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Grigsby is officially city manager City Council unanimously approved an ordinance as an emergency, immediately appointing the 21-year Dublin employee to the city manager position v acated when Terry Foegler left the post after 18 months for a job with Ohio State University. As city manager, Grigsby will collect an annual base salary of $180,000 with the usual benefits. Council also offered Marsha Grigsby her a longevity incentive for three years

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After filling in three times as interim city manager, Dublin’s longtime finance director Marsha Grigsby has taken the position permanently. On Monday, Dublin

and Mayor Tim Lecklider said it was included “because Marsha is eligible to retire” soon. Council member Marilee ChinniciZuercher said Grigsby is a good choice to lead the city because “when you have a financial position, you really get to see the whole enterprise.” Grigsby thanked council for the chance to lead the city. “From a professional standpoint you

couldn’t ask for a better opportunity,” she said. Dublin originally welcomed Grigsby to the city as the assistant finance director in 1989. She was promoted to director of finance in 1991. Lecklider said a reception to celebrate Grigsby’s appointment is planned for Jan. 24. Council also unanimously approved incentives for the tech-startup business

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People mill around the base of the Dublin Christmas tree after it was lighted Thursday, Dec. 2. The tree is in front of Indian Run Elementary School. For more pictures, see page B1.

The Dublin police are hoping people will carefully consider how to choose their ride. The police department’s new campaign “Choose Your Ride … Don’t Drink and Drive” is taking aim at drunken driving and hoping to reduce incidents through education and consideration of consequences. “It goes back to our key mission,” said Lt. John DeJarnette. “Our mission is to reduce crime, reduce accidents and prepare for critical incidents.” OVI, or the charge of operating a vehicle while impaired, is a first-degree misdemeanor. DeJarnette said the maximum penalty for the first offense is six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. OVI also has contributed to Dublin’s number of traffic crashes, DeJarnette said. “It’s all for the greater good of keeping people safe,” he said. “We want people to have a good time, but do it safely.” Last year Dublin police officers made 133 OVI arrests, but DeJarnette said there has been a “significant increase” this year. “For this year so f ar we have 167 OVI arrests and we’ve still got a month to go,” he said. The “Choose Your Ride” campaign will target people while they’re at Dublin’s drinking establishments; DeJarnette, said the task is to get people to think about how they’re getting home. “We wanted to partner with area bars to try to promote getting a safe way home,” he said. “If you’re going to go out and have a beverage, think about how you’ll get home. This is just another strategy to reduce crashSee POLICE TO TRY, page A2

Christine Wilson Foundation

Fundraiser moves from Dublin to Capitol Theater the Capitol Theater. The foundation was started in 2003 after Christine Wilson died in a house A Dublin-based charity’ s annual fire near Ohio State University campus. fundraiser has a new home in Downtown The Wilson family banded together with Columbus. friends and neighbors to honor her memThe Christine Wilory. son Foundation, which Mark King, the Wilson’s next-door raises money for the neighbor, composed an album of ChristChild and Family Admas music in her honor, which he’s pervocacy Center at Chilformed at a public concert every year. dren’s Hospital, is King, who is also a member of the moving its Christine’s foundation’s board, said the move to the Christmas concert to Christine Wilson Capitol Theater could expand the con-

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ThisWeek Community Newspapers At Monday’s city council meeting, developer Charles Ruma talked about his “Home for Hope” project that is being constructed in Tartan West. The home will be built around cancer prevention, Ruma said, with a kitchen focused on preparation of organic food, a home gym and garden.

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‘Home O CHRISTMAS TREE for Hope’ comes to Dublin A home broke ground in Dublin on Monday. It could produce lots of money for cancer research. At Monday’s city council meeting, developer Charles Ruma talked about his “Home for Hope” project that is being constructed in Tartan West. Ruma, president of Virginia Homes, told council members he was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2006. After treatment at the James Cancer Hospital at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, Ruma said he’s cancer-free. “In 2006…I decided to build a home and donate the money to the James and (cancer) research,” he said Monday. The home will be built around cancer prevention, Ruma said, with a kitchen focused on preparation of organic food, a home gym and garden. “We’ve kicked the project off,” he said. “I’m excited to get on with (it).” According to Ruma, 90 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the 3,100-square-foot home will go to The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. The remaining 10 percent will go to the LanceArmstrong Foundation. “I’d like to thank you as a fellow cancer survi vor,” council member John Reiner said. Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher echoed Reiner’s comments and said she was happy to see the home being built in Dublin. “I hope your colleagues will also follow suit,” she said. Ruma said several contractors are offering free labor for the project because their lives have been touched by cancer. “I had a goal of $100,000,” he said. “I hope to reach that.” The home is expected to be auc-

FlyMuch on Monday. According to economic development administrator, Colleen Gilger, Dublin is offering FlyMuch a four-year, 18-percent performance incentive on income tax withholdings collected by the city to operate in Dublin for five years and create 30 jobs. “It’s also considered our local match,”

cert’s reach. “We’ve gotten some really incredible encouragement from a group of around 450 people who seem to come every year,” King said. “They’ve communicated to us through e-mails,phone calls and casual discussions on the street that this is something that everybody needs to have access to.” The concert was originally held in the Weigel Auditorium at the OSU School of Music, a 750-seat venue, but a schedSee FUNDRAISER, page A5

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Police to try education to combat drunken driving Continued from page A1 es and keep people safe.” According to DeJarnette, 80 to 90 percent of bars in Dublin agreed to hang posters that were produced after a photo shoot with Schoedinger Funeral Home and Yellow Cab of Columbus. “Imagine yourself out and you see a poster that depicts a stern police officer, a friendly cabbie and an undertaker and a hearse,” he said. “Hopefully that will wake

you up to think how am I going to get home? Should I call somebody? I don’t want to get an OVI and I don’t want to hurt somebody or hurt myself. It should get people to think while they’re out enjoying themselves.” Yellow Cab donated a limited number of vouchers that DeJarnette said will be used “if we get somebody that has no other way home.” Response from local b usinesses was good, DeJarnette said,

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We have a wide variety of different themes such as: Sports ● Hobbies ● Professions ● Music ● Graduation ● Weddings ● Engagements ● Expecting Mothers ● Baby ● Elves ● Santas ● Snowmen ● Armed Forces ● Irish ● Dogs & Cats ● Families of All Sizes ... and lots more! Personalized ornaments will delight everyone on your Christmas list ... start a collection for each child & family member and add to it each year!

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Dublin residents stepped up last year to help about 200 local families in need, and Welcome Warehouse officals hope to see that repeated. Adopt-a-Family program director Christy Birkholz said Welcome Warehouse would work hard to get donations for every family that requests help celebrating the holidays. The Adopt-A-Family program run through Welcome Warehouse last year saw a 100-percent increase over 2008 and Birkholz said they’ll likely be at the same levels this year. “The number is changing daily. We have families that are continuing to be referred to the program daily,” she said. “I think we’ll be

close to the same number we had last year.” Dublin City Schools officals make referrals to the Adopt-AFamily program, which provides Christmas gifts and grocery gift cards for families temporarily in need. “Dublin City Schools guidance counselors have been very helpful and gracious to the community. They know the students so well so they are the means of referral,” Birkholz said. The economy was blamed for last year’s increased need, and Birkholz said it continues to bring families of all kinds to seek help from Welcome Warehouse. “We have such a range in people who need assistance. People we help may be in a home bigger than our own,” Birkholz said, adding that unemployment or

medical problems are often contributing factors. “They may not be able to provide for the holidays or everyday necessary things,” she said. “In this economy even selling a home is a challenge, which is what may be their situation. The range of help is definitely large, but it’s for anyone who is in temporary need.” Welcome Warehouse was able to help about 200 families last year through the Adopt-A-Family program because of monetary donations and adoptions. “I think the support has been really good so far, but we still need some families to be adopted,” said Lisa Arledge-Powell, who hanSee WELCOME, page A7

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Neighbors in the news Dublin residents fare well in gingerbread competition Dublin residents took home tw o prizes in the Franklin Park Conservatory’s fourth annual gingerbread competition. The competition received more than 25 entries in four categories. First, second and third place prizes were awarded to gingerbread creations in each category. The Donnelly family finished first in the fam-

