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Liberty players celebrate with the championship trophy after the win over Southview. CHRIS PARKER/THISWEEKSPORTS

Boys Soccer

Patriots beat Southview 2-0 to win first title By DAVE PURPURA THISWEEKSPORTS.COM

If nothing else, Jared Robinson of the Olentangy Liberty High School boys soccer team picked his spots this season. The senior forward had 12 goals – a little more than half of senior Kyle Baum’s teamleading 23 – but at the most important time of the season, Robinson took center stage. His goal with less than five minutes left in a Division I state semifinal Nov. 7 at Bellbrook gave the Patriots a 1-0 victory over Mason, and his last goal of the year with five minutes to play in the first half of the state final provided insurance as Liberty defeated Sylvania Southview 2-0 on Nov. 10 at Crew Stadium for the program’s first title. “He was amazing,” coach Rick Collins said. “The bigger the game, the bigger he played.”

The Patriots’ Kyle Baum and Southview’s Brad Brown collide as they vie for the ball. CHRIS PARKER/THISWEEKSPORTS

Jared Robinson of Liberty watches his shot go in the goal during the Patriots’ 2-0 victory over Sylvania Southview in the Division I state final Nov. 10 at Crew Stadium. CHRIS PARKER/THISWEEKSPORTS

The win came one day short of a year after Liberty lost 4-2 to Cleveland St. Ignatius in the 2011 state final. This year’s Patriots lost just once, a 2-1 setback at Thomas Worthing-

ton on Oct. 9 that spoiled their hopes of an unbeaten OCCCentral Division championship but derailed nothing else. “It doesn’t feel real. It feels like a dream,” said senior goal-

keeper Anderson deAndrade, who made three saves against Southview as his team finished 22-1 overall. “To be honest, I was skeptical at the beginning of the season, but once we

started getting the gears running … it’s 2-0 in the state final. We completely dominated. It’s an incredible feeling.” Robinson, a University of Evansville recruit, initially was

credited with the game’s first goal in the eighth minute. He lined a header off the post and Southview tried to clear the

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ThisWeek’s 2012 Super 12 Boys Soccer Team The Captain

Relentless DeRoy led Liberty’s title run By DAVE PURPURA THISWEEKSPORTS.COM

Olentangy Liberty High School boys soccer coach Rick Collins thought he had his lineup figured out before the start of the 2011 season. Entering his first year after serving as an assistant in 2010, he expected then-junior Sam DeRoy to contribute off the bench. “But from the moment practices started, he was everywhere,” Collins said. “He provides such a presence on the field no matter where he is. I had thought about bringing him off the bench, but he gave me no choice but to start him.” A midfielder, DeRoy proved his worth, recording 17 goals and eight Sam DeRoy assists to earn first-team all-district and second-team all-state honors as the Patriots lost to Cleveland St. Ignatius 4-2 in the Division I state final. As a senior, he had 14 goals and 11 assists and was named Super 12 captain. Liberty finished 22-1 after beating Sylvania Southview 2-0 for the state title Nov. 10. “Sam would be the first person to say our team isn’t a one-man show,” Collins said. “He’s relentless. He never quits.” DeRoy, the Player of theYear in the district and OCC-Central Division, had two three-goal games and a pair of two-goal games. Despite his offensive skills, the Wright State recruit considers himself a multi-faceted player as well as a leader. “Scoring isn’t my sole purpose,” he said. “I’m just there to control the midfield and distribute the ball to (forwards) Kyle (Baum), Zach (Matheny) and Jared (Robinson) and be a leader on my team.” Collins lauded DeRoy’s physical nature and, almost in the same breath, said he can be a calming influence, citing one of DeRoy’s two goals in a 5-4 win over Hilliard Bradley in a district final last year. “We were going for our first district title and we went in feeling some pressure,” Collins said. “He scored from about 25 yards on a one-time shot. ... From then on, we felt like we were going to win that game.” DeRoy showed his toughness by continuing to play in a 3-1 win over Dublin Coffman in a regional final Nov. 3 despite cutting his right ear when he went up for a header. The injury required stitches. “Mentally, I feel like I know a lot more about the game and how to help this team get far in the tournament,” he said.

KYLE BAUM Baum, a two-year starter, had a teamhigh 23 goals through 22 games to help Olentangy Liberty reach the Division I state final for the second consecutive year. Baum had two goals in an 8-1 win over Lancaster in a district semifinal Oct. 24 and in a 3-1 win over Westerville North in a regional semifinal Oct. 31. His goal with 18 minutes left in a regional final Nov. 3 provided insurance in a 3-1 win over Dublin Coffman. “He’s just a good goal scorer,” coach Rick Collins said of the senior forward. “He finds space even though he’s the most marked man on the field. He’s fast and strong and he just finds a way to score.”

TANNER EBRIGHT A three-year starter, Ebright had 10 goals and 16 assists in 19 games as Pickerington North advanced to a Division I district final, where it lost to topseeded and second-ranked Olentangy Liberty 4-1 on Oct. 27 to finish 10-6-3. Ebright was voted MVP by his teammates for the second season in a row and was first-team all-OCC-Ohio Division and all-district. He finished his career with 19 goals and 23 assists. “He is relentless defensively and extremely capable as an attacker,” coach Darrin Monhollen said. “Tanner’s contributions to PHSN soccer have been many and he will certainly be difficult to replace.”

BEN FARYNOWSKI Farynowski was a three-year starter for Grandview, which finished 15-2-2 after losing to Columbus Academy 2-1 in a Division III district final Oct. 27. The senior goalie had 15 shutouts and allowed only seven goals in 19 games. “You have to communicate with the back line and make sure everyone knows what to do,” Farynowski said. “I had a great back line in front of me and we had a lot of chemistry because we played together for years.” Farynowski was named first-team all-district and MSLCardinal Division Player of the Year as Grandview won its 13th consecutive league championship.

JACOB HODGE Hodge showed his versatility while helping lead Bexley to a Division II state semifinal, where the Lions lost to Dayton Carroll 4-0 on Nov. 7 to finish 14-44. The senior primarily played forward and midfielder. Hodge had 13 goals and six assists in 22 games and was named district and MSL-Ohio Division Player of the Year. “He’s an all-around player,” coach Greg Kullman said.“He’s technical and has the ability to create, not only for himself, but for his teammates. He’s a relentless worker offensively and defensively. The other kids on the team see that and it kind of rubs off on the rest of the team.”

ZACH KUEBLER Kuebler, a senior defender, played a big role in helping Hilliard Darby set team records for wins (15) and shutouts (10) in a season.The Panthers finished 15-22 and won the OCC-Cardinal Division title. Kuebler also contributed offensively with three goals and 11 assists. He was first-team all-district in Division I and all-league. “Zach is the best defender in the area and he contributed to our scoring quite a bit,” coach Johnny Ulry said. “He’s a coach’s dream because he’s a great leader and the rest of the boys follow his lead. He’s fearless and he sacrifices his body for the team by going into every tackle as hard as he can.”

BRYAN LUCKSCHEITER A first-team all-district and all-CCL selection, Luckscheiter, a senior midfielder, helped lead Watterson to a 12-5-3 record and win its third Division II district title. The Eagles lost to Cincinnati Indian Hill 2-0 in a regional semifinal Oct. 31. Despite controlling the center of the field, he had 16 goals

and 10 assists. “Bryan’s a great central midfielder in that he distributes the ball well, tackles well and does all of the little things that need to be done,” coach Chad Smith said. “In addition to doing his job at his position, Bryan got up into the box for us and essentially became our third forward.”

About the players... ThisWeek’s Super 12 team profiles the top high school boys soccer players – regardless of position – in our coverage area. The team was determined by the sports staff and by nominations from area coaches.

