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Report recommends denial of Hi-Q request By LIN RICE ThisWeek Community Newspapers

A hearing officer has recommended that Hi-Q Egg Productions LLC’s application to build a new egg farm in Union County be denied. The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) hearing officer Andrew Cooke has been reviewing evidence and transcripts of the December 2010 hearing in which Union County officials and egg farm representatives presented their sides to the ODA. The report recommends that new ODA director James Zehringer deny

the request because of incomplete permits provided by Hi-Q. “It is recommended that (the director) deny Hi-Q Egg Productions LLC’s application for a permit to install and a permit to operate because it is incomplete,” the report states. The documents allegedly missing from a complete application include a transportation agreement between Hi-Q,York Township and Union County. The agreement, which, county officials have said, was needed to spell out how increased

The Hi-Q timeline The back-and-forth over whether Hi-Q Egg Productions, LLC can build its egg farm in Union County has gone on for several years. The following timeline, established in ODA’s report, details each step in the process: Nov. 2, 2007: Hi-Q submits applications to the ODA Livestock Environmental Permitting Program for a permit to install (PTI) and a permit to operate (PTO) its proposed egg production facility.

May 1, 2008: York Township trustees sign final recommendations on infrastructure improvements and cost estimates for Hi-Q’s facility using the Davis Road entrance. Union County commissioners did not sign final recommendation confirmation forms for the Davis Road entrance, but submitted an attached resolution providing final recommendations and acknowledging communication with Hi-Q.

Nov. 14, 2008: ODA determines the applications were complete and issued public notice of the draft permits. Jan. 6, 2009: Hi-Q’s counsel notifies ODA that it intended to change the access route to the facility from Davis Road to a location along Route 47. July 20, 2009: Hi-Q contacts ODA, acknowledging it had not received “any rec-

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Patton to be sworn in as sheriff Monday By LIN RICE ThisWeek Community Newspapers

Lt. Jamie Patton is expected to be sworn in April 18 as Union County’s new sheriff. Union County Republican Central Committee secretary Dean Cook said on April 14 that the committee had intended to vote on Patton’s selection on April 16. “We had about five people take out applications for the position, and Jamie was the only one who turned the application back in,” Cook said. “Once we vote, he’ll be sworn in on Monday.” Patton currently serves as the commander of the Union County Sheriff’s Office investigations division, which covers major crime, general crime, organized crime, juvenile crime and special operations.

Once approved and sworn in, Patton will serve the remainder of exiting Sheriff Rocky Nelson’s term, which continues until Jan. 6, 2013. Nelson recently was selected to take over as executive director of the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission (OOCIC). Cook said having Patton as head of the county sheriff’s office would be good for Union County. “I’ve known Jamie for quite a long time, and he’s done a great job for our county,” Cook said. “He’s very personable, and we believe, as far as the Republican Party is concerned, that he is very electable. We’re fortunate to have him.” Patton is expected to be sworn in at 4 p.m. in the Union County Common Pleas Court, 215 W. Fifth St., Marysville.

4 named finalists for Marysville administrator post By LIN RICE ThisWeek Community Newspapers

portunity to serve as city council president, and it’s going to be really tough to cross to the other side. But I’ve heard you all loud and clear: This is the mayor (whose example) I need to follow,” Gore said, nodding to Schmenk. Marysville’s charter outlines the procedure for replacing a mayor who leaves midterm. Schmenk decided to leave the parttime position earlier this year after accepting

Marysville’s search for a new city administrator has been narrowed to four applicants, including several familiar faces from central Ohio. Mayor John Gore said the field of applicants had been narrowed from more than 35 people on April 13. “There were several phone conversations and a few face-toface meetings,” Gore said. “These are the four that we felt could bring the most to our community.” The four finalists include Gerry Cotter, Terry Emery, Cheryl Nester and Allen Rothermel. Gore said a committee comprising himself, council president Nevin Taylor, former mayor Chris Schmenk (as a citizen representative), human-resources director Brian Dostanko, Union County Chamber of Commerce CEO Eric Phillips and county commissioner Gary Lee would interview the four candidates. “We want to make sure we select the right person, so we’re not in a hurry,” Gore said. “If for some reason things don’t work out with these four, there are still many quality applicants we can interview.” Cotter is a former Genoa Township trustee and former assistant counsel for the Waterfront Commission of the New York/New Jersey port district.

