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Jaguars garner share of OCC title By SCOTT HENNEN THISWEEKSPORTS.COM

The Darby boys team lost to Gahanna 3-2 on Oct. 10 to drop to 4-12 overall and end its regular season on a threegame losing streak. Midfielder Brian Lee had two goals against Bradley. Seeded 24th, the Panthers opened

Senior leadership has played a key role in the Hilliard Bradley High School girls volleyball team winning its second league title in three seasons and earning the program’s highest postseason seed. The Jaguars finished 12-2 in the OCC-Cardinal Division to tie Westerville Central for the league championship ahead of third-place Dublin Scioto (11-3). They won the OCCCapital title two years ago. “This is the second OCC championship for our senior class, who also won as sophomores,” coach RyAnne Ufferman said. “Their leadership has been essential to our success.” Bradley, which finished the regular season 18-4 overall, is seeded third in the Division I district tournament and played 43rd-seeded Walnut Ridge in the first round Oct. 15. The winner plays host to 45th-seeded Dublin Jerome in the second round Thursday, Oct. 17. The Jaguars swept the Celtics in league play, winning 25-11, 25-13, 25-3 on Aug. 27 and 25-11, 25-12, 25-14 on Sept. 19. “We know that tournament time is a brand new season and we need to enter every game with fire and consistency,” Ufferman said. “We’re taking every game one step at a time.” The second-round winner will face 15th-seeded Gahanna, 16th-seeded Thomas Worthington or 25th-seeded Olentangy Orange in a district semifinal Oct. 24 at Whitehall. The district final is Oct. 26 at



Bradley’s Jeff Ireland is congratulated by teammates after scoring one of his three goals Oct. 8 during a 5-3 victory over Darby to clinch the OCC-Cardinal title. JOHN HULKENBERG/THISWEEKSPORTS


Bradley boys win first OCC title


The Hilliard Bradley High School boys soccer team rallied from a 2-0 halftime deficit to beat Hilliard Darby 5-3 on Oct. 8 to capture its first league title. Midfielder Jeff Ireland had three goals, including the game-winner, and midfielder Tyler Dillow scored two for the Jaguars, who improved to 9-1-6 overall and finished atop the OCC-Cardinal Division at 5-0-2. Canal Winchester (5-1-1) was second, followed by Westerville South (30-4), Westerville Central (3-1-3), Dublin Scioto (2-4-1), Dublin Jerome (1-3-3),

Darby (1-6) and Westerville North (16). The victory over Darby also gave Bradley a share of the Hilliard Cup with Davidson. The Jaguars and Wildcats played to a 1-all tie on Sept. 19 and Davidson defeated the Panthers 10 on Sept. 5. “This is one of the greatest moments I’ve had as a coach and winning the OCC and Hilliard Cup on the same day means a lot to our players, too,” coach Pat Billman said. “This was a boxing match and Darby came out and hit us in the mouth with two goals right away, but our kids answered the bell and won this game in the second half.”

Seeded fourth of 45 teams in the Division I district tournament, Bradley had a first-round bye and will play host to 18th-seeded Scioto or 40th-seeded Whetstone in the second round Saturday, Oct. 19. The Jaguars defeated Scioto 3-2 on Oct. 1. The second-round winner will face 13th-seeded Upper Arlington, 17thseeded Jerome or 35th-seeded Walnut Ridge in a district semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the site of the higher seed. Bradley defeated UA 3-1 on Oct. 3 and beat Jerome 8-2 on Aug. 27. “Our draw is very difficult and every

game is going to be a dogfight,” Billman said. “We need to play together and stay unselfish because we’re tough to beat when we play that way.”

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Davidson to test Liberty’s run defense By SCOTT GERFEN THISWEEKSPORTS.COM

The Olentangy Liberty High School football team has proven that its defense can be stingy against the run. The Patriots held Upper Arlington, which has Michigan State recruit Chris Frey among its running backs, to 81 yards on 38 carries in their 16-8 win Sept. 27. The challenge will be even bigger Friday, Oct. 18, when they travel to Hilliard Davidson for an OCC-Central Division game. The Wildcats, who were ranked seventh in the Division I state poll last week and improved to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the OCC-Central with a 21-0 win over UA on Oct. 11, have one of the area’s most potent option attacks. “We know what they’re good at and they have (a) great (blocking) technique,” Patriots two-way lineman and University of Cincinnati recruit Luke Callahan said. “They also like to throw the swing pass. We know this game is definitely important to us from the

standpoint of the league standings and computer points (in the region standings).” Liberty, which is in Division I, Region I, improved to 4-3 and 3-1 with a 66-0 win over Westland on Oct. 11. The Patriots scored 36 points in the first quarter against the Cougars and finished with 312 yards rushing on 40 carries. Running back Daryian Davies led the way with 76 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries. Running back Nick Durtschi added 49 yards and two touchdowns on six carries and caught an 18-yard touchdown pass. Davies (650 yards, 130 carries, 11 TDs) and Durtschi (438 yards, 58 carries, 5 TDs) are the top rushers for Liberty. Durtschi also has 21 receptions for 341 yards and four touchdowns, and senior quarterback Matt Kessler has thrown for 1,274 yards and 10 touchdowns with seven interceptions. “Olentangy Liberty beat Upper Arlington by a similar score,” David-