QUINN MILLER Led by this four-year starter,Worthington Christian advanced to the Division III state tournament for the eighth consecutive season. Miller, who spent most of the season as a center midfielder, scored five goals in 22 games and being named first-team all-district. Miller helped Worthington Christian win the state championship in 2009 and 2011 and finish as the state runner-up in 2010. The Warriors lost to Cincinnati Summit Country Day 3-0 in a state semifinal Nov. 7 to finish 13-6-3. “Quinn is our machine,” coach Dan Roads said. “He shows a lot of heart and controls our games.”

RYAN PRESCOTT Prescott, a senior forward, helped lead Dublin Coffman to its second consecutive Division I regional final, where it lost to second-ranked Olentangy Liberty 31 on Nov. 3 to finish 15-5-1. He led the Shamrocks with 11 goals and nine assists in 21 games and was first-team all-district and all-OCC-Central Division, as the Shamrocks placed second in the league at 5-2 behind Liberty (6-1). Prescott scored the deciding goal in a 2-1 victory over Gahanna in a regional semifinal Oct. 31. “Ryan is absolutely relentless on the field,” coach Steve Watts said. “Though he plays forward, I always have this image in my head of Ryan sprinting back to help out on defense and create a turnover.”

JACOB PULLIAM Pulliam helped lead Westerville North to its first Division I district title since 2005. The senior midfielder had five goals and three assists in 20 games as the Warriors reached a regional semifinal, where they lost to Olentangy Liberty 31 on Oct. 31 to finish 12-6-2. Pulliam was the OCC-Cardinal Division Player of the Year and first-team all-district. “If I had to describe Jacob in one word, it would be ‘fearless.’ He is often the smallest guy in the midfield, but he makes up for physical size with the size of his heart,” coach Mark Price said. “He never backs down from a challenge, he never quits. His work ethic is contagious.”

ANDREW SCHWALL Surrounded by an inexperienced cast and under a new coach, Schwall led Gahanna to its third Division I district championship in four seasons. The senior forward had 30 goals and six assists in 20 games, including a program-record seven goals in a 10-0 win over Columbus West in the first round of the district tournament Oct. 20. The Lions lost to Dublin Coffman 2-1 in a regional semifinal Oct. 31 to finish 15-2-3. Schwall was named OCC-Ohio Player of the Year and first-team all-district. “Schwall’s statistics are tremendously impressive,” coach Todd Keenan said. “Schwall’s a catalyst.”

AARON SMITH Smith led a Westerville Central defense that allowed 15 goals and posted eight shutouts in 19 games. Central reached a Division I district final before losing to Dublin Coffman 2-1 on Oct. 27 to finish 11-6-2. Smith also had three assists and was named first-team all-district and all-OCC-Cardinal Division, as the Warhawks went 4-1-2 in the league to place second behind Hilliard Darby (6-1). He also was first-team all-league last season. “Aaron is an example of what a student-athlete should be,” coach Dave Pence said. “He is a very talented soccer player, can play any position asked of him on the soccer field and is a fantastic student in the classroom.”

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Sam DeRoy recorded 14 goals and 11 assists in leading Olentangy Liberty to the Division I state championship. PAUL VERNON/THISWEEKSPORTS

Super 12 NAME Kyle Baum Sam DeRoy Tanner Ebright Ben Farynowski Jacob Hodge Zach Kuebler Bryan Luckscheiter Quinn Miller Ryan Prescott Jacob Pulliam Andrew Schwall Aaron Smith

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Cross Country

Toler stepping down as Orange boys coach By SCOTT HENNEN THISWEEKSPORTS.COM

After three seasons coaching the Olentangy Orange High School boys cross country program, Stephanie Toler has decided to step down. “I made the decision with a heavy heart to not come back and coach here at the varsity level,” she said. “I have a young daughter who is starting to become more active and involved in lots of activities. “I do, however, love coaching, so I’m heading back to the middle school level where I can still make that impact with students, but with less time compared to the varsity level.” Orange did not have a Division I state qualifier this season, but the Pioneers had two individuals compete at regional Oct. 27 at Pickerington North in seniors Eric Aumiller (44th, 17 minutes, 8.3 seconds) and Sam Gerst (47th, 17:09.62). The top 16 individuals advanced to state Nov. 3 at National Trail Raceway. “The (six) seniors meant a great deal to our program,” Toler said. “Most of them have been in the system with each other and me as their coach since seventh grade. “They have led our team not only in performances, but with their leadership, hard work, teamwork and determination. Two of the seniors qualified for regional, which was the most qualifiers in (program) history. They will be greatly missed.” The Pioneers finished eighth (188) of 12 teams in the district 2 meet Oct. 20 at Watkins Memorial as the top five teams and top 20 individuals advanced to regional. Hilliard Davidson (39) won and Hilliard Darby (136) was the final team qualifier. Gerst (16th, 17:13.46) and Aumiller (18th, 17:19.11) led Orange, followed by junior Tyler Young (30th, 17:54.1), sophomore Kyle Benecke (58th, 18:35.86), junior Cameron Flesch (66th, 18:50.32), senior Dustin Dieker (67th, 18:50.94) and freshman Carl Fischer (68th, 19:01.65). “(The runners expected to return) are a strong, determined, hard-working corps of gents whom with lots of miles next

summer and the experiences they gained this season are sure to make 2013 a season to remember,” Toler said. In the OCC-Capital Division meet Oct. 13 at Lancaster, the Pioneers finished third (91) behind New Albany (32) and Olentangy (56) and ahead of Watkins Memorial (115), Delaware (144), Mount Vernon (145) and Big Walnut (151). Gerst (sixth, 16:22) was firstteam all-league and Aumiller (ninth, 16:58.1) was secondteam all-league.

In the OCC-Capital meet, Grover (fourth, 16:35.5) and Benson (fifth, 16:38.7) earned first-team all-league honors. Making honorable mention allleague were Standerwick (14th, 17:25.4), Rodeheffer (18th, 17:42.4) and Thede (19th, 17:45.4). “I think that Olentangy cross country finally is back to a respectable level after undergoing the split (with Orange),” Moran said. “We not only have good numbers in the program, we also have many quality runners returning.”

Olentangy girls losing seven seniors

The Olentangy girls team did not have any runners in the Division I state or regional meets. “Our seniors provided a lot of leadership,” said coach Dwight Dewese, who completed his 10th season. “Of the seven seniors, four – Emily Watson, Amy Harmon, Elaina Gollmar and Maddy Johnson – had been involved with the program for four years. That kind of experience is going to

Olentangy boys reached regional The Olentangy boys team finished 10th (258) of 16 teams in the Division I regional won by Westerville North (79). New Albany (114) earned the fourth and final state-qualifying berth. Sophomore Tyler Grover (21st, 16:31.98) led the Braves, followed by junior Chase Benson (29th, 16:46.78), senior Corey Standerwick (70th, 17:30.46), senior Ryan Thede (83rd, 17:38.63), sophomore Jacob Darche (90th, 17:44.23), sophomore Tyler Azbell (92nd, 17:45.8) and sophomore Charles Rodeheffer (96th, 17:47.9). “Our (13) seniors gave great leadership this season,” said coach Mike Moran, who completed his fifth season. “Right from camp in June, throughout the summer and to the regional meet in October, they were very organized, motivated and displayed a tremendous work ethic.” In the district 1 meet won by Westerville North (45), Olentangy placed third (97) of 13 teams as the top five advanced to regional. Grover (fourth, 17:01.13) led the Braves, followed by Benson (seventh, 17:09.64), Standerwick (20th, 17:41.81), Thede (28th, 17:58.14), Darche (38th, 18:14.36), Azbell (46th, 18:28.27) and Rodeheffer (53rd, 18:42.72). “We have a solid group (expected to return) that loves to run,” Moran said. “Our top two runners, Chase Benson and Tyler Grover, both of whom were all-OCC and alldistrict, will give us strong front-runners.”

