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New West Side park about a year away By CARLA SMITH ThisWeek Community Newspapers

Westland Area residents expressed excitement Feb. 22 to hear that soccer fields and walking paths will be coming to a brand new community park near them. About 40 residents turned out for a public forum

held that night at the Westland Library to ask questions and get their first glimpse of plans for the park. It will be located on 11 acres at the corner of Alton Darby Creek Road and West Broad Street. Maureen Lorenz, of the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, said it is anticipated that construction of the new community park will begin either in late April or early May. Bids for the

$250,000 project were expected to be opened on Thursday. Phase one of the park will feature 51 parking spaces, a quarter-mile walking loop that leads to two athletic fields and a playground. There will also be plenty of active space for walking dogs, flying kites and having picnics, Lorenz said. Most of those attending the public meeting said

they were excited about having new park space. One resident, however, said the Westland area needs more than just a community park. “This is a nice start, but in no way sufficient to what I need around here,” resident and youth soccer coach Bill Rains said. “It has been hard for our

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State audits cited increased theft risk By PAUL COMSTOCK ThisWeek Community Newspapers


Letters from the state auditor’s office, issued after routine audits of Grove City between 2001 and 2004, warned the city three times that its record-keeping and practices could increase the risk of theft or fraud. Those letters predate the city’s latest problems with unpaid federal income withholding taxes. In December, representatives of the Internal Revenue Service said the city owed $685,905. More debt to the IRS was found soon afterward. City police investigating the unpaid taxes said they have found evidence of theft. ThisWeek has obtained management letters sent by the state auditor to the city for the fiscal years 2001-02, 2002-03 and 200304. The 2001-02 letter said the city had a “significant listing” of budget items and written checks that remained “long standing.” That situation “may allow for errors, irregularities and fraud to occur without the timely detection of management,” the letter said. The 2002-03 letter also cited a “significant listing” of “long standing” items. That situation, the letter said, “could lead to misstated bank or book balances or theft ...” The 2003-04 letter said 7 percent of park and recreation department receipts were not deposited on the first business day following receipt, as required. “This weakness increases the risk that cash could be stolen or lost,” the letter said. The management letter for 2004-05 lists

A piece of bacon tops some of the mini-cupcakes made by Scarlett Kilzer. “It tastes like breakfast,” Kilzer said. “We put maple syrup in our frosting, batter and cinnamon to make it taste like a really yummy pancake, and then add the bacon and the nuts on top.” Other cupcake flavors resemble Zingers, Oreos, Orange Creamsicles, Caramel Macchiatos, Boston Banana Cream Pies and cookie dough. “We had decided we weren’t going to do regular-flavored cupcakes,” Kilzer said. “I love to cook, so we incorporated different spices and different flavor combinations. We’re working on a curry chocolate. The new flavors don’t come out unless we’re all in agreement that it’s the perfect flavor for the spice.” Kilzer is the owner, founder and baker for Cupcake Yum.Yum, a Hilliard-based business specializing in creative cupcakes and other confections. Cupcake Yum.Yum got its name from Kilzer’s dad, Doug Grassel, who is the guitarist of the Ohio Express, a bubblegum band out of Mansfield that once graced the pop charts with such infectious hits as “Chewy Chewy” and “Yummy Yummy Yummy” (“I’ve got love in my tummy,” rhymes the latter song). “He’s still playing,” Kilzer said. “He’s in Germany right now and they’re touring in Europe…. They are still around, but he’s the only original within the

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Scarlett Kilzer is the owner, founder and baker for Cupcake Yum.Yum. She is holding a tray of her mini-cupcakes at Kitamu Coffee, 3221 Hilliard-Rome Road.

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Area’s new pet food pantry lends a helping paw By LISA AURAND ThisWeek Community Newspapers

Patty Crawford doesn’t want to see families forced to give up pets because of the bad economy. She has created a pet food pantry, following up on an idea she had last fall. “I heard on the news about peo-

ple having to abandon their pets and people having to return their pets” because of financial trouble, said Crawford, who has a 13year-old shih tzu named Fergie. “I thought, ‘Why doesn’t someone have a pet pantry?’ and then I thought, ‘Why don’t I do a pet pantry?’” Crawford said. “It’s just tragic to hear on the news about the recession. Today

your pet is like your family and you hate to see something like that have to happen, so hopefully this will help.” Crawford turned to her husband, John Crawford, who owns John Crawford Radiator Services. He offered a corner of the radiator shop to house the pantry. “We had a spare room in the shop,” she said.