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Davidson’s Brett Annis tracks down Upper Arlington’s Chris Frey on Oct. 11 during the Wildcats’ 21-0 victory. PAUL VERNON/THISWEEKSPORTS

son coach Brian White said. “(Lib- another extreme struggle for us, I’m erty) is big. They have a big, old defensive line, offensive line. It will be WILDCATS >> A26

OLENTANGY LIBERTY at DAVIDSON •When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 •Last meeting: 2012, Davidson 28-7 •Liberty (4-3 overall, 3-1 in OCC-Central) to date: Defeated Olentangy Orange 25-7; lost to Olentangy 26-23 (2OT); lost to Uniontown Lake 31-14; def. Central Crossing 497; def. Upper Arlington 16-8; lost to Marysville 31-21; def. Westland 66-0 •Davidson (7-0 overall, 4-0 in OCC-Central) to date: Def. Grove City 28-19; def. Hilliard Darby 21-0; def. Beavercreek 357; def. Dublin Coffman 28-7; def. Central Crossing 66-20; def. Westland 63-12; def. Upper Arlington 21-0 •Top Patriots: Luke Callahan (OL/DL), Daryian Davies (RB), Nick Durtschi (RB), Matt Kessler (QB), Hunter Littlejohn (OL/DL), David Trzcinski (OL) and Kyle Wagner (LB) •Top Wildcats: Alex Backenstoe (TE/LB), Markus Bailey (RB/LB), D.D. Clark (RB), Nick Iske (QB), Jared Johns (OL), Phillipie Motley (RB/DB) and Nick Stull (DB)


Bradley already in postseason frame of mind By DAVE PURPURA THISWEEKSPORTS.COM

Darby’s Anton Trapasso lunges forward after being wrapped up by Westerville South’s Ethan Frank on Oct. 11 during the Panthers’ 52-17 victory. JOSH BICKEL/THISWEEKSPORTS


Darby focuses on task at hand By SCOTT GERFEN THISWEEKSPORTS.COM

The Hilliard Darby High School football team controls its own fate in the race for the OCC-Cardinal Division championship, but according to coach John Santagata, that doesn’t make the task any easier. The Panthers defeated Westerville South 52-17 on Oct. 11 to improve to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the OCC-Cardinal and are riding a five-game winning streak. Their final three opponents have a combined record of 15-6. Darby travels to Dublin Scioto on Friday, Oct. 18, before facing Westerville Central on Oct. 25 and Hilliard Bradley on Nov. 1. The Warhawks are 4-0 in

league play and the Irish and Jaguars are both 3-1. “We’re in the middle of a gauntlet right now, so it’s important that we remain focused for Dublin Scioto,” Santagata said. “Dublin Scioto looks like another solid team, and we’re getting used to playing good teams week in and week out in our league.” Scioto defeated Dublin Jerome 42-20 on Oct. 10 to improve to 5-2 overall and extend its winning streak to three games. The Irish, whose league loss came against Central (41-38 on Sept. 20), are averaging 33.1 points. “It’s a big game from the standpoint of computer points (for Division II, Region 5) and league standings,” Scioto coach Karl Johnson said. “The winner of this

game puts themselves in position for second place, but we’d love to get a win and see Westerville Central knock them off.” Scioto jumped out to a 21-0 lead against Jerome, as running back Nick Conner scored on runs of 4 and 1 yards. He also scored from his linebacker position, returning an interception 25 yards for a touchdown. Quarterback Nathan Densel enters the matchup with Darby with 1,382 yards passing, 315 yards rushing and a total of 13 touchdowns. His top receivers are Darius McDonald (36 catches, 351 yards, 3 TDs) and Dan Carney (17 catches, 268 yards). McDonald also has 297 yards rushing


With the Hilliard Bradley High School football team likely needing to win out and get some help to make its first playoff appearance, coach Mike LoParo hasn’t shied away from discussing the postseason with his players. The Jaguars, who defeated Canal Winchester 49-7 on Oct. 11 and have won four of their past five games, are 4-3 overall and 3-1 in the OCC-Cardinal Division heading into a matchup Friday, Oct. 18, at Westerville North. “We talk a lot about it, actually,” LoParo said, referring to the playoffs. “A lot of it has to do with the fact that we’re such a young school (having opened in 2009). We’ve been sort of thrown to the wolves being in a tough region (Division II, Region 5) and a tough conference. The playoffs are the next step for our program to take.” Bradley was expected to be 15th in the Region 5 computer ratings when the OHSAA released them Oct. 15. The top eight teams in the region make the playoffs. LoParo believes Bradley needs to play at the level it did when it posted consecutive shutouts against Olentangy Orange (44-0 on Sept. 13) and Dublin Jerome (20-0 on Sept. 20) if it is to make a serious push toward the playoffs. The Jaguars have averaged 39.2 points in their last five games, but they allowed a com-