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Two buildings at the Ashland Inc. Dublin campus at 5200 Blazer Parkway received Energy Stsr awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week. The buildings that house administrative offices for the chemical company received awards from the U.S. EPA that can be earned by businesses, schools, churches and hospitals for energy efficiencies. “In the early 1990s, Ashland’s Office and Building Services department began many efforts to reduce energy usage and improve sustainability on the Dublin campus,” Ashland’s director of facility services Michael Cornett said in a news release. “Energy efficient lighting, high efficiency equipment and better build-

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Fundraiser moves from Dublin to Capitol Theater Continued from page A1 uling conflict for the event’s postconcert reception venue led the board to mo ve it to Dublin Jerome High School a few years ago. “It’s a fantastic facility, and of course very convenient for the core of our audience,” King said. Since the move to Dublin, the reception has been held at Tartan Fields and Muirfield Country Club, which meant a 10minute drive to the reception. Now Christine’s Christmas is returning to Columbus, in a building with 950 seats and enough room to host the reception on site. “Moving downtown to the Capitol Theater gives us the opportunity to have a nice party at a great time of year right at the venue,” King said. “There’s a very big lobby that has huge win-

dows that overlook the statehouse. It’s the perfect venue for us and for an event like this.” A bigger venue means greater fundraising potential, which is definitely on the foundation’s mind. The first year the concert was held at Dublin Jerome, it raised $14,000. Last year , it raised $56,000. “We’re moving in a really positive direction,” King said. “We’re planning to grow things and continue to move it forward.” This year’s concert will feature the Dublin Jerome choirs, vocalists Denise Alexander and Willy Grove, Atlanta-based cellist Nathan Kufchak, local bass player Bradley Sowash and Capital University student drummer Ron Perks. “There are 906 seats, so we’re not going to be happ y until we have 906 people there,” King said, emphasizing that the con-

cert won’t be moving again any time soon. “We’re not going anywhere until we get those 906 seats filled.” Doors for the Christine’ s Christmas concert will open at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec 11, at the Capitol Theater in the Vern Riffe Center, 77 S. High St. The concert begins at 7 p.m. A reception — featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts and a cash bar, as well as a silent auction — will follow in the lobby. Tickets cost $75 for adults and $25 for students. Sponsorship opportunities are available, and sponsors are invited to an exclusive backstage champagne reception at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase online at giving.nationwidechildrens.org. For additional information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Rachel Heine at 614-3550810.

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COUNCIL NEWS Continued from page A1 tioned in June, 2011, Ruma said. In other council news, a $1-million contract for the first phase of improvements at Amberleigh Community Park was approved. According to the staff report, planned improvements to the park along the west side of the Scioto River will include an entry drive, parking lots, sidewalks, open-air plaza, shelter with restrooms, playground, open play area and landscaping. Council member Michael Keenan asked about

canoe access to the river at the park and Fred Hahn, director of parks and open space,said that is planned, possibly in the next phase of improvements. “It really is going to be a beautiful project,” he said. A $1.15-million land deal for the Emerald Parkway extension was also approved Monday. Dublin will purchase 9.563 acres of land south of Bright Road for the final extension of Emerald Parkway. It will connect the road from Riverside Drive to Hard Road. Other land will be needed to complete the project.

In brief OHS Theatre to feature Thomas Nast portrayal Echoes in Time Theatre will feature a presentation of “The Man Who Drew Santa Claus” Dec. 11 and 18 at the Ohio Historical Center, 1982 Velma Ave. Performances are scheduled for 1 and 3 p.m. Thomas Nast is credited with creating the popular image of Santa Claus. Nast w as also an influential political cartoonist who created the Republican elephant and the Democratic donkey. Nast will be portrayed by Ronald St. Pierre ofWest- Ronald St. Pierre portrays cartoonist Thomas Nast erville in a solo performance. in “The Man Who Drew Santa Claus,” to be staged The event is free with museum admission. Dec. 11 and 18 at the Ohio Historical Center.

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Community brief Dublin chamber collecting food and coats The Dublin Chamber of Commerce and its young professionals group, NextGen Dublin, are soliciting food and winter coats through Dec. 20. The chamber will take nonperishable food, gently used coats and monetary donations at its office at 129 South High Street from 9 a.m. to

5 p.m. Monday through Friday until Dec. 20. Donations can also be dropped off at any chamber or NextGen Dublin event. Food garnered in the collection will be given to the Dublin Food Pantry and coats will be donated to Welcome Warehouse after chamber member Dublin Cleaners cleans them. For information on donations or getting your workplace involved in the collection, call the chamber at 614-889-2001.

Welcome Warehouse seeking sponsors, donations Continued from page A3 dles communications for Welcome Warehouse. This year in addition to individuals and groups stepping up to help, Deer Run Elementary is adopting 23 families and Eli Pinney Elementary is adopting 22, Arledge-Powell said. “Dublin, Ohio, is a great place to live because whenever there is a need our community comes through to help with the need and

to me that is so awesome,� Birkholz said. “We may end up with the count continuing to rise and our community will continue to rise and meet that challenge.� With families in need expected to call up to the last minute, Birkholz said sponsors and monetary donations are still needed. “We are currently always in need of sponsors. We have lots of organizations and individuals that have graciously come back to support the Adopt-A-Family pro-

gram again, but we’re still in need of sponsors,� she said. “You can contribute monetarily or choose to sponsor or adopt a f amily. There’s no cut-off date. We will continue to find out about families in the community with need until the day before Christmas.� For more information on the Adopt-A-Family program or Welcome Warehouse, look online at welcomewarehouse.org. jnoblit@thisweeknews.com www.ThisWeekNews.com

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Katie Borden, a music teacher at Glacier Ridge Elementary School, leads children from Deer Run and Glacier Ridge elementary schools as they sing carols during the tree-lighting ceremony held in front of Indian Run Elementary School on Thursday, Dec. 2.

Tree-lighting ceremony

(Right) Santa Claus arrives in Dublin to turn on the lights for the city’s Christmas tree. (Above) After lighting the Christmas tree, Santa welcomes his next visitor at the Dublin Branch of the Metropolitan Library. The library had treats and activities available for children as they waited to see Santa.

(Top) Rudolph the tallest reindeer, also known as Kevin Chao, high-fives people as they head into the library to have their pictures taken with Santa after the tree-lighting ceremony. (Above) Mayor Tim Lecklider gets ready to introduce Santa Claus. (Left) Lara Ledvina, the music teacher at Deer Run Elementary School, leads a combined choir of both Deer Run and Glacier Ridge elementary school students as they sing Christmas carols.


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DCS program opens professional doors to students By EMMA STRUPP ThisWeek Community Newspapers

Students from Dublin’s three high schools said thanks to more than 50 companies last week. On Dec. 3 students,teachers, mentors, administrators and parents packed into the banquet hall at The Golf Club of Dublin to celebrate the mentors’ involvement in the Young Professionals’ Academy, or YPA. High school juniors and seniors in the program were placed in internships across central Ohio that ranged from the city of Dublin’s Engineering Department and OSU’s Gynecologic Oncology Medicine to the Washington Township Fire Department and OSU Large Animal Services. The selection process forYPA was held last spring by teacher Karen Harriman, who started the program, and alumni of the program. Thirty students from all three Dublin high schools were chosen to par-

ticipate in the semester-long program. “We strive to better prepare students for college (and the) workplace,” Harriman said. “It gives them a new perspective on how important their career choices are.” During the YPA program, students learn about the workplace and enhance their leadership skills, problem solving techniques, time management and technology skills. “The YPA program has given me an invaluable experience at Riverside Hospital and the OSU Airport that has helped me choose the right career path,” said Jerome junior Pranav Singh. The YPA students meet for class at Dublin Scioto High School on Fridays and are involved in their internships during the rest of school week. The goal of each internship is to accumulate 60 hours of learning. This semester, for the first time, students created blogs to capture their learning during internships.

