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County eyes repairs to local bridge By NATE ELLIS ThisWeek Community Newspapers The Fairfield County Engineer’s Office will oversee repairs to the Pickerington Road bridge. On Feb. 22, Fairfield County commissioners unanimously awarded a $98,585 contract to Cambridge, Ohiobased U.S. Bridge to rehabilitate the bridge. The work will include removing the bridge’s superstructure — the por-

tion of the span that vehicles travel. A beginning date for the project has not been established, but county officials said once it starts, the bridge will be closed for up to 50 days this spring or summer. “We’re taking off the superstructure and rehabbing that, and we’re also rehabbing the abutments,” said Jeff Baird, Fairfield County chief deputy engineer. “The superstructure is going to be strengthened to allow for larger load limits.” The Pickerington Road bridge is lo-

cated in Bloom Township, just south of the Pickerington Road-Hummel Road intersection. It’s approximately one-half mile south of the border with Violet Township, and it crosses a branch of Walnut Creek. Baird said the bridge hasn’t deteriorated significantly, but is in need of maintenance due to natural wear and tear from the elements and the 1,219 vehicles that, on average, cross it daily. Funding for the U.S. Bridge contract,

as well as additional, currently unknown costs the county will incur to repair the bridge abutments will come from the county’s road and bridges fund and its share of the state motor vehicle tax. “It’s just the natural order of things that have led to the need to repair it,” Baird said. “We’re responsible for maintaining all the bridges on county and township roads, as well as most of the bridges in municipalities in the county.

“The idea is to get things before they get so bad that you have to close it down for good or lower the load rating,” he said. The contract with U.S. Bridge requires the company to pay liquidated damages to the county if the project isn’t completed by Sept. 17. “It’s going to be done this construction season,” Baird said.

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MARTIN SETS RECORD Assistant fire chief remembered as a leader and friend By NATE ELLIS ThisWeek Community Newspapers Violet Township firefighters and the community at large this week were mourning the unexpected loss of Assistant Fire Chief Douglas “Doug” Ray Barr, who died Sunday, Feb. 27. Barr was 51. He died at Fairfield Medical Center a day after experiencing complications from an unknown illness. According to Violet Township Fire Battalion Chief Jim Paxton, Barr was at work and seemingly fine on Friday, Feb. 25, but came down with flulike symptoms sometime the following day before passing. Doug Barr “There was no indication there was anything wrong,” Paxton said. “Every indication was there wasn’t a sniffle, not a cough. “He just died due to complications from this illness. It was very rapid.” As of ThisWeek’s press time on Tuesday, the Violet Township trustees had canceled their scheduled Wednesday meeting because of Barr’s death. Visitation was slated for Wednesday, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Halteman Fett & Dyer Funeral Home, 436 N. Broad St., Lancaster. The funeral service was scheduled for 10 a.m. on Thursday at Faith Memorial Church, 2610 W. Fair Ave., Lancaster. Barr, a lifelong resident of the Pleasantville area, is survived by two children, a granddaughter and “loving family and friends,” Paxton said. “You could not find a better person,” said Paxton, who worked closely with Barr throughout their careers. “He loved people, he loved kids and he was very gentle for as big as he was. See ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF, page A2

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Pickerington High School Central’s Maddie Martin (right) is all smiles after winning the 100-yard butterfly in the Division I state swimming and diving championships on Feb. 25 at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. Martin won in a state-meet record 53.34 seconds to repeat as state champion, as Upper Arlington’s Claire Van Fossen (left) was runner-up in 56.69.

Checks being stolen from mailboxes Several incidents were in Haaf Farms subdivision in Violet Township By NATE ELLIS ThisWeek Community Newspapers The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office is advising area residents to change some bill-paying habits after a number of checks were stolen from Violet Township mailboxes. Since the latter part of 2010 and the outset of this year, the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office has received approximately 10 reports of checks

being removed from Violet Township residents’ outgoing mail. The thefts have become particularly problematic because the culprits are finding ways to either cash the checks or produce counterfeit checks using local residents’ personal information, sheriff’s officials said. “There’s a group going around taking checks out of mailboxes and they alter them to make them look like the checks are theirs,” Sgt. Mar-

ian Devault said. “They can alter it to look really good, really authentic, and then they use the routing numbers and other information to make a check out to someone else and cash it. “They also are taking the checks and going to stores to buy high-dollar items that they either keep, sell or return for cash.” Several of the reported thefts have come from See STOLEN CHECKS, page A6

Pickerington will offer community gardens for third year By NATE ELLIS ThisWeek Community Newspapers For the third straight year, the city of Pickerington will offer an urban gardening opportunity to local green thumbs. In spring 2009, Pickerington joined the growing number of urban communities in central Ohio and across the na-

tion that set aside a portion of public land for community gardens. The trend will continue this year, as past community gardeners began registering on Feb. 28 to secure their own 20-foot or 40-foot plots on the east side of the city along state Route 256, about a quarter-mile from Pickerington’s water tower.

Newcomers interested in entering the urban gardening fray will be able to register for garden plots beginning March 7. They can do so by calling the Pickerington Parks and Recreation Department at (614) 833-2211. “We’ve got 57 plots this year, which is about 11 more than we had last year,” said Don Ross, Pickerington recreation

coordinator. “We’re trying to have the entire area turned over and ready for them to work on it by the end of March.” The gardens will be open from the end of March until Oct. 31, Ross said. A 20-foot plot can be rented for $20 for Pickerington residents, or $25 for nonresidents. Larger, 40-foot plots can be rented for $40 for city residents and

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ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF Continued from page A1 “He was a good firefighter and a really good medic. We have lost a leader here, we have lost a friend, a brother.” Barr was a Fairfield Union High School and Otterbein College graduate, where he played baseball for the Cardinals. A former teacher and member of the Fairfield Union Board of Education, Barr entered the fire service in 1978 as a member of the Pleasantville (Pleasant-Walnut Township) Fire Department. He also was a firefighter at the Newark Air Force Base from 1989 until 1990, when he was hired by the Violet Township Fire Department. “He taught an EMS (emergency-medical services) class here in 1987 or 1988,” Paxton said. “He came as an outside teacher and he never really left. He could just never get that firefighting bug out of him.” Barr was promoted to lieutenant in 1996 and became assistant chief in 2009, serving under Chief John Eisel. Barr worked for MedFlight, and was a fire and emergency-medical services instructor for the Ohio Fire Academy and Eastland Vocational School. He served on numerous fire service and community committees and organizations, including the American Red Cross of Fairfield County’s board of directors, Fairfield County 911, Fairfield Coun-

ty United Way, Big Brothers, Big Sisters Inc. of Fairfield County, the Pickerington Area Chamber of Commerce, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, International Association of Professional Firefighters, Ohio State Firefighters Association, Ohio Fire Chiefs Association, and the Central Ohio Fire Chiefs Association. Paxton said Barr also was a graduate of the Ohio Fire Executive Program. He was awarded the American Red Cross Safety Hero Award and was a two-time recipient of the Knights of Columbus Blue Coat Award. Following Barr’s death, Paxton said, the Violet Township Fire Department has received an outpouring of support and sympathy from the local community and fire departments throughout Ohio. “Doug was really well-known and well-liked all over the state,” Paxton said. The Violet Township Fire Department on Monday had not yet named an interim replacement for Barr as assistant chief. For now, Paxton said, the department would be run by Eisel and three battalion chiefs. “I don’t even know how we’re going to measure this loss,” Paxton said. “There are so many voids on a very professional level, as well as a very personal level. “I mourn his death, but I celebrate his life.”