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Marysville clerk of council Connie Patterson hugs council president John Gore prior to his swearing-in ceremony as the new mayor following the council meeting April 14.

Gore takes oath as mayor By LIN RICE ThisWeek Community Newspapers

A standing-room-only crowd filled Marysville City Hall on April 14 to say goodbye to mayor Chris Schmenk and to welcome the city’s new mayor, John Gore. Gore was sworn in following his last meeting as city council president. He was surrounded by his extended family as he took the oath of office, with his daughter, Sara, holding the Bible and daughter, Mary,

administering the oath. The council thanked Schmenk for her three years of service as mayor, presenting to her a key to the city. “I wish the best of luck and good wishes to Mr. Gore,” Schmenk said. “This has been a joyful transition of leadership.” Gore thanked Schmenk for including him in the daily business of the city over the past several weeks, to make for a smoother transition. “This is the eighth time I’ve had the op-

May 3 election to decide fire service, swimming pool, school issues By LIN RICE ThisWeek Community Newspapers

Union County voters will decide several issues (but no candidates) in the May 3 election, including fire protection for Jerome Township, a new mu-

nicipal pool for Plain City and a renewal levy for the Jonathan Alder Local School District. Jonathan Alder residents will decide whether to approve a renewal 0.75-percent income tax on earned income, for a period of five years, beginning Janu-

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Marysville City Council president and incoming mayor John Gore presents outgoing mayor Chris Schmenk with a proclamation and a key to the city as council member Tracy Richardson looks on during the council meeting April 14.

Gore sworn in as Marysville mayor Continued from page A1 a position with the Ohio Department of Development. The city council president assumes the role of mayor until the current term expires, which will be at the end of this year. Gore, who also works as director of the Union County Department of Job & Family Services, said he would be available as mayor by 4 p.m. each day and by appointment through administrative assistant Chris Moder. His first act as mayor, he said, will be to appoint an interim village administrator, adding that he would announce his selection to city staff April 18. He added that in an effort to foster good communications with residents, he would schedule “coffee with the mayor” sessions from 9 a.m. to noon the third Saturday of each month, beginning in May at city hall. In addition to the transfer of leadership, city council took several important actions during the April 14 meeting. The council voted unanimously to accept collective-bargaining agreements with both the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge

171 for years 2011-2013 and with the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 3032 through June 30, 2013. Both agreements call for no increase in salaries for union members in the next two years, with a 3-percent salary increase in the third year. That freeze applies only to cost-ofliving increases; the employees still will receive their annual step increases for tenure. Councilman Nevin Taylor thanked both bargaining units for their efforts. “To the professionals in the back of the room, as the finance chairman, as a citizen of Marysville, I want to thank you for understanding the idea of teamwork. It’s been a definite improvement with the atmosphere for the rest of our city employees,” Taylor said. Council also voted 6-1 to deliver an invocation at the beginning of each city council meeting, with council member Deb Groat casting the dissenting vote. The idea has been discussed in council committees for several months, generating community interest over whether adding a prayer to the meeting is appropriate.

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Continued from page A1 repairs needed for county roads would be funded, was never reached. “York Township and Union County actions and correspondence clearly established local officials harbored concerns about the necessary infrastructure improvements with the facility’s entrance relocated to (Route 47),” the report states. “No evidence suggested the York Township trustees and the Union County commissioners submitted final recommendations regarding necessary infrastructure improvements utilizing the access route on Route 47.” Though the debate over Hi-Q’s request has gone on for several years, its footprint in the county would be significant. Hi-Q proposes to construct 15 layer houses with 400,000 layers each, for a total capacity of 6 million chickens, on a site at 22450 Davis Road, West Mansfield, in York Township and the Upper Scioto Watershed. Qualified as a Major Concentrated Animal Feeding Facility (MCAFF), the report states, the farm would create 60-80 permanent jobs in Ohio and annually purchase about six million bushels of locally grown corn. County engineer Jeff Stauch, who provided testimony along with county prosecutor Dave Phillips to the ODA in December, said the report is good news. “We are very pleased that the hearing examiner has recommended denial of the permit,” Stauch said. “I truly felt that our testimony during the hearing was very comprehensive, and it is clear in his summary that our road concerns were understood and were valid. We certainly hope that the director concurs with the recommendation.” ODA public information officer Bill Schwaderer said the report was filed with ODA’s legal department on April 13. Copies were mailed to Hi-Q’s legal rep-

