Jan. 6. Don Treadwell, who played for Miami from 1978-81 and had been Michigan State’s offensive coordinator and receivers coach the last four years, took over the program Dec. 31. It marks the second consecutive year that Northland has had a player join a MAC school. Jude Adjei-Barimah signed with Bowling Green from the 2010 class. “It was academics, No. 1, because I’m all about my school work,” Jones said. “They told me I would have the opportunity to play as a freshman, and I was very interested in that. I can’t wait to play against

By Tim Norman/ThisWeek

Charlotte Wolf of Beechcroft competes in the 50-yard freestyle during the City League meet on Feb. 5 at the Columbus Aquatics Center. The Beechcroft and Northland swim teams will compete in the Division I sectional meet on Saturday, Feb. 12, at Thomas Worthington.

(Adjei-Barimah) next year. “I got a chance to meet the new coaching staff. I’m going to miss (former Miami coach Mike Haywood), but I like the new coaching staff.” Haywood left Miami in December to take over at Pittsburgh but was fired two weeks later after being arrested on a domestic violence charge. •CITY-NORTH CHAMPS — The Northland girls basketball team is back in the City championship game for the second time in three seasons after closing the City League-North schedule with wins over Linden-McKinley (98-21 on Feb. 3) and Brookhaven (67-48 on Feb. 4). The Vikings will face Africentric for the league title at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at Mifflin. Northland lost to the

Nubians 69-38 in the 2009 City championship game. The Vikings are ranked second in the Division I area coaches poll, second in the ThisWeekSPORTS.com Hoop It Up Super 7 and earned the second seed for the district tournament at the seeding meeting Feb. 6. While Northland was 18-0 before playing Marion-Franklin on Feb. 9, Africentric is 17-2 overall and was ranked No. 7 in last week’s Division III state poll. The Nubians are led by Ohio State signee Raven Ferguson, while Akron signee Brittani Thomas, Chelsea Chambers and Brien Babbs are other key seniors. They won four consecutive City titles before losing to

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Northland senior Jarrell Jones is all smiles after recently signing a letter of intent to play football See ROUNDUP, page A8 at Miami University. Joining him are his mother, Velinda Johnson, and father, Cornell Jones.

DeSales Roundup

Girls basketball team looks to regroup for postseason By JEREMY STEWART ThisWeek Community Newspapers

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Three DeSales seniors recently made their official commitments to play college football. Chris Rock (left) signed a letter of intent with Michigan, Nick Gentile (center) received an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy and Evan Kendrick received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy.

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A trio of out-of-state pipelines continued from the DeSales High School football program during National Signing Day on Feb. 2 when seniors Chris Rock, Nick Gentile and Evan Kendrick finalized their college decisions. Rock was part of the first recruiting class for new Michigan coach Brady Hoke when he signed his letter of intent. Gentile received an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., and Kendrick received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. In all three cases, they’ll join programs that have former Stallions already in uniform. Rock and Gentile are Westerville residents and Kendrick resides in Gahanna. “All of these guys have had great runs

here,” DeSales coach Ryan Wiggins said. “All of them made it through a season when we had some tough times with injuries. Chris is big, large and athletic. Nick Gentile has been our quarterback the last two years, but his athletic combination makes him an asset. Evan’s another great student and a great athlete, and this past year he played every single snap for us.” Rock, who started three seasons for the Stallions, verbally committed to play for the Wolverines last May. He also considered Notre Dame but said that “nobody else was really close” to Michigan. Rock, 6-foot-5, 240 pounds, made firstteam all-district in Division III and was ThisWeek Super 25 honorable mention as a junior and made honorable mention alldistrict as a senior. He will join a Michigan program that See FOOTBALL, page A8