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BRADLEY at WESTERVILLE NORTH •When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 •Last meeting: 2012, Bradley 41-14 •Bradley (4-3 overall, 3-1 in OCCCardinal) to date: Lost to Marysville 21-7; lost to Reynoldsburg 33-21; defeated Olentangy Orange 44-0; def. Dublin Jerome 20-0; def. Westerville South 5248; lost to Westerville Central 6931; def. Canal Winchester 49-7 •North (2-5 overall, 0-4 in OCCCardinal) to date: Def. Franklin Heights 48-21; def. Newark 4235; lost to Reynoldsburg 34-14; lost to Hilliard Darby 37-6; lost to Dublin Scioto 41-19; lost to Dublin Jerome 21-0; lost to Westerville Central 56-7 •Top Jaguars: Ryan Beveridge (OL/DL), Josias Cruceta (OL/DL), Skylar Hartley (OL/DL),Tommy Horn (QB), T.J. Martin (RB/DL), Zack Popovec (WR/LB), Jacob Pugh (LB) and Daniel Tepe (DB) •Top Warriors: Jake Downs (QB/DB), Brandon Fenton (DB), Erik Hagedorn (RB/DB), Jake Hinz (RB/LB), Andrew Malick (TE/LB), Andy Struttmann (RB/LB), John Taylor (RB/LB) and Moises Vasquez (TE/DL)

bined 117 points in a 52-48 win over Westerville South on Sept. 27 and a 69-31 loss to Westerville Central on Oct. 4. Senior quarterback Tommy Horn, junior running back Trey Anderson, senior running back


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Wildcats place seventh at district tournament By SCOTT HENNEN THISWEEKSPORTS.COM

(309) in the 12-team Turnberry sectional Oct. 1 behind North (399) to advance to district. Schad led the Wildcats with a 76, followed by Adkins (77), Rubin (78), Stimmel (78) and Newton (83). Davidson went 13-15 in the four-round OCC-Central Division tournament to place fifth, behind Coffman (28-0), Upper Arlington (23-5), Olentangy Liberty (19-9) and Marysville (15-13) and ahead of Thomas Worthington (10-18), Central Crossing (4-24) and Westland (0-28). Schad had a 79.75 average in league play to make thirdteam all-league and Rubin had a 79.6 average and was honorable mention all-league.

The Hilliard Davidson High School boys golf team ended its season in the Division I district tournament Oct. 8 at Apple Valley. The Wildcats shot a 325 to place seventh of 12 teams. Dublin Jerome (299), Pickerington North (305) and New Albany (308) advanced to state Friday, Oct. 18, and Saturday, Oct. 19, at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course. Freshman Jack Rubin and senior Jacob Newton each shot a 78 to lead the Wildcats. Also competing were sophomore Josh Adkins (80), junior Nick Schad (89) and senior Josh Stimmel (90). Dublin Coffman’s Nick Jaguars losing one Sparling secured the third and senior in Storch final individual state-qualifyBradley ended its season in ing berth with a 74. Davidson placed second the 13-team Division I sectional

At a glance

Below are the team scores, individual state qualifiers and local results from the Division I district boys golf tournament Oct. 8 at Apple Valley: 1. Dublin Jerome 299; *2. Pickerington North 305; *3. New Albany 308; 4. Dublin Coffman (DC) 312; 5. St. Charles (SC) 314; 6. Upper Arlington 315; 7. Hilliard Davidson 325; 8. Olentangy Liberty 326; 9. Marietta 330; 10. Thomas Worthington 338; 11. Logan 342; 12. Dover 349 Individual state qualifiers: Grant Godfrey (Delaware) 73; Eddie O’Brien (SC) 73; #Nick Sparling (DC) 74 *State qualifier #Won playoff

BRADLEY •Finishes: Fifth in OCC-Cardinal, sixth at sectional •Senior lost: Cody Storch •Key returnees: Damon Birkhead, Noah Fernandez, Joe Ingstrum, Scott McCutcheon and Matt Runser DARBY •Finishes: Tied for sixth in OCC-Cardinal, eighth at sectional •Seniors lost: Sean Delaney, Dan Lewis and C.J. Martin •Key returnees: Jordan Coppess, Alex Herman, Andy Rice and Ethan West DAVIDSON •Finishes: Fifth in OCC-Central, second at sectional, seventh at district •Seniors lost: Chandler Fullenkamp, Alec Grimm, Tucker Hensel, Mitchell Lince,Andrew Maughan, Jacob Newton and Josh Stimmel •Key returnees: Josh Adkins, Jack Rubin and Nick Schad

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Oct. 1 at Darby Creek. The Jaguars finished sixth (322), as New Albany (299), Coffman (304) and Olentangy Liberty (307) advanced to district. Senior Cody Storch carded a 76 and competed in a threeplayer playoff for the third and final individual district-qualifying berth.