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The Hi-Q timeline Continued from page A1 ommendations from the Union County Commissioners, York Township Board of Trustees, or Union County Engineer relating to roads and/or infrastructure improvements.” Aug. 17, 2009: ODA issues written notice to Hi-Q that as a MCAFF applicant, it was required to obtain written confirmation forms from the township and county. Sept. 28, 2009: ODA receives a letter from the county engineer’s office, citing concerns with the infrastructure, notwithstanding the change in access. Aug. 25, 2010: ODA issues to Hi-Q notice of proposed denial of its PTI and PTO applications. Dec. 14, 2010: County officials and Hi-Q representatives state their case to ODA in a three-day hearing following the August 25 notice. April 13, 2011: ODA publishes findings and conclusions from the earlier hearing, recommending denial of the permits.

resentation, and Hi-Q has 10 days from receiving the letter to submit written objections to Zehringer. “At that time, director Zehringer will review the report and recommendation and written objections (if submitted) and will issue his final order,” Schwaderer said. Attorney Kevin Braig, who represents Hi-Q, said on April 14 that he has received that correspondence. “The recommendation is dis-

appointing, and we are studying it and will determine what the appropriate future steps should be at a later date, consistent with the process,” Braig said. “Hi-Q has made no determination as to what it will do next.” Whatever Zehringer’s final decision might be, the company would have the option of appealing the final order to the Environmental Review Appeals Commission, Schwaderer said.

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Marysville, Plain City awarded Safe Routes grants By LIN RICE ThisWeek Community Newspapers

Between Marysville and Plain City, nearly $900,000 in grants soon will be available to make the two communities safer for children to travel to school. Both communities recently were selected as grant recipients through the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)’s ‘Safe Routes to School’ program. Marysville has been awarded a $412,000 grant, and Plain City has been awarded a grant for $460,000. “It’s absolutely wonderful,” Plain City Mayor Sandra Adkins said. “This is something that we’ve looked at for several years.” Marysville city engineer Valerie Klingman agreed. “We think that this is fabulous for our city,” she said. “The letter we received from ODOT says the ‘sale’ date of the grant is March

of 2013, so right now we’re setting up a project meeting with ODOT. Other than the letter announcing that we are receiving the grant, we haven’t received any other details yet.” Safe Routes to School is a federal, state and local effort to enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school, along with making those forms of travel safe and appealing to them, according to ODOT. The program is intended to assist communities in developing and implementing programs that facilitate walking and bicycling to school. Since 2005, about $32 million has been awarded to Ohio communities through the program. Adkins said the funding would be used to make needed improvements before the opening of Plain City’s new elementary school. “The project will include such

things as sidewalks, crosswalks and lights, multi-use paths and curb ramps,” Adkins said. “The village is excited for the coming improvements and for the increased ability to keep children safe as they travel back and forth to the new elementary school on South Chillicothe Street.” Village administrator Steve Hilbert said some specific improvements would include South Chillicothe Street sidewalks (both sides), Lantern Street sidewalks (both sides), a segment of the East Main Street sidewalk (south side), three West Avenue pedestrian crossings and the Willow Creek Drive sidewalk (west side). Klingman said improvements in Marysville are planned for sidewalk improvements on North Maple Street, from the signal at Amrine Mill Road to Taylor Avenue. Funds also will be used for bicycle racks at the elementary schools; striping, signage and curb

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School board discusses cost-saving measures By JIM FISCHER ThisWeek Community Newspapers