The DeSales High School girls basketball team held a long meeting in the locker room following a 64-54 loss to Zanesville on Feb. 5. The Stallions had been showing some improvement, but the loss to Zanesville was their second in a row. They also lost to Hartley 47-31 in a CCL game on Jan. 29. Now, the Stallions are trying to regroup in time for the Division II district tournament. DeSales opens the tournament with a first-round game against Sparta Highland at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, at Olentangy Liberty. The Stallions are the eighth seed. “Our main issue is being consistent,” coach Brian Cromwell said. “Zanesville had a stretch (in the second half) where they pushed their lead to 15 points. We started to play better at the end of the game. Hopefully, we can carry some of that fight and build it into something for the tournament.” Before the consecutive losses, the Stallions had won four of five. The first victory in that span was a 5552 win at Ready on Jan. 15 in which DeSales rallied from a 17-point deficit. The Stallions parlayed the momentum from the Ready game into a 53-38 win over Columbus School for Girls four days later. They had a chance to pull even atop the CCL standings with a win over Watterson on Jan. 22, but lost 55-52. However, DeSales rebounded with wins over Logan Elm (66-46 on Jan. 24)

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R.J. Martin of DeSales tangles with Westerville South’s Caleb Llaneza in a match at 135 pounds during a meet Feb. 3 at Westerville North. The Stallions compete in the CCL meet on Saturday, Feb. 12, at Watterson.

and Granville (61-49 on Jan. 26). DeSales is set to take on a Highland team that fell to 8-9 after losing to Marion Elgin 70-61 on Feb. 5. Leading Highland are guards Kelsey Burt and Shanay Gibson and forwards Heather Thacker and Tarren Thacker. The winner plays seventh-seeded Bexley in the second round at 6 p.m. Feb. 23 at Olentangy Liberty. DeSales chose to enter the same district tournament bracket as topseeded Olentangy and third-seeded Hilliard Bradley. Second-seeded Eastmoor Academy and fourth-seeded Jonathan Alder are in the other bracket.

“There’s a bunch of good teams in this year’s Division II tournament,” Cromwell said. “There will be some tough games all the way through the district. As a staff, we thought we had some familiarity with (Hilliard) Bradley already and Bexley.” The Stallions beat Bradley 58-54 in the season opener on Nov. 30. DeSales was the eighth seed last season and ended up beating second-seeded Big Walnut and seventhseeded Bradley to win a district championship. •The wrestling team will compete at the CCL meet Saturday, Feb. See DESALES, page A8


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DESALES Continued from page A7 12, at Watterson. The Stallions have won the CCL twice since the one-day tournament was brought back for the 2008 season. Last year, the Stallions scored 141.5 points to place fourth behind St. Charles (181), Ready (166.5) and Hartley (162). DeSales is treating the CCL tournament as a tune-up for the Division II sectional Feb. 19 at Licking Heights. “I think it’s a good tournament because you have mixed competition,” coach Dennis Lyberger said. “It lets you know where you stand. You know if you beat the better guys you can go really far (in the postseason). You don’t want a brutal tournament right before the sectional so that guys don’t get too beat up.” DeSales, which isn’t fielding wrestlers at 140 pounds, 160 and heavyweight, can’t afford to have any more competitors get hurt. The Stallions have not been able to field a heavyweight this season and Joseph Lyberger, who competes at 160, was lost early in the season. The injury status of Jason Allen (140) was uncertain as of early this week. Payton Gutierrez, who won the CCL title at 103 last year, is coming off the 103 title at the Delaware Reimann Invitational on Feb. 5. Ian Ferguson finished

