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Track & Field

Setback drives Shultz to success


Bradley’s Nick Biller (center) celebrates after the Jaguars defeated visiting Darby 9-4 on April 19. LORRIE CECIL/THISWEEKSPORTS


Darby brings out best in Jaguars


Hilliard Bradley High School boys lacrosse coach Andy Buck saw an intensity April 19 that he had not seen earlier this season from his team. The Jaguars showed passion and drive during a 9-4 victory over Darby in an OCC-Ohio Division contest. “We grew up a little bit (against Darby) and we got a taste of unity and now we have to work as hard as ever before,” said Buck, whose team was 3-4 overall before playing Watterson on April 24 and is 1-1 in the OCC-Ohio. “Even in the locker room, I felt the electricity that comes before a game

and saw their desire to overcome their opponent. They came out firing on all cylinders. Mentally, they had the confidence that you need and then they went out and played a nearly flawless game.” Senior attacker Nick Biller said he and his teammates always get fired up to play the Panthers. “I think we are driven to beat Darby because we played with those kids growing up before the schools split,” said Biller, a team captain who had three goals against Darby. “As long as we play with that kind of intensity, we can do a lot better.” Against Darby, junior attacker Chris Apollonio added three goals

The Panthers’ Zach Hooker (left) defends against the Jaguars’ Connor McDunn.


Hilliard Darby High School senior Cassady Shultz felt miserable when she was cut from the girls volleyball team during the fall of her junior year. Not only was she upset that her seven-year career as a volleyball player had come to an end, but at 5-foot-1 and 140 pounds, she had negative feelings about her body. She used the setback as motivation to get into the best shape of her life. And in the process of losing 30 pounds while lifting weights and running, Shultz developed into one of the girls track and field team’s top distance and middle-distance runners. “When I was told I wasn’t good enough to play any position in volleyball, I took it really hard and I felt really discouraged and pushed down,” Shultz said. “I felt like I was lost in the dark, but three or four days later, I realized I needed to pick myself back up and do something about it. “I’m a big believer that everything happens for a reason, and I just feel blessed that I started running to get into better shape and discovered that I have a talent for it.” In fall 2011, Shultz began lifting weights six days a week and running about nine miles per week. She also changed her diet to include mostly healthy foods and drinks. “I started running to improve my cardio and I fell in love with running, especially long distances,” she said. After Shultz lost 30 pounds in six months, Brooks and Jen-


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Consistency remains issue for Wildcats Jaguars searching for winning recipe


Hilliard Davidson High School softball coach Kate Speakman doesn’t believe that her team has any glaring weaknesses. However, consistency in all phases of the game has been an issue for the Wildcats, who were 8-7 overall and 1-5 in the OCC-Central Division after losing to Marysville 7-0 on April 22. “We have all of the tools we need to win games,” Speakman said. “We’ve hit the ball well, played good defense and had good pitching against some very good teams. Our biggest issue has been consistency, because we’ve had games where we haven’t played well in one or more of those areas. The more consistent we are, the more success we’ll have.” Among the Wildcats’ offensive leaders through 14 games were pitcher Taylor Moore (.406 batting average), catcher Cassidy Rowe (.373) and second baseman Ally Doty (.360). First baseman Charlee Clark had two home runs to lead the Wildcats, who were averaging 5.3 runs through 14 games. She hit a two-run homer in a 12-9 win over host Olentangy Orange on April 2 and a three-run homer in a 7-5, eight-inning victory over host Upper Arlington on April 15. “Typically, our hitting has been consistently good,” Speakman said. “We didn’t hit the ball well (April 18 in a 10-0 loss to) Olentangy Liberty, but we’ve hit consistently well in the rest of our games.” Speakman has been pleased with the play of Moore and Rowe and said shortstop Lizzy Doby has been the team's best defensive player in the infield. Davidson made a strong showing in the Valley of the Thunder tournament April 12 and 13 in Portsmouth by going 3-0. The Wildcats defeated

Bradley won only three of its first 12 games. “We’re struggling, to say the least,” said coach Kevin Moody, whose team defeated Darby 5-4 on April 22. “We’re just not mixing well. We’re playing about five good innings per game, but we have one or two innings where we’ll implode. “We need to get better in every aspect of the game. Our pitchers need to hit their spots more. We need to hit with more confidence and we need to cut down on our defensive mistakes.” According to Moody, outfielder Paige Wiley has been the Jaguars' most productive offensive player and shortstop Meredith Miller has been their most consistent player in the field. Bradley travels to Westerville South on Friday, April 26, for an OCC-Cardinal game. The Jaguars lost to the Wildcats 6-3 on April 10. “It would be nice to beat one of these teams that beat us earlier in the season,” Moody said. “The good news is the kids’ attitudes are still strong. They are still willing to fight.” Davidson’s Cassidy Rowe was among the team leaders in hitting with a .373 batting average through 14 games. LORRIE CECIL/THISWEEKSPORTS

Wheelersburg 2-1 and Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame 6-2 on April 12 and defeated Smithville 7-5 the next day. “We played great competition under the lights at the Valley of the Thunder and our girls responded well to the challenge,” Speakman said. However, the Wildcats’ defense let them down in league losses to Central Crossing (8-7 on April 4 and 32 on April 10) and Dublin Coffman (8-4 on April 8). Davidson held a six-run lead over