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Davidson’s year ends at district Four members of the Hilliard Davidson High School girls tennis team competed in the Division I district tournament Oct. 11 and 12 on their home courts, but none advanced to state. In singles, sophomore Heather Haynes opened with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over Worthington Kilbourne’s Erica Chen before losing to Watterson’s Courtney Brown 6-1, 61 in a state-qualifying match, and senior Emily Turner lost to Olentangy Liberty’s Alexia Meyer 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the first


round. In doubles, senior twin sisters Laura and Natalie Hagy lost to Pickerington Central twin sisters Isis and Kyah Thomas 7-5, 6-1 in the first round. The top four finishers in singles and doubles at district advanced to state Friday, Oct. 18, at Ohio State and Saturday, Oct. 19, at Davidson. Neither Bradley nor Darby had any district qualifiers. –Aaron Blankenship

has scored eight touchdowns. Senior quarterback Nick Iske has completed 11 of 19 passes for 236 yards and four touchdowns this season. “We’ve been sticking to our defense for the most part this season, but we’ve added some different techniques, depending on what kind of offense we will face,” Callahan said. “I know the coaches have told us to prepare for a rough week of practice because they’re going to push us hard (to prepare for Davidson).”

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Bradley girls place second in OCC meet

The Bradley girls team finished second in the OCC-Cardinal meet Oct. 12 at Darby. The Jaguars scored 72 points to finish behind Dublin Scioto (54) and ahead of Westerville North (83), Dublin Jerome (89), Westerville Central (90), Canal Winchester (135), Darby (178) and Westerville South (195). Junior Tes Corea led the Jaguars, placing sixth in 19:15.26. Also scoring were Sarah Hevener (ninth, 19:40.19), Colleen Grainger (14th, 20:02.86), Elaina Alpeter (17th, 20:09.58) and Ekiza Alpeter (26th, 20:41.59). The boys team finished fifth (121) in the league meet, behind Jerome (23), North (66), Darby (81) and South (97) and ahead of Scioto (141), Canal Winchester (164) and Central (242). Senior Eric McCabe led the Jaguars, finishing seventh (16:00.53). Also scoring were Daniel Butchko (15th, 16:21.15), Alex Lewis (31st, 16:57.66), Ahmed Hamed (32nd, 16:59.44) and Darian Sorensen (37th, 17:22.3). Both teams will compete in the Division I, district 3 meet Saturday, Oct. 19, at Watkins Memorial. The top six teams and top 24 individuals advance to regional.

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The Hilliard Davidson High School boys cross country team placed five runners in the top 15, including four in the top seven, to capture the OCC-Central Division championship Oct. 12 at Darby. Colin Burdette led the way for the Wildcats in the league meet. The junior placed second in 15 minutes, 12.91 seconds behind Olentangy Liberty’s Andrew Johnston (14:51.6). Also scoring for the Wildcats were Garrett Knapik (fourth, 15:37.38), Ryan Whitney (sixth, 15:46.95), Luke Hoover (seventh, 15:47.56) and Johnny McKeown (15th, 16:15.62). Davidson scored 34 points to finish well ahead of runnerup Liberty (58). Dublin Coffman (58) was third, followed by Thomas Worthington (93), Marysville (154), Upper Arlington (167), Central Crossing (214) and Westland (215). The girls team placed third (59) in the league meet behind UA (39) and Thomas (51) and ahead of Liberty (88), Coffman (119), Westland (203), Marysville (210) and Central Crossing (228). Junior Lilly Saniel-Banrey placed fourth (18:38.08) to lead the Wildcats. Also scoring were Jane Onders (sixth, 18:44.65), Lauren Erdman (14th, 19:29.83), India Johnson (16th, 19:32.03) and Catherine Hildenbrand (19th, 19:42.06). Both teams will compete in the Division I, district 1 meet Saturday, Oct. 19, at Watkins Memorial. The top five teams and top 20 individuals advance to regional Oct. 26 at Pickerington North.

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Bradley ends season at district tournament

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By JARROD ULREY THISWEEKSPORTS.COM A year after placing eighth at the Division I district tournament, the Hilliard Bradley girls golf team improved to seventh as it shot 387 on Oct. 8 at the Links at Groveport. Dublin Coffman shot a 300 to win their second consecutive district title as two-time defending state champion Dublin Jerome (308) earned the other state-qualifying berth. Advancing as individuals to state Friday, Oct. 18, and Saturday, Oct. 19, at Ohio State’s Gray Course were Watterson junior Erin Harper, who carded a 72, and Gahanna junior Emily Hughes, who shot 78. Senior Alyssa Parkin led the Jaguars with a 92, followed by juniors Zoe Banaag (93) and Caitlin Silva (94), senior Brooke Boring (108) and junior Ashley Bisciotti (109). The Jaguars tied Westerville Central for fourth (18-14) in the OCC-Capital behind champion Coffman (32-0). “It’s an accomplishment to be considered one of the nine or 10 top teams in the Central District with the talent that’s out there,” coach Doug Grieble said. “We’ll have three that are returning (after competing at district) and a couple other juniors coming back.” Davidson’s season ended with a fifth-place finish (388) in the Oakhaven sectional Oct. 1 behind champion Jerome (299). Katie Lease, who led the Wildcats with a 92 at sectional and was a two-time district qualifier, was joined in the senior class by Megan Ries. Davidson finished fifth (1513) in the OCC-Ohio behind champion Pickerington North (28-0). Eligible to return are junior Sydney Weadock and