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GARDENS Continued from page A1 While it’s a do-it-yourself project, Ross noted the city has taken steps to make irrigation easier this year. “Last year, we started without available water on-site,” he said. “About halfway through the season, we put a water tank out there, and there will be water available again on-site this year.” The parks and recreation department initiated the community gardens project because the land on which the gardens sit largely was going unused. Now, Ross noted, people are able to embrace a hobby they might not otherwise have room for amid the hustle and bustle of a growing city. “It’s really a great use of land out there that was a park but wasn’t designed for park use,” he said. “The other thing is, we’re becoming so urban, uses of gar-

dens are becoming lost.” As has been the case since the department launched the program, gardeners again this year will be able to donate a portion of their harvests to the PCMA Food Pantry. The pantry operates from 15 E. Columbus St. and attempts to provide food to local people in need. “We had 100-percent participation in that effort last year among our gardeners,” Ross said. “All we do is suggest you plant a row for the food pantry, and participation is up to you. “Some people rent a whole plot and dedicate it to (the pantry),” he said. For those looking to learn more about gardening in advance of renting a community plot or starting their own project, the Pickerington Public Library will be offering two courses this weekend. At 2 p.m. Saturday, March 5,

the library will host a “Planning Your Vegetable Garden” workshop. At 1 p.m.Sunday, March 6, the library also will host a “Saving Seeds and Starting Plants” workshop. Additional information about the programs is available online at, or by calling the library at (614) 837-4104.

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U.S. Army in 1908 was more ‘exclusive’ than one might think By the fall of 1908, the United States had not been at war for several years. And with the successful conclusion of the Spanish-American War and the Philippine Insurrection, America would not be involved in another major conflict until the outbreak of World War I in 1917. But that did not mean that the military could not use a few more good people from time to time. To that end, signs were seen in public places around Columbus that simply said “WANTED — Able-Bodied Men for the U. S. Army.” A young man wishing to become part of that army was directed to what was then the second-largest Army recruiting station in the United States: Columbus Barracks on the northeast side of downtown Columbus. Originally opened in 1861 as the Columbus Arsenal at the outbreak of the Civil War, the facility was used a storage and distribution facility until 1875, when it became a recruiting station as well and its name was changed to Columbus Barracks. Expanding in size and complexity over the years, by 1908 it consisted of a number of buildings in addition to the iconic Shot Tower in the center of the grounds. These included barracks and even a bandstand for the musicians of the post. A reporter from a local paper in 1908 decided to see how a young man became a soldier. He visited Columbus Barracks and wrote a lengthy article about what he found. A few excerpts from the article will tell us a little about the post itself as well as the soldiers in training there. “Down by the gate, a sentry, chosen from one of the permanent companies, his clothing as spic and span as if he had just stepped from a fashion plate, swings up and down on his beat, his rifle polished and glistening in the evening sun’s rays. “A bunch of applicants — some in half military dress, some in workman’s clothes and few in derby hats and long-tailed coats — is just coming through the gate. They have been temporarily ‘passed’ by some minor recruiting station in Zanesville, Cincinnati or some other point, and are here for their final examination. “Their names are taken, each is given a bath, and after supper are tucked away in row upon row of iron beds, built one over the other, like berths in a steamboat.” In the days that follow, the men are closely examined, outfitted and prepared for service in the army. The process begins: “The men are now clean, registered and have expressed a desire for the branch of the service they wish to enlist in — cavalry, infantry, coast artillery, etc. Different branches of the service require different builds of men. For instance, the coast artillery has different regulations about adenoids and lack of certain teeth than does the infantry arm. ... All must have eight connecting ‘grinders’ however, for sometimes in the field, salted horse and hard tack are the only food for days. ... “The medical examination from start to finish is thorough. The applicant must be single (for the first enlistment) and physically perfect. ... He must have good sight, else the weapons the

government is to give him would be as a broomstick in the hands of a child; he must have no germs or tuED berculosis LENTZ lurking in the system; no tendency to hoard disease or other maladies. ... “All recruits must be between the ages of 18 and 35. He must not be under 5’4” in height. At that figure he must weigh at least 110 pounds. ... If he is physically sound and has come up to all the medical requirements, he is now sworn into the U. S. service as a recruit. “He gets a toilet kit first dash out of the box. This is all done up like a pair of shoes, in a neat box. There’s russet and a black belt and shoe polish, a hair brush, a tooth brush, a razor, soap, two towels, a whisk broom and a ‘housewife’ — a little packet containing threads, needles, buttons and whole lot of other things a man might want when his pants gets hung up on a barbed wire trocha. ... This costs Uncle Sam $3.01. “The applicant also gets tooth powder, a box of Tripoli to shine his buttons with, a gun brush, a shoe brush and a ‘button stick.’ ... The button stick is a piece of board, having a slot cut in it. This is slipped over the button and Mr. Applicant can shine his buttons to a fare-you-well, without getting any white powder on his clothes. “He gets a $6 olive drab blanket, not one of those National Guard affairs that years ago used to be used as a minnow seine between sleeps, but the real, frostdefying article. He gets an olive drab coat, trousers, leggins, three changes of underwear and six

pairs of socks. In addition he is served with four pairs of white medium weight gloves for dress affairs, and a cap and overcoat. ... To the heavy artillery, the outfit served is blue rather than olive drab. Then comes more clothes — a fatigue uniform (like overalls) but the color of new clear coffee is issued. “For 15 days or more, the embryo soldier learns to ‘guide right,’ ‘about face,’ ‘to the rear march,’ ‘ fours right about’ and the other little details that are necessary to tell the right hand from the left — quick! Then he gets a gun and its ‘shold hawms,’‘c’rry hawms,’ ‘p’rade res,’until he can’t see. He learns the gun drill and is ready in about 30 days to be transferred to some command that is ‘shy’ on membership ... the first year — in peace times — he gets clothes, board, medical attendance, washing and $13 a month. ... If Mr. Applicant gets to be a good shot he gets $2 a month extra for marksman; $3 for sharpshooter and $5 a month extra for expert rifleman. A sergeant in charge of a mess gets $6 a month extra. There are all kinds of ways to make extra money in the army. “In 15 days he is carrying a gun and learning the rudiments of the Manual of Arms; in three years he is the finished product, the finest type of man on earth — the American soldier.” In 1922, the name of Columbus Barracks would be changed to Fort Hayes in recognition of Civil War soldier and American President Rutherford B. Hayes. The post would continue to be a recruiting center through the Vietnam era. Today, most of the site serves as the Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center of the Columbus school district.