With the help of her husband and a friend, Kimmy Bird, Crawford worked on setting up the pantry as a nonprofit organization and building up a stock of pet food. So far, all donations are from local individuals. “I’ve been waiting on our 501c3 status,” Crawford said. “I need the community support to help me. We’re going to try to Bonnie is up for adoption at All Tails ‘R’ Waggin in Pataskala. Her brother recently found a home but she is still waiting. To see a video of Bonnie, visit www.ThisWeekNews. com. For more information on adopting Bonnie, visit or call (740) 927-0555.

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feed all the animals we can feed for people who are in need.” Anyone in the area who has lost a job or is in other financial hardship is welcome to apply for up to three months of pet food assistance. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, show ID and sign a form releasing the pantry from liability if their pets get sick.

“To qualify, you must have lost your job or be unemployed or just be someone that’s having difficulties right now,” Crawford said. “This is what we call temporary food assistance. We’ll feed (the pets) for about three months and that should give them enough time to get back on their feet.” See PET FOOD, page A2

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New park about a year away Continued from page A1 kids to compete against the Dublins and the Westervilles.” Rains said residents are forced to use recreation facilities in neighboring communities like Grove City, Hilliard and Dublin. As an independent soccer coach seeking to help the youth of the community, that is frustrating, Rains said. “I want to start a travel team on this side of town,” he said. “I’ve seen this area grow and we need more park space. I want more

kids involved in stuff that is positive. Soccer helps with that.” Lorenz entertained a lot of questions about the eventuality of a community center on the same site. About three years ago Columbus had grand plans of establishing brand new family centers in various parts of the city, including the West Side. Then the economy tanked. “We are still looking for partnerships when it comes to the creation of a regional recreation center,” Lorenz said. Possible partners in the creation and fund-

ing of a community center include Prairie Township and possibly Doctors Hospital, she said. While the Westland community waits for the building of its new community park. Lorenz said residents can think of a name for it.“Every community that is successful has a park it identifies with,” Lorenz said. “We really do feel that this is a really good start.” Lorenz said the new park should be open one year from its start date.

Specialty cupcakes answer baker’s dilemma Continued from page A1 group right now.” Cupcake Yum.Yum started eight years ago. Before that, Kilzer worked at Handke’s Cuisine, did a lot of catering, and made wedding cakes. “Then I got married and had kids, and I was thinking these wedding cakes are huge. They take hours and hours. I better do something else. “We got down to three-inch cupcakes that were really huge and cool-looking, but people wouldn’t finish them. So we finally ended up at the mini-appetizer-size cupcakes,” she said. “That works really well, especially for special events. I think

we found our niche.” Cupcake Yum.Yum’s products are all natural and organic, Kilzer said. “We use a lot of local farmers,” she said. “We want local, fresh, ripe berries, and we’ve been scouting for the best butter we can find. We really go into detail about what ingredients we use because of so many preservatives and chemicals. We just thought, if we’re going to do this, we’re going to do it right.” Baking is a science, Kilzer said, adding that her variations of chocolate and vanilla cupcakes were the most challenging for her to perfect. “When we have a new recipe and it’s not working, it can drive

you crazy! You’re like, what is wrong with this?” The cupcakes are made either in Kilzer’s home, or at a commercial kitchen in Dublin, but she is looking for a production facility in Hilliard. She’s recently did a “pop-up,” selling her products at Kitamu Coffee on Hilliard-Rome Road. “I think it’s good because it brings in more walk-in traffic for the actual retail space,” Kilzer said. “I know with Kitamu Coffee, he had the highest numbers he’s ever had. That’s what we’re going to continue to do each month, is pop into a retail space.” Kilzer said she gets help from her husband Paul Kilzer, as well as some of her brothers.

Pet food pantry offers help to struggling families Continued from page A1 Friends, family members and other donors have already given generously to the pantry. “The people of Grove City have been bringing me food day by day. It’s unbelievable,” Crawford said. In addition to food, the pantry also stocks cat litter and new or gently used dog or cat collars and leashes, and dog and cat toys. The local Petsmart allowed her to post information about the food pantry at the store, and

several local pet daycare centers are serving as dropoff points for donations. Thursday, Feb. 17 was the food pantry’s first day distributing pet food. Distribution will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m every Thursday. Donations can be dropped off at the radiator shop, 3340 Broadway, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Financial donations can be made online at To schedule pick up of food items, call Crawford at (614) 875-4347.