Bradley’s Caitlin Silva shot a 94 at the Division I district tournament Oct. 8. CHRIS PARKER/THISWEEKSPORTS

At a glance BRADLEY •Finishes: Tied for fourth in OCCCapital, third at sectional, seventh at district Below are the team scores, individ- •Seniors lost: Brooke Boring and ual state qualifiers and local results Alyssa Parkin from the Division I district girls golf •Key returnees: Zoe Banaag, Ashtournament Oct. 8 at The Links at ley Bisciotti and Caitlin Silva Groveport: DARBY *1. Dublin Coffman 300; *2. Dublin •Finishes: Seventh in OCC-Ohio, Jerome 308; 3. Watterson (W) 361; 10th at sectional 4.Thomas Worthington 373; 5. Pick- •Seniors lost: Spencer Martin erington North 374; 6. Worthington •Key returnees: Anna Burkhart, Kilbourne 375; 7. Hilliard Bradley Lydia McDaniels and Hailey Scott 387; 8. Westerville Central 389; 9. DAVIDSON Upper Arlington 392 Individual qualifiers: Erin Harper (W) •Finishes: Fifth in OCC-Ohio, fifth at sectional 72; Emily Hughes (Gahanna) 78 •Seniors lost: Katie Lease and *State qualifier Bradley: Alyssa Parkin 92, Zoe Megan Ries Banaag 93, Caitlin Silva 94, Brooke •Key returnees: Josie Brown,Annie Stimmel and Sydney Weadock Boring 108, Ashley Bisciotti 109

sophomores Josie Brown and Annie Stimmel. Darby went 1-27 in the OCC-Ohio and was 10th (427) in the sectional at Mentel Memorial behind champion Coffman (302). Spencer Mar-

tin, who shot a 110 at sectional, was the only senior. Eligible to return are sophomores Anna Burkhart and Lydia McDaniels and freshman Hailey Scott.


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Whitehall. Bradley has two four-year starters in libero Jen Espenschied and setter Christy Tieman and a three-year starter in senior outside hitter Lexi Jacobs. Through 22 matches, Espenschied had a team-high 316 digs and 43 assists and was 98.2 percent on serve-receive and 92.2 percent on serving with 38 aces. Tieman had a team-high 584 assists with 112 digs, 68 kills and 25 blocks and was 92.4 percent on servereceive, and Jacobs had 133 kills, 47 blocks and 66 digs and was 95.9 percent on serving with 29 aces. Junior outside hitter Meredith Miller had 201 digs, a team-high 193 kills and 19 blocks and was 88.3 percent on serving with 21 aces and 92.4 percent on serve-receive. Junior middle hitter Darby Connors had 175 kills, 79 blocks and 42 digs and was 82.1 percent on serving with 40 aces. Junior outside hitter Raimey Benson had 152 kills, 39 blocks and 84 digs and was 90.2 percent on serving with 19 aces and 86.3 percent on servereceive. Freshman defensive specialist Aidan Johnson had 64 digs.

Wildcats finish 2nd in OCC-Central


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said. “We have had more consistent play and we’re playing with more sense of urgency. “Our defense has gotten better throughout the season and we have been able to convert more hitting into kills.” The f irst-round winner plays 18th-seeded Watterson in the second round Thursday, Oct. 17, at the home of the higher seed. The Wildcats have not played Watterson this season. The second-round winner will face seventh-seeded Lancaster, 32nd-seeded Groveport or 35th-seeded Reynoldsburg in a district semifinal Oct. 24 at Whitehall. The district final is Oct. 26 at Whitehall. Through 22 matches, freshmen middle/outside hitter Kendyl Paris had a team-high 254 kills, 75 blocks and 46 aces, junior outside hitter Olivia Canestraro had 178 kills, a teamhigh 223 digs and 32 aces, junior setter Meghan Munson had a team-high 766 assists and 154 digs and junior middle hitter Anne Schroeder had 149 kills and 47 blocks. Junior outside hitter Meghan Murphy had 141 kills, 48 blocks, 191 digs and 35 aces and freshman defensive spe-

cialist Ari Sherzai had 262 digs and 32 aces.