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‘Early-bird’ swim registration opens By NATE ELLIS ThisWeek Community Newspapers Early-bird swimmers can secure pool discounts for the coming pool season by signing up for passes this month and next. The Pickerington Parks and Recreation Department opened its “early-bird” registration for swimming pool passes on March 1. By purchasing a season pool pass between now and April 30, regular visitors to the Pickerington Community Pool can save $15 on individual and two-person passes. “There’s a discount, depending on which pool pass you purchase,” city recreation administrator Rebecca Medinger said. During the early-bird period, Pickerington residents can buy an individual pool pass for $160, and a two-person pass for $210. Nonresidents can purchase the same early-bird passes for $210 and $260, respectively. To receive resident discounts, people must live within Pickerington city limits, or be the spouse or child of such a person. Medinger noted that not everyone who has

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a Pickerington mailing address or lives within the Pickerington Local School District lives within Pickerington city limits. From May 1 to Sept. 5, residents will pay $175 for individual passes and $225 for twoperson passes, and nonresidents will pay $225 and $275, respectively. “We have some preseason swimming dates while school is still open, but our swim season typically is Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend,” Medinger said. She said 587 season pool passes were sold last year. “We have roughly about 100 swimming days, and we’re looking forward to another good swim season this year,” she said. Regardless of when a pass is purchased, children age 3 and younger swim for free all season. There will be a $20 fee for each additional family member added to a pass for families of more than two for both city residents and nonresidents, and there is a $50 fee for residents and nonresidents wishing to add a babysitter or non-family member to a pass. Information about swimming passes can

be obtained by contacting the Pickerington Parks and Recreation Department at (614) 833-2211. Passes also can be purchased by visiting the parks and rec department at City Hall, 100 Lockville Road, between 8 a.m.and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cash and checks are accepted. Those visiting City Hall after hours can drop registration forms and payments into the city’s night deposit box, located by the building’s front door. Passes also can be purchased by mailing a registration form and check to Recreation Department, 100 Lockville Road, Pickerington, Ohio, 43147. Registration forms can be obtained at City Hall, or printed off the city’s website at In addition to pool passes, information about swimming lessons and joining the Tigersharks Swim Team will be posted on the city’s website by April 1. Registration for swimming lessons will begin for season pass holders on May 9.

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School news High school students earn AP recognition Eighty students at Pickerington High School Central and Pickerington High School North earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on Advanced Placement exams. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on student performance on AP exams. Four students qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average score of 4 or higher on a five-point scale on all AP exams taken and scores of 4

or higher on eight or more of these exams. These students are Jennifer Hewitt, Harika Kanteamneni, Tadhika Tampi and Joshua Yen. Twenty-four students qualified for AP Scholar with Distinction awards by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. These students are Usama Awan, Davis Brewer, Jennifer Hewitt, Harika Kantemneni, Zachary Kristoff, Haley Neiman, Christopher Partlow, Megan Sharett, Joshua Wiseman, Dirk Auman, Gregory Black, Sruti Brahmandam, Brian Good, Caitlin Hughes, Justin Lumbard, Melissa Motz, Michael Mulroy,

Community news Epiphany to host guest preacher In preparation for its 50th anniversary celebration in September, Epiphany Lutheran Church, 268 Hill Road N., is holding a “Celebration Sunday” on the second Sunday of each month. On March 13, the Rev. Loren Hoch, Epiphany’s second pastor, will be the guest preacher at the 9 a.m. worship service. Following the service, the church will hold a Ministry Fair, celebrating and displaying the many ministries the church supports. Sunday School will be held during the fair. A contemporary worship service is scheduled for 11 a.m. and a congregational potluck is planned for 12:15 p.m. All are welcome. For more information, call (614) 837-2826.

Women’s League plans annual style show, luncheon The Violet Township Women’s League will host its annual style show and luncheon on Saturday,April 16, at Berwick Manor Party House, 3250 Refugee Road. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m., at which time raffle tickets may be purchased for the approximately 80 baskets which have been donated by local businesses and club members. Lunch will be served at 12:15 p.m., followed by the style show with fashions from Kohl’s modeled by club members. Event proceeds will help provide $2,500 community service scholarships to two graduating seniors who reside in Violet Township or the Pickerington Local School District. Homeschooled students may also qualify for the scholarships. Tickets are $21 and may be obtained by calling (614) 8648493. More information is available online at

College notes • Kaitlin Beretich, a 2010 graduate of Pickerington High School North, was named to the fall 2010 dean’s list at Miami University. Beretich is a dietetics major. To make the dean’s list, students must attain at least a 3.5 GPA. • Kristen Lee Stevens of Pickerington was named to the fall 2010 dean’s list at Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C. She is a junior early childhood

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FAB 5 By Jim Fischer The Beat sees that some Lady Gaga person is having a concert March 10 at the Schottenstein Center. How come you don’t hear that much about her? On to the Fab Five.

1 Celtic musicians make the

lage, bookended by gigs at the Hey Hey Bar and Grill on Whittier Street Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. Great harmonies and fiery picking are common themes form all three shows. For details, call (614) 445-9512. CityMusic welcomes the ethereal Altan in concert Wednesday, March 9, at the Lincoln Theatre. The Donegal, Ireland, ensemble combines traditional ballads and dance tunes with contemporary folk songs in an acoustic setting, Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh’s alluring vocals providing the perfect complement to the flute, fiddle and guitar accompaniment. Tickets are $26-$11. Call (614) 4690939.

rounds at all times of the year, but you know it’s getting into March when the density increases. Like during the next week, for example. The Dollyrots are prepared Neo-traditional party band Gael- 2 to unleash bubble-gum punk ic Storm, touring in support of its of the highest order on denizens latest CD, Cabbage, starts things of The Summit Friday, March 4. off Friday, March 4, at the NewFronted by Avril-meets-Gwenport Music Hall. Tickets are meets-Courtney Kelly Ogden, the $19.50/$25. Call 1-800-745D-Rots are probably best3000. known for their tunes BeAcoustic duo Switchcause I’m Awesome, Kick back will perform Me to the Curb and their original liturgical cover of Brand New Key. music at the It doesn’t get much more 11:30 a.m. fun, as the band Mass Sunday, tours the U.S, in March 6, at support of St. Mary 2010’s A Little Catholic Messed Up on Church in B lackheart German Records. That is, Vi l the label run by Joan Jett, a patron for and advocate of the Florida-based trio. The relationship could not be more apropos. Ranger Danger and Charlie Hustle open. Tickets are $8/$10. Call (614) 268-9377. Thomas 3 Chris King may have Trout Fishing in America

sold his soul to the devil a decade ago as Tommy John-

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Chris Thomas King

son in O Brother,Where Art Thou?, but his real-life chops are bona fide. The son of bluesman Tabby Thomas, CTK peppered his blues with hip-hop and other forms, and later on hit it big acting in and scoring films, including O Brother and Ray. King, who has a new album due out call Sketches of Time, and his band will play the Lincoln Theatre Saturday, March 5, in a concert sponsored by the Jazz Arts Group’s Inside Track series. Local band The Floorwalkers opens. Tickets are $30/$25. Call (614) 469-0939. think children’s music 4 You that appeals to adults is a recent phenomenon? Then you haven’t been paying attention, as Trout Fishing in America — the duo of guitarist Ezra Idelet and bassist Keith Grimwood — has been at this game for about 30 years. Lullabies, story songs, audience participation and a goofy, self-deprecating sense of humor, all delivered via first-class folk-pop musicianship is TFIA’s MO. Trout Fishing in America will be in concert Saturday, March 5, at Newark’s Midland Theatre. Tickets are $20-$7.50. Call (740) 345-LIVE.