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“It’s become a wonderful family business, which I love.” From 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, people can sample some of Kilzer’s cupcakes (and many other types of cakes) at the “Cakes for a Cause” contest at the MidOhio Foodbank, 3960 Brookham Drive, Grove City. Tickets cost $27, with the proceeds going to the Foodbank and Operation Feed. “It’s a great cause,” Kilzer said. “Anyone who’s a fan of cake should definitely come. We’re definitely going to enter our bacon, and our coconut is one of our most popular flavors.” For more information about the event, visit cakesforacause2011.eventbrite. com or



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State audits warned of increased risk of theft Continued from page A1 no mention of theft risk. It does, however, recommend the city revise its computer password policies and network review procedures. Failure to adopt adequate policies and procedures, the letter said, “could lead to an unauthorized individual gaining access to the system and accidentally or intentionally deleting or altering ... data.” Essentially the same warning about computer passwords appeared in the 2006-07 management letter. The management letters also address a number of other recommendations and each notes “the limited nature of our audit.” Memorandums written by then-city administrator Sharon Reichard and dated Sept. 14 and 17, 2007, listed several steps taken to improve city record-keeping. They included hiring management consultants Schonhardt and Associates to reconcile financial records. Schonhardt also developed a finance department procedure manual. Both mayor Richard “Ike” Stage and former mayor Cheryl Grossman have said past audits turned up no major concerns regarding tax payments. Each also said a forensic audit found nothing amiss after former finance director Robert Behlen left that job. Behlen did not re-

turn a telephone message by press time. Stage also has said any problems with IRS debts would have been resolved in 2003, when the city settled a $9,074 debt with the IRS and pledged in a letter that it intended to follow all regulations and had implemented procedures to correct past practices. ThisWeek also obtained an undated letter from then-city council member and finance committee chairman Bob Hatley, written to then-council president Bill Saxton and apparently shared with other council members. Hatley wrote that at the end of fiscal year 2004, the city’s bank balance was $45,927 lower than its book balance, and “it also appears that this may have been an issue for some time.” Hatley did not return a telephone message by press time. City officials on Feb. 7 said the city has made a payment of $752,179 to the IRS. The IRS said payments had been missed since at least 2007. City police said they have been issuing subpoenas. Also investigating are the Ohio auditor’s office, the Franklin County prosecutor’s office and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. The city has hired an independent consulting company, GBQ Consulting LLC, at a cost of up to $20,000, to investigate the causes of the tax errors.

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Industry made slow but steady progress in the city Moms are for a lifetime. In the years before the beginning of the American Civil War in 1861, Columbus, the capital of the state of Ohio, was more than the symbolic center of state power and authority. Created by the Ohio General Assembly to be the new capital city in ED 1812, the town LENTZ had grown very slowly at first and as late as 1830, only had little more than 2,000 residents. Then the National Road and Ohio Canal reached central Ohio and by 1834, Columbus was a city of 5,000 people. But even that new and bustling city seemed to make most of its money in transportation and trade. Reading of the men who were the early successes in Columbus enterprise, one comes away with the distinct impression that the best way to earn money was to serve the Ohio General Assembly with room and board, move people and products from place to place, or meet the needs of the people who did such things. A few examples might suffice to illustrate this point. William Neil came to Columbus in 1818 and soon got into the stagecoach business. Leaving his wife to run a small tavern across from the Statehouse, Neil would eventually build an empire on wheels and become known as the “Stagecoach King.” Lincoln Goodale was a practicing physician who found that there was not a lot of demand for doctors in the new town. He eventually opened a store and made a lot of money. As a gesture of gratitude to his adopted town, he gave Columbus its first park — Goodale Park. And then there was Alfred Kelley. Representing Cleveland and then Columbus in the legislature, Kelley also found time to ensure the completion of the Ohio Canal, the reform of Ohio’s banks and the construction of more than one railroad. If we add to these examples the stories of bankers such as David Deshler and lawyers such as Orris Parish, one might conclude that Columbus was a place where people made their money providing services rather than making things. And this would be true — but only partly true. Like most capital cities across America, most of the economic history of the city is the story of a highly diversified economy with some people working in government, others in trade and still others in transportation. And composing another significant part of the workforce were people employed in manufacturing. When Columbus was an isolated frontier village, many of the goods people needed and could not make themselves were purchased from local craftsmen — the blacksmith, the gunsmith, the miller and that old frontier standby, the whisky distiller. But with the arrival of the Ohio Canal in the 1830s and railroads in the 1850s, it became possible to import raw materials such as iron and timber to a central place like Columbus and ship finished products from that place to a waiting world. It was not long before a number of people began to do just