Boys Tennis

Davidson places fifth in Classic The Hilliard Davidson High School boys tennis team competed in a tournament each of the past two weekends. The Wildcats played host to the seven-team Hilliard Doubles Classic on April 13 and competed in the eight-team Worthington Cup on April 20 at Worthington Kilbourne. They scored 15 points to place fifth in the Doubles Classic behind champion Cincinnati Seven Hills (33) and tied Kilbourne for second (13) in the Worthington Cup behind Dublin Jerome (14). In the Worthington Cup, freshman Thomas Porter finished second in singles, losing to Gahanna’s Canyon Teague 6-0, 6-0 in the final, and seniors Joe Justus and Michael Porter finished third in doubles, defeating St. Charles' Jack Groeber and Will Niermeyer 8-3 in the third-place match.

Davidson was 4-4 overall and 2-1 in the OCC-Central Division before playing Upper Arlington on April 23. In their first three league matches, the Wildcats lost to Dublin Coffman 4-1 on April 9 and defeated Westland 5-0 on April 16 and Central Crossing 5-0 on April 18.

Martin leading Darby in singles

Darby was 6-5 overall after losing to Wellington 3-2 on April 22 and 1-2 in the OCCCardinal before playing Westerville South on April 23. The Panthers won their league opener, beating Westerville North 4-1 on April 9, but lost to Jerome 4-1 on April 16 and lost to Kilbourne 5-0 on April 18. Through eight matches, junior C.J. Martin was 6-0, senior

Central Crossing in the bottom of the third inning of the first matchup and had a one-run lead against the Comets through five innings in the second matchup. The Wildcats had a three-run lead in the bottom of the third inning against Coffman. “We have great potential, but we need to learn to play better with the lead because we’ve had a couple of games where we’ve made a bunch of errors and collapsed in the late innings,” Speakman said.

Panthers’ offense starting to pick up

Darby went 2-3 last week, beating Dublin Scioto 8-4 in an OCC-Cardinal game April 17 and Whitehall 118 on April 20. Against Scioto, catcher Abby Schuster hit a two-run triple and pitcher Savannah Pizzurro threw a six-hitter. Pizzurro pitched the final two innings against Whitehall to earn the win and first baseman Kerri Hay went 3-for-5 with two RBI. “Our hitting is coming around and we’ve been scoring more runs lately,” coach Erin McClincy said. “Savan-

At a glance Below are the coming schedules for the Bradley, Darby and Davidson softball teams: BRADLEY *April 25 – At Dublin Scioto *April 26 – At Westerville South.The Jaguars lost to the Wildcats 6-3 on April 10. April 27 – At Lakewood with Northridge *April 29 – Home vs. Westerville Central. The Jaguars lost to the Warhawks 12-5 on April 18. *May 1 – Home vs.Worthington Kilbourne. The Jaguars lost to the Wolves 3-2 on April 15. Of note: The Jaguars were 3-9 overall and 2-4 in the OCC-Cardinal before April 24. DARBY *April 25 – Home vs. Westerville Central *April 26 – At Dublin Jerome.The Panthers beat the Celtics 4-1 on April 10. *April 29 – At Worthington Kilbourne. The Panthers lost to the Wolves 8-3 on April 18. April 30 – At Jonathan Alder *May 1 – Home vs. Westerville South. The Panthers lost to the Wildcats 4-0 on April 15. Of note: The Panthers were 4-8 overall before April 23 and 2-4 in the OCC-Cardinal before April 24. DAVIDSON *April 25 – Home vs. Thomas Worthington *April 29 – At Westland *May 1 – Home vs. Upper Arlington. The Wildcats beat the Bears 7-5 on April 15. Of note: The Wildcats were 8-7 overall and 1-5 in the OCC-Central before April 24 *League contest Note: Results can be found at

nah Pizzurro and Logan Cortelletti both pitched well for us in our win over Dublin Scioto, too.” Darby will play host to Westerville Central on Thursday, April 25, in a league game. “Westerville Central is one of the top performers in our league, so it would give us a big confidence boost to beat them,” McClincy said.

At a glance Below are the coming schedules for the Bradley, Darby and Davidson boys tennis teams: BRADLEY April 25 – At Wellington April 29 – Home vs. Upper Arlington *April 30 – Home vs. Westerville North Of note: The Jaguars were 3-7 overall and 1-2 in the OCC-Cardinal before April 23. DARBY April 25 – Home vs. Westland April 29 – At Delaware *April 30 – Home vs. Dublin Scioto Of note: The Panthers were 6-5 overall and 1-2 in the OCC-Cardinal before April 23. DAVIDSON April 25 – Home vs. Olentangy April 29 – At Olentangy Orange *April 30 – At Olentangy Liberty May 1 – Home vs.Worthington Kilbourne Of note: The Wildcats were 4-4 overall and 2-1 in the OCC-Central before April 23. *League contest Note: Results can be found at

Kyle Chilcote was 4-3 and junior Siddartha Revur was 3-4 in singles. The first doubles team of sophomore John Gehrt and freshman David Kim was 3-3.