Money — specifically, dwindling amounts of it via cuts in state funding for schools and decreases in tax revenue — is on the minds of members of the Marysville Board of Education. The board held a work session April 11 to address the issue, brainstorming ways the district might cut costs to narrow or eliminate the projected gap in revenue and expense. With the caveat by board president Jeff Mabee that “these are just ideas,” board members disJeff Mabee cussed a number of options to reduce costs. Members expressed neither support nor opposition to any of the suggestions, using the session simply to compile a list of potential cost-saving measures. They included various reductions in the school day, such as eliminating one period from the See SCHOOL BOARD, page A5

Early retirement option could save up to $1 million By JIM FISCHER ThisWeek Community Newspap

A recent early retirement contract-buyout option offered to staff by the Marysville Exempted Village School District could net the district more than $1 million in annual savings starting in fiscal year 2013. Actual savings would be dependent on the salaries paid to replacement staff and administrative decisions on exactly which and how many staff members to replace. Treasurer Cindy Ritter told ThisWeek the anticipated annual savings of $996,877 starting in FY 2012 and $84,187 in FY 2013 are “conservative estimates.” The option, offered over the next two years, was elected by 23 staff members for the end of the 2011 school year and 12 for the following school year. They include 13 teachers, nine classified/support staff and Bunsold Middle School assistant principal Stephen Knox in 2011 and 10 teachers, one support staff and Raymond principal Donna Ball in 2012. Superintendent Larry Zimmerman said as many as 18 of the 22 positions from the first year could go unfilled. “The problem is, when you operate at a pretty base level, when you reduce from that, there are tough decisions,” Zimmerman told board members April 11. “I’ve never, in all my time here, recommended we move forward with 18 fewer positions. That’s pretty Larry Zimmerman significant.”

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School board discusses cost-saving measures Continued from page A4 high school’s eight-period day and shortening the school day districtwide; eliminating high school busing; eliminating or reducing certain aide and other positions; implementing energy controls; increasing fees or reducing costs to make extracurricular activities cost neutral to the district; and closing Raymond Elementary School and redistricting students. All discussed savings were estimates. Some compensation issues also were broached, including a budget freeze that would include step increases and annual raises for staff; not increasing benefits; and adjustments to insurance premiums. Board member Doug Lassiter reiterated his hope that the board might discuss broader changes

to teacher compensation through a restructuring of the district’s salary schedule. Lassiter said he sees Doug Lassiter this as a way to make more significant savings given the portion of the district’s budget — about 85 percent — devoted to compensation. “I think it’s important to get the (Marysville Education Association) together with the finance committee,” Lassiter said. “I’d like there to be a commitment to get something scheduled.” “Superintendent Larry Zimmerman said that some of those discussions would be impacted by the implementation of Senate Bill 5 recently signed by Gov. John Kasich, which, among other

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Participants sought for beautification program By LIN RICE ThisWeek Community Newspapers

Marysville is preparing to show off some of the city’s most attractive homes and gardens this spring. Organizers are seeking participants for the second annual Marysville Beautification Program, which honors city residents whose home exteriors particularly shine. “The idea is to give people a sense of accomplishment and pride in being a part of their community,” committee member Eric Moulton said. “We’re looking for homes and gardens that build pride and beautification in the community.” Marysville residents can enter the competition themselves or nominate one of their neighbors, Moulton said. “The emphasis will be on the residents’gardens as well as their exterior, as in how their plants tie into the architecture they have,” he said.

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Entrants will be judged on first impression (general effect and overall curb appearance, backyard landscape included), selection and placement of materials along with use of color and texture, originality of design (layout, form and function), and whether the improvements maintain and enhance the overall architectural character and integrity of the property. “Individuals can not only register for themselves, but if they have neighbors who do an exceptional job, they can promote those people and their properties as well,”

Moulton said. Applications fall into several categories, considered either “property enhancement” or “beautifully maintained” for either residential or business properties. One winner will be chosen per city ward in each category, along with one business owner per category for businesses citywide. Applicants must use their own resources for the improvements (home improvements, painting, gardening, flower beds, etc.). Moulton said this year’s beautification program winners will be recognized by Marysville City Council and will receive a plaque for their gardens. Applications for the Beautification Program can be obtained on the website, www. marysvilleohio.org. The applications and photos of the properties must be submitted by May 31 to City of Marysville, Office of the Clerk of Council, 125 E. Sixth St., Marysville, Ohio 43040.