forming.’Ari Hest loves you. He just loves songwriting more. “There’s something about the feeling of coming up with a good melody or a good line,” Hest told The Beat. “That’s why I do what I do.” Hest, a Brooklyn-based pop singer-songwriter, has proven his adroitness in those other areas as well. In the midst of a heavy touring schedule, he self-produced his 2009 album Twelve Mondays. The project culminated a 2008 Web-based project in which he wrote, recorded and released a new song every Monday throughout the year, allowing fans to then select their 12 favorites for the album. “I made all the decisions,” Hest said. “So (for his new record, Sunset Over Hope Street), I gave up the reigns.” Specifically, to indie musician and producer Alex Wong. “I knew going in that this was going to be something I wasn’t used to, but it was very much an ‘I’d like to try this’ mentality,” Hest explained. “I knew going in I would be pushed. Alex uses a lot of strings and keyboard sounds – things I’m not used to. But I left much of the arranging to Alex. I worked on writing and re-writing songs.” While he consciously stepped back in making Sunset Over Hope Street, Hest admitted the making of this record tested his patience after the immediacy of his song-a-week project. “(Sunset) was recorded over a year, in between breaks while both Alex and myself were on tour,” Hest explained. “It was a long time in the making, with a lot of time to listen back to what we had done so far. I started to get slightly impatient, because the songs were done but not finished.” Patience is a theme throughout the album, although, Hest explained, in a more personal sense. “(The title track) is essentially about being patient waiting for something new to come along when you’re just getting out of something, and also feeling happy for the other person as they move on and you try to move on,” he said. The job, now that the album is complete and

Ari Hest will play the Rumba Café Saturday, March 5. The Mooncussers and Crowe open. Call (614) 268-1841.

tour forthcoming, was to “recreate the album with new arrangements for two people,” Hest said, explaining that, for this tour, he’s bringing along a drummer and that’s all. “The songs stand on their own,” Hest said. “They started out this way, so they don’t require a band.” The Columbus date is early in the tour. Hest said he’s looking forward to playing these new songs for audiences. “I hope everything resonates with people in some way,” he said, sounding like a person who cares about the songs the way every good songwriter should. ■ For more from The Beat’s interview with Ari Hest, read the BeatBlog at

Pickerington pizza shop is a real heavyweight champ The reputation of Catalfino’s pizza precedes it. For over a decade, Catalfino’s took first or second place in the Slice of Columbus competition. It scored several consecutive second places in the North American Pizza and Ice Cream Show. And Catalfino’s landed in the top 10 of the American Pizza Championship. Catalfino’s business also has a storied past going back to the mid-1970s. That was when the family that still owns and operates Catalfino’s co-opened their first one-oven, two-table shop on the East Side of Columbus. Decades of success, change, expansions and relocations eventually brought Catalfino’s to its newest spot in Pickerington a couple of years ago. This latest incarnation is a big and bright, nice but casual restaurant with a decidedly sporty at-

MENU by G.A. Benton titude. There’s lots of Buckeye stuff on the walls, plus tons of TVs beaming in games and races (it’s the kind of place where a NASCAR dad gets decked out in full stock-car regalia). Largely full of happy families, Catalfino’s also has a fully stocked bar detailed with a crazy parade of flattened beer caps. A crazy parade of “Man vs. Food”-type munchies can adorn Catalfino’s pizzas, salads, sandwiches and starters if you so desire. I so desired. That’s why I picked the funky Fagiolo Fries appetizer ($6). It was a big pile of “krinkle” cutters doused in a nice, black-pep-

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The Champion pizza at Catalfino’s in Pickerington.

pery homemade pasta and bean soup topped with melted provolone. Yeah, it sounds odd, but really it’s not far from chili cheese fries. Think of it as Italian-Amer-

ican poutine, if you want, but do think of it. Also think of the Chicago Combo ($9), which the menu says is fully endorsed by The Fan’s Mike Ricordati. Here, a decent Italian beef sandwich increased its girth by the addition of a spicy sausage patty. Was it an authentic Windy City dish? Not really. Did it’s blend of “jus” (I would have liked more), griddled roast beef, spicy sausage and giardiniera (hot pickled veggies) prove Ricordati knew what he was talking about (at least in this case)? You betcha. Of course Catalfino’s topnotch pizzas are the stars. You can design your own, go with a traditional combo or pick one of the shop’s over-the-top specialties ($8.50 to $22). If you’re considering the latter, here are some uncommon things Catalfino’s

Catalfino’s Italian 10501 Blacklick-Eastern Rd., Pickerington 614-575-5380 Web: Cuisine: Pizza Price: $ (up to $10 per person) Patio: Yes Hours: 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.11:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.10:30 p.m. Saturday, 4-9:30 p.m. Sunday will toss onto their excellent, thin and crispy crusts: wing sauce, chicken and celery; BLT; spaghetti and meatballs; pulled pork. I’m generally not a fan of barbecue on pizza, but Catalfino’s Carolina pulled pork was a winner. I liked how its homemade

thick, tangy and smoky barbecue sauce complemented both the good meat and — wait for it — onion rings! Also terrific was the wellnamed Champion (ricotta, bacon, sausage, ham, pepperoni and much more). Catalfino’s menu says this pie’s won more than 20 awards in competitions, and I could see — and taste! — why. The menu also says The Fan’s Scott Torgerson declared the Spicy Italian “will be his final meal if he’s ever on Death Row.” After demolishing that irresistible grease bomb (killer spicy marinara plus double meats and cheeses), Death Row seemed almost redundant. To read G.A. Benton’s blog visit

Warma for the shawarma: Spit-roasted meats gaining popularity Behold the vertical rotisserie, a magnificent machine that is being used by a growing number of ethnic restaurants in Columbus. Spit-roasted options are the signature dishes at such newcomers as Lavash, Pita Hut, Los Guachos and Lashish, the Greek. The electric broiler rotates a composite of meat in front of bright-orange heating lamps, which melt away fat and leave the outside golden brown and glistening with moisture. The outer shell is then sliced off per order, and often placed in a pita or is part of a larger plate ensemble.

Most everyone is at least familiar with the gyro, brown cuts of herb-flecked meat cut from the large, twirling cylinder, and garnished with shredded lettuce, onions, tomatoes and tzatziki inside a soft pita. While not new, a different brand of twirling, carnivorous delight is tempting local diners: the shawarma. Several local restaurants offer their own variations.

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Lufti Ayoub, owner of the Pita Hut, cuts the shawarma on Feb. 26. The Pita Hut’s shawarma is seasoned with spices imported from Jerusalem.