Davidson’s Thomas Porter returns a shot April 20 during the Worthington Cup. Porter placed second in singles as the Wildcats tied for second. PAUL VERNON/THISWEEKSPORTS

Bradley struggling to win matches

Bradley lost to Olentangy 5-0 on April 22, falling to 3-7 overall and 1-2 in the OCCCardinal before playing Kilbourne on April 23.

The Jaguars lost their league opener to Jerome, 5-0 on April 9, before defeating Westerville Central on April 18. Through nine matches, the doubles team of junior Jimmy Gaydos and freshman Doug Knecht was 3-0. In singles, sen-

ior William Kolenky was 3-4, junior Parker Holland was 36 and senior Nizam Hussein was 1-3. Knecht had a team-high 23 aces.

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nifer Shultz became concerned that their daughter was developing an eating disorder. She began counseling and instead was diagnosed with having body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). People with BDD are preoccupied with an imagined physical defect or a minor defect that others often cannot see. “In my case, my eyes are always drawn to my flaws and I see myself as being bigger than I am,” Shultz said. “After my counselor declared that I had body dysmorphic disorder, I worked on meditation techniques to help myself relax and get rid of any negative images. I try not to be as obsessive about exercising or eating healthy, but it’s still hard for me to eat a cookie because I know it’s not good for my body.” While taking a marketing class taught by Darby assistant cross country and track coach Mark Tremayne in spring 2012, Shultz and Tremayne began discussing distance running. When Shultz told Tremayne that she had timed herself finishing a three-mile run in 20 minutes, 7 seconds, he had her meet with girls cross country and track coach Don Seymour. Seymour persuaded Shultz to give cross country a try for the first time last fall, and she quickly developed into the Panthers’ No. 2 runner. After finishing a race in 21:47 early in the season, Shultz gradually improved to the point where she finished 10th in the OCC-Cardinal Division meet in a personal-record

After being cut from the volleyball team her junior year, Cassady Shultz began running and developed into one of Darby’s top track and cross county performers. JOHN HULKENBERG/THISWEEKSPORTS

19:19.56. “Cassady’s an amazing story,” Seymour said. “I first met her in the sixth grade and she was this non-athletic kid who didn’t even like to run. And then as a junior, she dedicated herself to running, lost a lot of weight and became one of our top cross country runners of all time.” On April 4 while competing for the track team in the Chillicothe Zane Trace Invitational, Shultz set a personal record of 5:43.4 in the 1,600 meters. Seymour plans to have her compete in the 3,200 and 800 during the regular season as well, as he continues to search for her best event. Meanwhile, in just one year of competitive running, Shultz

has attracted the attention of college coaches. “I’ve heard from Division II and III schools, and even a couple Division I coaches,” Shultz said. “I never would have dreamed that I’d get the chance to run in college. I’m 99.9 percent sure I’m going to run cross country and track at Otterbein and I’m so excited to have that opportunity.” Shultz, who has a cumulative 4.0 GPA, wants to major in education or nursing and coach distance runners. “Running has completely changed my life and this is the happiest I’ve ever been,” she said.

The Hilliard Davidson High School boys track and field team scored 133.5 points to win the 13-team Dublin Classic on April 20 at Coffman ahead of runner-up Brunswick (99). Phillipie Motley won the 100 meters (11.07 seconds) and 200 (22.57). He also teamed with Damarcus Nelson, Cody Shutt and Kit Hodges to win the 400 relay (43.84) and combined with Nelson, Dametrius Clark and Josh Bernard to win the 1,600 relay (3:29.66). Placing second were Tyler Anthony in the discus (145 feet, 8 inches) and Garrett Knapik, Robert Lefevre, Lou Takahashi and Andrew Stroh in the 3,200 relay (8:35.63). Bradley finished sixth (44). Skylar Hartley was third in the shot put (46-8), and finishing fourth were Kyle Stebner in the 110 hurdles (16.59), Nick Christensen in the 1,600 (4:33.2), Daniel Tepe in the 300 hurdles (43.22), Matt Johnson in the 200 (23.34) and Demias

At a glance Below are the coming schedules for the Bradley, Darby and Davidson track & field teams: BRADLEY April 26 – Fulton Relays at Lancaster April 30 – At Olentangy Liberty DARBY April 26 – Fulton Relays at Lancaster DAVIDSON April 26 — Freedom Relays at Liberty April 30 — At Upper Arlington Note: Results can be found at

Heard, Tommy Horn, Johnson and Tepe in the 1,600 relay (3:32.26).

and 800 (2:24.82). Finishing second were Jane Onders in the 3,200 (11:49.41) and Iman Batiste, Lizzy Litzinger, Ashley Blake and Hoover in the 1,600 relay (4:12.15). Bradley finished seventh (41) as Sara Reitz won the long jump (15-8 1/2) and Tes Corea finished second in the 800 (2:27.39). Finishing fourth were Kayla Malik in the high jump (5-0), Alex Winter in the 3,200 (12:07.46) and Sarah Taylor, Malik, Hope Sawchuk and Sydney Rings in the 400 relay (52.5).