At a glance Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the DeSales boys basketball, girls basketball, gymnastics, hockey, swimming & diving and wrestling teams: BOYS BASKETBALL *Feb. 4 — Defeated Hartley 50-49. Kenny Cooper scored 11 points. *Feb. 7 — Def. Ready 46-43. Brennan Schlabig scored 10 points. *Feb. 11 — Home vs. St. Charles. The Stallions won 44-42 on Jan. 14. Feb. 12 — At Zanesville Of note: The Stallions are 12-4 overall and 5-1 in the CCL. GIRLS BASKETBALL Feb. 5 — Lost to Zanesville 64-54. Tyler Craig scored 20 points and Maddie Lockhart added eight. *Feb. 9 — Played Ready Feb. 12 — Home vs. Chillicothe Unioto Of note: The Stallions were 9-8 overall and 4-3 in the CCL before Feb. 9. *CCL game GYMNASTICS Feb. 4 — Finished first (133.725) ahead of runner-up Findlay (129.025) at eight-team Sweeney Invitational Feb. 11 — Buckeye Valley, Heath and Thornville Sheridan at Central Ohio Gymnastics and Cheer

second at 152. The Stallions placed eighth (95.5) at the 13-team event behind champion Olentangy (261). St. Charles returns Chris Suozzi, who won the CCL title at 125 last season. He is competing at 135 this year. Josh Hall returns for Ready after winning the title at 112 last season by pinning DeSales’Tyler Ricevuto in 1 minute, 22 seconds. Hartley returns CCL champions in Jarrod Zang (160) and

HOCKEY *Feb. 4 — Def. Worthington Kilbourne 6-5. Chad Janzen (two), Tyler McClary, Tyler Klutch, Brenden Whittaker and Hunter Chapman scored and Ben Risinger had 20 saves. *Feb. 5 — Lost to Olentangy Liberty 11-1 *Feb. 6 — Def. Dublin Scioto 4-1. Klutch (two), McClary and Whittaker scored and Risinger had nine saves. Feb. 11-13 — Blue Jackets Cup consolation tournament. The Eagles play Watterson in first round at Dispatch Ice Haus. Of note: The Stallions are 7-20 overall and finished 3-9-1 in the Capital Hockey Conference. *CHC game SWIMMING & DIVING Feb. 12 — Division II sectional meet at Columbus Academy Feb. 18-19 — Division II district meet at Ohio State WRESTLING Feb. 3 — Lost to Westerville North 48-20; def. Westerville South 32-27 Feb. 5 — Finished eighth (95.5) at Delaware Reimann Invitational behind champion Olentangy (261). Payton Gutierrez won title at 103. Feb. 12 — CCL championships at Watterson

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FOOTBALL played for the Falcons. Big Walnut linebacker Jacob Walaszek also has committed to Air Force. “I visited there after the season, and when I was there I talked with Josh Kusan and Ike Ariguzo about it,” Gentile said. “The football and academics are very strong. Going to the Air Force Academy is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I’m going to go to their prep school for one year and I’m going to go and learn to play defense. They want me to play linebacker, which is the weird thing about it. But I played quarterback in an option offense, which is harder than playing defense. The past four years have helped me a lot.” Kendrick, 5-10, 180 pounds, likely will play cornerback or safety for Navy, where he’ll join 2008 DeSales graduate Josh Dowling-Fitzpatrick. Kendrick made first-team all-district at defensive back last season after finishing with 33 tackles and four pass breakups. He also rushed for 272 yards and two touchdowns as a running back. Navy finished 10-4 last season, including a 35-14 loss to San Diego State in the Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 23. On Dec. 11, the Midshipmen beat Army 31-17, marking their ninth consecutive win over the Cadets. Illinois State and Villanova, which are Football Championship Subdivision schools, also offered Kendrick scholarships. “(Navy’s) got a tradition-rich program,” Kendrick said. “Academically, it’s one of the best in the nation. As long as I’m on the field, I don’t care what position they play me at.”

