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Sports briefs Griffin to speak at charity camp Former Ohio State running back Archie Griffin will be the featured speaker at the annual Lauren’s First and Goal Football Camp on June 26 at Otterbein University. The camp is a fundraiser for Lauren’s First and Goal Foundation, which provides financial support for brain tumor research and families living with pediatric cancer. The one-day camp is open to student-athletes entering grades 9-12 this fall. Athletes

will be divided into small groups to receive instruction in offensive and defensive skills from volunteer coaches. To register for the camp, visit www.LaurensFirstandGoal.org.

Alumni football games planned Alumni Football USA is organizing teams of former high school players who want “to play in one more full contact football game.” Players can sign up at AlumniFootballUSA.com or call (877) 578-8547. Teams are lim-

WILDCATS Continued from page B1 Davidson expects to return two key players in its backfield in running backs Alex Mickley and Tyler Talbott. Mickley led the team with 1,538 yards rushing and 29 touchdowns last season. The Wildcats must replace

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ited to 40 players. Games will be played around Ohio in August. Alumni Football USA will provide the equipment.

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“The only thing we can do with them right now is primarily lifting weights to get them physically ready for next seaWrestling event son,” Santagata said. “We put together a powerlifting team to set for April 16 compete in a meet in Danville The 19th Ohio Tournament on Feb. 19 because it gives the of Champions wrestling event kids something to look forward is scheduled for Saturday, April to and motivates them to keep 16, at the Greater Columbus working hard. We may have Convention Center. According only 10 kids in the weight room to organizers, more than 2,200 on certain days, but I like the wrestlers from more than 30 fact that they’re competing yearstates will compete. The round. We want to get them wrestlers are ages 5 to 40. competing with and for each other, whether it’s in the weight room or in another sport.” With only 10 juniors in the program, Santagata is asking his sophomore class to help Key players expected to return carry the leadership load next on defense include back Chase season. Delande, linebackers Jake Himmeger and Jack Kincade and linemen Sam Coles and Dylan Skaggs.

quarterback Jimmy Curtis, who will be graduating. White said the candidates to fill the position include Talbott, Brandon Gleim, Nick Iske, Nick Stull and Nick Waters. Davidson’s biggest loss on defense is end Keith Heitzman, who fdirenna@thisweeknews.com has signed to play at Michigan. www.ThisWeekSPORTS.com

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Several of the Panthers’ sophomores appear ready to answer that challenge, as four started on defense and two others started on offense last season. Sophomore Caleb Day started at slotback and cornerback and was special mention alldistrict and second-team allleague on defense. Sophomore Chase Longwell started at strong safety and backed up Allen at quarterback and was special mention all-league on defense. Longwell, who rushed for 70 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries and was 2-for-2 passing for 28 yards and a touchdown, is the frontrunner to replace Allen at quarterback. Sophomore linebacker Cameron Kohl, who led the Panthers with 92 tackles, is expected to be a defensive leader

once again next fall. Santagata and his staff will use the team’s 10 offseason contact days beginning the second week of July to hold intense practices that will help identify the Panthers’ next generation of starters and leaders. “This will be the smallest senior class we’ve ever had, but our overall numbers are back on the upswing now,” Santagata said. “We played a lot of sophomores last year, and a couple of them, such as Longwell and Day, played both ways. We’re looking to see who is going to emerge as leaders between now and the start of the season, because that’s going to be very important to our success in the future.” ablankenship@thisweeknews.com www.ThisWeekSPORTS.com

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