During last week’s event, Harriman stressed the importance of keeping in contact with the students’ mentors. “You may be sitting next to your future employer,” she said. Students also spoke about their internship experience and thanked their mentors. Mariam Auob, a senior at Scioto, said she was thankful for her e xperience interning at various financial planning firms and learning how to teach students English as a second language. “Thank you again (mentors) for taking the time to teach us the steps of your profession,” she said. Jerome junior Megan Cooper got to explore the field of advertising at The Sisters Sweet Shoppe and interior design at Terri Slee Interiors. “I am definitely more prepared for life after college with internship experience and a portfolio,” she said. Through its mission statement, YPA strives to provide hands-on learning op-

portunities and explore career options for the future. “To fulfill the mission statement to the students, parents and community, our core values provide the foundation on which we operate and base our actions and learning,” said Harriman. “It is the goal of the students to demonstrate the YPA Spirit — Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Responsibility, Initiative and Teamwork.” Knitted hats were displayed during the breakfast to show a new service initiative implemented this year. “At first I was against old-lady knitting, but as soon I started I thought it was really fun. I went out and bought myself a loom and yarn,” said Coffman senior Nicole Doak. The project was named “hats full of hope” and knitted hats will be personally delivered to cancer patients during the holiday season. Emma Strupp is currently participating in YPA.

Public to aid Columbus zoo in python name game By JENNIFER NOBLIT ThisWeek Community Newspapers

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium could have a lot of names to wade through this month. The zoo last week invited the public to pitch names for its new reticulated python through a Facebook contest, and with a following of 54,000-strong several suggestions have come in. “We decided to try it on Facebook. It’ll be a lot easier to manage and a lot easier to see all the suggestions,” said Patty Peters, vice president of communications at the zoo. During previous naming contests, the zoo has received suggestions through calls, emails, faxes and drop-offs.

“That made it hard to k eep track of everything and hard for people to know where we stood,” Peters said. “This is a way to create excitement out in a public forum where everybody can see where we stand.” The initial call for names started Dec.1 and ended Dec. 7. The first day of the contest netted hundreds of names and included Muffy, Balboa, Cuddles, Scarlett, Hanna, Cleopatra, Buffy, Fifi, Fuzzy, Amelia and Snuggles. Peters said the zoo uses socialmedia sites to interact with the public. “It’s an instantaneous way to get it out to the audience,” she said. “I think it’ll create a lot of excitement. And the nice thing about Facebook is Facebook is

free. You don’t have to purchase anything to be able to submit a name. And if you don’t have a computer at home you can go to the library to use a computer.” Several of the names suggested paid tribute to the python’s mother, Fluffy, who made a home at the zoo in 2007. Fluffy, the Guinness World Record-holder of the longest snake title, died in October of an apparent tumor on her ovary, the zoo reported. The public outpouring that occurred after Fluffy’s death was surprising, Peters said. “It got worldwide coverage in the media. We were getting emails and letters. I have a letter on my desk that appears to be from an elderly individual from Gallipolis, Ohio,” she said. “We’ve had

a lot of people telling us how much she meant to them. We had memorials left at her habitat.” The zoo originally purchased Fluffy from a snake breeder and when he was notified of Fluffy’s death, the zoo found out he had her daughter, Peters said. The zoo took little time in acquiring the daughter of the 300-pound, 24foot long Fluffy. “Immediately after we announced we had Fluffy’s daughter here people started suggesting names,” Peters said. Three finalist names will be chosen by zoo staff from all the names acquired between Dec. 1 and 7. The finalists will be posted on Facebook for final voting on Dec. 10. Voting ends at 9 a.m. Dec. 17.

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December means two important anniversaries for Dublin resident Joanne Holdrieth. On Dec. 11,2002, her 18-yearold son, J.P., was killed in a car crash; three years later, on Dec. 6, 2005, she attended the first meeting of the At a Loss support group at the Dublin Counseling Center. “That was five days before J.P.’s anniversary,” Holdrieth said. Lucy Smith, community relations consultant for the counseling center, called Holdrieth the “catalyst” behind the support group for parents who have lost a child. The group is celebrating its f ifth anniversary this year. Holdrieth said she’s amazed the group is still going after five years. “It was just a little idea and it started small,” she said. Holdrieth initially intended the group as a way to honor her son, who drew “cheerleaders, popular kids, nerdy kids, skater kids, everyone” to his visitation. “Someone wrote in his book and said, ‘If I was walking down the hallway and was in a bad mood he knew,’” she said. But over the years,it’s become focused on the many children that have been lost to their parents, Holdrieth said. “This is about the person who walks in the door,” Smith said. “They’re important.” Although Holdrieth calls J.P. the main impetus for the creation of the support group (“It’s to honor him.”), she said she was inspired by a few locals. “I went to a Women of Achievement awards ceremony where Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher was being honored. She’s a friend of mine,” Holdrieth said. “I looked around and thought, ‘These people have done so much.’” Later, at a celebration for Chinnici-Zuercher, Holdrieth asked to be introduced to Kathryn Mihelich-Helms, executive director of the Dublin Counseling Center at the time. Holdrieth pitched MihelichHelms her idea for a support group for “people who have outlived their

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In brief Menchie’s offers holiday giving program Menchie’s is working to provide gifts for Franklin County children with stockings at the store at 7545 Sawmill Road. The frozen yogurt shop has decorated stockings hung above its fireplace where visitors can get holiday wish lists for chil-

dren in the care of Franklin County Children Services. Visitors to the Menchie’s store can adopt a child through the Children Services’Holiday Wish program and buy them a gift until Dec. 17. All participants will be entered in a raffle for a free gift card. According to a ne ws release from

Menchie’s, the children who will receive the gifts live in their own homes, with relatives, in foster homes or residential care, and would not otherwise receive gifts for the holidays. The Holiday Wish program gives children age 11 and under a toy or gift valued at $40 and children 12 and older a $50 gift certificate.

Group helps parents, honors children Continued from page B3 from the Dublin Foundation, the At a Loss support group started. “When I was nine years old my brother was killed. He was 18, he was the good one. He was my best friend,” Holdrieth said. “My mom became a bitter person and I didn’t want to become that person.” During its five years, the group’s membership has ebbed and flowed from five to 20 people at meetings, Smith said. “They come when they feel they need it,” she said.

During the meetings, people tell their stories and work through grief, coping and dealing with an environment without their child. “We all tell how our children were taken from us,” Holdrieth said. “You have to tell the story about the loss of a child thousands of times before it becomes real.” The group is led by a f acilitator and Holdrieth said people have come from as far away as Buckeye Lake and Grove City. “It’s really unique to the area,” said current counseling center executive director Julie Erwin Ri-

naldi. “I’ve been at the center for over a year and I’ve been amazed by the number of families that have benefited from this.” “The Dublin Foundation got this going, but funding for the facilitator now comes from Dublin City Council,Washington Township and the Franklin County (Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board),” she continued. The At a Loss support group

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Knit-a-thon to benefit cancer society By JENNIFER NOBLIT ThisWeek Community Newspapers

There’ll be knitting aplenty this weekend at Cof fman High School. From noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 11, Dublin students will be making hats at Coffman and the community is invited to join in. Knitted and fleece hats will go to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital, said Coffman High School senior Nicole Doak.

“The American Cancer Society is hosting at Coffman (High School),” she said. “(Young Professional Academy) students are invited to join and give the hats they’ve made for a donation.” Doak is part of the first semester class of theYPA that puts Dublin students into internships for 10 hours a week to get a look at possible future vocations. The program this year added a service element, program director Karen Harriman told students,

parents and mentors at a recent breakfast event. Harriman taught students to knit to make hats that will be donated to people going through cancer treatment. Doak, who is also a member of the Youth Ambassador program through the ACS, said YPA students can get involved, as well as anyone from the community. “We want the community at the event,” she said. Knowledge of knitting is op-

tional. Doak said they’ll also be making fleece hats during the knit-a-thon. Doak said they’re still looking for donations of yarn,looms and fleece. Donated supplies can be dropped off at the main office at Coffman High School, 6780 Coffman Road. They’ll also take donations of baked goods. “We’ll be selling cookies and stuff and all that will go towards the (American Cancer Society),” she said.

School news Dublin thespians recognized for food collection Theater students at Coffman, Jerome and Scioto high schools were recently recognized for food collection during Trick or Treat so Kids Can Eat. The three Dublin high schools collected 4,571 pounds of food during the national effort lead by the International Thespian Society that collects food for the needy. The food collected by Dublin students contrib uted to the 24,768 pounds of food collected in Ohio and 348,065 pounds collected nationwide.