At a glance

OLENTANGY •Finishes: Boys – Second in OCCCapital, third at district, 10th at regional; Girls – Third in OCC-Capital, ninth at district •Seniors lost: Boys – Trey Augustine, Bryce Bishop, Donoven Browning, Doug Gentry, Drew Hall, Colin McShane, Harrison Mbemba, Nathan Neilson, Will Paull, Corey Standerwick, Ryan Thede, Andrew Torti and Kenny Tran; Girls – Blair Bishop, Elaina Gollmar, Aubrey Gore, Angela

Guidarelli,Amy Harmon, Maddy Johnson and Emily Watson •Key returnees: Boys – Tyler Azbell, Chase Benson, Jacob Darche, Tyler Grover and Charles Rodeheffer; Girls – Emma Cook, Mackenzie Freeman, Claire Hardesty, Sara Pocius, Sarah Speck and Kendall Supinger ORANGE BOYS •Finishes: Third in OCC-Capital, eighth at district •Seniors lost: Eric Aumiller, Brian Carrell, Dustin Dieker, Chad Farmer, Sam Gerst and Jess Glover •Key returnees: Kyle Benecke, Carl Fischer, Cameron Flesch and Tyler Young

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be a challenge to replace.” Harmon and Watson were captains with senior Angela Guidarelli, a three-year letterwinner. Seniors Aubrey Gore and Blair Bishop were twoyear letterwinners. In the district 3 meet, the Braves finished ninth (203) of 10 teams as the top six teams and top 24 individuals advanced to regional. Upper Arlington (49) won and Orange (176) was the final team qualifier. Freshman Kendall Supinger (33rd, 21:18.67) led Olentangy, followed by freshman Sarah

Speck (40th, 21:36.29), sophomore Sara Pocius (42nd, 21:52.58), Guidarelli (46th, 21:57.78), junior Mackenzie Freeman (47th, 21:58.46), sophomore Claire Hardesty (53rd, 22:14.99) and freshman Emma Cook (56th, 22:25.43). “We had a lot of depth this season,” Dewese said. “We performed very well in quite a few open races and we had a lot of kids that were under 22 minutes. “Now, the returning runners

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Football

Olentangy returned to prominence this fall By DAVE PURPURA THISWEEKSPORTS.COM

Having opened the season with a three-point win, then increasing its margin of victory every game for the next five weeks, the Olentangy High School football team headed into a televised game Oct. 4 at New Albany eager to prove that its 6-0 record meant it should be considered one of the area’s elite teams. The Braves struggled that night, falling behind by 33 points before losing 33-14 to the Eagles in an OCC-Capital Division contest. Nonetheless, they finished as one of the more discussed teams in central Ohio this fall. Olentangy finished 10-2 overall, losing 29-14 to Hilliard Davidson in a Division I, Region 3 semifinal Nov. 10 at Upper Arlington. The Braves were seeded third in the region and the Wildcats were the seventh seed. Davidson, which improved to 102 and advanced to play fourth-seeded Pickerington North in the regional final Saturday, Nov. 17, at Ohio Wesleyan University, rushed for 321 yards on 53 carries but didn’t take control of the contest until the fourth quarter. Running back E.J. Jennings scored on a 7-yard run with 7 minutes, 16 seconds to play to put the Wildcats ahead 14-7 and 58 seconds later Davidson’s Nick Stull returned a fumble 35 yards for a touchdown. The ensuing two-point conversion made it 22-7. “I have to give a lot of credit to our guys for everything they did,” Braves coach Ed Terwilliger said. “I like the way we didn’t quit. We gave them that extra score when we dropped the football on the ground. That was tough because not only do you have to score again, but then you have to stop them.” Senior quarterback Andrew Horstman connected with junior wide receiver Victor Elmurr on a 63-yard touchdown pass to cut the Braves’ deficit to 22-14 with 5:59 left. Davidson, however, sealed the win when Jennings scored on a 22yard run with 1:41 remaining. Horstman, who had scored on a

At a glance

•Record: 10-2 overall, 6-1 (second) in OCC-Capital •Seniors lost: Griffin Binkley, Christian Brett, Luke Hartline, Andrew Horstman, Ramal Iverson, Kyle Margolies, Mason Milner, Buchi Okafor, Ty Olenick, Brian Raiff, Francis Ramadhani, Zach Ries, Jared Row, Austin Schmidt, Thomas Schwartz, Brandon Sheppard, Michael Watkins and Dan Wruble •Key returnees: Anthony Allocco, Josh Baumbach, Connor Brett, Victor Elmurr, Tim Feasel, Hayden Hunter, Kevin Sherry and Andy Simms

Olentangy quarterback Andrew Horstman is taken down by Hilliard Davidson defensive back Tyler Doty during the Braves’ 29-14 loss in a Divison I regional semifinal Nov. 10 at Upper Arlington. THOMAS LEVINSON/THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

3-yard run in the third quarter to tie the game at 7, was 8-for-19 passing for 123 yards. “It was a real physical game and things weren’t always working for us, but we knew if we stuck to it, it would pay off eventually,” said Davidson quarterback Nick Waters, crediting Olentangy’s defense. Making its first postseason appearance since 2008, Olentangy opened the playoffs with a 21-17 win over sixth-seeded Dublin Scioto on Nov. 3 at home. The Braves needed last-second heroics to edge the Irish for their first playoff victory in 13 years. On fourth-and-goal from the Olentangy 18-yard line, Scioto wide receiver Mason Matheny caught a pass from quarterback Evan DeMars and was tackled by senior defensive back Ramal Iverson inside the 1 with 12 seconds remaining. The victory was the Braves’ first in the playoffs in Division I. Its other two postseason wins came in Divi-

sion II in 1999. That season, Olentangy defeated Brookhaven 21-20 in the opening round and Independence 35-21 in a regional semifinal before losing to Uniontown Lake 42-14 in a regional final. The Braves allowed an average of 18.8 points in their first four games – wins over Worthington Kilbourne (17-14 on Aug. 24), Olentangy Liberty (28-16 on Aug. 31), Lexington (35-21 on Sept. 7) and Big Walnut (40-24 on Sept. 14) – but their defense stiffened and gave up an average of 9.6 points over their next seven games. Aside from the loss to New Albany, Olentangy was stout defensively in wins over Olentangy Orange (28-3 on Sept. 22), Franklin Heights (55-7 on Sept. 28), Watkins Memorial (420 on Oct. 12), Mount Vernon (23-7 on Oct. 19) and Delaware (42-10 on Oct. 26). The Braves went 6-1 in the OCCCapital to place second, behind New Albany (7-0) and ahead of Big Wal-

defense. Olentangy loses 18 seniors, including 6-foot-6, 264-pound twoway lineman Austin Schmidt, a University of Illinois recruit who made first-team all-league and all-district on offense, and defensive back Griffin Binkley, who had 113 tackles, two sacks, two fumble recoveries and an interception during the regular season and was named firstteam all-league and honorable mention all-district. Senior Buchi Okafor (WR/DB) and junior Andy Simms (OL/DL) also were named first-team allleague and honorable mention alldistrict. Others who made secondteam all-league were seniors Luke Hartline (FB/LB) and Brian Raiff (OL/DL) and junior Kevin Sherry (TE/LB). Seniors Zach Ries (RB/LB) and Michael Watkins (OL/DL) were special mention all-league and senior Francis Ramadhani (RB/DB) was honorable mention all-league. Among the key players expected to return are Elmurr, Hunter, Sherry, Simms, juniors Anthony Allocco (WR/DB), Josh Baumbach (K) and Tim Feasel (RB/LB) and sophomore Connor Brett (WR/LB). Baumbach made honorable mention all-district.