Pita Hut in Clintonville has a Jerusalem-style, “As the ethnic population increases, these restauusing alternating layers of dark-meat turkey and rants will remain popular,” he said. lamb. Owner Lutfi Ayoub said the seasoning is Latif said the competition is good, opening up key to the alluring, complex flavor. He uses a blend diners to different cuisines and their spit-roasted of 10 herbs and spices, ground fresh in Israel and dishes. shipped to Columbus. He said he dry-rubs the “Bottom line: the customer wins,” he said. pieces of meat and marinates them, usually overnight, before placing them on the skewer for cooking. The place offers nine condiments, from hummus to cucumbers, for added flavor. “That’s the important part, always,” he said. The sauce also is a big part of the equation, says Recipe of the week Nasir Latif, owner of Lavash, also in Clintonville. He offers a simple but bold garlic sauce for his two shawarma options: a Lebanese-style using lamb and beef and a chicken selection. Latif said big beehive-shaped columns of meat pirouetting behind the counter help draw in customers. “It looks good,” he said. “It tastes good.” Shish Kebab Mediterranean Café and Café Istanbul use the rotisserie to make doner, the Turkish equivalent of gyro. Ilyas Batuk, chef and partner of Shish Kebab on Bethel Road, said the secret to excellent doner is using a good fat ratio – 25 percent – and forcefully compressing the ground beef and lamb mixture on the spit, which gives it a fine texture. “If you don’t have the fat, it’s no good,” he said. Customers seem to agree, as the doner is one of the top sellers in the restaurant. He makes 80 pounds each Friday and Saturday and another 50 pounds on Sunday, with smaller amounts during the rest of the week. Mike Polster, a partner of the Louis R. Polster Co., a restaurant-equipment supplier in the Brewery District, said he believes the sales of the ver- Orange butter cake with Grand Marnier, courtical broilers will continue to increase. tesy of Richard Blondin of the Refectory.

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Tigers, Panthers advance pair to state meet By KURTIS ADAMS ThisWeek Community Newspapers

Pickerington High School Central’s Isaiah Brunner has gone from wrestling novice to Division I state qualifier in three years. The senior said he was recruited by former Tigers coach Jason Roach to give the sport a try as a freshman. He had attended Columbus City Schools, where there is no junior-high wrestling, and transferred to Columbus South, where he wrestled last season. Back with the Tigers this season,

Brunner helped Central win a share of the OCC-Ohio Division title and now he’s going to compete in the state tournament, which runs Thursday, March 3, through Saturday, March 5, at Ohio State. “Coach Roach kept telling me he thought I’d make a good wrestler,” Brunner said. “So I listened.” Brunner placed third at 125 pounds in the district tournament Feb. 25-26 at Hilliard Darby. He won two matches to advance to a championship semifinal, where he got pinned by eventual-champion Cole Cochran of Troy.

Brunner came back to defeat Lancaster’s Ben Davis 2-1 in a consolation semifinal to secure a state berth, avenging a regular-season loss to Davis in the process. Brunner then defeated Jarrod Boone of Olentangy Liberty 7-3 in the third-place match. “He beat me by two points the first time,” Brunner said of his match against Davis. “This time I wrestled my style.” As a returning state qualifier, senior Josh Hunter will be the voice of experience for all four wrestlers from Pickerington who made it. Hunter,

who went 1-2 at state last year with one loss coming in overtime, placed third at district at 119. “I’m sure Isaiah will be a little nervous; I know I was,” Hunter said. “But he’s earned it.” Hunter advanced to a championship semifinal before losing to eventualchampion Angelo DiSabato of Hilliard Davidson 5-3. Hunter came back to defeat Sidney’s Cody Davis 6-3 in a consolation semifinal and Gahanna’s Doryan Arnold 14-6 in the third-place match. Hunter is 36-7 entering his open-

ing match at state against Lakewood’s Yousef Abdel-Salam, who is 39-4. Five of the 16 state qualifiers in Hunter’s weight class are former state placers, including last year’s 103 champion Dean Heil of Lakewood St. Edward. The projected champion according to Brian Brakeman’s High School Wrestling Forecast is Youngstown Boardman’s John Dillon, a two-time placer who would meet Hunter in the second round if both win their opening matches. See WRESTLING, page B2

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Younger lineup benefits Central By KURTIS ADAMS ThisWeek Community Newspapers

Pickerington High School Central girls basketball coach Wade Brockwell admits he has taken some heat for turning to a younger lineup since the beginning of January. “It hasn’t been easy,” he said. “Playing a lot of freshmen, especially, and a lot of sophomores isn’t always a popular decision.” The payoff came in the form of a berth in a Division I district semifinal, however. The 18th-seeded Tigers, who were the lowest seed still alive in a field that began with 42 teams two weeks ago, advanced to play sixth-seeded Brookhaven on March 2. The winner moves on to play in the district final at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 5 at Olentangy Liberty. The opponent will be either top-seeded Reynoldsburg or 12th-seeded Hilliard Davidson. The Raiders defeated Central twice during the regular season, 69-39 on Dec. 3 and 57-42 on Jan. 13, en route to the OCCOhio Division championship. The Tigers reached the semifinal round, which included 11 of the top 12 seeds, by upsetting fourth-seeded Watterson 65-61 in a second-round game Feb. 25 at Liberty to improve to 12-10 overall. Senior guard Katie Stevens scored a season-high 20 points and knocked down three 3pointers, but the freshman and sophomore classes combined for 34 points led by sophomore post Marley Hill’s 11. Freshman Aajah Hawkins contributed nine points. She scored a combined 23 points in the first two tournament games, which included a 78-13 romp over Walnut Ridge in the first round. Her layup off a backdoor pass from sophomore Phylicia Johnson gave the Tigers a 23-13 lead over the Eagles with 5 minutes, 33 seconds remaining in the second quarter. They later countered a Watterson run when Stevens made 3-pointers on consecutive thirdquarter possessions, and a onepoint advantage had suddenly grown to 42-35. The Eagles finished 17-4. The victory extended Central’s winning streak to three and was its fourth victory in five games. Entering the district semifinal, the Tigers were 9-4 since Jan. 7. Three freshmen are getting significant playing time and five have appeared in the postseason. “We’ve got a whole new attitude now,” Stevens said. “Those moves to bring up the freshmen were the greatest moves ever. When they are on the floor, they play so hard.” •The number that North senior Kavunaa Edwards was most excited about didn’t have anything to do with the 24 points she scored in a 73-29 victory

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Central’s Maddie Martin competes in the 100-yard butterfly in the Division I state swimming and diving championships that concluded Feb. 26 at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. Martin won in a meet record 53.34 seconds to repeat as state champion, as Upper Arlington’s Claire Van Fossen was runner-up in 56.69.