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that. Most early factories in Columbus were relatively small in size and employed dozens rather than hundreds of workers in a few sturdy buildings. It was no accident that most of them soon came to be located near a ready source of water — the Scioto River. The kind of products made by these early factories says something about the needs of the people of central Ohio. The oldest successful manufacturing company in Columbus was begun in 1822 by a man named Joseph Ridgway. Initially using horses to provide power to his foundry, Ridgway began to produce Jethro Wood’s Patent Plow. It was later said of Ridgway by a local writer in the 1850s that “… he made and sold an immense number. It was considered the best plow in use.” In 1830, Ridgway joined with a nephew to finance the conversion of his factory to steam power and begin the production of machinery, steam engines, cast iron stoves and other products. In 1849, the Ridgways joined with a man named Pearl Kimball in a new business making railroad cars. Joseph Ridgway died in 1850 and Kimball later operated the car company on his own. Ridgway’s foundry business passed in 1854 to another entrepreneur, Peter Hayden. Hayden had come to Columbus in the 1830s and begun a number of enterprises. He started a business making saddles and other equipment for horses, using the labor of prisoners at the nearby Ohio Penitentiary. At the same time, he opened his own foundry producing bar iron, hoop iron and wire from pig iron and scrap iron. Eventually, Hayden and his family would also invest heavily in the coal and iron fields of southeastern Ohio. In 1838, John Gill and others built Gill’s Foundry with about 25 workers on the west side of

the Scioto and developed a good business making stoves and other iron goods. In 1855, the company began making a combination steel plow that sold quite well and later began making railroad cars as well. In 1849, Charles Ambos and James Lennox started the Eagle Foundry with $8,000. When the business was sold in 1854, the foundry became a joint stock company under the name of the Columbus Machine Manufacturing Co. Employing more than 125 men, it provided the iron for the roof of the new Statehouse as well as all of the iron ceilings and railings in the building. And while all of this was going on, other factories were making other sorts of goods. Two men named Brotherlin and Halm began producing chairs and cabinetware by steam-powered machinery in 1853. Another company began making wooden hollowware — tubs and pails, primarily — in a factory along the river in 1856. By 1858, there were others. A local description reported that they included Ohlen and Drake’s steam-powered saw factory, Hines and Miller’s steam-powered paper mill, and Butlers’ coffee- and spice-grinding mill. And almost as an afterthought, the author noted that there were “two extensive breweries at the south end of the city.” All of these enterprises contributed importantly to the success of Columbus. In all, they employed several hundred men, many of them recent immigrants from Ireland and Germany who worked alongside recent arrivals — black and white — from rural Ohio. These new factories formed the beginnings of industry in Columbus and a pattern of industrial growth and success that has continued to the present day. Ed Lentz writes a history column for ThisWeek.


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Westland’s Zac Buchwalter (left) tips a rebound away from Central Crossing’s Clay Luebben (center) and Ryan Kelley on Feb. 18 during their OCC-Central Division game. Buchwalter scored 15 points as the Cougars won 47-38. Westland lost to Gahanna 90-59 on Feb. 22 in the first round of the Division I district tournament to finish the season 4-17.

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It was a successful day on and off the mat for the Westland High School wrestling program on Feb. 19. The Cougars played host to a Division I sectional, and a near capacity crowd watched wrestlers from 13 teams compete for district tournament berths. The top four from each weight class advanced to district Feb. 25-26 at Hilliard Darby, and Westland qualified two for the next round. Exodus King won the 189-pound title and Scottie Haslam finished second at 125. King defeated three opponents to win his weight class at sectional. King, the third seed, beat top-seeded Jedidiah Bressman of Worthington Kilbourne 6-2 in the final. “I had expectations that I was going to get to districts, but I didn’t know if I was going to be champion or not,” said King, a senior who was 25-11 entering district. “Most of my losses have been close. I think I’m pretty good. I have my weaknesses and strengths like everybody else, but I believe I’m all right.” Haslam, seeded second, lost in the final to top-seeded Ben Davis of Lancaster 4-3 to fall to 37-7. Other place finishers for West-