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also includes 2008 DeSales graduate Patrick Omameh, who started at right guard last season. Also signing Feb. 2 to play for Michigan from central Ohio were defensive back Tamani Carter (Pickerington Central) and defensive lineman Keith Heitzman (Hilliard Davidson). The Wolverines finished 7-6 last season, including a 52-14 loss to Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 1. Coach Rich Rodriguez was fired five days later after going 15-22 overall, including 6-18 in the Big Ten Conference, in three seasons. “It’s good to have a lot of central Ohio guys who will be on the team,” said Rock, who plans to major in business. “Having a good defense starts with the coaching staff, and (Hoke) is a defensive line guy, which is good for me. He’s real personable.” Gentile started at quarterback for the Stallions the last two seasons, including in 2009 when they were the Division III state runners-up. Last season, he was 46-for-121 passing for 650 yards with three touchdowns and seven interceptions and made special mention all-district. Gentile, a 6-1, 200-pounder who also was recruited by The Citadel, believes his experience running the option offense will help him make the transition to playing linebacker for the Falcons. Air Force finished 9-4 last season, including a 14-7 win over Georgia Tech in the Independence Bowl on Dec. 27. Ike Ariguzo and Josh Kusan, both 2009 DeSales graduates, also are part of Air Force’s football program. Former Stallions such as 2006 grad- julrey@thisweeknews.com uates Chris Thomas and Justin Moore also have www.ThisWeekSPORTS.com

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ROUNDUP Continued from page A7 Brookhaven 46-41 in the league final last season. In Northland’s win over Brookhaven, Symone Denham made four 3-pointers and scored 28 points and Alexis Peterson added 13 points. Coach Dean Washington also has been pleased with the play of senior post player Tatiana Chapple, an East Carolina signee. “We want to have the opportunity to see how we do against the seventh-ranked team in the state (in Division III),” Washington said. “My job is to keep them hungry, and they’re all playing hard.” •WRESTLING NOTES — The City wrestling tournament will be held Saturday, Feb. 12, at Columbus South. While Centennial and MarionFranklin appear to be the favorites, Beechcroft, Brookhaven and Northland hope to challenge for the title. Sophomore Devin Williams (160 pounds) and freshmen Righteous Bridges (103) and Devante Lewis (112) give Brookhaven a trio of rising wrestlers to go with an upperclassman group that includes senior Shaquille Scarlett (135) and junior Savon Banks (heavyweight). “We’re trying to get healthy,” coach Steve Ayers said. “For some reason, we’ve been stuck with the injury bug, so we’ve had some (junior varsity) guys filling in some holes. If you look at our team scores, they’re not especially great, but we’re getting guys back at the right time, and I think there’s some parity in the City this year.” Seniors Kenny Pea (160), Harold Mintsop (171) and Dionte Stephens (145) and juniors Adam Bray (119) and Andrew Love (152) are the most likely to place for Northland. Bray won the City title at 112 last season. Pea was third at 160 a year ago but has been battling an ankle injury. julrey@thisweeknews.com www.ThisWeekSPORTS.com

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BEECHCROFT BOYS BASKETBALL *Feb. 3 — Defeated Brookhaven 5952 *Feb. 4 — Def. Columbus East 69-59 *Feb. 8 — Played Linden-McKinley *Feb. 11 — Home vs. Whetstone Feb. 12 — Home vs. Olentangy Liberty Feb. 15 — At Eastmoor Academy Of note: The Cougars were 9-7 overall and 7-5 in the City League-North Division before Feb. 8. GIRLS BASKETBALL *Feb. 3 — Lost to Brookhaven 61-57 *Feb. 4 — Lost to East 61-49 Feb. 8 — Played Columbus West Feb. 15 — Whitehall in first round of Division II district tournament, 6 p.m. at Central Crossing. Winner plays Feb. 22 vs. fifth-seeded Big Walnut, 6 p.m. at Central Crossing. Of note: The Cougars were 10-8 overall before Feb. 8 and finished 8-6 in the City-North. BOWLING *Feb. 1 — Boys, girls: Match vs. Columbus West postponed because of bad weather. No makeup date has been announced. *Feb. 2 — Boys, girls: Match vs. Columbus Academy postponed because of bad weather. No makeup date has been announced. Of note: The boys are 4-7 overall and in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-Central Division and the girls are 3-7 overall and 3-6 in the COHSBC-Central. SWIMMING Feb. 3 — Boys: Finished second (53) behind Eastmoor (96) and ahead of East (6); Girls: Finished second (47) behind Eastmoor (133) and ahead of East (19) Feb. 5 — Boys: Finished sixth (18) at seven-team City League meet at Columbus Aquatics Center behind champion Centennial (162); Girls: Finished fifth (18) at seven-team City meet behind champion Centennial (173) Feb. 12 — Boys, girls: Division I sectional meet at Thomas Worthington WRESTLING Feb. 5 — Finished ninth (61) at 13team All-North Tournament at Dublin Jerome behind champion Lancaster (236.5) Feb. 12 — City League tournament at Columbus South