nut (4-3), Orange (4-3), Mount Vernon (3-4), Delaware (2-5), Watkins Memorial (2-5) and Franklin Heights (0-7). Horstman finished 88-for-171 passing for 1,469 yards with nine touchdowns and three interceptions and rushed for 988 yards and 18 touchdowns on 135 carries. He also handled the punting duties, averaging 40 yards per punt. Horstman was named first-team all-league and, as a punter, first-team all-district. Junior running back Hayden Hunter rushed for 451 yards and four touchdowns and Iverson, who also saw time at running back, had 432 yards and three scores. Iverson was second-team all-league. Senior Christian Brett was the Braves’ top wide receiver, catching a team-high 38 passes for 736 yards and four touchdowns, and had 60 tackles and an interception as a cornerback. He was first-team all-league and second-team all-district on dpurpura@thisweeknews.com

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SOCCER

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ball, but it appeared to bounce off the stomach of Southview’s Samer Sarsour, then hit Sarsour’s foot and dribbled in for an own goal. There was no doubt on the second goal. Tied up by the Cougars’ Chris Ellis off a corner kick, Liberty midfielder Donny Deep wrangled free and got the ball to forward Anthony Denoi, whose crossing pass was lined by Robinson to the left of Southview goalkeeper Eric Breeden. “We definitely were on top of them the whole first half and we dictated the pace of the game,” Robinson said. Senior midfielder Sam DeRoy was the league and district Player of the Year, the state’s co-Player of theYear and the ThisWeek Super 12 captain. He scored 14 goals for the Patriots, who went 6-1 in the OCC-Central to win the league title ahead of Dublin Coffman (5-2), Thomas (4-1-2), Hilliard Davidson (3-2-2), Marysville (3-2-2), Upper Arlington (2-41), Westland (1-5-1) and Central Crossing (0-7). Liberty earned the top seed in the district tournament and outscored its opponents 20-2 in three games, defeating Whetstone 8-0 on Oct. 20, Lancaster 8-1 on Oct. 24 in a district semifinal and Pickerington North 4-1 in a district final Oct. 27. The Patriots won two 3-1 games in the regional tournament, against Westerville North in a semifinal Oct. 31 and Coffman in a final Nov. 3. Baum was second-team allstate and first-team all-district, and Robinson was second-team all-district. Baum and Robinson were first-team all-league, deAndrade, junior midfielder Thomas Gullo and senior forward Zack Matheny were second-team all-league, senior defender Kyle Boone was special mention and senior defender Rajat Gupta was honorable mention. “This year, the moment we walked in (to preseason practice), this was our one goal,” Collins said of winning the state title. “That was the focus of everything we did. It’s all been for this moment.”

LIBERTY BOYS •Record: 22-1 overall, 6-1 (first) in OCC-Central •Seniors lost: Kyle Baum, Kyle Boone, Luke Crea, Anderson deAndrade, Sam DeRoy, Rajat Gupta, Zach Matheny and Jared Robinson •Key returnees: Nick Bolton, Devin Collins, Grant Fisher, Thomas Gullo and Chris Solomonides LIBERTY GIRLS •Record: 9-7-2 overall, 5-2 (third) in OCC-Central •Seniors lost: Kelly Garvin, Saman-

Hilliard Darby in a Division I district semifinal Oct. 24, the Olentangy boys team couldn’t have asked for a much stronger final month of the season. Sitting at 4-5-1 after a 1-0 loss at New Albany on Sept. 20, the Braves won their next five games and six of seven – the only loss was 4-2 to Liberty on Oct. 13 – to earn the 10th seed for the district tournament. Olentangy took a firstround bye and defeated visiting Newark 8-0 in a secondround game Oct. 20 before the loss to Darby. Senior midfielder Joe Morycz scored his team-best seventh goal against Darby. The Braves tied New Albany for second in the OCC-Capital at 5-2, behind champion Olentangy Orange (7-0) and ahead of Big Walnut (3-3-1), Delaware (3-3-1), Watkins Memorial (3-4), Mount Vernon (1-6) and Franklin Heights (0-7). Olentangy loses 12 seniors, including midfielders Austin Horton and Jake Mazzeo. Among the expected returnees are juniors Jon Bechtol (forward), Donovan McGuire (goalkeeper), Adam Miller (goalkeeper), Chandler Parker (defender), Eric Renner (midfielder) and Logan Schwing (midfielder) and sophomores Jon Cameron (defender) and Bryce Johnson (forward). Horton was first-team allleague, Mazzeo, Miller and Schwing were second-team honorees, Bechtol was special mention and Cameron was honorable mention. “It’s hard to accept that this year with this group is over. They won’t be easy to replace,” coach Matt Weiss said. “Joe Braves boys hope Morycz looked like he was 20 to build on finish years old out there at times. Putting aside a 2-1, double- Austin Horton had 11 assists overtime loss to third-seeded (and four goals) this year.

tha Kulp, Kristin Kaufman and Elisha Marger •Key returnees: Julia Bruno, Elizabeth Castro, Sam Carney, Olivia Dowell, Miranda Kuhns, Emma Ranalli, Erin Walters and Tia Withers OLENTANGY BOYS •Record: 10-7-1 overall, 5-2 (tied for second) in OCC-Capital •Seniors lost: Chad Boak, Mitchell Brant,Andrew Burzynski,Tyler Clarkson, Drake Crabtree, Derek Doncyson, Austin Horton, Jake Hummer, Jake Mazzeo, Joe Morycz, Cole Pihl and Alex Saunders •Key returnees: Jon Bechtol, Jon Cameron, Bryce Johnson, Donovan McGuire,Adam Miller, Chandler Parker, Eric Renner and Logan Schwing

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The Liberty girls team, which had only four seniors, concluded a nine-win season with a 2-1 loss to sixth-seeded Worthington Kilbourne in a Division I district semifinal Oct. 23. Sophomore forward Elizabeth Castro scored for the 10thseeded Patriots, who finished 9-7-2 overall and 5-2 in the OCC-Central. Liberty started 4-0-1, but a four-game losing streak – against Olentangy (1-0 on Sept. 22), Davidson (2-0 on Sept. 25), Grove City (1-0 on Sept. 27) and Coffman (3-0 on Oct. 2) – doomed its chances at a league title. The Patriots finished third in the OCC-Central, behind champion Coffman (6-0-1) and Davidson (61) and ahead of Thomas (3-31), Marysville (2-2-3), Upper Arlington (2-4-1), Central Crossing (0-6-1) and Westland (0-6-1). The Patriots took a firstround bye in the district tournament and defeated Delaware 10-0 on Oct. 18 in a secondround game. Sophomore Kylie Slusser scored a team-high 11 goals and Castro added nine. Junior midfielder Julia Bruno and sophomore midfielder Emma Ranalli were first-team allleague, goalkeeper Miranda Kuhns was on the second team, sophomore defender Katie Best was special mention and senior midfielder Elisha Marger was honorable mention.