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Westland boys basketball, girls basketball, gymnastics and wrestling teams: BOYS BASKETBALL *Feb. 18 — Defeated Central Crossing 47-38. J.J. Smith led Westland with 18 points and Zac Buchwalter had 15. Feb. 22 — Lost to Gahanna 90-59 in first round of Division I district tournament Of note: The Cougars finished 4-17 overall and 2-12 in the OCC-Central. GIRLS BASKETBALL Feb. 17 — Lost to Olentangy Orange 75-16 in first round of Division I district tournament Of note: The Cougars finished 0-21 overall. GYMNASTICS Feb. 26 — Competed in district meet at Worthington Kilbourne. The top three

land at sectional were Jacob Ball at 112 (sixth), Cameron Ray at 119 (fifth) and Zach Hall at 215 (sixth). Westland finished 11th (79 points) behind first-place Lancaster (180). First-year coach Bret Busby was pleased with the event. “I was very impressed with the parents in the hospitality room,” Busby said. “I was very impressed with our stat girls. These girls did a beautiful job, and I was really happy with the wrestlers. It is sad day when some of their careers are over with, but it is also a joyous day that we

teams and top eight individuals in each event, including the all-around, advanced to state March 4-5 at Hilliard Bradley. WRESTLING Feb. 19 — Finished 11th (79) in 13team Division I home sectional behind champion Lancaster (180). District qualifiers were Scott Haslam (125, 3-1, second) and Exodus King (189, 3-0, first). Others competing were Jacob Ball (112, 1-3), Eric Byers (140, 1-2), Jesse Carmack (171, 0-2), Zach Hall (215, 2-3), Sean Harper (160, 0-2), Alec Morstadt (152, 0-2), Cameron Ray (152, 3-2), Tyler Thomas (135, 0-2) and Devyn Van Handel (130, 0-2). Feb. 25-26 — Competed in district tournament at Hilliard Darby. The top four in each weight class advanced to state March 3-5 at Ohio State. *OCC-Central game

have some people moving on to the next week. They laid it on the line, and they got to the district tournament.” The top four wrestlers in each weight class at district advanced to the state tournament Thursday through Saturday, March 35, at Ohio State. •The boys basketball team’s season ended with a 90-59 loss to Gahanna in a Division I district tournament first-round game on Feb. 22 at Lakewood. The Cougars finished 4-17 overall and 2-12 in the OCCBy Todd Seimer/ThisWeek

See COUGARS, page A6 The Cougars’ Kris Carius shoots over Central Crossing’s Bryan Young (left) and Ryan Kelley.

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Coming off a season in which it advanced to a Division III state semifinal, it wasn’t easy for the Ready High School boys basketball team to stomach a regular season in which it endured doubledigit losses. However, the Silver Knights did have reason to be optimistic entering this year’s district tournament considering the manner of most of their losses during the season’s second half. After beating Worthington Christian 43-42 on Jan. 14 to improve to 3-7, Ready lost four consecutive games, including three by six points or fewer. In addition, the Silver Knights lost seven of their final nine regular-season games, with six of the losses being by six points or fewer, including setbacks against CCL-foes DeSales (46-43 on Feb. 7), Watterson (52-48 on Feb. 4) and Hartley (60-54 on Jan. 28) as well as the district’s fourth seed in Division III, North Union (54-51 on Feb. 15). “It’s been a frustrating month,” coach Don Worstell said. “We’ve played pretty good basketball the last month and our inexperience has allowed us to lose almost every night.” Ready opened the postseason Feb. 23 by defeating Berne Union 50-21 at

Newark. The Silver Knights played topseeded Heath in the second round Feb. 26. Better health and a maturing group of young players helped the Silver Knights become a more competitive unit over the second half of the season. Senior Christian Knapper missed the first 10 games of the season as he recovered from a broken leg but has been a key contributor since his return. He scored 13 points against North Union. Junior guard Derek Farmer also has been a steady contributor after missing the season’s first six games with a shoulder injury. He scored 30 points against Hartley. In addition, freshmen Jimmy Hanley, Brady Taylor and Matt Yoho have become steady contributors after seeing little action early in the season. Taylor scored 17 in a 58-46 win over Wellington on Feb. 5. “(Better health has been) part of it, but I think also the freshmen have been with us for almost an entire season,” Worstell said. “We were so incredibly inexperienced coming into the season, but we’re athletic enough to be a good team. “It’s been a nice asset (having Knapper back). Christian is incredibly quick and strong and really our most experienced player. Getting him back has helped our team.”