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Martin repeats in butterfly Central sophomore sets state-meet mark By PAUL BATTERSON ThisWeek Community Newspapers

CANTON — After Maddie Martin captured the state title in the 100-yard butterfly as a freshman last year, many wondered what the Pickerington High School Central sophomore would do for an encore. Martin not only defended her title at the Division I state swimming and diving meet that concluded Feb. 26 at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton, she broke the state meet record with a time of 53.34 seconds. The previous mark of 54.38 was set by Upper Arlington graduate Darcy Fishback in 2009. In addition, Martin placed second in the 100 freestyle (50.86), behind Springboro senior Dani Barbiea (50.72). “I wouldn’t call it pressure

(to live up to last year’s performance),” said Martin, who was named girls Swimmer of the Meet. “I had a lot of people support me and tell me to just go out there and have fun ... and go as fast as I possibly could.” Martin’s performance helped the Tigers place 15th with 47 points, behind champion Upper Arlington (286), which won its seventh consecutive state title. Martin said the state record wasn’t one of her top goals. “My coaches wanted me to get it, but I tried not to think about it,” she said. “I didn’t want to make myself too nervous. I wasn’t sure what time I was going to go, but I knew it was probably going to be faster than last year because I felt really good in the water.” Last year, Martin was the

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North’s Jacob Griffith competes in the 100-yard butterfly in the Division I state meet. Griffith finished in 52.53 seconds to tie for 11th place.

only representative for the Tigers. This season, Central had three other state qualifiers, including her older sister, Paige, who is a junior. Junior Lindsey Inkrott, Paige Martin, Maddie Martin and

freshman Ashley Stewart finished 12th in the 200 medley relay (1:51.18) and Inkrott was 22nd in the 100 backstroke (59.81). “I got to watch the meet (from the swim deck) last year,

but it feels good to swim here this time,” Paige Martin said. “The noise here makes you nervous, but at the same time, it pumps you up.” See SWIMMING, page B3

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North’s Trent Waybright releases a shot after driving past Central Crossing’s Ryan Kelly on Feb. 23 at Hamilton Township. The See GIRLS, page B3 Panthers won 62-47.

The Pickerington High School North boys basketball team was unaffected by a late tipoff while posting a 55-37 victory over Teays Valley in a Division I second-round tournament game Feb. 26. The start time was delayed by an hour after the first game played at Heath went to four overtimes, with eighth-seeded New Albany finally subduing Newark 65-58. The Panthers, who repeatedly came out to watch parts of that thriller before heading back into the locker room, converted four of their first five attempts from the floor and bolted to 10-1 lead before Teays Valley managed its first field goal. “It was draining; frustrating, too,”

said senior guard Trent Waybright, who scored 10 points and knocked down one of North’s two 3-pointers during the opening sequence. “We just turned it on once we got out there and warmed up.” Jake Butt came off the bench to score a season-high 11 points and Michael Klamo added eight as the Panthers improved to 21-1 with their 16th consecutive victory. The streak also includes a 62-47 win over Central Crossing in a first-round game Feb. 23 at Hamilton Township as Waybright scored 23 points. During the delay at Heath, the Panthers did get a chance to further scout their next opponent. They will play New Albany, which improved to 17-4 and won the outright OCC-Capital Division title, in a district semifinal at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, March 5, in the

Fairgrounds Coliseum. North won the regular-season meeting 51-49 on Jan. 29 as Tyler Kelly scored 15 points and Jake McCullough made two free throws with one second remaining. Considering that close outcome and New Albany’s determination in the victory over Newark, Panthers coach Pete Liptrap realizes that the smaller Eagles play with plenty of heart even if they might not always pass the eye test. Despite the Eagles being led inside by 6-foot-3 forward Nick Sosh and 6-3 center Scott McDonald, outside shooting still is the key to their success. Sosh scored 27 points behind three 3-pointers against Newark. Guard Ryan Mayle is another deep threat. See BOYS, page B3

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Warhawks sweep; Pannell rolls perfect game By FRANK DiRENNA

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It was a memorable day for a pair of Westerville high school bowling programs at the district tournament Feb. 26 at HP Lanes. For the first time in program history, the Westerville Central boys and girls swept the titles, earning berths to the state tournament on Friday, March 4, and Saturday, March 5, at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl. Meanwhile, Westerville South sophomore Zach Pannell earned his first state berth after finishing second overall with a season-high 749 series to Groveport’s Chris Lane (762). Included in Pannell’s series score was his second career 300 game. Pannell, whose first perfect game came in a non-OHSAA-sanctioned event, rolled the 300 in his first game at district despite competing with an injured right thumb on his throwing hand. He also had games of 225 and 224. “All I was thinking about was throwing good shots,” Pannell said. “I’ve been struggling with this thumb being ripped open. I was hoping that I would be able to bowl (at district) and that 300 helps out. The way I throw the ball just tears the thumb up. It started hurting a little in the Baker (games).” “After about his first or second prac-

and third-place Whitehall (3,504). Junior Mary Wells, the defending individual state champion, led Central with a 620 series, placing first overall. The Warhawks are looking for their first state championship after finishing second to Youngstown Boardman last season, losing 3-1 in the best-offive state final. “Both teams have more work ahead of us,” coach Wells said. “This is just the progression of the year. Now we have a week to prepare ourselves for state and it’s all about meeting each individual goal along the way. The girls remember last year’s disappointment vividly. They would like a chance at redemption, but we’ve got to get there.” Ready senior Allison Lichwa, a fourtime district qualifier, earned her first trip to state after finishing with a 582 series, securing the first individual statequalifying berth and finishing third overall, behind Wells and Zanesville’s Erika Savage (588). “I knew I had a shot, but it was so unpredictable because I didn’t know how I was going to do (at district) or how anything was going to be played,” Lichwa said. “This means a whole lot because it means I’ve accomplished something from my freshman year to this year.”

Below are the team and individual results from the district bowling tournament Feb. 26 at HP Lanes: BOYS TEAMS — 1. *Westerville Central 4,168; 2. *Zanesville Maysville 4,068; 3. *Gahanna 4,026; 4. Circleville 4,000; 5. Westerville South 2,899; 6. Groveport 3,902; 7. Hartley 3,835; 8. Big Walnut 3,726; 9. Whitehall 3,723; 10. Hilliard Bradley 3,689; 11. Utica 3,674; 12. Jonathan Alder 3,628; 13. Zanesville 3,598; 14. Lancaster 3,585; 15. Granville 3,485; 16. Marion Elgin 3,456; 17. Brookhaven 3,377; 18. Mount Gilead 3,252 TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS — 1. *Chris Lane (Groveport) 762; 2. *Zach Pannell (Westerville South) 749; 3. *Dallas Johnson (Chillicothe Unioto) 705; 4. Jamie Robinson (Westerville Central) 696; 5. Jacob Reed (Gahanna) 666; 6. Shaun Ritter (Westerville Central) and Tyler Walter (Jonathan Alder) 648; 8. Kody

Watts (Maysville) 621; 9. Austin Martin (Utica) and Dean Murphy (Maysville) 629 OTHER AREA INDIVIDUALS — Brittany Beeghany (Pickerington North) 585; Brandon Dye (Walnut Ridge) 545; Cort Wilson (Worthington Kilbourne) 510; Jon Sears (Newark) 507; Ray Getz (Delaware) 505; Jacob Costin (Hilliard Davidson) 496; Trent Ranson (Northland) 490; Ben Smith (Worthington Christian) 451; Clark Sabula (Watterson) 414 GIRLS TEAMS — 1. *Westerville Central 3,898; 2. *Zanesville 3,564; 3. *Whitehall 3,504; 4. Buckeye Valley 3,464; 5. Cardington 3,449; 6. New Lexington 3,409; 7. Maysville 3,305; 8. Gahanna 3,299; 9. Mount Gilead 3,273; 10. Olentangy Liberty 3,238; 11. Groveport 3,216; 12. Westerville South 3,140; 13. Elgin 3,082; 14. Delaware 3,071; 15. Newark 3,045; 16. Sparta Highland 3,003; 17. Briggs 2,953; 18. Fisher Catholic 2,892