BROOKHAVEN BOYS BASKETBALL *Feb. 3 — Lost to Beechcroft 59-52 *Feb. 4 — Lost to Northland 70-35 *Feb. 8 — Played Centennial *Feb. 11 — At East Feb. 15 — At Marion-Franklin Of note: The Bearcats were 10-7 overall and 7-5 in the City-North before Feb. 8. GIRLS BASKETBALL *Feb. 3 — Def. Beechcroft 61-57 *Feb. 4 — Lost to Northland 67-48

Feb. 5 — Lost to Toledo Start 45-25 Of note: The Bearcats are 14-5 overall and finished 12-2 in the City-North. Brookhaven is seeded sixth and opens the Division I tournament Feb. 25 against Teays Valley or Westerville South, 6 p.m. at Davidson. BOWLING *Jan. 31 — Boys: Def. Haugland Learning Center 2,207-1,295 *Feb. 3 — Boys: Lost to Northland 2,319-2,151; Girls: Lost to Northland 1,603-1,601 *Feb. 10 — Boys, girls: Ready at HP Lanes Of note: The boys are 11-3 overall and 9-3 in the COHSBC-Central and the girls are 8-4 overall and 6-4 in the COHSBC-Central. WRESTLING Feb. 5 — Finished 11th (84) at 15team St. Charles Classic behind champion Amanda-Clearcreek (206.5) Feb. 12 — City tournament at South

NORTHLAND BOYS BASKETBALL *Feb. 4 — Def. Brookhaven 70-35 Feb. 5 — Lost to Lakewood St. Edward 84-81 *Feb. 7 — Def. Linden 88-52 *Feb. 8 — Played East *Feb. 11 — At Mifflin Of note: The Vikings were 16-1 and 12-0 in the City-North before Feb. 8. GIRLS BASKETBALL Feb. 2 — Game vs. Westerville North postponed because of bad weather. No makeup date has been announced. *Feb. 3 — Def. Linden 98-21 *Feb. 4 — Def. Brookhaven 67-48 Feb. 9 — Played Marion-Franklin Feb. 12 — City League championship game vs. Africentric at Mifflin Of note: The Vikings are 18-0 overall and finished 14-0 in the City-North. Northland is seeded second for the Division I tournament and opens the postseason Feb. 23 against MarionFranklin or Marysville, 6 p.m. at Westerville Central. BOWLING *Feb. 3 — Boys: Def. Brookhaven 2,319-2,151; Girls: Def. Brookhaven 1,603-1,601 *Feb. 4 — Boys: Def. West 1,9871,372; Girls: Def. West 1,540-1,430 *Feb. 14 — Boys, girls: Briggs at Sequoia Lanes Of note: The boys are 10-5 overall and 8-5 in the COHSBC-Central and the girls are 13-2 overall and 9-2 in the COHSBC-Central. SWIMMING Feb. 5 — Boys: Finished second (134) at City meet at Columbus Aquatics Center behind Centennial (162); Girls: Finished third (90) at City meet behind Centennial (173) and Whetstone (137) Feb. 12 — Division I sectional at Thomas Worthington WRESTLING Feb. 5 — Finished ninth (61) at 13team All-North tournament at Dublin Jerome behind champion Lancaster (236.5) Feb. 12 — City tournament at South *League contest

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