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The Cardinal Health Orchestra will spread holiday cheer around central Ohio, with a stop at the Abbey Theater included. The nonprofit chamber orchestra made up of 60 Cardinal Health employees and community members will take a holiday show on the road, and will perform at the Abbey Theater in the Dublin Community Recreation Center at 1 p.m. Dec. 16. The holiday concert is becoming a tradition at theAbbey Theater. Cardinal Health employee Ron Reich said the orchestra has performed a holiday and spring concert there for five or six years. “We do this primarily for Dublin senior citizens,” said Reich, who founded the orchestra in 1997 as a duet. “We go through the senior center at the Dublin recreation center and they print it in their newsletter.” The performance is free, but tickets must be reserved through the recreation center. Reich said the performance

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Police reports Dublin police • An air-conditioning unit was stolen from the back of a b usiness in the 6300 block of Sawmill Road between 9:30 p.m. Nov. 24 and 4:28 a.m. Nov. 27. • Two air-conditioning units were stolen from behind a business building in the 6300 block of Sawmill Road between 8:45 p.m. Nov. 24 and 4:30 a.m. Nov. 27. According to police reports, the power was shut off and lines were cut during the theft. • A bag containing a laptop computer was stolen from a vehicle left running in the garage of a residence in the 5100 block of South Willow Grove between 9 and 9:13 a.m. No v. 29. According to police reports, the computer was stolen from the backseat while the car w as being loaded. • About $200 worth of scrap metal and $300 in small motors were stolen from a trailer parked in the 7300 block of Rings Road between 12:15 and 12:30 p.m.

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Continued from page B6 a love of music. “We encourage any of the students who play a string instrument to come to our rehearsal and then play the last part of the concert with us at their school,” Reich said. “Their schoolmates can see that music can be played by anybody.” Performances will also take the group to the Dublin Retirement Village and Sanctuary at Tuttle Crossing. In addition to shows for students and senior citizens, the orchestra also works to raise money for local organizations. “Over the last three years we’re generated over $125,000, including matching funds from Cardinal (Health), for charitable organizations,” Reich said. “And those are Care Train, orchestras, the Dublin Scioto music boosters, the Union County Humane Society. …” A performance at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at Veterans Theater, 233 W. 6th St. in Marysville will benefit Care Train. Reich said the concert is free, but donations for the nonprof it organization that aids families of Union County with food and toys during the holiday season will be accepted. jnoblit@thisweeknews.com www.ThisWeekNews.com

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Education news Glacier Ridge students collecting money for cancer Glacier Ridge Elementary School students are aiming to collect $1,500 for its annual “Celebration of Giving” effort. Students began late last month doing chores to collect money for Quarters for Caring. This month students will continue with chores and will sell bracelets and stamps. All proceeds will benefit Stand Up to Cancer, a nonprofit focused on groundbreaking cancer research and therapies. For more information, look online at standup2 cancer.org.

Karrer names Golden Shamrocks Karrer Middle School honored students with the Golden Shamrock awards last month. Students who received the award last month: Sixth grade: Tori Armengau, Danielle Brown, Megan Cameron, Allie Klump, Caleb Laux, Natalie Majidzadeh, Briahna McCullough, Carey Moore, Camryn Murley, Emma Pace, Ryan Philbin and Tara Wilson. Seventh grade: Sarah Berry, Skylar Burrell, Emilie Dehon, Drue DeVente, Caroline France, Matt Gable, Johnson Gao, Katie Gatt, Tyndale Hannan, Hanna Houseman, Taylor Karam, Kevin Kim, Abbey McHugh and Patrick Young. Eighth grade: Mataya Bernholt, Liam Dunlea, Allie Eynon, Kaleigh Golamb, Jack Ikels, Emi Kusumoto, Katelyn Lewis, Sam McCollum, Emily McGrover, Catey Midla, Claire Mills, Alyssa Pittore, Lauren Scheetz, Delaney Ventresco and Kevin Xuan.

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Dublin City Schools now has two more master teachers, bringing the total districtwide to 53. Karrer Middle School science teacher Toby Carpenter and Sells Middle School science teacher Laura Blue recently received master teacher certification, which is completed by demonstrating “consistent leadership, focused collaboration, distinguished teaching and continued professional growth,” a news release from the school district said. “These teachers undertake a significant time commitment to earn this designation,” Superintendent David Axner said in the release. “As a Sells names November community, we can be proud of their dedication Super Star Shamrocks to their profession.” Sells Middle School has released its list of To receive the certification in Ohio, the teacher Super Star Shamrocks for November. must complete a narrative on how they meet the They are: required criteria which faces a review from a local Sixth grade: Cole Bartemes, Brandur Boga- committee.

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Wrestling

Early results add to Celtics’ optimism By SCOTT GERFEN ThisWeek Community Newspapers

For Dublin Jerome High School wrestling coach Adam Huddle, last Saturday’s showing at Pickerington Central’s Eye of the Tiger Tournament was proof that his team had turned the corner. Seven wrestlers reached championship matches in the eightteam field. Senior Casey Nicholson (135 pounds) and sophomore Bennett Comfort (112) w on titles as Jerome finished fourth (163.5 points) behind champion Cincinnati St. Xavier (175). “This is by far the most optimistic I’ve been and the most talented we’ve been in my four seasons here, ” said Huddle, whose team competes at Dublin Coffman’s Rocks Winter Clas-

we’re going to ha ve to stay healthy.” Schedule The Celtics will be led by a Dec. 4 — Pickerington Central Eye strong senior class. of the Tiger Tournament Nicholson and senior Brad Dec. 11 — Dublin Coffman Rocks Myers (171/189) both qualified Winter Classic for the Division I district tourDec. 16 — Dublin City Championships nament last year after the Celtics Dec. 18 — Kilbourne Invitational finished 10th (77.5 points) beDec. 29-30 — Marion Harding Clashind champion Olentangy Libsic erty (260) at the Pickerington *Jan. 6 — at Olentangy Liberty with Westerville North Central sectional. Jan. 7-8 — Mansfield Senior J.C. Nicholson missed much of Gorman Invitational last season with a broken colJan. 10 — vs. Marion Harding larbone and didn’t return until *Jan. 13 — at Olentang y with Marysville February. He finished 8-3 over*Jan. 20 — at Westerville South all. Jan. 22 — Wapakoneta Invitational Myers, who bulked up in the *Jan. 27 — vs. Dublin Scioto weight room in the offseason, *Feb. 3 — vs. Westerville Central went 36-6 at 140 pounds last Feb. 5 — All-North Tournament *OCC-Cardinal match season. Senior Juven Lopez (171) also By Jeff Mills/ThisWeek sic on Saturday. “We’re solid in had one of the team’s top records Jerome’s Casey Nicholson (top) battles Cincinnati St. Xavier’s Joe Heyob in a 135-pound match last every weight class, but we’re not See CELTICS, page D3 Saturday at Pickerington Central. Nicholson is one of two returning district qualifiers for the Celtics. really deep with 20 guys, so

Wrestling

Coffman will be work in progress By SCOTT GERFEN ThisWeek Community Newspapers

Thomas, which won its first two games this season, is looking for much more as it returns guard Frannie Frazier and post player Whitney Miller. Frazier had 18 points and Miller scored 10 as the Cardinals beat Worthington Kilbourne 66-44 last Friday. Davidson returns f ive players who have started games, but

When Dublin Coffman High School wrestling coach Bob Stoll went to put his lineup together for the DeSales Classic last Saturday, only nine wrestlers were ready to compete. Still, the Shamrocks finished fourth (110 points), behind champion Hilliard Davidson (184.5) in a field of eight teams. “Our team might be a little more geared for the end of the year,” said Stoll, who begins his 16th season at Coffman. “We’ve got some guys who didn’t come back this year and we’ve got a lot of guys in the same weight classes. If we get everybody in the right spots, we’ll be in the ball game.” So much so that Coffman expects to be one of the top 10 teams in the area by the end of the year. The Shamrocks return a Division I state qualifier in junior Ryan Murdoch, who took fifth at 103 pounds with a record of 37-9. He was the first Coffman wrestler to compete at states in four seasons. He’ll compete at 112 this season. Other returning district qualifiers include senior Anthony Goliver (160, 17-11) and junior Chris Mullucey (28-7), who will wrestle at 103 this year. “I think we’re going to surprise some people,” Murdoch said. “Everyone did well last Saturday and I think we realize we can do something with this team. For me, I’m working toward a state championship.” Last year’s Coffman squad produced eight district qualifiers and an OCC-Central Division championship at 7-0, ahead of Davidson (6-1), Hilliard Darby (5-2), Worthington Kilbourne (4-3), Upper Arlington (3-4), Thomas Worthington (2-5), Westland (16) and Central Crossing (0-7). But if the Shamrocks expect to compete for another league title, there are many holes to fill. Stoll has yet to settle on wrestlers at 125, 140, 215 and hea vyweight. “I’ve never had to deal with this in my entire career,” Stoll said. “We’re going to get some guys back who had to do the right things in the classroom. We’ll do what we have to do to win. In duals, we’re going to have to move people around.” Coffman’s lineup features a number of juniors who Stoll expects to make an impact this season. They include Joe Schulze (130), Jake Cline (135), Kevin Miles (145), Tyler McCourt (152)

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Scioto’s Cameron Wallace (facing) controls Reynoldsburg’s Will Boykin last Saturday during a match at 125-pounds during the Olentangy Invitational.