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS — 1. Mary Wells (Westerville Central) 620; 2. Erika Savage (Zanesville) 588; 3. *Allison Lichwa (Ready) 582; 4. *Betzie Clements (Groveport) 570; 5. *Austin Elliott (Cardington) 567; 6. Shelby Haskins (Westerville Central) 566; 7. Paige Trein (Westerville Central) 561; 8. Morgan Stickdorn (New Lexington) 554; 9. Taylor-Jo Morton (Whitehall) and Carrie Russell (Westerville Central) 552 OTHER AREA INDIVIDUALS — Maggie Taylor (Thomas Worthington) 536; Bradishia Foster (Northland) 513; Rachel Bartram (Olentangy Orange) 504; Maddison Morris (Brookhaven) 454; Alicia Wolfe (Hilliard Bradley) 454; Sarah Grim (Pickerington Central) 449; Kaitlin Milburn (Orange) 425; Alexa Gainer (Watterson) 392; Megan Patterson (Westerville North) 367; Nellie Jones (Beechcroft) 308 *State qualifier

tice shot, he had a pretty good look on the lanes and then he just started striking like crazy and never stopped,” South assistant coach Mike Craig said. Pannell had hoped to compete at state with his teammates, as the South boys team held the third and final statequalifying spot heading into the Baker games. However, Gahanna rallied by scoring a 1,145 in the Baker games — its top score of the season — to earn the final state berth with a total of 4,026, behind champion Central (4,168) and

runner-up Zanesville Maysville (4,068). South finished fifth (3,953), behind fourth-place Circleville (4,000). Senior Jamie Robinson led Central with a 696 series to place fourth overall. “Our boys worked their butts off, not only (at district), but all year,” Central coach Julie Wells said. “They’ve been working hard, they’ve been working as a team and they put it all out there (at district).” Gahanna will be making its first state appearance as a team. The Lions were

led by senior Jacob Reed, who rolled a 666 series to finish fifth overall. “It was just a good group of kids working together and hitting their spares,” Gahanna coach Bruce Zink said. “We bowled the best Bakers we’ve had. You have to position yourself in the regular games and then you have to hold that position and move ahead in the Bakers. This being our best Bakers allowed us to move on.” •Central dominated the girls competition, scoring a 3,898 to finish well ahead of runner-up Zanesville (3,564)

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Top performances BOYS New Albany’s Nick Sosh scored a career-high 27 points and added seven rebounds to lead his team past Newark 65-

58 in four overtimes Feb. 26 in a Division I second-round district tournament game. GIRLS Columbus School for Girls’ Enri Small had 26 points, 17 rebounds and three assists in a 47-34 win over Newark Catholic in a Division III second-round district tournament game on Feb. 24.

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WRESTLING Continued from page B1 Brunner is 29-10 entering his first-round match against Cincinnati Princeton’s Corey Selmon, who is 30-7 and placed sixth at 103 two years ago. The weight class includes six former placers, and projected champion Kagan Squire of Wadsworth is in Brunner’s half of the draw. “Going back, I’m hoping to do better,” Hunter said. “My goal is to get as high on the podium as I can.” Seven of Central’s eight district qualifiers won at least one match, and junior Garrett Foster won two at 189 to finish 24-8. •Pat Elflein of North already has seen some of the best the state has to offer at heavyweight. The junior pinned his first two opponents at district and defeated Darby’s Sufyan ElGeroushi 6-2 in a championship semifinal to secure a state berth. He then lost to projected state champion Kyle Rose of Centerville 7-5 in the final. Rose, a two-time state placer, is 31-0. El-Geroushi, who went on to place third, is ranked sixth in Brakeman’s report. Elflein, who already has received football scholarship offers from two Big Ten Conference schools, is thinking big. “I’m really wrapped up in football recruiting right now,” said Elflein, who is ranked 13th in Brakeman’s report and al-

“I wrestled at 240 pounds last year, so I was kind of a small heavyweight,” Elflein said. “I’m Below are the recent results and 280 now, and those extra coming schedules for the Central pounds are really paying off.” and North wrestling teams: Senior Brandon Howes will CENTRAL join Elflein at state after placFeb. 25-26 — Finished 15th (43) ing fourth at district at 140. of 44 teams scoring at Division I district tournament at Hilliard Darby, After losing 5-3 in a champibehind champion Olentangy Liberty onship semifinal against even(128). State qualifiers were Isaiah tual-champion Tommy Willis Brunner (125, 4-1, third) and Josh of Beavercreek, Howes defeatHunter (119, 4-1, third). Also competing were J.J. Chowoe (215, 1-2), ed Mount Vernon’s Kyle Horner Garrett Foster (189, 2-2), Tyler Ham10-2 in the state-qualifying mond (160, 1-2), David Spence (152, match before falling to Spring1-2), Ryan Schmeltzer (285, 0-2) and boro’s Aaron Thoman 8-3 in Ason Sunkle (145, 1-2). March 3-5 — State tournament at the third-place match. Ohio State Howes is 35-12 entering his NORTH opening match at state against Feb. 25-26 — Finished 12th (47.5) Massillon Perry’s Zach Dailey, at the Division I district tournament. who is 38-3 and the projected State qualifiers were Pat Elflein (285, 3-1, second) and Brandon Howes champion. The weight class fea(140, 3-2, fourth). Also competing tures five former placers, and were Eli Corder (145, 1-2), Jacob Willis also landed in Howes’ Hinze (135, 2-2), Max Orr (112, 0side of the draw. 2) and Ahmad Taylor (103, 1-2). March 3-5 — State tournament at Five of North’s district qualOhio State ifiers won at least one match at district, and senior Jacob Hinze ready has set a single-season went 2-2 to finish 23-12. program record with 28 pins. “And football coaches love wrestlers who are state placers and state champions.” Elflein is 34-7 entering his opening match at state against + tax & fees Solon’s Nate Hoff, who is 12-1. Rose, who was last year’s state runner-up at 215, landed in the opposite half of the bracket, which has only one other former placer in Lakewood St. Edward’s Greg Kuhar, who finished fourth at heavyweight last year.