Darby gets weekend off

The Darby boys and girls teams were scheduled to comDavidson girls 2nd, pete April 19 in the Warrior Bradley 7th in Classic Relays at Lebanon, but the meet The Davidson girls team fin- was pushed back to April 22 ished second (91.5) in the 14- and the Panthers decided not team Dublin Classic behind to make the trip. Brunswick (104.5) as Lauren –Aaron Blankenship Hoover won the 1,600 (5:12.82)

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North-South game ‘big deal’ for area players By JARROD ULREY THISWEEKSPORTS.COM

The excitement of playing in the Ohio North-South Classic football game is two-fold for Jacob Matuska. Not only does the game give the Hartley High School senior a chance for extra work at defensive end – the position he expects to play for the University of Notre Dame this fall – but it provides him another opportunity to step onto the field with one of his Hartley teammates, senior running back Marcellus Calhoun. Matuska and Calhoun are two of 14 players from the ThisWeek coverage area who are expected to participate in the 68th annual event, which has switched to a two-game format. Both all-star games will be played Saturday, April 27, at Welcome Stadium in Dayton. “It’s definitely a big deal,” Matuska said. “Any all-star game you get invited to play in, you know it will be really competitive, and being able to play with Marcellus one more time will be fun. You get to see yourself

against the best players from Ohio and I’ll play some defensive end since that’s what I’m going to be playing in college.” The game featuring players from Divisions I, II and III schools begins at 4 p.m., followed by the game featuring players from Divisions IV-VI schools at 7 p.m. It marks the first time the event will be held at Welcome Stadium. It was held at Crew Stadium from 200107 and at Ohio Stadium the past five years. Last season, Matuska had 16 catches at tight end and played linebacker and was named to the ThisWeek Super 25 team, and Calhoun, who has committed to Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., rushed for 1,683 yards and 26 touchdowns and was honorable mention Super 25. The other area players set to play for the South all-stars in the Division IV-VI game are Newark Catholic’s Kevin Bourne (DL), Johnstown’s Nick Sadinsky (WR/DB), Heath’s Donyelle Simpson (RB) and Harvest Prep’s Zach Yousey (DB).

At a glance Below is a list of central Ohio players who are expected to compete for the South allstars in the Ohio North-South Classic on April 27 at Welcome Stadium in Dayton: DIVISIONS I-III (4 p.m.) Emmanuel Beal ................Reynoldsburg Caleb Day .........................Hilliard Darby Godwin Igwebuike .....Pickerington North E.J. Jennings ...............Hilliard Davidson Darron Lee ..........................New Albany Miles McCollum .............Dublin Coffman Mitchell Rowell ........................Gahanna Granyl Smith............................Gahanna DIVISIONS IV-VI (7 p.m.) Kevin Bourne ................Newark Catholic Marcellus Calhoun ......................Hartley Jacob Matuska ...........................Hartley Nick Sadinsky.......................Johnstown Donyelle Simpson.........................Heath Zach Yousey.......................Harvest Prep

Bourne, who has signed with Kent State, was named Division VI defensive Player of the Year and helped Newark Catholic finish as state runner-up last season. Sadinsky had six interceptions and was first-team all-

High schools announce coaching vacancies

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district in Division IV. Cadiz Harrison Central coach Justin Kropka is coaching the South and Creston Norwayne coach Joe Harbour is leading the North team. The Divisions I-III game features eight area players on the South team, including Pickerington North senior Godwin Igwebuike. The Northwestern signee made the Super 25 team and was named district Offensive Player of the Year in Division I last season after rushing for 1,981 yards and 25 touchdowns. He also is a standout defensive back. “It’s a great honor to come together with some of the best football players in the state and be coached up by some of the best coaches in the state,” Igwebuike said. The other area players on the South team are Reynoldsburg’s Emmanuel Beal (DL), Hilliard Darby’s Caleb Day (DB), Hilliard Davidson’s E.J. Jennings (RB), New Albany’s Darron Lee (QB/DB), Dublin Coffman’s Miles McCollum (DL) and Gahanna’s Mitchell Rowell (LB) and Granyl Smith (DL).

Xenia coach Bob DeLong is coaching the South team and Tiffin Columbian coach Brian Colatruglio is leading the North squad. Mark Mueller, who recently stepped down as coach at New Albany, is serving as an assistant for the South team. Lee is the only player for the South team who has signed with Ohio State. Two other OSU signees, Massillon Washington’s Gareon Conley (WR) and Cleveland Glenville’s Chris Worley (LB), are on the North roster. Day (Illinois), Jennings (Ashland), McCollum (Harvard) and Rowell (West Virginia State) also have made their college decisions. Last fall, Day, Jennings, Lee, McCollum, Rowell and Smith made firstteam all-district in Division I and Beal was second-team all-district. “It’s an honor to play with some of the best players, not only from Ohio but from the Midwest,” Lee said. “It’s going to be a great game and this is a great opportunity, not only to show my talents but to win.”