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Pioneers post fourth straight winning season By SCOTT HENNEN THISWEEKSPORTS.COM It would have been easy for the Olentangy Orange High School football team to stop giving maximum effort after six games this season. The Pioneers had won only two of their first six games and had lost three in a row after falling to Mount Vernon 21-14 in overtime on Sept. 28. However, coach Brian Cross challenged his players to step up their play and they responded by rallying to win their final four games to post their fourth consecutive winning season. Orange finished 6-4 overall and went 4-3 in the OCC-Capital Division to tie Big Walnut

for third, behind New Albany (7-0) and Olentangy (6-1) and ahead of Mount Vernon (3-4), Delaware (2-5), Watkins Memorial (2-5) and Franklin Heights (0-7). “When we came out of the gate, we were a pretty inexperienced team with only two starters back on defense and we had a lot of pieces of the puzzle to figure out on offense,” said Cross, who has guided the Pioneers to a 32-21 record in five seasons. “We found ourselves as a team in the middle of the season. Our kids started to understand how to play the game of football and they wanted to do whatever they could to get better.” Orange began its turnaround

At a glance kins, Mohamed Ismail, Brandon Mariotti, William Matare, Andrew Parker, Joshua Parker, Tyler Peery, Triston Richardson, Larry Rode, Kori Saun•Record: 6-4 overall, 4-3 (tied for ders, Nick Skidmore,Alexander Smith, third) in OCC-Capital Scott Smith, Cole Snowden, Jake •Seniors lost: Vaughn Bookheimer, Stier, Jayonne Walker, Hunter Wilson Lee Brooks, Alexander Clark, Nick and Spencer Wilson Copeland, Ben Dodson, Walter Flo- •Key returnees: Cole Cunningham, rence, Mike Forbes, Jarrod Gilliam, Justin Gels, Lenn’s Kamba, Jake Ben Heilman, Kofi Hill, Mitch Hop- Lewis and C.J. Stablein

with a 24-10 win over Delaware on Oct. 5. The Pioneers then beat Franklin Heights (49-13 on Oct. 12) and Big Walnut (10-0 on Oct. 19) before concluding the season with a 13-10 win over Watkins Memorial on Oct. 26.

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starts. “He did a good job of managing the offense,” Cross said of Stier, who also handled the punting duties, averaging 35 yards a punt. “We didn’t ask him to pass a lot and Jake did well in the play-action game. We weren’t turning the ball over and that paid dividends.” Senior Triston Richardson (WR/DB) caught 13 passes for 226 yards and had three interceptions on defense and was honorable mention all-district and first-team all-league. Senior place-kicker Mitch Hopkins also was named first-team allleague after making five field goals, including a 24-yarder late in the win over Watkins Memorial, and 25 extra points. Senior Spencer Wilson (OL) was second-team all-district and first-team all-league. Seniors Ben Heilman (OL) and Nick Skidmore (OL) were second-team all-league and senior Cole Snowden (OL/DL) was special mention all-league. Lewis (second-team allleague) and junior wingback and linebacker Justin Gels (honorable mention all-league)

lead a small group of experienced players expected to return. Others include juniors Cole Cunningham (DL) and Lenn’s Kamba (DL) and sophomore C.J. Stablein (DB). “We have about nine coaches coming back next season, and that’s about it,” Cross said with a laugh. “We lose our entire offensive line, except for Jake Lewis at tight end, and Justin Gels should be back at wingback. “Defensively, we have Cole Cunningham and Lenn’s Kamba on the line, Gels and Lewis at linebacker and C.J. Stablein at safety. The whole senior class next year will probably only be 10 to 12 kids.” Lewis said the returnees will be ready for the challenge that awaits them. “This year we really had to pull together as a team, and that’s what we need to do in the offseason,” he said. “We had to keep improving throughout the season and not give up. Now we have to work hard in the offseason to get better.” shennen@thisweeknews.com

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“I think we picked up the intensity level a little in the final four games,” junior linebacker Jake Lewis said. “We were tired of losing and knew we had to put some good games together and worked as a team.” The win over Big Walnut was Orange’s first in five games against the Golden Eagles. “Our seniors fought and battled through different injuries and they got our first win over Big Walnut,” Cross said. “They not only beat Big Walnut, but shut them out at their place. They took a lot of pride in that.” Orange loses 28 seniors, including the majority of its starters. Senior running back Larry Rode rushed for 1,208 yards on 187 carries and had 13 touchdowns and was named special mention all-district in Division I and first-team allleague. Senior fullback Mike Forbes had 995 yards rushing on 167 carries and eight touchdowns and was honorable mention all-district and first-team all-league. Senior quarterback Kofi Hill, who became a starter during his sophomore season, missed the final five games with an ankle injury. His backup, senior Jake Stier, helped guide the Pioneers to four wins in five

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Dublin Crew placed one boat in the top 10 and five more earned top 15 finishes in the season-closing Head of the Hooch Regatta on Nov. 3 in Chattanooga, Tenn. The men’s novice 8 placed ninth of 35 teams. The boat had Dublin Coffman High School freshman Devon Buchanan in the stroke seat, Jerome freshman Joe Leonard, Olentangy Liberty sophomore Brennan Kelly, Jerome senior Justin Hilton, Coffman freshman Cobi Powell, Coffman freshman Jason Clemens, Jerome freshman Jack Csokmay and Coffman junior Stephen DeSanJose, with Jerome freshman Gus Workman as coxswain. The men’s first novice 4 placed 11th and the second novice 4 finished 13th of 29 teams. The men’s first varsity 8 was 12th of 64 teams. The boat had Olentangy Liberty senior Jordan Shore in the stroke seat, Scioto senior Luke Neuroth, Jerome junior Hudson Ozello, Coffman junior George Colson, Coffman junior Jordan Scully, Coffman junior Sam Gugliemotto, Jerome junior Johann

McGwire and New Albany senior Evan Taylor, with Coffman junior Keegan Graham as coxswain. The women’s first varsity 4 was 15th of 83 teams, and the women’s novice 8 was 15th of 34 teams.

Ohio Wesleyan players earn NCAC honors Eight players from central Ohio earned all-North Coast Athletic Conference recognition as members of the Ohio Wesleyan University men’s soccer team. Making first-team all-NCAC were sophomore midfielder Colton Bloecher (Olentangy Orange High School), senior goalkeeper Paul Hendricks (Worthington Kilbourne), junior back Kit North of Powell (Watterson) and junior midfielder Matt Shadoan (Dublin Scioto). Junior back Jacob Eganhouse of Westerville (DeSales) and junior back Ben Witkoff (Gahanna) were second-team all-NCAC. Junior midfielder Paolo Bucci of Dublin (Watterson) and junior midfielder Jon Stegner (Olentangy Liberty) were honorable mention.


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Mount Vernon (155). Supinger (eighth, 20:50.4) and Pocius (13th, 21:15.4) were second-team all-league. Speck (18th, 21:31.1) and Cook (21st, 21:37) were honorable mention. “I am excited about the future of the program,” Dewese said. “Both of our middle school feeders, Shanahan and Berkshire, had really good numbers and that would lead us to believe that we will continue to grow.”

need to make a commitment to putting in the miles during the offseason so that they can take that next step and get down to 20 minutes or even lower. We have quite a few runners that potentially could show that much improvement.” In the OCC-Capital meet, the Braves finished third (82) behind New Albany (33) and Orange (65) and ahead of Watkins Memorial (84), Big Walnut (127), Delaware (140) and shennen@thisweeknews.com

Liberty linebacker Brandon Miller, one of 23 seniors for the Patriots, takes down Hayden Hunter of Olentangy during their game Aug. 31. NEAL C. LAURON/THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