Wrestling

Work ethic should propel Scioto By SCOTT GERFEN ThisWeek Community Newspapers

Not long after last season ended,Dublin Scioto High School wrestling coach Scott King thought it might be time to mo ve on. The Irish had just produced their f irst Division I state champion since 1998 in Randy Languis at 140 pounds. Languis, an Ohio State University recruit, graduated last spring, as did Alex Gordon, a two-time state qualifier. But King decided he had to stay. “I saw the work ethic I was getting from these guys who are back,” said King, who is in his sixth season with the Irish. “I was

seeing nine and 10 guys in the wrestling room. They didn’t give up on me, and I couldn’t give up on them.” There are no returning state qualifiers this year for Scioto,whose roster is dominated by juniors and sophomores. Senior Matt Travis (heavyweight) and junior Wesley King (215) are the only returning district qualifiers. Travis was 2719 last season and King was 31-18. The Irish scored 50 points at district last year to place 10th behind champion Marysville (188) after tying Upper Arlington for sixth (113.5) at the Watkins Memorial sectional behind champion Marysville (243). Scioto finished fifth in the OCC-Car-

dinal Division at 3-4, behind Marysville (7-0), Olentangy (6-1), Westerville North (5-2) and Olentangy Liberty (4-3), and ahead of Dublin Jerome (2-5), Westerville South (1-6) and Westerville Central (0-7). “Last year, we were relying on a fe w guys, but this year it’s a full team effort,” Travis said. “All the expectations last year were on Randy and Alex. From top to bottom, everybody is working hard.” The Irish finished sixth (112) behind champion Olentangy (357.5) at the 12team Olentangy Invitational last Saturday. Travis and sophomore Edriane Ernie (112) both placed fourth. “We’re young, but I think we’re tal-

ented,” coach King said. “We plan on making some waves this year. I think our guys know that it’s not about what you do in December, but what you accomplish in February in the postseason.” What coach King doesn’t have right now are competitors at 145 and 152, but he expects to have those holes in the lineup filled by January. The heavier weight classes should carry the Irish. At 189 is Oleg Vasilizhenko, a senior from Russia who King says is adapting to the American style of wrestling. Senior Gabe Shirkey and junior Brian Fox are See IRISH, page D5

Basketball

Coffman girls focused on winning OCC title By THAD PLUMLEY ThisWeek Community Newspapers

Meredith Stranges of the Dublin Coffman High School girls basketball team didn’t lose a league game her f irst two seasons. A role player on the Shamrocks teams that went 28-0 in winning back-to-back OCC titles in 2008 and ‘09, the senior center saw Coffman go 10-

4 and tie Hilliard Davidson for second in the OCC-Central Division last season behind Upper Arlington (13-1). Stranges, though, is hoping to go out with one more league championship. “It is a goal for us,” she said. “We want to impro ve off of what we did last year. We want to make this a successful season, and I think we can.” UA cruised to the OCC-Cen-

tral championship a year ago and will be a f actor again, but things should be much closer as Cof fman, Davidson and Thomas Worthington appear ready to make runs in the eightteam league. UA lost post player Jane Windler, the OCC-Central Player of the Year last season, to graduation, but the Golden Bears return the backcourt of Sarah Hobbs and Mary Corbett,

both of whom were secondteam all-league a year ago. “They’re a good, all-around team,” Shamrocks coach Bryan Patton said. “They are wellcoached, they share the ball and they knock down open shots.” Thomas was the only team to beat UA in league play last season. The Cardinals beat the Bears 45-42 en route to finishing 12-10 overall for their first winning season since 2003-04.


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Swimming & Diving

Returnees give Coffman confident feeling By FRANK DiRENNA ThisWeek Community Newspapers The Dublin Coffman High School swimming and diving team returns several successful swimmers. That strong returning nucleus has coach Steven VonSchriltz and his Shamrocks confident. “I’m hoping I get 20 of the kids to districts and 10 to state,” VonSchriltz said. “I think that’s a very reachable goal for us.” Coffman opened at the WorthingtonDublin Invitational on Dec. 2 at Worthington Pool. The boys team defeated Worthington Kilbourne 135-16 and lost to Thomas Worthington 97-73. The girls team beat Kilbourne 139-28 and lost to Thomas 103-82. Last Saturday at the Dublin Recreation Center, the boys team beat Westerville

Central 95-80 and Beavercreek 115-58. The girls team defeated Beavercreek 117Schedule 60 and lost to Central 95-81. Last season, junior Nichole Gill won Dec. 2 — at Worthington/Dublin Invitational at Worthington Pool the 100-yard breaststroke (1 minute,5.2 Dec. 4 — vs. Westerville Central and Beaverseconds) at district and took third (1:05.28) creek at state. She was ninth at state in the 200 Dec. 11 — at Ned Reeb Invitational at OSU Dec. 18 — at Marysville individual medley (2:08.19). Jan. 7 — vs. DeSales Junior Monica Welcker and sopho- Jan. 8 — at Beavercreek more Zoe Spornhauer joined Gill on the Jan. 15 — at Northeast Invitational at Canfourth-place 200 medley team (1:48.90). ton Jan. 21 — vs. Hilliard Darby and Bradley Junior Cara Demyan (sprints), who Jan. 22 — at Delaware Hayes missed most of the last two seasons with Jan. 28 — OCC-Central diving meet at Dublin a shoulder injury, returns, and VonSchriltz Recreation Center 29 — OCC-Central meet at New Albany expects freshman Katie Kaffenbarger Jan. Feb. 5 — Dublin Classic at Dublin Recreation (sprints, freestyle) to make an immedi- Center ate impact. Seniors Rachel McNeil and Sara Mayo Lily Suarez and freshman Kelly Murphy. are captains. The divers are senior JessiLast season, the Shamrocks finished ca Fusco, sophomore Dominika Kraszy, 13th (55 points) at state, behind firstsophomore Jackie Nguyen, sophomore place Upper Arlington (295), fourth at

district, behind champion UA (472), third (160) at sectional,behind first-place UA (389), and third (204) in the OCC-Central Division meet, behind first-place UA (432). •Senior Tim O’Brien and junior Orion Martin should lead the boys team. O’Brien specializes in the individual medley and backstroke, and Martin competes in the 100 and 200 freestyle. Also back is senior co-captain Srikanth Gowda (butterfly). Gowda, Martin and O’Brien joined graduated swimmer Kyle Bailey on the state-qualifying 200 medley relay team last season. Other key swimmers are senior cocaptain Josh Farr (freestyle), freshman Daniel Flower (freestyle, relays) and freshman Gage Mulqueen (breaststroke, relays). The divers are seniors Josh Cheslock

and Alex Vaughan. “Last year we were a little short on guys, but this year we have more guys than we had before,which is really good,” Gowda said. “We can put more guys in more relays and make it to districts in more relays. We would like to get more guys to state individually and in relays.” Last season, Coffman was 11th (87) at district, behind first-place St. Charles (399.5), fifth (81) at sectional, behind champion UA (355), and third (208) at the OCC-Central meet, behind first-place UA (435). “This is my biggest team,” VonSchriltz said. “Last year we had 23 swimmers. This year I have 35. We had a lot more guys come out for some reason. That’s good. It’s rare to get boys on the team.” www.ThisWeekSPORTS.com

Swimming & Diving

Celtics focus on getting back to state By FRANK DiRENNA

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Scioto’s Sean Earley returns after being on a pair of relays at the Division I state meet last season.