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The Eagles opened with a 19-17 win over Eastside on March 15 and defeated Pickerington B 15-5 on March 22 and Marysville 15-7 on April 12. They play Friday, April 26, at Licking Valley before playing Westerville B on Tuesday, April 30, at Westerville Central. The Eagles are in the Central Ohio League with Eastside, Licking Valley, Marysville, Mount Vernon, Pickerington, Tri-Village and Westerville. They also are in the Division II-Region III Columbus Conference with Eastside, Licking Valley, Marysville, Mount Vernon and the B teams from Pickerington and Westerville. The Eagles were ranked fifth in the Division II state rankings released April 7, behind topranked Brunswick. Eastside was ranked sixth. The Ohio Rugby Classic was canceled this spring, but central Ohio’s programs competed April 21 in what Pickerington coach Ryan Gramlich called a “Columbus Play Day.”The event consisted of 10 games and was held at Berliner Park. According to Gates, the top players for the Eagles have been seniorsTim Silleck (scrum-half) and Ryan Hock (flanker) and juniors DeAndre Golden (flyhalf) and Joe Hamlett (prop).

Three area teams playing in Division I

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most of its players from the Upper Arlington, Grandview and Hilliard school districts but also had players from Watterson and Liberty last spring, was the Division II state runner-up a year ago, losing to Indian Springs from Cincinnati 5-3 in the state final. Last season marked the first state final appearance for TriVillage since 2007, when it lost to Westerville 24-14 in the Division I title game. Tri-Village and Pickerington A are competing in the Division I Lower-Southern Conference this season and WestervilleA is in the Division I Upper Conference. “(Reaching the state final) I think opened eyes in a lot of ways for kids who want to come out and try a new sport,” seventh-year Tri-Village coach Tommy Fetters said. “We’ve got a lot of young guys and we have five guys coming back from last year.” In the state rankings released April 7, Westerville A was second behind Lakewood St. Edward, Pickerington A was seventh and Tri-Village was ninth. St. Edward beat Cincinnati Moeller 10-7 in the Division I state final last season. Top players for Tri-Village include senior Jared Millar (hooker) from Hilliard Davidson, seniors Walker Caldwell (lock), Ryne Frankenberry (flanker), Will McKenzie (wing) and Matt Young (scrum-half)

from UA and seniorTyler Dixon (prop) from Jonathan Alder. Tri-Village was 2-1 before competing in the Columbus Play Day. “Watterson’s got a team this year, so we lost some guys,” Fetters said. “They bumped us up to Division I, so it’s tougher competition, but (the players are) catching their stride.” Westerville A returned little experience from last season but was 5-2 before playing Cincinnati St. Xavier on April 19 and in the Columbus Play Day. The Worms lost to St. Edward 2421 on April 13. Top players for Westerville include juniors Adonis Davis (8-man) from Beechcroft, Ethan Frank (fly-half) and Amarcus Kelley (fullback/center) from Westerville South, Deone Lindsey (wing/center) from Columbus South and Ryan Wilson (flanker) from New Albany. The Worms, who have been

coached by John English since 1995, will compete in the Midwest Tournament on May 4 in Elkhart, Ind. The national tournament will be held May 16-18 in Elkhart. The first round of the state tournament will be held May 18, followed by second-round games May 25. The state finals in Division I and II will be held June 1 at Ohio State. “We’re getting better every week,” English said. “We’re basically starting this year with an inexperienced team, and a lot of players on the B-side team are in their first years playing. We do have athletes.” Pickerington’s A team was 2-1 and its B team was 1-2 before the Columbus Play Day. There are 40 players in the Pickerington program, with 35 from Pickerington North, two from Pickerington Central, two


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Mubasil Shamim is May’s Student of the Month. Many admire this Hilliard Davidson senior for his extraordinary ability and laid back attitude. Friend and fellow senior Michael Porter says Mubasil “is a great friend. He puts his heart into everything and has a positive outlook on life.” Friend Nick Armstrong says “Mubasil always knows what to say at the right time.” Mubasil exhibits this dedication through his countless hours spent involved with Key Club, Interact Club, National Honor Society, In the Know, Tennis and Science Olympiad, and Spanish Club. He is a white card holder and a National Merit Scholar Finalist. Other hobbies include reading, gaming, and digital art. Somehow Mubasil has been able to balance his heavy schedule with an equally rigorous load of coursework. This year his schedule is weighted with AP English Literature, AP Physics, AP Calculus BC, and Spanish 5 amongst the highlights. He says “I owe a lot to Mrs. Bloom and Mr. Owens for inspiring me with their contagious passion for their subjects, and for all of their great advice, school related or otherwise.” His status as a member of Señora Norma Miller’s Spanish 5 is a special accomplishment. Any student would be happy to rave about his exemplary leadership qualities. Mubasil has a lot in store for him this fall. This August he will attend The Ohio State University to study biomedical engineering. Later he plans on attending medical school or going into research and development. Mubasil’s hard work is clearly paying off, and this is why he is Hilliard Davidson’s Student of the Month.

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from Canal Winchester and one who is home-schooled. According to Gramlich, the program’s top players include juniors Justin Sanders (fly-half), Dylan Weigel (center) and Frankie Wyrick (utility) from North. Among the other key contributors, according to Gramlich, are senior Gabe Lieb (flanker), junior Alex Reigle (flanker) and sophomore Liam Carothers (8-man), each of whom attends North.