May 3 election to decide fire service, swimming pool, school issues Continued from page A1 voter approval would enable the fire division to maintain its current level of service, including four-firefighter-per-day staffing, fund a part-time position by late 2012 and restore a second medic unit to service by late 2012, along with restoring rescue services for vehicle crashes. “The quality of fire and EMS service we provide will be directly impacted by our success in May,” French said. “Since Jan. 1, 40 percent of the time we have not been able to bring the Jaws of Life to car crashes. We must rely on mutual aid, resulting in longer time to extricate and reach care.” The township’s fire budget projects a deficit of $84,000 beginning in fiscal year 2015. French said that while turnout for the township’s open houses to discuss the levy has been light, two more open houses remain before the election. Those meetings will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 17, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at the Jerome Township Fire Station, 9689 Route 42 North, Plain City.

In Plain City, residents will decide whether to fund the construction of a new outdoor swimming pool, including related facilities and site improvements. The bond issue calls for an additional 1.62 mills to be collected for 28 years, beginning in 2011 and first due in 2012. Village administrator Steve Hilbert said that if approved, the new pool would be constructed in Pastime Park, the same location as the village’s old pool, which was closed last summer. “The current pool was built in the late 1950s, and it had an upgrade in 1980, but it’s just beyond repair,” Hilbert said. “We put together a pool committee of local residents, which surveyed the community. They felt the community would support a levy for a new pool, and the committee recommended to village council that the issue be put on the ballot.” Passage of the levy would result in a property tax increase of about $50 per $100,000 of assessed property valuation, Hilbert said. The total estimated cost of the pool is $2.02 million, he added, including related facilities and site improvements but not operating costs.

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Swing Into Spring includes scooter judging, a poker run, midget car exhibitions, and a generally family-friendly atmosphere, he said. “You’ll see a lot of scooters for sale or swap, both older and newer bikes — we don’t really differentiate,” he said. “There will be a lot of restored and original scooters for the show, and we have eight classes for trophies, including bicycles, with ‘people’s choice’ voting.” This year’s event will also include a riding tour of the county and a scooter cruise through the streets of Plain City on Thursday, Losekamp said. Friday afternoon will include a free hot dog dinner for those in attendance, with “all the trimmings,” he added. The Swing Into Spring event is open to the public. Pastime Park is located at 380 N. Chillicothe St., Plain City. More information about the event can be found online at www.midohioclassicscooters.com.

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Motor scooter and bicycle enthusiasts will arrive in Plain City in a few weeks, when the village hosts the 16th annual Swing Into Spring motor scooter swap meet and bicycle show. Approximately 2,000 scooter- and bike-riders will make their way through Plain City’s Pastime Park May 5-7, village administrator Steve Hilbert said. “It’s a really good group of people who put this on — everyone at the event is always really friendly and it has a typical carnival-style atmosphere,” Hilbert said. “We started the Swing Into Spring in a high school parking lot in Pataskala and outgrew that spot on the first day,” organizer Tom Losekamp said. “Ever since then, we’ve been in Plain City.”