Swimming & Diving

Coach gets late start with Irish By FRANK DiRENNA ThisWeek Community Newspapers He may have inherited a team lacking depth, but Dublin Scioto High School swimming and diving coach Joe Cahill will guide some talented athletes. Cahill, 31, replaces Mike de Bear, who resigned in September to coach the Upper Arlington boys swimming and diving team. Cahill was the Hilliard Davidson swimming and diving coach the past six seasons. Before that, he was an assistant coach in the Hilliard Darby swimming and diving program in the 2003-04 season. “Due to the timing of the resignation of our previous coach, we had to hire someone in a very short time,” Scioto athletics director Kip Witchey said. “We interviewed four candidates and found coach Cahill to be the best f it for the program.” The Irish opened the season on Dec. 2 in the Worthington-Dublin Invitational at Worthington Pool. The girls team defeated Worthington Kilbourne 87-57 and lost to Thomas Worthington 143-29. The boys team lost to Kilbourne 9982 and Thomas 120-60. Scioto’s home opener was last Friday against Westerville South. The boys tied the Wildcats at 89 and the girls lost 118-49. Last Saturday in the Athens Invitational at Ohio University, the boys team was fourth (181), behind champion Thomas (383), and the girls team was fifth (111), behind champion Granville (555). “It’s like wearing somebody else’s shoes for a little while,” Cahill said of his new position. “It takes a little while to make the program your own, but we’re working on it.” Both teams are coming off strong showings at the Division I state championships

Schedule Dec. 2 — Worthington/Dublin Invitational at Worthington Pool Dec. 3 — vs. Westerville South Dec. 4 — at Athens Invitational at Ohio University Dec. 10-11 — at Ned Reeb In vitational at Ohio State Dec. 15 — at Marysville Dec. 18 — vs. Hilliard Davidson Jan. 6 — vs. Marysville and Mount Vernon at Kenyon College Jan. 8 — vs. Dublin Jerome and Olentangy Orange Jan. 12 — at New Albany Jan. 15 — at Northeast Invitational at Canton Jan. 22 — vs. Bexley and Whetstone Jan. 28 — OCC-Cardinal diving meet at Dublin Recreation Center Jan. 29 — OCC-Cardinal swimming meet at New Albany Feb. 5 — Dublin Classic at Dublin Recreation Center

Also back is sophomore Laura Cornette, who joined Harty on the 400 free relay. Cornette competes in the backstroke and distance events. Cross country and track and f ield standouts Minori Minagawa and Sakiko Minagawa, who are juniors and twin sisters,have joined the program. Other swimmers are sophomore Sydney Balla (sprints), sophomore Kiuyu Kokko (sprints), sophomore Grace Lee (sprints), freshman Hayato Ida (breaststroke) and freshman Riley Whalen (breaststroke). “I expected to have more girls,” Cahill said. “We’re hoping to double our numbers next year. This is the smallest team I’ve ever coached.” •The boys team is also coming off an impressive season and returns some standouts. Scioto was 12th (53) at state behind champion Cincinnati St. Xavier (228), sixth (130) at district behind first-place St. Charles (399.5), fourth (140) at sectional behind champion Thomas (202), and seventh (138) at the OCC-Cardinal meet behind first-place Liberty (259). Back are juniors Ben Albert (sprints), team captain Sean Earley (breaststroke), Josh Reed (distance) and Michael Sneddon (backstroke). Earley w as on the 12th-place 400 free (3:15.88) and 14th-place 200 medley (1:39.26) relays last season at state. Also back is sophomore Noah Schuster , who should specialize in the backstroke. Sophomore Drew Burchfield (backstroke, breaststroke), freshman Jesse Jordan, freshman Max O’Connell (sprints) and freshman Steven Park (sprints) round out the team. Senior Adam Van Heyde is the lone diver. “I’d like to have a couple state qualifiers and a good showing at district,” Cahill said.

last season. The girls were seventh (112 points) at state, behind first-place Upper Arlington (295), fifth (163) at district behind first-place UA (472), fourth at sectional behind first-place Olentangy Liberty (215) and third (170) at the OCC-Cardinal Division meet, behind champion Liberty (281). Sophomore team captain Liz Harty, who competed at state last season,is back for the Irish. Harty e xcels in the b utterfly and freestyle. She was seventh in the 100-yard butterfly (57.87 seconds) and 100 freestyle (53.0) at state. She was also a member of the team’s statequalifying 400 free (sixth,3:34.56) and 200 medley (eighth, 1:49.84) relay teams. “I know we have some people on the team who are inexperienced, so I know I have to step my game up to teach them how to swim and work with them on how to practice,” Harty said. “Overall, I’m excited to be a leader and have that role.” www.ThisWeekSPORTS.com

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The Dublin Jerome High School swimming and diving team enters the season with the most depth in Tyler Prose’s three previous seasons as coach. The Celtics have 38 swimmers on the roster, but that includes 18 first-year swimmers. Jerome’s returning Division I state qualifiers are divers Jacob Kasper (junior) and Grant Saale (sophomore). Neither qualified for the finals. “We had a very young team last season,” Prose said. “It was a little disappointing not to make state, but we’re looking to rebound this year. We would like at least a boys and a girls relay to make state, and individuals in both the boys and girls.” Junior captain Matt Minns returns as a freestyle specialist and junior Jake Moore swims the sprints. Also back is sophomore Tanner Barton, who excels in the butterfly. “Last year was a good learning experience for Tanner,” Prose said. “He got to know what districts are like in a big high school meet. There are hundreds of kids there.” Prose expects breakout seasons from junior Austin Hunt and freshman Michael Robinson. Other returning swimmers are junior Andrew DeLong, junior Jay Pease, sophomore Stephen Gaber and sophomore Jonathan March. Senior Alexander Calnon is new to the program. Other divers are juniors Jack Moberger, Evan Rodgers and Graham Rossi. Jerome opened the season at the Worthington-Dublin Invitational, defeating Worthington Kilbourne 136-18 and losing to Thomas Worthington 95-75. The Celtics defeated Westerville North 109-73 last Friday at the Westerville Parks and

Dec. 2 — Worthington/Dublin Invitational at Worthington Pool Dec. 3 — at Westerville North Dec. 10 — vs. Dublin Coffman and Westerville South Dec. 11 — at Ned Reeb Invitational at Ohio State Dec. 15 — at Marysville Dec. 17 — vs. Hilliard Bradley and Darby Jan. 8 — vs. Dublin Scioto and Olentangy Orange Jan. 15 — at Nor theast Invitational at Canton Jan. 19 — at Pickerington Central Jan. 28 — OCC-Cardinal diving meet at Dublin Recreation Center Jan. 29 — OCC-Cardinal swimming meet at New Albany Feb. 5 — Dublin Classic at Dublin Recreation Center

Recreation Center. Last season, the Celtics finished 12th (79 points) at district, behind first-place St. Charles (399.5), eighth (72) at sectional, behind champion Thomas Worthington (202), and sixth (152.5) at the OCC-Cardinal Division meet, behind first-place Olentangy Liberty (259). •The girls team opened the season at the WorthingtonDublin Invitational by defeating Kilbourne 147-23 and losing to Thomas 98-87. Jerome then defeated Westerville North 118-66 last Friday. Senior Shannon Vinci (freestyle) is the captain for the girls team. Also back is senior Hayley Bratys, who will anchor the relays. Other seniors are Maureen Dmytryk (sprints, freestyle), Kelsey Holderman and Kimberli Temple (backstroke, freestyle). “This should be a great season,” Vinci said. “I’m excited to see what everyone’s times are going to be and how everyone is going to do. “I really think we’re going to have some really good goals this year.” Prose expects solid contributions from junior Bailey Irelan (distance) and freshman Kristen See SWIM, page D5


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Boys Lacrosse

Jerome’s Horine, Horner make college decisions By JARROD ULREY ThisWeek Community Newspapers

Two players expected to lead the way when the Dublin Jerome High School boys lacrosse team attempts to defend its Division II state championship next spring have made their college decisions. On Nov. 16, senior defender John Horner signed with Towson University in Maryland and senior attacker Leo Horine signed with Quinnipiac, which is located in Hamden, Conn. Jerome has had 11 players sign with Division I colleges since the fall of 2006. Horner joins 2007 graduate Scott Ruhl as a recruit by Towson, which f inished 7-8 last spring. The Tigers lost 12-9 to Delaware in the championship game of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament last May. “I started talking to Towson a year ago,” Horner said. “(Ruhl) said that their coaching staff there is just incredible. The freshman class they have right now has zero defenders in it, and my recruiting class has one other defender, so they’ll probably keep me at close defense.” Horner was a first-team allstate selection who had 34 ground balls last season. He also helped Jerome limit opponents to an average of 2.3 goals per game as the Celtics finished 18-4.