Central Ohio has two girls programs

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in the state, including two in central Ohio in Marysville and Westerville. The only other team in the Southern Ohio League is the Dayton-area club team. The Northeast Ohio League is comprised of Amherst, Cleveland St. Joseph Academy, Hudson, Lakewood, Mayfield, Medina, Medina Highland and Parma. Marysville was ranked seventh in the state poll released April 7, behind top-ranked Lakewood. Coach Melissa Kathmann is in her eighth season with the Westerville program, which draws from all three Westerville high schools and has had athletes from New Albany in past

years. Last year, Westerville went undefeated in the regular season. “We haven’t seen significant growth in central Ohio, but northern Ohio has continued to expand,” Kathmann said. “We’re hoping it catches on down here.” According to Kathmann, among the top players for her team are senior McKenna Cimperman (scrum-half) from Westerville North, senior Linda Li (hooker) from Westerville South and junior Jessi Branscomb (prop) from Westerville North. Marysville is coached by Rose Carnes, who has been involved in the sport since 1985.

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and one assist, junior attacker Connor McDunn had two goals and two assists, freshman midfielder Drake Stephens had one goal and one assist and sophomore goalkeeper Jake Angelo had 13 saves. “We played well as a team,” Angelo said. “We had great communication. We were great at getting to groundballs and we were great at keeping possession. “We were able to keep our heads on a swivel, which is important on defense. That keeps guys from getting around you.” Buck said his players did not make the mistakes they had made earlier in the season. “We had us with only three turnovers, and that can go a long way,” Buck said. “We had been averaging five (turnovers) a quarter or about 20 per game.” The Jaguars are halfway to winning the Hilliard Cup, which goes to the team with the best record against its fellow school district members. Bradley won the inaugural trophy in 2011 and Davidson earned it last season. The Jaguars and Wildcats meet May 10 at Bradley, and Darby plays host to Davidson on May 11. “We have to move on and play with this same intensity against everyone,” Angelo said. “We now are halfway to the Hilliard Cup, and it’s one of our goals to win that again.” Darby was 2-5 overall and 0-3 in the OCC-Ohio before playing Olentangy Orange on

At a glance Below are the coming schedules for the Bradley, Darby and Davidson boys and girls lacrosse teams: BRADLEY BOYS April 27 – At Liberty Township Lakota East *April 29 – At Olentangy *May 1 – Home vs. Olentangy Liberty Of note: The Jaguars were 3-4 overall before April 24 and are 1-1 in the OCC-Ohio. BRADLEY GIRLS April 25 – At Westerville Central April 27 – Home vs. Columbus Academy *April 30 – Home vs. Dublin Jerome Of note: The Jaguars were 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the OCC-Ohio before April 23. DARBY BOYS April 26 – At Bexley *May 1 – Home vs. Olentangy Of note: The Panthers were 2-5 overall and 0-3 in the OCC-Ohio

April 24. “Our inexperience and youth really showed (against Bradley),” Panthers coach Rob Schmeling said. “We definitely learned we have a long way to go. We have to get back to the fundamentals of the game.” Sophomore attacker Max Weese led the Panthers against Bradley, scoring three goals. Sophomore attacker Ryan Rampi had a goal and an assist and junior goalie David Black had four saves. “In a game like lacrosse, you talk about momentum swings,” Schmeling said. “When you’re down a couple of goals, that doesn’t mean you’re out of it. We need to battle for four quarters. “I thought at times our riding defense did well, but we

before April 24. DARBY GIRLS *April 25 – At Upper Arlington April 27 – At Bexley April 30 – Home vs. Davidson Of note: The Panthers were 2-6 overall and 0-2 in the OCC-Buckeye. DAVIDSON BOYS April 26 – Home vs. Westerville Central *May 1 – Home vs. Dublin Coffman Of note: The Wildcats are 5-4 overall and 1-1 in the OCC-Buckeye before April 24. DAVIDSON GIRLS April 25 – Home vs. Marysville April 30 – At Darby Of note: The Wildcats were 2-7 overall and 0-3 in the OCC-Ohio before April 23. *League contest Note: Results can be found at

didn’t play up to our expectations.”

Davidson boys close in on 2012 win total

The Davidson boys team was 5-4 overall and 1-1 in the OCCBuckeye before playing Upper Arlington on April 24. Last season, the Wildcats finished 8-10 overall and 1-5 in the league. Davidson lost to St. Charles 12-8 on April 18 but rebounded to beat Centerville 11-5 on April 20. Against St. Charles, junior attacker Luke Myers had three goals, senior attacker Samuel Lieburn had two goals and junior goalie Seth McCall had seven saves.

Hilliard offering youth sports programs The Hilliard Recreation and Parks Department and Jump Start Sports are offering a Tball program for boys and girls ages 3-5. It will be held Monday evenings from May 13 through June 24 (no class May 27) at Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park’s field 8.

Registration also is under way for a sports camp to be held June 3-7 at the Hilliard Community Center for boys and girls ages 4-7. For more information or to register for these programs, visit or call Aaron Bally at (614) 505-6532.