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The Marysville boys club lacrosse team already has surpassed its win total from last year’s inaugural season. The Narwhals finished 1-9 overall last season, beating the Springfield club team 12-6 for its lone victory. Marysville lost to Delaware 15-3 in the first round of the postseason club tournament. Marysville opened this season by winning its first two games, defeating the Clinton County Crusaders 16-1 on March 26 and Wilmington 9-8 on April 2. Marysville then lost three consecutive games to Columbus City Schools (7-6 on April 5), Bexley (18-4 on April 9) and Pickerington Central (15-6 on April 11) and was 2-3 heading into games against Parma Heights Holy Name and host Parma Padua on April 16. “We’re definitely playing harder and competing more this year than we did last year,” coach Art Baschnagel said. Marysville returns several key players in senior Gage Barton (midfield), juniors Tyler Blumenschein (defense), Anthony Falzarano (attack) and Tyler Miller (midfield) and sophomore Adam Capuano (attack). Barton attends Fairbanks High School, while Blumenschein transferred from Marysville to North Union before the school year. Capuano is Baschnagel’s stepson. All five players will serve as captains. Capuano, who scored six goals against Clinton County, led the team in scoring through five games with 15 goals and six assists. Falzarano had seven goals and four assists. “We have a lot of strength up front with our attack and midfield,” Falzarano said. “Our defense is really good. There’s a general mood on the team that we want to be a lot more competitive and get a couple wins this year.” Junior Kyle Thirkield and sophomore Alec Todd are the goalkeepers. Junior Zach Hamilton (attack) is another returning starter. With Barton being the lone senior, the future looks bright for the Narwhals. Other juniors are Grant Barnhorse (midfield), Ethan Joseph (midfield), Austin Rine (defense), Dakota Romine (defense), Jared Spyker (midfield), Ben Stanseski (defense), Jordan Tank (attack), Lam Tse

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Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Marysville baseball, softball, boys tennis and track & field teams: BASEBALL *April 8 — Lost to Olentangy 13-3 in five innings *April 11 — Game vs. Olentangy postponed because of bad weather *April 13 — Defeated Westerville Central 5-4 *April 14 — Lost to Olentangy 10-0 in six innings. *April 15 — Played Westerville Central April 16 — Played Gahanna (DH) *April 18 — At Westerville South *April 20 — Home vs. Westerville South April 23 — Hays-Hoehn Tournament at home Of note: The Monarchs were 7-4 overall and 2-3 in the OCC before April 15. SOFTBALL *April 8 — Def. Westerville Central 63. Kelsey Wirtz pitched a complete game. She allowed 12 hits, struck out

(defense) and Justis Williams (defense). Sophomores Logan Brown (midfield), Joey Cunningham

three and walked one. Rachael Mullaney had two hits and two RBI. April 9 — Lost to DeSales 3-0 and Hilliard Darby 2-1 *April 11 — Game vs. Westerville South postponed because of bad weather *April 13 — Def. Dublin Jerome 15-3 in five innings. Wirtz allowed five hits and struck out four. Mullaney had two hits and four RBI. *April 14 — Def. Westerville South 51. Cori Long allowed three hits and struck out five. Kasi Sepeda had four hits. *April 15 — Played Westerville North April 16 — Played Watkins Memorial and Canal Winchester *April 18 — At Dublin Scioto April 19 — At Delaware *April 20 — Home vs. Liberty Of note: The Monarchs were 8-3 overall and 5-0 in the OCC before April 14. BOYS TENNIS April 8 — Lost to Jonathan Alder 3-2. Winners were Joe Highton at first singles 6-4, 6-3 and Jordan Cox at second singles 2-6, 7-5, 6-2 *April 12 — Match against Westerville Central postponed April 13 — Def. Marion Harding 5-0.

Winners were Highton at first singles 6-0, 6-1; Cox at second singles 5-7, 75, 6-1; Daniel Gibson at third singles 6-2, 6-1; Zach McGuire and Mitch Woodruff at first doubles 6-0, 6-3 and Matt Bell and Alex Miller at second doubles 6-2, 6-1. *April 14 — Lost to Westerville South 3-2. Winners were Highton at first singles 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 and Bell and Miller at second doubles 7-5, 6-1 April 18 — At Buckeye Valley *April 19 — Home vs. Dublin Jerome April 21 — Home vs. Hilliard Darby Of note: The Monarchs are 3-2 overall and 1-2 in the OCC-Cardinal. TRACK & FIELD April 9 — Boys: Finished seventh (49) in Stingel Invitational at Pickerington North, behind first-place Lancaster (106); Girls: Finished 13th (9) at Stingel Invitational, behind first-place Pickerington Central (117.5) April 13 — Boys: Def. Westerville South 107-30; Girls: Def. Westerville South 81-45 April 15 — Competed at Bellefontaine April 19 — Home vs. Dublin Jerome April 23 — Piqua Invitational *OCC-Cardinal contest