Panthers begin play in district tourney

Darby was 9-13 overall after defeating 19th-seeded Marysville 17-25, 25-20, 2518, 21-25, 15-10 on Oct. 14 in the first round of the Division I district tournament. The 22nd-seeded Panthers played Oct. 16 against 14thseeded Westerville North in the second round. The winner plays in a district semifinal at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Whitehall against 11th-seeded Liberty or 17th-seeded Pickerington North. Through 21 matches, junior setter/right-side hitter Gabby Adrian had a team-high 204 kills and 216 digs, junior outside/right-side hitter Maddie Platfoot had 129 kills, senior middle hitter Caitlin Snyder had 96 kills and junior defensive specialist Emily Davis had 28 aces. Senior libero Ellie Mathews had a team-high 455 digs and 27 aces and senior outside/ right-side hitter Katie Moore had 96 kills and 192 digs.

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At a glance Reynoldsburg or 34th-seeded Briggs in second round of Division I district tournament.Winner plays fifth-seeded New Albany or 42nd-seeded LickBelow are the coming schedules for ing Heights in district semifinal Oct. the Bradley girls and the Davidson 23 at site of higher seed. The Wildcats are seeded sixth and had a firstboys and girls soccer teams: round bye. BRADLEY GIRLS DAVIDSON GIRLS Oct. 17 — Home vs. 23rd-seeded Oct. 17 — Home vs. 33rd-seeded Dresden Tri-Valley or 27th-seeded Central Crossing in second round of Zanesville in second round of Divi- Division I district tournament. Winsion I district tournament. Winner ner plays 15th-seeded Pickerington plays fourth-seeded Olentangy Lib- Central, 19th-seeded Olentangy or erty or 39th-seeded Logan in district 32nd-seeded Mount Vernon in dissemifinal Oct. 22 at site of higher trict semifinal Oct. 22 at site of higher seed. The Jaguars are seeded 10th seed.The Wildcats are seeded fourth and had a first-round bye. and had a first-round bye. Note: Results can be found at DAVIDSON BOYS Oct. 19 — Home vs. 28th-seeded

the Division I district tournament Oct. 16 at 22nd-seeded Chillicothe. The winner plays in the second round Saturday, Oct. 19, at seventh-seeded Canal Winchester. Darby lost to Canal Winchester 4-0 on Sept. 10. The second-round winner will face 11th-seeded Olentangy Orange, 21st-seeded Olentangy or 23rd-seeded Marysville in a district semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the site of the higher seed. The Panthers lost to OlenGoalkeeper Nicole Burke tangy 3-2 on Sept. 7 had six saves against the Last year, Darby reached a district final as the third seed Jaguars. Darby finished 1-5-1 in the before losing to second-seeded OCC-Cardinal to place sevGahanna 2-0. enth, behind Jerome (5-1-1), Bradley (5-2), Westerville Darby girls closed South (4-2-1), Westerville Cenregular season on skid tral (3-1-3), Canal Winchester The Darby girls team lost to (3-3-1) and Westerville North Bradley 2-0 on Oct. 8 to drop (2-3-2) and ahead of Scioto (0to 2-11-3 overall and end the 6-1). regular season on a four-game Seeded 25th of 40 teams, the losing streak. Panthers faced 20th-seeded


T.J. Martin and senior wide receiver Matt Johnson have combined for 1,765 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns to pace Bradley’s option attack. Johnson has five catches for a team-high 166 yards and a touchdown. “We need to put it all together,” LoParo said. “Westerville North is a team heading in the right direction, and we’re going to have to go hard to beat them.” North fell to 2-5 overall and 0-4 in the OCC-Cardinal with a 56-7 loss at Central on Oct.

11. The Warriors allowed 417 total yards in their fifth consecutive loss and scored their only points in the third quarter on a 58-yard run by senior running back Andy Struttmann, who also starts at linebacker. Junior running back Jake Hinz leads North’s ground game with 512 yards and five touchdowns on 68 carries. Senior running back John Taylor has 395 yards and four scores on 81 carries and Struttmann has 346 yards and five touchdowns on 45 carries. North has 1,525 yards rushing on the season but only 344 passing. “We’re most stable and suc-

Watkins Memorial in the first round of the Division I district tournament Oct. 15. The winner plays host to 28th-seeded Lancaster in the second round Thursday, Oct. 17, with the second-round winner facing second-seeded Pickerington North or 36th-seeded Groveport in a district semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the site of the higher seed.