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Coming up To update a listing, email visit Hilliard Relay for Life, 2 p.m. June 15 through 8 a.m. June 16 at Hilliard Davidson Events and High School, 5100 Hilliard programs Davidson Road. Teams from Hilliard United Methodist area businesses, organizations Church Rummage Sale, 8:30 and schools will walk to raise a.m. to 8 p.m. April 25 and 8:30 money for the American Cana.m. to 1 p.m. April 26 at Ware- cer Society and its efforts in house 839, 3691 Main St. A cancer research and educabake sale will be held April 25. tion. Call 800-227-2345 or Items include household goods, visit AARP Foundation Senior clothing, shoes, books, toys, tools, furniture and baked Community Service Employgoods. Proceeds support mis- ment Program assists unemployed Franklin, Delaware and sion projects. Central Ohio Diabetes Licking county workers age 55 Association Family Fun and over with securing employWalk & Run, 9 a.m. April ment. The program offers paid 27 at Genoa Park in down- work experience, specialized town Columbus. In addition training, upgrading of skills to participants, a number of and job-search assistance. Age, volunteers are needed before, income and residency requireduring and after the event. ments apply. Call 614-258Volunteers will assist with 7295 or 614-322-0600, from event set-up and tear-down, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday staffing registration tables through Friday. and other duties. Contact the Central Ohio Diabetes AssoHealth ciation at 614-884-4400 or American Red Cross, sign up online at www.vol- blood drive, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 Registra- p.m. May 11 at Resurrection tion for walkers is $30 or $35 Evangelical Lutheran Church, with T-shirt. Family rates are 3500 Main St., Hilliard. available at $60 or $80 with Appointments are accepted at T-shirts. Visit or by or call 614-884-4400. This calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. event will be held rain or Mention the RELC location. shine. Proceeds will help sup- Walk-ins are welcome. port education programs, nutritional counseling, comMeetings munity detection, youth and Columbus Home Econocamp programs and other mists in Home & Commuservices. Luther B.Turner Masonic nity, luncheon, 11:45 a.m. Lodge, fish fry, 3 to 7 p.m. May 9 at the Scioto Country April 27 at the lodge, 2933 Val- Club, 2196 Riverside Drive. ley View Road. Meals include Joan Riegal will present the fish, cole slaw and cake. Cost program, “The Quilts of is $7 per person.Takeout meals GEE’s Bend.” GEE’s Bend quilt makers have become available. St. Brendan Women’s famous for their unique “fiber Club, 13th annual dinner and art,” while their quilt making fashion show, 6 p.m. May 8. was for utilitarian purposes The program will feature only. For reservations, due fashions by Macy’s. Cost $30 May 3, call 740-965-3889 or per person. For reservations, 614-459-1029. Inventors Network disdue May 5, contact stbrwomcusses the invention process Columbus Spring Avant- at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday Garde Art & Craft Show, of the month at TechColum10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 11 at bus, 1275 Kinnear Road. The St. Agatha’s Parish Hall, 1860 topic for May 14 will be “Is Northam Road, Upper Arling- Design Important If No ton. Items include screen- Other Product Does What printed Columbus pride wear, Mine Does?” Cost is $36 per antique jewelry repurposed year for members (not prointo accessories, handmade rated for a partial year) or $5 pizza cutters and wine bottle per meeting. Call 614-470lights. Admission is $3, free 0144 or visit inventorscolumfor children under age 12. A Northwest AMVETS Post portion of proceeds will benef it Columbus nonprof it No. 911, 7 p.m. meets the first Charity Newsies, which pro- Thursday of each month in vides clothing for school chil- the VFW Hall, 2436 Walcutt dren. For more information, Road. Call 614-876-4817.

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Hilliard Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at the Joint Safety Services Building, 5171 Northwest Parkway. Old Hilliardfest Planning Committee meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at various locations in Old Hilliard. For meeting information, visit Tri-Village Sertoma, noon Wednesdays at the Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road. Potential new members welcome. Call 614-274-5900. Morning Business Network Exchange, 8 to 9 a.m.

the second Friday of the month at Chick-fil-a of the Market at Hilliard, 1988 Hilliard Rome Road. Open to all current Hilliard Chamber of Commerce members. Call Libby Gierach at 614-876-7666 or email Rotary Club of Hilliard, noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays, at Heritage Golf Club, 3525 Heritage Club Drive. Visit Hilliard Lions Club, 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at the Hilliard Senior Center. Rhythm Reelers Square Dance Club, 8 to 10:30 p.m. the second and fourth Fridays

of the month at Hilliard Presbyterian Church, 3600 Leap Road. Call Bill or Judy Podolski at 614-889-0223. New Neighbors League of Columbus, monthly luncheon the second Tuesday of each month, get-acquainted coffee the third Wednesday. Visit for meeting times and locations. To join, email Sawmill Road Toastmasters, noon the first and third Mondays of every month at Sunflower Restaurant, 7370 Sawmill Road. Visitors are welcome; visit Members

focus on public-speaking skills. AmSpirit Business Connections – Heritage Chapter, 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Max & Erma’s, 4279 Cemetery Road. The Hilliard Chapter, 11:45 a.m. Wednesdays at Jed’s, 3799 Park Mill Run Drive. Contact Frank Agin at for either group.