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their season before participating in the football workouts. For spring sport coaches such as A.J. Auld of the Dublin Jerome High School boys lacrosse program, the OHSAA’s unanimous rejection relieves the continuing pressure for prep athletes to specialize. “I encourage my guys to be multisport athletes because it’s good for a number of reasons,” Auld said. “I know the OHSAA promotes all sports and not just football. If they approved this, why would they just allow one sport to be able to do that? Why wouldn’t they allow basketball to do it? I have

a good relationship with the football coach at Jerome, and us sharing players has been mutually beneficial. I know I can’t simulate the intensity (during a practice) that one of my players can have going up against one of their rivals on a Friday night, and the same is true in the other direction.” For others such as Brookhaven’s Steve Ayers, the OHSAA’s decision to deny the proposal was “kind of disappointing.” In its official release, the OHSAA cited “concerns over the impact it would have on other spring sports, as well as the requests that would come from

other sports.” The OHSAA indicated, however, that it is examining the possibility of expanding the 10 days of coaching currently permitted over the summer in all team sports. Some of the nation’s most recruited football states, including California, Florida and Texas, are among those that have some format that includes spring football practice. “We really don’t get that many days in the summer,” said Ayers, who is an assistant football coach with the See OHSAA, page A10


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Photo of the week HE SHOOTS AND SOARS — Westerville Central senior Jake Marburger goes airborne to shoot between Westerville South seniors Brandon Boll and Nick Snyder (23) on April 8. Marburger scored one goal as the Warhawks beat the Wildcats 9-5.

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fident. I remember when I started high jumping in the seventh grade I didn’t think I was very LARRY good at all, LARSON but my coaches said I had lots of promise. When I started track in the ninth grade, I added the long jump because I loved watching my older teammates compete in it. “My success in the long jump hasn’t come as easy, but that challenges me even more. I have a long stride, which helps me in the long jump and I actually like it better than the high jump, but I’m not as skilled at it.” A year ago, Preacher high jumped 7 feet in a meet at Mifflin. He said he owes all his positive results to his coach, Steve Ayers. “My coach has prepared me so well for track,” Preacher said. “He has made me do a ton of conditioning and it takes a lot more running than you would think to excel at both the high jump and the long jump.” Ayers said Preacher works hard at his craft. “Nigel has a very good work ethic. He trains hard and his willingness to be great is what makes him a good jumper,” Ayers said. “The experience that Nigel had last year at the state championship meet has helped him a lot. There are many kids who freeze up under that kind of pressure and Nigel embraced that situation and took his (natural) ability and used it.” Preacher, whose twin brother, Aryton, is one of the top sprinters in central Ohio, said the more pressure he faces, the better he competes.

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sity and junior varsity teams this season. “We’d like to see a win in tournament play this season,” Baschnagel said. “We’re getting to the point where we might be strong enough to do that depending on how the field lays out. We’re also very confident that we’ll be able to pick up a couple more wins throughout the season.” The program also began a girls lacrosse program this season. The high school club team is coached by Amanda Warner, a math teacher at Marysville. The girls team lost to Westerville South 21-5 on April 11 to fall to 0-2.

club program eventually becomes affiliated with Marysville High School. Home games are played at the Union County Joint Recre- BOYS LACROSSE ation District Complex, locat- March 26 — vs. Clinton County ed on County Home Road in Crusaders April 2 — vs. Wilmington Marysville. April 5 — at Columbus City Schools “It doesn’t frustrate me,” April 9 — at Bexley Baschnagel said of playing at April 11 — vs. Pickerington Central the club level. “It takes a little April 16 — at Parma Padua with Parma Heights Holy Name while. Most programs you’re April 19 — at Johnstown looking at four, five years to April 23 — at Dayton get into the schools. My biggest April 29 — vs. Delaware 30 — at Watterson goal is having a youth and mid- April May 6 — vs. Big Walnut dle school structured program, May 10 — at Wellington so that we have experience May 11 — vs. Columbus City Schools when we get to the high school and we can then compete at the had about 25 players last season. Baschnagel said there are fdirenna@thisweeknews.com highest level.” The high school club team about 50 players between var- www.ThisWeekSPORTS.com

“I really love it when I know I have great competitors against me. It always makes me want to jump higher and higher,” he said. “I love the atmosphere at big track meets and I love the excitement that the crowds bring. I know I clown around a lot of times, but I used to be a real quiet kid and with this success in track it has bumped my personality up and it has made me much more confident in everything I do. Track has really made a difference for both Aryton and myself. We are lucky to have it in our lives.” I’ll see you at a meet. Larry Larson is a former athletics director at Grandview High School. He can be heard as “Mr. High School Sports” on WTVN 610 AM.