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Dalton Scott (top) is one of nine district qualifiers for the Ready wrestling team, which finished third at the 15-team Division III sectional Feb. 18-19 at Madison Plains.

•The girls basketball team’s longest winning streak of the season came at an opportune time. After enduring an eight-game losing streak from mid-January through the first week of February, the Silver Knights beat DeSales 42-39 on Feb. 9, Grove City 51-36 on Feb. 10 and Olentangy Liberty 41-38 on Feb. 12 to close the

regular season. Ready then surprised sixth-seeded Centerburg 55-49 in the first round of the Division III district tournament on Feb. 17. In the second round, the Silver Knights lost to third-seeded Bloom-Carroll 4636 on Feb. 23. “We’ve done a better job of execut-

ing, and if you get a couple wins, it does a lot for your confidence,” coach Joe Lang said. Alexis Mayle and Dani Pugh each scored 16 points against Centerburg to lead Ready, which built a 22-8 advantage by the end of the first quarter. After averaging 4.8 points through 16 games, Mayle averaged 16 points over the next five. Mayle and Nikki Scott also have stepped up in the area of rebounding, according to Lang. Pugh averaged a team-best 11.6 points through 21 games. “I got on Alexis and Nikki about doing a better job of rebounding,” Lang said. “They’ve improved their effort from the rebounding side of things. (Mayle) has been living at the foul line just because she’s been taking the ball to the hole better. Those two inside have given us a presence so that we haven’t had to rely on Dani as much.” •The wrestling team advanced nine wrestlers to the Division III district tournament, which was Feb. 25-26 at Coshocton. Winning titles at the Madison Plains sectional on Feb. 18-19 were Bobby Smith (103, 36-1 overall record) and Josh Hall (112, 34-4). Finishing second were Dalton Scott (119, 28-11), Phil See READY, page A6

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COUGARS Continued from page A5 Central Division. Westland remained competitive throughout the first half against the Lions, leading 19-18 after one quarter and keeping the deficit near 10 points for most of the second quarter. But the fourth-seeded Lions used a late second-quarter run to take a 42-25 lead at halftime. Westland trailed 60-47 after three quarters and Gahanna pulled away in the fourth. Senior Chase Blankenship led

Sports briefs the Cougars with 17 points and sophomore J.J. Smith scored 14. “Gahanna is very athletic and a very talented team,” Westland coach Todd Parker said. “Guard play in high school is always pretty important and they have Stevie Taylor, who does a real nice job.” •The girls basketball team closed a winless season with a 75-16 loss to Olentangy Orange in a Division I district tournament first-round game Feb. 17 at Olentangy. The Cougars finished 0-21


overall and 0-14 in the OCCCentral. Third-seeded Orange took a 21-2 lead after one quarter. Senior Logan Horn scored seven points for the Cougars. “Orange added some height this year as opposed to what they were last year,” Westland coach Hugo Quint said. “Orange is a good basketball team. How far they’ll go (in the tournament), I don’t know, but they’re a good basketball team.”

At a glance Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Ready boys basketball, girls basketball, boys and girls bowling and wrestling teams: BOYS BASKETBALL *Feb. 18 — Lost to St. Charles 5841 Feb. 23 — Defeated Berne Union 5021 in first round of Division III district tournament. Bo Hardy scored 13 points and Derek Farmer added 10 for the Silver Knights, who led 25-12 by halftime and outscored the Rockets 12-1 in the third quarter. Feb. 26 — Played Heath in second round of district tournament. Winner plays eighth-seeded Horizon Science or Northridge in district semifinal, 8 p.m. March 2 in Fairgrounds Coliseum. Winner plays in district final, 9 p.m. March 9 at Fairgrounds. Of note: The Silver Knights were 6-15 before Feb. 26. They finished 0-8 in the CCL behind Hartley (7-1), DeSales (6-2), Watterson (4-4) and St. Charles (3-5). GIRLS BASKETBALL Feb. 17 — Defeated sixth-seeded Centerburg 55-49 in first round of Division III district tournament Feb. 23 — Lost to third-seeded BloomCarroll 46-36 in second round of district tournament Of note: The Silver Knights finished 8-14.