Support groups

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Coming up FROM >> C7 information on post-polio syndrome, 10 to 11:30 a.m. May 4 at the Westerville MCL Restaurant, 76 E. Schrock Road. For more information, contact Monica Wilford at 614-581-6979 or 614-3370990. Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group, sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association, Central Ohio Chapter, 9:30 a.m. on the third Friday of the month at the Hilliard Senior Center, 3810 Veterans Memorial Drive. Open to anyone affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Call Dee Slee at 614529-4991 before attending the f irst time to verify the meeting time. People With Cancer Group, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at First Community Church, 1320 Cambridge Blvd. Elaine Manley, a reg-

istered nurse, leads this group for those with any type or stage of cancer. For information, call Manley at 614-4991152. Friends and Family of Those with Cancer Group, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at First Community Church, 1320 Cambridge Blvd. Valerie Milgrom, a registered nurse, will lead this group that shares the experience of caring for a loved one. For information, call Milgrom at 614-4034881. Bereavement Support Group, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at the Northwest Masonic Temple, 2436 W. DublinGranville Road, Columbus. Elaine Manley, a registered nurse, facilitates this group offering compassionate and confidential support for anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. For more information, call 614-499-1152.

Al-Anon, for friends and families of alcoholics; for meeting information, visit Survivors of Suicide (SOS), a weekly support group for people who have experienced the completion of suicide by someone they love, 7 p.m. Thursdays at Columbia Heights Methodist Church, 775 Galloway Road. Call 614-565-3181. Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome/Fibromyalgia meeting, 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at Overbrook Presbyterian Church, 4131 N. High St. Call 614457-5132 for more information. Depression Bipolar Support Alliance of Northwest Columbus, 7 to 9 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at Meadow Park Church of God, 2425 Bethel

Road. Call 614-547-9788. Meadow Park Church of God is not aff iliated with the DBSA. Overeaters Anonymous, 4 p.m. the first Friday of the month at Hilliard Presbyterian Church, 3600 Leap Road. Call Carol at 614-777-8596 or visit Ala-Teen and Al-Anon Support Groups, visit to find meeting information. Eating disorder support groups for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder support group and family and friends, 6:30 to 8 p.m., the first and third Tuesdays of each month (except holidays), at the Center for Balanced Living, 445 E. Granville Road, Buildings M, N and O, Worthington. Free, but donations are accepted. Call 614-293-9550 or visit thecenterforbal-

Balloon Twisting 101 Children ages 7-10 can learn how to make creative balloon sculptures with a professional balloon artist from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, April 30 through May 21. Erica Carlson has been a chil-

dren’s entertainer for 14 years and knows how to make a wide variety of animals and popular characters. Participants will receive a hand pump and bag of balloons to practice creations. Cost is $55 for residents and $60 for non-residents.


The following meet in the Hilliard Municipal Building, 3800 Municipal Way, unless otherwise noted. Mayor’s Court, 8 a.m. Wednesdays at Norwich Joint Safety Services Building, 5171 Northwest Parkway. Court hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Hilliard City Council, 7 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of the month. For agendas, visit Hilliard Planning and Zoning Commission, 7 p.m. the second Thursday of the month and the fourth Tuesday, when necessary. For agendas, visit Board of Zoning Appeals, 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month in council chambers. Civil Service Commission, 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of the month in the mayor’s conference room. Shade Tree Commission, 6:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month in the mayor’s conference room. Recreation and Parks Commission, 7 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the month in council chambers.

Immunization clinic set up for children

Parks and recreation For more information on the programs listed here, call 614-876-5200. The Hilliard Recreation and Parks Department is located at 3800 Veterans Memorial Drive. Mental Health Through Will-Training, sponsored by Recovery International, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays at Worthington Presbyterian Church, 773 N. High St. Individuals struggling with stress, anxiety, panic, fatigue, depression or fear are welcome. Freewill offerings accepted. For more information, contact Paul at 614-895-6760 or

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Park Bark The Heritage Trail Dog Park is having a grand opening from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. April 27. Guests can park at Giant Eagle on Hayden Run and ride the Park and Bark Shuttle. Chris Cakes will be selling pancakes Yoga Classes are from 6:45 to 8 p.m. Mon- for a small fee. There will be food trucks, day nights at the Community Center. games, venders and more. Call 614-876-5200 for information. There is a $4 drop in fee. Bring a mat

Franklin County Public Health will offer childhood immunizations by appointment only at a clinic set for 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at Norwich Township Fire Station 83, 4283 Davidson Road, Hilliard. Required immunizations are available for a $15 fee per shot to children 1 month to 18 years old. To schedule an appointment, call 614-525-3719. Cash, checks, Medicaid,

CareSource or Molina will be accepted. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay for childhood immunizations. Participants should bring an insurance card, photo identification and their child’s shot record with them. A completed consent form is required if a parent or legal guardian is not present at the clinic. For more information, call 614-525-3719 or visit

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