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Early season track meets can be a challenge for high school athletes. There usually is the issue of getting back in competition mode, and the weather certainly can be a factor. The Watkins Memorial Icebreaker Invitational was held the first weekend of the spring sports season and it lived up to its name with temperatures in the 30s. But the cold seemed to have no effect on Brookhaven senior standout Nigel Preacher, who won the high jump at 6 feet, 9 inches and the long jump with an effort of 21-10. How good was that performance? The 6-9 would have won the Division I state title last spring, and the 21-10 would have been seventh-best at state. Preacher followed his sterling opening performance by high jumping 6-8 the next weekend in the Wildcat Premier at Hilliard Davidson. “My early season success has surprised me some because I hadn’t jumped a whole lot entering the competition,” said Preacher, who was third in the high jump (6-7) and 11th in the long jump (21-4 3/4) at state last year. “My goal this year is rather simple. I want to get the gold medal in the high jump at the state (meet) and I want to place in the long jump.” Preacher, who moved to Columbus a year ago after attending Pontiac Northern High School near Detroit, said his attitude toward jumping is kind of unusual, but it works for him. “Most jumpers are way more serious in competition and practice than I am,” he said. “I actually think I am kind of a goofball and joke around more than I should, but my relaxed attitude seems to help me under pressure and my success, especially in the high jump, has made me much more self-con-

al from the soccer coaches association to expand the girls soccer state tournament from two divisions to three beginning this fall. Girls soccer surpassed the 501-team benchmark during 2010. Twenty-three teams from the Central District competed in Division II last fall, producing one district champion. Although the OHSAA has not announced breakdowns by division, teams such as Worthington Christian (116 girls) and Wellington (77 girls) likely would be among those that would drop to Division III. Worthington Christian was seeded third for the district tournament and Wellington was seeded eighth last fall. “That gives us a better chance once we get into the tournament,” Worthington Christian athletics director Kevin Weakley said of his team’s likely drop. “The challenge in Division II is that there are a lot bigger schools than us in it like Bexley and Hartley. When we made the jump to Division III with the boys, it helped us significantly.” Another effect of the increase in divisions is that schools such as DeSales and Watterson as well as some Columbus City Schools would drop from Division I to II. DeSales and Watterson have been perennial powers in boys soccer while competing in Division II, but neither school got past the district semifinal round while competing in Division I in girls soccer last fall.

Bearcats and the school’s head coach for wrestling and boys track and field. “Down south they all have spring football, and as a state it kind of puts us behind. It seems like another thing to hold us back. We kind of felt good that they were thinking about it. When coaches collaborate, they can work it out.” Among the reasons the OHSFCA created the proposal was a concern regarding AAU flag football programs and their influence on OHSAAsponsored football. In addition, it cited a lack of opportunity for Ohio high school football players to display their skills to college coaches during the May recruiting period. “I know a lot of people might be against it, but obviously I’m a football coach and I’m also a football fan,” Dublin Coffman football coach Mark Crabtree said. “Anything that can be done to promote the sport of football I’m in favor of doing. During the last two weeks of May, most of our players are doing absolutely nothing unless they’re competing in a regional tournament in their spring sport, and those are the kinds of athletes that we’d want to be competing at that time. “Football is the one sport that gets the short end of the stick because all of the other sports you can do year-round in some form. We’re limited the most, yet it’s the biggest sport with fans and them being fanatical about it.” julrey@thisweeknews.com •The OHSAA voted 6-3 to approve a propos- www.ThisWeekSPORTS.com

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