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and two touchdowns on 72 carries. “They have a lot of good athletes and they’ve moved the ball well in the film that we’ve seen of them so far, so our defense needs to be prepared for another good week of preparation,” Santagata said. Despite having been shut out by Hilliard Davidson 21-0 on Sept. 6, Darby is averaging 32.6 points per game. The Panthers’ offense relies heavily on the run, as they are averaging 277.4 yards on the ground. Running back Lorenzo McLaurin has rushed for 485 yards and seven touchdowns on 105 carries and slotback Jacob Stacy has 293 yards and five touchdowns on 39 carries. Quarterback Nate Green has rushed for 458 yards and seven touchdowns on 101 carries and has completed 31 of 48 passes for 470 yards with five touch-

Week 8 man 30-17; lost to Marysville 3028; lost to Westerville Central 41-38; def. Westerville North 41-19; def. Westerville South 31-24 (OT); def. Dublin Jerome 42-20 DARBY at SCIOTO •Top Panthers: Brian Casey (DL), •When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 •Last meeting: 2012, Darby 28-24 Nate Green (QB), Josh Humbert •Darby (6-1 overall, 4-0 in OCC- (OL/DL), Lorenzo McLaurin (RB), Cardinal) to date: Defeated Board- Trevor Parker (LB), Ben Radcliff (LB), man 31-7; lost to Hilliard Davidson Devon Rogers (RB/DB) and Jacob 21-0; def. Toledo St. John's 34-14; Stacy (RB) def.Westerville North 37-6; def. Dublin •Top Irish: Elijah Berry (DL), Nick Jerome 30-7; def. Canal Winchester Connor (RB/LB), Nathan Densel (QB), Darius McDonald (RB), Keven 44-0; def. Westerville South 52-17 •Scioto (5-2 overall, 3-1 in OCC- Sanabria (DL), Brennen Sawicki (DL), Cardinal) to date: Def. Worthing- Spencer Talentino (DB) and Troy Zimton Kilbourne 22-21; def. Dublin Coff- merman (LB)

downs and two interceptions. “They’re scoring a lot of points and they're a ball-control offense,” Johnson said. “They don’t make many mistakes and they execute their offense very well. Their defense will make you drive the ball.” Darby’s defense, which


OUTDOORS INC. cessful when we get our run game going,” Warriors coach Rodger Elander said. “If we’re in a situation where we have to pass 30 times a game, that’s not where we want to be.” Elander downplayed Bradley’s defensive struggles against South and Central. “It’s just tough to compare teams and situations,” he said. “It’s like saying if Team A beat Team B and we played well against Team A, then we’d definitely beat Team B. Who knows what will happen in a given situation?”

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behind Jerome (27-1), Westerville Central (25-3), Westerville South (18-10) and Dublin Scioto (14-14) and ahead of Darby and Westerville North (both 9-19) and Canal Winchester (0-28). Storch (82.25) and Fernandez (82.75) both made thirdteam all-league.

He lost to Marysville’s Morgan Tarrant on the second playoff hole. Grove City’s Gavin Gensler also was in the playoff. Also competing at sectional for the Jaguars were junior Damon Birkhead (80), sophomore Joe Ingstrum (81), junior Noah Fernandez (85) and Panthers end season sophomore Scott McCutcheon at sectional tourney (90). Bradley finished fifth (10Darby ended its season in 18) in the OCC-Cardinal, the Turnberry sectional, fin-



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top-10 finishes to lead the Darby boys team in the OCCCardinal meet. Reynolds placed third (15:22.35) and Hampton finished ninth (16:00.53) for the Panthers, who placed third. Also scoring for Darby were Jayson Shoemaker (21st, 16:39.32), Spencer Strohm

(23rd, 16:45.72) and Jamey Ehret (25th, 16:48.5). The girls team finished seventh (178) in the league meet. Sophomore Dani Deshuk led the Panthers, finishing 15th (20:03.74). Also scoring were Emily Melnik (30th, 20:53.81), Sarah Vermillion (36th, 21:16.7), Hannah Kunze (48th, 21:41.5) and Denise Dye (58th, 22:28.26).

ishing eighth (334). Senior Alex Herman and junior Ethan West each shot a 79 to lead the Panthers. Also competing were junior Sean Delaney (85), senior Jordan Coppess (91) and junior C.J. Martin (98). The Panthers tied Westerville North for sixth in the OCC-Cardinal, with Martin (85.25) and West (85.75) both making honorable mention allleague. –Frank DiRenna

Both teams will compete in the Division I district meet Saturday, Oct. 19, at Watkins Memorial. The girls are competing in district 1 and the boys will compete in district 2. The top five teams and top 20 individuals in both races advance to regional. –Brad Emerine

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School communities across central Ohio are being encouraged to vote in an online bracket-style competition that will result in two area high schools receiving $10,000 grants from McDonald’s restaurants of central Ohio to support athletics. Voting in the second annual Chris Spielman High School Team Challenge is underway at and runs through Nov. 1. Schools are grouped into two brackets based on OHSAA divisional breakdowns, with Divisions I-III in one bracket and Divisions

IV-VII in the other. The winner in each bracket receives a $10,000 grant. Last year’s winners were Reynoldsburg and Fisher Catholic.