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Patriots disappointed despite winning year By SCOTT GERFEN THISWEEKSPORTS.COM The Olentangy Liberty High School football team finished with a winning record for the ninth consecutive season. Yet, the fact that the Patriots fell short in their quest to win a league title and return to the postseason doesn’t sit well with coach Steve Hale, who has led the program since its inaugural season in 2003. Liberty finished 7-3 overall and went 5-2 in its first season in the OCC-Central Division to tie Upper Arlington for third, behind co-champions Dublin Coffman (6-1) and Hilliard Davidson (6-1) and ahead of Marysville (3-4), Thomas Worthington (2-5), Central Crossing (1-6) and Westland (0-7). The Patriots missed the playoffs for the third season in a row, finishing 13th in the Division I, Region 3 computer ratings as the top eight teams in each region qualified for the postseason. They made six consecutive playoff appearances from 2004-09. Liberty has won four league championships, including last season when it shared the OCC-Cardinal title with Westerville Central and Westerville South. “Obviously, we need to get better,” said Hale, who has compiled a 69-39 record in his 10 seasons leading the Patriots. “Not making the playoffs and not getting a league title doesn’t cut it at our place. In our three big games, they all got away from us. One of the things we’re going to have to look at in this new league is the physical style of play.” All three of Liberty’s losses came against teams that qualified for the Division I playoffs. The Patriots lost to Olentangy 28-16 on Aug. 31, marking their third loss in a row to the Braves, and fell to Coffman (36-28 on Oct. 19) and Davidson (28-7 on Oct. 11) in league play.

At a glance

•Record: 7-3 overall, 5-2 (tied for third) in OCC-Central •Seniors lost: George Basore, Grant Cartwright, Vincent Curtin, Mitch Deruy, Kyle Francis, Mitch Graham, Tyler Hedge, Seth Jones, Elliot Lagendyk, Joey Longhino, Brandon Miller,Austin Mullins, Matt Muntean, Chad Pickelheimer, Nick Rinkes, Chris Ronningen, Ryan Seibert, Zach Shank, Robert Suarez, Sam Vucelich, Tyler Webb, Tyler Welch and Bryson Wray •Key returnees: Luke Callahan, Daryian Davies, Marshall Davis, Hunter Littlejohn, Eric Lorenzen, Dan Rhinehart, Carter Rudek, David Trzcinski and Jacob Worrell

Wray had 31 catches for 458 yards and four touchdowns and was second-team all-district and first-team all-league, and Muntean had 24 receptions for 427 yards and a touchdown and was first-team all-league. Shank was honorable mention all-district and secondteam all-league. Miller, Vucelich and Welch also were second-team all-league, Mullins was special mention all-league and Suarez was honorable mention all-league. Injuries forced Seibert to miss the season and Cartwright to miss the first five games. Cartwright was honorable mention all-district. “That’s football and it’s going to happen,” Cartwright said of the injuries. “We battled the best we could and I think we came into a new (league) and showed that we’re a team that’s not going to quit.” Among those expected to return is Davies, who added a new dimension to the Patriots’ potent spread offense that averaged 34.1 points per game. Davies finished with 1,057 all-purpose yards and 14 touchdowns. He rushed for 893 yards and 11 touchdowns on 168 carries and caught 20 passes for 164 yards and three touchdowns and was named honorable mention all-district and first-team all-league. Others expected to return include juniors Luke Callahan (OL), Marshall Davis (DL), Eric Lorenzen (OL), Dan Rhinehart (WR), Carter Rudek (WR) and David Trzcinski (OL) and sophomores Hunter Littlejohn (OL) and Jacob Worrell (LB). Rhinehart had 34 receptions for 519 yards and three touchdowns and was honorable mention all-district. Rudek had 27 catches for 425 yards and three touchdowns. “More of our concerns (heading into next season) will be on the defensive side of the ball,” Hale said. “There will be a lot of openings over there.”

Liberty opened the season with a 43-21 win over its other sister school, Orange, on Aug. 24. The Pioneers finished 6-4. “We played as a team, but I’m not happy that we didn’t make it to the playoffs,” junior running back Daryian Davies said. “I don’t think it’s a bad thing because we can only learn from this season. We will come back next year with a chip on our shoulder.” Liberty loses 23 seniors, including Joey Longhino, the most prolific quarterback in program history. He completed 156 of 226 passes for a program-record 2,214 yards with 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions this season and was named special mention all-district and first-team all-league. A two-year starter, Longhino finished his career with a program-record 4,095 yards passing. Last season, he threw for 1,881 yards with 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, as the Patriots finished 6-4. Other key seniors included Grant Cartwright (LB), Brandon Miller (LB), Austin Mullins (DB), Matt Muntean (WR/DB), Ryan Seibert (DB), Zach Shank (OL), Robert Suarez (LB), Tyler Welch (DB), Sam Vucelich (K) and Bryson Wray (TE/DB/P). sports@thisweeknews.com

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Minneapolis’ Motion City Soundtrack knows a good power chord when it plays it. A Critic Crony who never misses a MCS show called the power-pop quintet “the fourthbest band to come out of Minneapolis, after The Replacements, Prince and Bob Mould. Which still makes you one of the better losers.” The “losers” moniker is especially apt, as the band sings of post-teen angst and love’s vicissitudes, yet somehow makes it so much fun. As the band has matured, the fun hasn’t dissipated. Witness the band’s latest, Go. MCS leads a show, with Now, Now and J u kebox the Ghost Friday, Nov. 16, at the Newport Music Hall. Tickets are $20/$22. Visit promowestlive.com. When The Beat saw singer/guitarist B r i a n Ashley Jones a few years back, he was backed by an upright bass player who, we learned upon introduction, was Tisha Simeral, a Reynoldsburg native. A one-time teacher at Capital University and Fort Hayes

Career Center, Simeral is now based in Nashville, where she is a much-sought-after bassist. The team of Jones and Simeral returns to Columbus for a Friday, Nov. 16, show at the Columbus Performing Arts Center. Jones is a marvelous player and boasts a resonant voice. They open for Canadian singer-songwriter J ohn Wo rt Hannam in a gig sponsored by Six String concerts. Tickets are $20/$23. Visit sixstring.org. Decide for yourself whether the hook for you is hearing one of the world’s foremost string quartets perform live or that the program includes a modern piece by a fascinating and honored young composer. Either way, the Jefferson Signature Series concert featuring the Arianna String Quartet, Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Columbus Museum of Art, has you covered. The award-winning quartet’s program includes works by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, as well as Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout, by Gabriela Lena Frank, whose compositions are inspired by her research into her own multicultural heritage. Tickets are $25/$20/$10. Call 614-292-2693.

artist (remember Barely Breathing?) – sort of a bridge between Toad the Wet Sprocket and Sufjan Stevens. Recently he made a name for himself as co-writer of the songs for the Tony Award-winning musical, Spring Awakening. Sheik’s return to pop music includes a record called Covers 80s, in which he reimagines the tunes of some Euro-pop stars, including The Smiths, New Order and The Cure. Sheik headlines the Sunset Sessions Tour, which also includes a shimmering young quartet from Austin, Texas, called C o u r r i e r. Think Coldplay, but forged in the fires of the American southwest. The tour stops at The Basement Sunday, Nov. 18. Tickets are $17/$20. Visit promowestlive. com.