approached me,” Horine said. “I’d never heard of them before that, but I visited them and ended up liking it. I’d been talking to Villanova and a couple of other smaller schools and I w as talking to Dartmouth, but they don’t give out scholarships. “The school is really nice. They’ve got about 7,500 students, which is about what I was looking for. I think I’m one of the first guys from central Ohio to go there. It’s a big decision and it’s good to get it done.” Horine made first-team allstate, all-OCC and second-team all-Midwest Scholastic Lacrosse Coaches Association last season after finishing with 56 goals, 24 assists and 66 ground balls. He ranks sixth all-time at Jerome in total goals and total assists. “Leo is a great embodiment of the term ‘student-athlete’ as he excels in both areas,” Auld said. “Leo is a tough attackman By Adam Cairns/ThisWeek who drives to the goal with reckless abandon, making him a very Jerome athletics director Nick Magistrale (standing) speaks during a ceremony in which Jarred Howard (seated left), John Horner difficult mark for any defenseand Leo Horine announced their college decisions. Howard will play golf at Cincinnati, Horner will play lacrosse at Towson and man. He is also an excellent stuHorine will play lacrosse at Quinnipiac. dent, which ultimately led to a number of opportunities for him “John is a great example of as a junior. In literally 14 months, port system and his persever- last July in Towson, Md. how hard work and a great atti- John went from being a j.v. de- ance.” Quinnipiac finished 8-6 over- to continue his lacrosse career tude can bring about tremendous fenseman to verbally committing Horine was one of eight play- all and third at 4-3 in the East while also attending a great unisuccess,” coach AJ Auld said. to play Division I lacrosse at one ers from central Ohio on the Mid- Coast Athletic Conference last versity.” “John went from a junior varsi- of the top programs on the East west underclassmen team that season. ty player as a sophomore to one Coast. That is a true testament to competed at the Under Armour “After (Quinnipiac) saw me at julrey@thisweeknews.com of the best defensemen in the state John’s hard work, his great sup- All-America Lacrosse Classic the Under Armour Classic, they www.ThisWeekSPORTS.com

CELTICS last year we were getting better , but you didn’t see it in the results. We’re trying to figure it out and we’ve got good senior leadership behind it this year.” Nicholson has been in a leadership role since he was a sophomore. “I’ve already established that, but it means so much more since we’re seniors,” he said. “We’ve got some younger guys who are going to be leaders too just by winning tournaments. I know this is the most talent and athleticism we’ve had since I’ve been wrestling.” The Celtics also will be looking to impro ve their standing in the OCC-Cardinal Division. A year ago, Jerome finished at 2-5 behind Marysville (7-0), Olentangy (6-1), Westerville North (5-2), Olentangy Liberty (4-3) and Dublin Scioto (3-4) and ahead of Westerville South (16) and Westerville Central (0-7).

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last season (32-8). Seniors Adrian Redd (145/152), Jordan Dunlea (160) and Angel Lopez (heavyweight), a firstyear competitor, are expected to be regular starters. “I’ve always been able to think I’ ll have another year, but that’s not the case this season with me being a senior,” Nicholson said. “There are no more chances. As a team, I think we’ve got a lot of optimism.” Huddle also is counting on juniors Logan Davis (125), Jack Austin (140) and Kyle Harness (152) and sophomores Justin Stephens (119), Andrew Pearson (130) and Brett Mowery (215). Freshman Josh Transue will wrestle at 103. Davis, Mowery, Harness, Pearson and Dunlea finished second last Saturday. “We’re not going to judge ourselves by everybody else’s standards, but we know we’re a lot better than we have been,” Huddle said. “I think www.ThisWeekSPORTS.com

Coffman’s Anthony Goliver (top) was 17-11 last season at 160 pounds and advanced to the Division I district tournament.

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Classic, which includes seven opponents — Dublin Jerome, Sheridan, Franklin, Morgan, Groveport and Hebron Lakewood. It begins a difficult month of December for the Shamrocks, who also compete at the Medina Invitational over the holiday break. “Medina is always a big test for us,” Murdoch said. “We’ve got some tough competition this month and I think it’s only going to help us realize just what we are capable of doing.”

and T.J. Armengau (171). Sophomore Tyler Barley (119) finished fourth last Saturday in his first varsity tournament. Senior Matt Muncrief (189) will help fill out the upper weight classes. “We had some guys step up and do well last Saturday, so that’s a good sign,” Stoll said. “Some of these guys took their lumps last year and it’s starting to pay off a little bit.” On Saturday, Coffman plays host to its annual Rocks Winter www.ThisWeekSPORTS.com

Schedule Dec. 4 — DeSales Classic Dec. 11 — Rocks Winter Classic Dec. 16 — Dublin City Championships at Scioto Dec. 18 — Fairmont Duals Dec. 28-29 — Medina Invitational *Jan. 6 — Upper Arlington and Westland Jan. 8 — Beavercreek Invitational *Jan. 13 — at Hilliard Davidson with Central Crossing *Jan. 20 — vs. Thomas Worth. Jan. 22 — Mason Invitational *Jan. 27 — at Hilliard Darby Jan. 29 — Lakota East duals *Feb. 3 — vs. Worthington Kilbourne *OCC-Central match

COFFMAN Continued from page D1 things should look different as first-year coach Joy Taylor has made some changes, including utilizing a man-to-man defense more often. Returning guard Maddie Lang had 15 points when the Wildcats opened with a 57-37 victory over Hilliard Darby last Friday. “Thomas is very athletic,” Patton said, “and Davidson has a lot back, too. They lost some key players, but that is the nature of high school basketball. We have a lot back, but we’re working on getting some of our new players involved and getting them minutes. It’ s going to be an interesting season.” •The boys team is expecting to find itself in a multiple-team league race, too. The Shamrocks and U A pulled away from the pack last season as the Bears w on the OCC-Central with a 14-0 mark. Coffman was runner-up at 122, but no one else w on more than eight league games. Things should be tighter this winter. UA returns the league Player of the Year in 5-foot-11 senior guard Brian Sulli van, Thomas has height, Darby has a three-year starter at point guard in Matt Allen, Wor-

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Sullivan, who has signed to play at Miami Uni versity, averaged 18.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.5 steals last season. “They have to be conf ident with the group they have back,” Shamrocks coach Jamey Collins said. “You look at the experience and the number of wins the y had, they have to feel pretty good about what the y ha ve back.” Thomas has 6-foot-10 Jordan Co wgill and 6-8 Da vid Herbst on its front line, which will cause matchup problems all year. In addition to Allen, Darby returns Matt Cyrus, a guard who was a second-team all-league last season. For Kilbourne, as many as 17 players may get playing time this season. Davidson has a pair of guards returning who averaged more than eight points last season in Davonte Peterson and Brandon Gleim. “It seems like nearly everyone has their top couple of players back, except us,” Collins said. “It’s going to make things challenging. It could be a close race, but you never really know until the ball goes up and a few games get played.”

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Watterson, Hartley football teams evenly matched To the football teams at Hartley and Watterson high schools, congratulations. Winning a state championship is no joke. The last time Hartle y did it, the Browns and Bengals were leading the AFC Central. It’s been that long. It’ s been since 1986. Watterson’s last was in 2002. Hartley beat Chagrin Falls 3413 last Friday to win the Di vision IV state championship and Watterson escaped with a 13-12 win over Akron Buchtel last Saturday to win the Di vision III state title. Although this year isn’t one of them, some years it w ould be interesting to see how these state champions would match up. Lakewood St. Edward pretty much ended the debate on the state’s best team after beating Huber Heights Wayne 35-28 for

the Division I state title last Saturday. If one needs further proof, go back and read our coverage from when St. Edward beat JEREMY DeSales 62-0 STEWART on Oct. 8. To pit the state champions against each other is not feasible, of course. I’m not living in that kind of dream world, but there have been years where it w as at least debatable which team was best. In this hypothetical scenario, we do it brack et-style. A Division I school w ould open against a Division VI school, Division II would play Division V and Division III w ould play Division IV.