Continued from page A5 Halko (160, 25-12) and Brandon Cooper (215, 24-10), while Hannibal Tate (145, 31-9) placed third and Patrick Stover (130, 23-18), Joe Knapp (135, 21-14) and Patrik Garren (189, 22-16) placed fourth. Ready finished third (176.5) at the 15-team sectional, behind West Jefferson (254.5) and AmandaClearcreek (218.5). The Silver Knights were the fifth seed while West Jefferson was the No. 1 seed, Amanda-Clearcreek was seeded third and Utica was seeded fourth. Utica finished fourth (154.5). “Location played no part in it,” coach Chance Van Gundy said. “It’s about how we match up. “We wrestled a pretty competitive schedule this year and I think all of our guys are wrestling hard.”





BOWLING Feb. 18 — Boys: Finished 13th (3,228) at 24-team sectional tournament at Eastland Lanes behind champion Hartley (4,231); Girls: Finished seventh (3,051) at 21-team sectional at Eastland Lanes behind champion Westerville South (3,531). Advancing to district was Allison Lichwa (583). Feb. 26 — Lichwa competed at district tournament at HP Lanes. The top three individuals not on qualifying teams will advance to the state tournament March 4 at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl. WRESTLING Feb. 18-19 — Finished third (176.5) at 15-team Division III sectional tournament at Madison Plains behind West Jefferson (254.5) and AmandaClearcreek (218.5). District qualifiers were Brandon Cooper (215, 2-1, second), Patrik Garren (189, 2-2, fourth), Phil Halko (160, 21, second), Josh Hall (112, 3-0, first), Joe Knapp (135, 2-2, fourth), Dalton Scott (119, 3-1, second), Bobby Smith (103, 4-0, first), Patrick Stover (130, 2-2, fourth) and Hannibal Tate (145, 4-1, third). Feb. 25-26 — Competed at district tournament at Coshocton. The top four in each weight advanced to the state tournament March 3-5 at Ohio State. *CCL game




Football coaches to hold combine The Ohio High School Football Coaches Association will hold a combine for freshman, sophomore and junior players on March 20 at SuperKick, 409 Orange Point Drive in Lewis Center. The combine will expose players to the tests conducted at combines and camps held in spring and summer. Registration is at 10:30 a.m. For more information and registration forms, visit

MSL seeking commissioner The Mid-State League is searching for a new commissioner. Send résumé and cover letter by 4 p.m. Friday, March 4, to Troy Slattman, MSL President, 4000 Mink Road SW, Pataskala, Ohio 43062, or email Interviews will be conducted before the April 13 meeting.

Soccer officiating classes offered The Licking County Soccer Officials Association will offer classes for prospective high school officials beginning March 5. Classes will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sundays and Wednesdays at Headley Park in Gahanna. Instructors are Howard Lewinter and Dennis

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GCSTO offers lessons, training The Greater Columbus Swim Team of Ohio (GCSTO) is offering lessons, camps and training sessions, as well as lifeguard training, this winter and spring at various locations around Columbus. For more information on camps and training, contact GCSTO coach Steve Nye at (614) 478-5445 or For more information on lessons and lifeguard training, contact GCSTO instructor Erin Harris at (614) 582-2597 or

GCSTO holding swim tryouts The Greater Columbus Swim Team of Ohio (GCSTO) is looking for new athletes for its spring season. New swimmers are allowed a week with the team to see what it has to offer before deciding to commit. The team practices at Columbus Acade-

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Youth baseball team looking for players The 8U Ohio Playmakers, a travel baseball team based in Marysville, is looking for players to complete its roster. To schedule a tryout before the end of February, contact coach Jason Tom at (937) 828-1480 or

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(each additional line $7.50)

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Grove City Christian Child Care and Pre-School A Ministry of Grove City Church of the Nazarene 4770 Hoover Rd., Grove City, OH

OPEN ENROLLMENT For Fall Classes Feb 28 & March 1 • 10am-2pm An enrollment fee of $50.00 is due at registration.

For More Information

call 875-1917

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Classifieds sell (local call)

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Madison Plumbing Licensed & Insured ûFree Ests. û Call Today! Karl (614) 313-7806

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Gutters/ Drains

Underground Drains:


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