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Library welcome setting for Easterling’s program Angela Easterling likes playing gigs at libraries. People are there to listen, and she hardly ever gets shushed. The South Carolina-based singer-songwriter plays in all kinds of settings, of course, both solo and with her band, but her library program, “A Songwriter’s Journey Through American Music,” is special because it captures and shares some of the artist’s own educational inclinations. “I get a different crowd at a library,” Easterling told The Beat. “A lot of the people are interested in writing, and they want to listen. And there’s an educational component to those shows.” That educational component grew from Easterling’s own research into American music, which began as a youth with the music of Broadway and the Great American Songbook. “When kids my age were getting into grunge (music), I was listening to Judy Garland, Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald,” Easterling said. She studied musical theater at Emerson College in Boston, but also began to immerse herself in folk music and other American roots forms, in artists she was encountering as she began her own career as a folk songwriter. “I started doing research into Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Emmylou Harris,” Easter-

ling said. “I did it on my own because these were artists that inspired me.” It became clear to Easterling “this was music that was buried deep inside me.” She spent much of her childhood on a Greer, S.C., farm that has Angela Easterling will presbeen in her fament her program “A Songily since 1791 – writer’s Journey Through seven generaAmerican Music” at the tions. Delaware County District She has setLibrary Main Branch in an tled in “After Hours” program FriGreenville, S.C., day, Nov. 16. Visit delaware in the same area library.org. in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. “There are so many cultural influences here: blues, bluegrass, folk, rock and roll.” Her library program combines her research with insight into the songwriting process.

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Crago home for the holidays in ‘White Christmas’ By JIM F I S C H E R THISWEEKNEWS.COM Before we get to dreaming of a white Christmas, Darien Crago is looking forward to a home Thanksgiving. The Westerville native is a cast member in the touring production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, which plays the Ohio Theatre Tuesday through Sunday of Thanksgiving week. Crago, who relocated to New York City in early 2012 to pursue a professional career in the theater, is appreciative of the coincidental development. “To be home over Thanksgiving, that worked out well,” Crago laughed. “What will be nice is having access to a car, so maybe I’ll have a chance to show some of the cast my favorite places around the city.” Crago said she also was pleased to have the opportunity to return home doing what she loves to do. “I’m so lucky. I’ve got tons of

friends and family who are coming to see the show – and I get to come to them. They have traveled to see me in Houston, Alabama and, of course, New York. Darien Crago My family has always been very supportive.” The return trip may have been maternally preordained, Crago added. “My mom has always subscribed to the Broadway Across America series, so when she got an email with what would be coming to Columbus, she sent it to me with the note, ‘Do your best to get into one of these,’ ” Crago said. Crago’s interest in performing was fostered early. She started taking dance lessons when she was 3 years old. She didn’t begin to explore the theater until she was in her teens, but she took it very seriously, opting for an online high school so she could devote extra time to dance and theater classes.

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She attended Wright State University, graduating in 2011 with a bachelor of fine arts degree. She worked regionally for the next few months before making the move to NYC. “So much has happened (since the move) and I’ve been fortunate to have some success. I landed my first gig early (as the lead in a production of 42nd Street) which led to another job

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Explorers Club rights ship under Varga’s direction Eyes beaming with genius from the likes of Samuel Beckett, Ornette Coleman and Jean Dubuffet still stare at you from inside of the Explorers Club; otherwise, plenty has changed. On the cosmetic side, aligning with these evocative woodblock portraits by Jeb Loy Nichols, is art gallery fare starring brash color photographs. On the more important, edible-side of the ledger, the founding chef and co-proprietor of Explorers Club (Ricky Barnes) up and left his own restaurant. Instead of veering adrift though, I think this place is cranking out better grub than it has in months. After premiering a year ago to wide acclaim, I began hear-

MENU by G.A. Benton ing EC was sputtering through a rough patch. I poked in a few times, and a couple of marginally off-course dishes had me sorta agreeing. Fortunately, EC seems to have righted itself since new chef Dan Varga assumed the helm in late summer. While maintaining old favorites, Varga has been steering EC’s cuisine in new and interesting directions. For example, he’s letting his roots show by offering a Hungarian dinner every third Wed-nesday of the month. There’s also a small, reg-

ularly changing, theme-exploring (e.g. Oktoberfest, vegan) supplemental menu that, along with daily specials, guarantees visits never feel routine. Actually, “routine” is about the last thing I’d call the flamboyant and borders-be-damned preparations I recently sampled. The gigantic Grilled Marinated Vegetable Salad ($7.50) is a fine example of EC’s eccentric, vegetarian-friendly and easy-on-the-pocket ways. It was a chunky and never-boring “Mediterr-Asian” (I think I just coined that phrase) melange of grill-marked and chilled-down squashes, spinach and radicchio sprinkled with sesame seeds and daubed with goat cheese.

Tying things together was a perky, lightly applied vinaigrette. A nightly special of Pumpkin and Habanero Soup ($4) showed-off an amusingly reckless side. See, that crazy stuff was ‘should-come-with-a-warning-label’ spicy hot. While I enjoyed its fruity, nutty and vinegar-splashed flavors, I momentarily feared my tongue might disintegrate. Luckily, a sweet, punch-like Kombucha Margarita ($9) helped stanch the flames. The heat got turned up again – but in more manageable fashion – with a knockout Chorizo Stuffed Chicken ($15), one of my new favorite casual-place dinners. Sandwiched between Cajun-y spiced, seared bone-

less breast slices was homemade, smoky and chili-fied Mexican sausage. On the side were killer collards and roasted large sweet potato cubes. Arriving on a wonderfully crusty and chewy house baked bun was EC’s kitchen-sink Mofongo Burger ($11.50), a verifiable and messy masterpiece. Piled up high on the artisan roll were a big, juicy and good-on-its-own burger, smoky pulled pork, mashed plantains, jack cheese plus a neat and zesty jalapeno slaw. Though the bountiful berserker came loaded with nice, grease-free sweet potato fries, I was feeling hoggish, so I splurged on inspired sides of Mac-n-Cheese ($4; creamy, ter-

rific) and Hungarian Slaw ($3; crisp sweet-tart pickled cabbage, carrots and red peppers). Uncommon and delicious Sauerbraten Meatballs pocketed with raisins and served with top-notch homemade spaetzle cloaked in rich brown gravy from last month’s special Oktoberfest menu presented Central/ Eastern European influences. And a strong reason to eagerly anticipate digging into the justreleased, November-only vegan menu. See you there. Explorers Club Address: 1586 S. High St., Merion Village Phone: 614-725-0155 Website: explorersclubmv.com

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Natalie’s a casual spot for classic American, Korean fare Paul Yow and Hae Ran had comfortable jobs with one of the city’s top-rated restaurants. Two weeks ago, they traded that security and comfort for a place of their own. The husband and wife, who worked together at Barcelona, have opened Natalie’s, a casual

American and Korean restaurant in downtown Columbus. Yow acknowledges the potential pitfalls. “I can make an argument against owning a restaurant,” he said. “It’s risky business.” Yet it’s been the couple’s goal to branch out into the next

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phases of their careers. So they decided to start small, taking over the former Serenity Cafe, 79 S. Fourth St., just north of East State Street. “It’s a hard job but it’s fun for us,” Ran said. “Performing art is what I say. We go through a recital in front of people.” The restaurant was named after the couple’s 24-year-old daughter, who occasionally works at the restaurant. The menu is tidy, manageable and affordable, with no single item topping $12. Natalie’s will start off as lunch only, with dinner hours and a weekend brunch being introduced over time. The menu includes popular American dishes, such as a Chicago-style Italian beef sandwich dunked in beef au jus and chicken salad served on a croissant. Beef brisket is braised in apple cider, and served with a griddled egg. The fare delves into international territory with dishes such as the kimchee ramen soup and bulgogi, a thinly sliced marinated beef sirloin. They call their burrito with Korean-style beef and black soybean hummus a korrito. The Korean breakfast sandwich has ginger-cured pork belly, egg, cheddar and caramelized onions. “I’ve never liked the word

fusion,” Y o w said, “and this is not fusion.” Downtown Columbus has long struggled to find an evening audience, but Yow sees some uptick in dining, particular the cluster of Dirty Frank’s, Little Palace and El Camino, just down Fourth Street, plus the established Gay Street corridor. “People want affordable food that’s freshly prepared,” he said. “That’s what a lot of these little independents are doing.” Natalie’s is open lunch only Monday through Friday, with dinner and brunch in the offing. For more information, call 614-228-5199. If patrons of M i a C u c i n a in Powell hadn’t noticed any major changes recently, it’s by design. Jason Gillespie, who recently purchased the restaurant, said he’s made only subtle modifications since taking it over few months ago. For starters, the wine list has been updated and expanded to include roughly 40 selections in all price ranges. The menu has stayed virtually untouched, with some additions and improvement to the quality, he said.