So, in essence, Hartley and Watterson would play in a firstround matchup. It’s a matchup often thought not plausible. But after the state championship games, it doesn’t seem so unlikely anymore. Back in 2008, a couple of outof-state teams canceled on Ready during the re gular season, and ThisWeek examined the prospect of Watterson, Hartley and the rest of the CCL playing each other in a combined league. The bigger schools seemed all for it, but the smaller schools didn’t want to have anything to do with it. Player safety w as a concern. If this week end was any indication, it doesn’t seem like Watterson would beat up on Hartley. The Hawks thoroughly dominated in their win over Chagrin Falls. Hartley’s offensive line

was phenomenal. Noah K ey owes those guys a school pizza and fries for a month after what they did this season. K ey, who had 138 yards and tw o touchdowns last Friday, finished with 2,755 yards and 40 touchdowns this season. But nothing says a dominating running game lik e a 38-yard run on second-and21. Hartley running back Omar Lane did that in addition to a 51-yard touchdown run. By the way, he had more than 600 yards rushing entering that game and teammate Jarrod Zang had more than 1,000 yards. What an interesting matchup that would be to see Hartle y’s running game against Watterson’s run defense. Before last Saturday, the Eagles hadn’t allowed more than se ven points in a playoff game. The Eagles never would have overcome six

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Sanzenbacher offers advice on football Once or twice each year, I like to use my column for an advice session from a wellknown central Ohio athlete. The Blue Jackets’ Rick Nash and the Cre w’s Dann y O’Rourke have passed on their thoughts about sports to others, and last year Ohio State women’s basketball player Jantel Lavender was the spokesperson. This fall has been a magical one for Ohio State senior Dane Sanzenbacher. The wide receiver for the football team was named firstteam all-Big Ten Conference by the coaches and media, and he is making more news with his creative video produced for a mark eting class at Ohio State that promotes or gan donation and spoofs LeBron James’ “What Should I Do” video. Sanzenbacher’s video had more than 70,000 hits on YouTube as of last weekend. Now he shares his thoughts on 10 questions that deal with football and life. 1. At what age should young athletes begin competitive football? “From my experience, I believe fifth grade is the right time to start playing contact football. Flag football for younger students is OK as long as it stays as a fun activity and doesn’t become overdone. It is very important that whenever you begin playing football that you enjoy the experience and enjoy being with your friends because there will be plenty of time ahead to be serious.”

2. You are not a big guy, so what advice do you give a young person who thinks they are too small to play a sport? “There is a common misconception in all sports that there is such a thing as being too little. In my case, football LARRY is a sport where performLARSON ance is what matters and you see it all the time. Everyone gets caught up with measurable things like weight, height and time in the 40(yard dash), when in reality it is ho w you go out and play the sport. There are countless immeasurable things that make athletes succeed and sometimes, when you are smaller than others, you have to fight to make yourself better and that pays off in the end.” 3. What advice would you give to any high school football player? “People always tell you when you are in high school to enjoy every minute because it can be the best times of your life. Well, I can’t echo that enough. After high school, you and your teammates will likely separate, so take the time to enjoy being part of your team. Mak e high school football something you wish you could go back to and understand that the f arther you go in football, the more it is about you and

turnovers without their run defense. Well, the run defense and the fact Buchtel didn’t have a kicker. That kind of helped, too. The point is, Hartley and Watterson are on the same le vel. There hasn’t been a better time in years to combine the CCL. After all, four of the five schools were playoff teams and two were state champions. The CCL is truly a powerful league in football. The OCC-Capital Division has Division I, Division II and Division III teams and has had one from each le vel make the playoffs in the last three sea-

sons. And those are public schools, which, technically speaking, are confined to players within district borders. CCL schools have no such restriction. For those of you that k eep count of this, there were five private schools taking part in the state championship games last weekend. All five won, including Delphos St. John’ s, which beat Shadyside 77-6 for the Division VI state championship. All I can say to that is, “Don’t hate the player, hate the game.” jstewart@thisweeknews.com

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Schedule Dec. 4 — Olentangy Invitational Dec. 11 — Marysville’s Central Ohio Duals Dec. 16 — Dublin City Championships Dec. 18 — Pickerington North’s Panther Duals *Jan. 6 — at Olentangy Liberty with Westerville North Jan. 8 — Kevin Cleveland Memorial Tournament *Jan 13 — at Westerville Central with Westerville South Jan. 14 — Alliance Top Gun Tournament *Jan. 20 — vs. Olentangy *Jan. 27 — at Dublin Jerome *Feb. 3 — vs. Marysville Feb. 5 — Pemberville Eastwood Duals Feb. 10 — at Worthington Kilbourne *OCC-Cardinal match

Continued from page D1 battling for time at 171, and coach King believes junior Brandon Carbajal (160) might be the team’s most improved wrestler. Freshman Mitchel Carbajal (103), junior Ian Richeson (119), sophomore Connor Shirkey (125) and freshman Cameron Wallace (125) will help f ill the lo wer weight classes. Senior Jack Stamets, a four-year starter who has been plagued by injuries, is at 130. Sophomore Anthony Trocchio is at 135 and senior Alex Gier is at 140. “Our middle weights could be our weak point this season after being so strong with Alex and Randy the past few years,” coach King said. “I was talking with one of the fathers the other night

and he wondered if Alex and Randy might’ve scared other kids away in those weight classes.” www.ThisWeekSPORTS.com

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SWIM Continued from page D2 Gaber (distance, freestyle). Other returning swimmers are juniors Meg Boothe and Lauren Ulrey; and sophomores Cara Corroto, Stacie Melody, Erika Roberts and Sharon Zhang. The divers are senior Leah Relko, junior Cori Overs, junior Stephanie Sadler, sophomore Chanelle Aepli, sophomore Falicia Duncan, freshman Taylor Giles and freshman Maggie Heller. Last season, the Celtics were 36th (15) at state, behind firstplace Upper Arlington (295), 13th (61) at district, behind champion UA (472), sixth (107) at sectional, behind first-place Liberty (215) and fourth (160) at the OCC-Cardinal meet, behind champion Liberty (281). “We have a lot of younger talent that is going to step up,” Prose said. “Last year I didn’t quite reach my goals, so this year I’m looking to reach my goals and have swimmers at state.”

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just as hard as handling adv ersity. You have to go about with a humble approach. It will be a rude awakening if you think your success has been solely accomplished by yourself. Football is the perfect example because you can only realize success through the help of other people. Appreciate what you have and what others have done for you.� 10. What final piece of advice, outside of the football arena, would you pass on to others? “I have always tried to continually re-evaluate things in my life. I write things down I think are important and this is a truth — life never has been, or never will be, all about me. You are the star of your own show, but in reality, what is important is how you are seen by others. The way I will be remembered is how people view me in their eyes, so do the best you can to make a good impression when you have the chance.� Thanks to Sanzenbacher and good luck in all of his future endeavors. I’ll see you at a game.

7. What advice can you give to the parents of football players? “To be honest, I would say to be as uninvolved as you can with the running of the team while at the same time being always supportive of your child. My parents were great because they were my staple of support without ever being in the spotlight. I know there are horror stories at the high school level with parents who want their kid to be a Division I player and cause problems for the coaches, but if the player is good enough the process will happen and parents have to understand that.� 8. How do you suggest young people handle defeat and disappointment? “When you put a great deal of time,effort and commitment into something,then one of the hardest things to deal with is when things don’t go your way. But you must understand that you learn so much from coming up short in things. It is how you get stronger and how you grow as a person.� 9. On the other side, how Larry Larson can be heard as “Mr. should young athletes handle High School Sports� on WTVN being successful? “This can be 610 AM.

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Wittenberg junior goalkeeper Mik e Lambeck, a Dublin Coffman graduate, earned first-team all-North Coast Athletic Conference men's soccer honors. Lambeck had 110 sa ves and a 1.25 goals-against average.

Cocumelli, Coughlin receive accolades

Ohio W esleyan senior Christa Cocumelli, a Watterson graduate, and senior teammate Hannah Coughlin, a Dublin Scioto graduate, were both named to the all-North Coast Athletic Conference women's field hockey firstteam. Cocumelli is a four-team honoree and Coughlin has mad the list three times.

Kieffer named freshman of year

Centre freshman John Kieffer was named the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference cross country Freshman

of the Year. Kieffer finished 15th at the conference meet in 26 minutes, 9 seconds.

Sea Dragons boasts quality finish

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