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roller coaster at district Joy and relief were among the feelings Olentangy Liberty High School wrestler Jarrod Boone experienced as he walked off the mat after his 3-0 victory over Westland’s Scott Haslam in a consolation semifinal Feb. 26 at Hilliard Darby. The win assured Boone a spot among the top four in his weight class, landing him a coveted berth in the Division I state tournament at Ohio State for the first time. It also meant he was one of the fortunate ones — particularly at 125 pounds — to avert the painful feelings associated with being a senior whose dreams of advancing to state get dashed for the final time. There were 93 seniors among the 224 overall district representatives at Darby, but 12 of those were among the 16 competitors at 125. The weight that had the next most seniors was 215, which had nine. Needless to say, the emotions throughout the action last weekend were wide-ranging at 125 as top-seeded seniors such as Hilliard Davidson’s Eric Hoffman and Lancaster’s Ben Davis came up short of qualifying for state. Troy’s Cole Cochran pinned Beavercreek’s Josh Stevens in 4 minutes, 54 seconds in a matchup of seniors for the 125 championship, while Boone settled for fourth after losing to Pickerington Central senior Isaiah Brunner 7-3 in the thirdplace match. But for those four athletes, how they did during the night

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finals Feb. 26 was secondary to the fact that they had survived what was perhaps the tournament’s most rugged JARROD bracket. ULREY “It was really competitive because I’ve wrestled a few of these guys before,” Boone said. “I was really happy and nervous at the same time. It’s great because now you get to be recognized throughout the state. You know you’re one of the top 16 in the entire state.” Boone came in with extra motivation after losing in his consolation semifinal and settling for being a state alternate a year ago. He attended last year’s state tournament and watched as teammate Ethan Snyder competed. Boone then participated in more open tournaments than in any previous offseason. Having a more focused attitude also has helped Brunner. He was a district qualifier at 103 as a sophomore at Central despite coming out for the sport for the first time. Last season, he attended Columbus South and ended up fifth at a Division

II sectional at 119. Refocused and back with the Tigers this season, Brunner lost to Boone 8-5 in the sectional final at Pickerington North on Feb. 19. At district, he was pinned by Cochran in 1:10 in a semifinal but edged Davis 2-1 in his next match to qualify for state. Brunner had fallen to Davis 8-6 during the Tigers’ 30-24 dual victory Feb. 4. “I think with (so many) of the guys being seniors (at 125) it was more intense, so it was harder,” Brunner said. “I would have been mad if I hadn’t made it (to state). I like wrestling, but I just really don’t like losing. I was mad when I didn’t get out as a sophomore but I got over it. Last year I think I played around too much. I think my coaches this year pushed me harder because they knew I could get to state.” There might not be a more hopeless feeling for wrestlers than when all their hours of conditioning, drilling and becoming mentally tougher doesn’t result in victories during the most intense situations. For seniors such as Boone and Brunner, the payoff makes the hard work seem worth it.

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•North qualified in four events for state, but the seeding predicted the Panthers would have a short stay in Canton, as none of the Panthers was seeded in the top 16. Those prognostications proved wrong, however, as North’s state qualifiers reached the consolation final in three out of four events. The finishes helped the boys team place 40th with 6.5 points behind champion Cincinnati St. Xavier (312) and the girls team finish 50th with four points. Freshman Jacob Griffith made the biggest climb. He was seeded 19th in the 100 fly after placing fifth in the district (52.7) but saw a 52.87 in the preliminary and then tied Fairfield senior Carter Adams for 11th as both swam 52.53 in the consolation final. “(After the preliminary), I thought about my race and about what I needed to do,” Griffith said. “Everything came together in finals. Your adrenaline is rushing, but you’re thinking about your turns and everything.” The girls 200 medley relay of senior Katie Fisher, sophomore Sara Sams, freshman Kelly Martin and senior Morgan Grodesky were seeded 17th but finished 15th after going 1:51.52 in the consolation final. “This whole experience has been amazing,” Grodesky said. “Katie and I have been swimming together since we were 8 years old. Just to come back here (for the finals) has been a goal for our relay.” Freshman diver Clay White was seeded 18th but placed 16th with 354.85 points. White said hitting his third dive — a front double pike — helped him get past the first round. “I’ve just done (that dive) the past couple of meets, but I’ve been pretty consistent with it,” White said. “My goal was to make it to finals. I was really excited to score at my first state meet.” The boys 200 free relay of Griffith, senior Matt Riordan, senior Adam Ingram and junior

over Olentangy Liberty in a second-round game Feb. 24 at Hamilton Township. The 6-0 senior post player, a Villanova signee who led the district in scoring average (21 points) during the regular season, broke the single-game school record with eight steals. Several came when she was playing help-side defense and resulted in easy layups in transition. Shelby Olszewski, a senior guard who has signed with Austin Peay, added 14 points. “I got the steals record. That’s so cool,” Edwards said. “I’ve been working hard on ing a more complete player.” The fifth-seeded Panthers improved to 17-5

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North’s Clay White enters the water after one of his dives during the state meet Feb. 26. White finished 16th with 354.85 points.

Paul Hintz held their position, as it was seeded 20th and placed 20th in 1:29.31. “We had four events that weren’t expected to finish in the top 16 and three of them made it (to the consolation finals),” North coach Ben Canini said. “That’s a pretty big accomplishment.”

BOYS season-high point totals of 17 and 13 points, respectively. Central defeated 19th-seeded Independence 58-48 in the second round Feb. 26 at Worthington Christian Middle School behind Caris Levert’s 22 points while improving to 12-10. Chad Nelson, a junior wing, has scored a combined 27 points in two postseason games for the Tigers, who have won four of five games and are 6-3 since Feb. 1. Four of those six wins came on the road, too. “We’ve grown up,” first-year coach Jerry Francis said. “February’s been busy, but it’s been a good month in terms of our development.”




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“They’re a pretty tough bunch,” Liptrap said. “They play good defense and really pressure the ball. When they’re making their shots, they’re even tougher at the defensive end because that seems to energize them.” The Eagles are 6-0 when they’ve had at least six days between games. Half of their four losses came in the second game when they were playing on consecutive days. They lost to North the day after defeating Olentangy Orange in a key OCCCapital game. “The thing in our favor I think is that while we haven’t always been a great team playing Friday-Tuesday, we’ve been rock solid when we’ve had a week to prepare,” New Albany coach Sam Davis said. Liptrap isn’t worried about the early tipoff time for the semifinal, however. “As much as I’ve screwed up over the years,” he said with a laugh, “even I haven’t messed up too many games before noon.” •Central already has posted two upsets in the postseason. It will need another if is to stay in the tournament. The Tigers, who are the 25th seed, will face top-seeded Westerville South in a district semifinal at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 5, in the Coliseum. The Wildcats, who are 21-1 and were ranked fifth in the final state poll led by Garfield Heights, have yet to be challenged in the tournament, however. They won their first two games by an average margin of 55.1 points, which included a 99-34 win over Watkins Memorial in the second round. The Wildcats are led by sophomore forward Marcus Ball and 6-3 senior guard Traevon Jackson, who has signed to play at Wisconsin. The Tigers advanced to a semifinal by picking off 11thseeded Marion-Franklin 64-62 in the opening round Feb. 22 at Heath as Jae’sean Tate and freshman Connor Kern posted


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with a fifth consecutive victory while advancing to meet ninth-seeded Upper Arlington in a semifinal on March 1. The winner will play either third-seeded Olentangy Orange or 10th-seeded Logan in a district final at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Liberty. “Kavunaa’s defense has been better,” coach Dave Butcher said. “She’s a little smarter on the floor and is making better decisions. Her game’s evolved, and she’s maturing. “It’s always been a matter of staying focused with her, but she’s one of the better athletes I’ve coached.”


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