Most entrees are in the $14 to $20 range. The original Mia Cucina was opened three years ago in New Albany by Vern Blazek, Jack Illig and Mike Unnone. The Powell location, 230 W. Liberty St., opened a year and a half ago. Gillespie, an entrepreneur, said he was looking for business opportunities when he found out Illig was going put Mia Cucina on the market, so he snatched it up. “I got involved because the

planets were aligning,” he said. “Restaurants are always a big gamble.” Just west of the busy fourcorners intersection, Mia Cucina has had a bit of trouble getting noticed in the restaurant-rich Powell area, Gillespie said. “There are so many options,” he said. “There are so many different places. “We are a little bit off the road.” Mia Cucina is open dinner hours daily.

EASTERLING FROM >> B8 Easterling will start by playing a cover song, then talk about the artist and move into a discussion about how that artist influenced her. She’ll follow that up with an original song that displays that influence, and discuss her own songwriting work and inspirations. “(The program) is pretty broad,” Easterling said. “I’m interested in history, but also music history and especially people’s history. Personal stories inspire me.” She said those personal stories find their way into her songs, even if they’re not her stories. She sings them in the first person in the same way you would step into a charac-

ter in the theater. The program draws from Easterling’s four records, including, but only briefly, from her most recent release, a Frenchlanguage album titled Mon Secret, which she completed with the help of her friend Marianne Bessy, a professor of French at Furman University. “The music is still American roots style, but I wanted to see if I could do it,” Easterling said. “It was a challenge to work out the timing and the rhyme.”

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5714 Timber Top Dr; Glenda W. Johnson; $281,535. 6229 Woodsview Way; Stephen D. Bernhardt, Jessica Bernhardt; $275,000. 3191 Andrew James Dr; Paul E. Hammersmith, Diane M. Hammersmith; $218,000. 2899 Lake Hollow Rd; Michael L. Gibson; $213,800. Lewis Center 5888 Maritime Ct; Charles P. Simpson Jr., Amy L. Simpson; $350,000. 2447 Seton Dr; Bruce A. Young, Ellen M. Young; $300,000. 2199 Reeves Ave; David A. Kemp, Lisa M. Kemp; $263,500. 8283 Orange Station Loop; Chennattu John Sunny, Philomina Sunny; $220,000. 145 Olentangy Meadows Dr; Jeffery W. Burns, Laurel J. Burns; $203,000. New Albany 7280 Stone Gate Dr; Jacob L. Medors; $595,000. 8235 Marwithe Ct; Jacob Dobres, Kimberly Dobres; $346,500. 4411 Pantonbury St; Andrew J. Piletz, Christine P. Piletz; $250,000. Plain City 10255 Carmel Dr; Mark Charles Gulgas; $325,500. 14400 Robinson Rd; Larry Hamilton, Dena Hamilton; $175,000. Powell 2636 Clubhouse Circle; Matthew E. Beckwith, Shannon E. Beckwith; $440,000. 6980 Concord Bend Dr; Larry James McMinn, Brandi Anne McMinn; $436,645. 4888 Rutherford Rd; Kimberly D. Gerhart, Kyle R. Gerhart; $420,000. 6779 Arbor View Ct; Nancy L. Jack, Thomas C. Jack; $379,000. 4320 Village Club Dr; Fannie Mae; $345,000. 8510 Trail Lake Dr; David M.

Friermood, Nikki J. Friermood; $344,500. Reynoldsburg 7800 Wayfaring Ct; Jeffery L. Phillips; $150,000. Westerville 5916 Fultonham Dr; Krista G. McCandless, David W. McCandless; $228,198. 4324 Hollandia Ct; Robert S. Hoops; $192,000. 5688 Bruntwood Way; Anthony Moore, Kami Moore; $175,000. 155 Brisbane Ave; Joseph A. DeAngelis; $152,500. Westerville 5522 Lake Shore Ave; Jack McEwan, Courtney McEwan; $485,000. 5814 Highland Hills Dr; Jym R. Ganahl; $393,000. 5841 Honors Ct; Joshua B. Chalfant, Alexis J. Chalfant; $244,900. Worthington 529 Plymouth St; Ladry Limited; $450,000. 6962 Village Woods Pl; Eric Van Sickle, Lori Dodd; $241,000. 6687 E Schreiner St; Justin A. Gafford, Jaclyn S. Gafford; $195,000. Canal Winchester 8200 Long Rd; Brittany V. Etter; $208,000.

6484 Saylor St; Elaine K. Havens; $194,900. Galloway 6310 Clover Meadow Ct; Dennis G. Moore, Lori A. Moore; $315,000. 955 Cole Rd; Daniel A. Swift, Tracy L. Swift; $188,000. 6201 Bausch Rd; Cody R. Thompson; $180,000. Grove City 1303 Ironwood Dr; Eric L. Beckstedt, Tara L. Beckstedt; $270,508. 2750 Longridge Way; Lori Ehrenberg; $269,900. 6101 Grant Run Pl; Robert C. Shipkowski, Peal M. Shipkowski; $225,000. 4696 Windrow Dr; Rachel S. Toukan, Joseph D. Toukan; $195,000. 1958 Caplinger Dr; Ronald E. Keffer; $167,500. Groveport 4823 W Bixby Ridge Dr; Allyn D. Mansfield; $123,000. 7540 Groveport Rd; Deutsche Bank National Trust Co.; $100,000. Pickerington 13360 Calhoun Ct; James L. McLaughlin; $585,000. 8369 MEadowmoore Pl; Steven R. Fogle; $425,000.

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inck, Nancy Snyder Lieftinck; $385,000. 3850 Rushmore Dr; Wendy H. Hart, Jason M. Hart; $350,000. Upper Arlington 2346 Fishinger Rd; Walter D. Kennedy; $600,000. 3853 Shadowstone Way; Ronald A. Ignac, Pamela B. Ignac; $480,000. 3175 Tremont Rd Unit 501; Mark S. Wenger, Cynthia H. Wenger; $459,000. 4041 Poste Lane Rd; Obinna I. Moneme, Allison M. Moneme; $429,900. 1325 Kingsgate Rd; Victoria Lee Chen; $290,000. Northland (S. of Morse) 1028 N Marland Dr; Richard A. Lowe, Juanita J. Lowe; $119,500. Northland (N. of Morse) 6632 Belleshire St; Scott R. Whetstone; $150,000. 2223 Kilbourne Ave; Fannie Mae; $108,490. Gahanna 3796 Bentwoth Ln; Janet Green Marbley; $245,000. 1292 Granfield Ct; Matthew J. Montecalvo, Gail Durany; $169,000. 294 Hughbury Crescent; Lisa V. Cerrito; $153,500. Northland/Minerva Park 4831 Victory Ct; Kojo S. Agyare; $119,000. Worthington West 1118 Circle On the Green Rd; Anthony W. Troiano, Stephanie A. Troiano; $350,000. 6753 Maplebrook Ln; Ryan K. Stanley, Catherine A. Stanley; $228,000. 2520 W McVey Blvd; Jackie L. Hager; $211,000. For more information on obtaining additional home sales transactions in central Ohio, call CompuName at (614) 325-3176.


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