GCSTO holding fall/winter tryouts

The Greater Columbus Swim Team of Ohio is holding a second wave of tryouts for athletes ages 6-18 who would like to compete in the fall/winter season. For more information, contact coach Steve Nye at or (614) 478-5445. Athletes can practice with the team for two weeks before deciding whether to join. The team practices at

Columbus Academy, St. Charles Preparatory School and the Wyandotte Athletic Club in the fall and winter. More information about the team, including its stroke camps and swimming lesson program, is available at

Circleville race set for Oct. 19

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Sports briefs Area tennis players set for nationals

The Midwest Advanced team from Columbus will compete Friday, Oct. 18, to Sunday, Oct. 20, in the USTA Jr. Team Tennis 14U National Championships in Cayce, S.C. The area players are Connor Biernat (Wellington), Alexandra Cash (New Albany), Robert Cash (New Albany), Colten Clark (Fairfield Christian), Jack Dabek (St. Brendan), Robert Dong (Upper Arlington), Paige Kompa (Upper Arlington), Ashley Weeks (Upper Arlington) and Sarina Xie (Worthington). The tournament features the top

32 teams (250 players) at the Intermediate and Advanced levels from various USTA sections throughout the country.

Wroble receives team doctor award

Dr. Randall R. Wroble of Columbus, the team physician at Grove City High School for 22 years and the consulting physician for Olentangy Liberty, has received the 2013 Ohio Outstanding Team Physician Award from the Ohio State Medical Association. The award recognizes Wroble for his commitment to the health and safety of student-athletes. He also

works with USA Wrestling, the Columbus Blue Jackets and Ohio University athletics. The Outstanding Team Physician Award is sponsored by the Joint Advisory Committee on Sports Medicine of the OSMA, the OHSAA and the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association. Recipients must have at least 20 years of experience as a team physician for an Ohio high school.

Baseball Academy camps planned

Watkins Memorial and Westland high schools will play host to sixweek baseball camps this winter in

conjunction with U.S. Baseball Academy. The Watkins Memorial camp starts Jan. 5 and the Westland camp begins Jan. 19. Classes are available for players in grades 1-12 and are limited to six players per coach. Sessions are offered in advanced hitting, pitching, catching, fielding and baserunning. For more information and registration, visit or call (866) 622-4487.

Kilbourne to hold basketball tourney

The Worthington Kilbourne High School basketball teams will play

host to their fifth annual 3-on-3 tournament Oct. 26 for boys and girls in grades 3-12. To register a team, email or call (614) 545-8357.

Schools announce coaching vacancies

The following schools are seeking coaches: Utica – Track. Contact Brian Radabaugh at bradabaugh@ by Oct. 25. Westerville South – Girls lacrosse. Contact Laurie Davis at or (614)266-4030 by Oct. 25.



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47 Balance sheet nos. 48 Stumper 49 Hindustan capital of old 50 Common ingredient in Nigerian cuisine 51 Bag End resident 53 “North Dallas Forty” star 54 Tenderloin cut 55 Hands-free microphone’s place 56 More than ardent 57 Camp rentals 58 Stingy snack vendor’s special offer? 61 Gussied (up) 63 Impertinent 64 Rises dramatically 65 Say uncle 66 Like the word “cwm” 67 Settlement stipulations 68 Capture 71 Away from the wind 72 Rock used for flagstones 73 Country club vehicle 74 Dublin-born musician 75 Big Apple cop who’s looking to bust Popeye? 77 Learn all about the capital of Ecuador?

80 Conversation openers? 81 Track assignments 82 Teacher at Alexandria 83 Skimming utensil 86 Tootle 87 Unsound, as an argument 88 Portion of Dante’s “Inferno” that was wisely excised? 91 Photo processing centers 95 To date 96 Christmas decoration that automatically steers toward lovers? 98 “Here lies One ___ Name was writ in Water” (words on Keats’s tombstone) 99 Tiny pasta 100 Sad sack 101 Constellation animal 102 Whittled (down) 103 Spotted 104 Goizueta Business School’s university 105 Slip by


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11 Car company based in Palo Alto, Calif. 12 Seven-foot (or so) cryptid 13 English school 14 Leave surreptitiously 15 Southernmost province of Spain 16 Compensate (for) 17 Pleasant vocal qualities 18 Spanish “weight” 24 Elite squad 25 Sonata segment 29 Take a stab at 31 Genoese delicacy 33 Frightful 34 Defendant’s declaration 35 Incur cellphone charges, maybe 36 Model A features 37 Fitting punishment 38 Sport with a French name 40 Ancient Hellenic healer 41 ___ Kaepernick, Super Bowl XLVII QB for the 49ers 42 Spoils 43 Round house 44 Golfer’s obstacle 45 Stable diet? 48 Submarine 51 Sang in the moonlight, maybe 52 Player in a pocket 53 “But of course!” 54 Some fund-raisers 55 Pacified 56 Get more mileage out of 57 Learn fast, say 58 [unmentionable] 59 Wine Country surname 60 Area in which one shines

61 Cannon who married Cary Grant 62 Like sulfuric acid 66 Lick 67 Dart gun 68 Seethe 69 Prefix with septic or tank 70 “I’m glad!”

72 Rock launcher 73 Make out 74 Driver’s recommendation 76 Overlarge 77 Paint option 78 Orbital decay result 79 Small game

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