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Columbus Whetstone product Owusu-Ansah doing well with Cowboys


Akwasi Owusu-Ansah (Cowboys media guide photo)

Whetstone High School graduate Akwasi Owusu-Ansah was drafted last season in the 4th round of the NFL draft, 126th overall pick from small-college Indiana University of Pennsylvania as a cornerback. IUP is an NCAA Division II football program.

Currently 23 years old, the 6’0, 207-pounder joined the Dallas Cowboys last year while recovering from shoulder surgery. When he became healthy, he played on special teams until getting hurt again.

This year with the lockout, having a new defensive coordinator and playbook to learn, Owusu-Ansah showed up at training camp actually starting over again like a rookie.

He is currently starting at free safety for America’s Team until the Cowboys can find someone with more experience.

Known to everybody as Kwasi, he graduated in 2006 from Whetstone. He is the Braves career leading rusher for yards and touchdowns and led the team to their first back-to-back winning seasons in 10 years. As a senior, Kwasi was an all-Ohio honorable mention player.


compiled from staff, Radio, TV & Dallas Cowboys media guide info


SPORTS SPOTLIGHT FEATURE: Kayla Peterson, West Liberty-Salem High School Volleyball

Kayla Peterson

People often send me information on which high school student-athletes to interview for radio and the website. I usually end up with over 150 or so for potential interviews.

With the help of my wife, we try to pick out the most interesting. This time we picked a volleyball player because I have not done very many interviews on the sport or with many players who play the sport in my 30-plus years as a broadcaster/reporter.

We chose Kayla Peterson, senior of the West Liberty-Salem Tigers Volleyball team. I had been told since she was a freshman, that she is an excellent interview. I found out, she is outstanding!

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Kayla not only concluded a successful career for the Tigers, but a successful senior season. She recorded 526 assists, 188 kills, 74 aces, 272 digs as the team’s setter and outside hitter. Also in 2010, she was selected Ohio Heritage Conference Player of the Year, Division III District 9 Player of the Year and 2nd Team All-Ohio honors.

West Liberty-Salem High School

With all of those great stats and accolades, Division I College Volleyball coaches would be calling. I’m sure they did, but Kayla said that she did not want to go to a big school. She was looking at a program that had a good team, had solid academics and teammates who get along and have fun, and a school and town that is small like West Liberty, Ohio.

Kayla has chosen Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, West Virginia. The Battlers are an NCAA Division II  liberal arts

(courtesy of Alderson-Broaddus College)

school with 800 students, which is affiliated with American Baptist Churches and the West Virginia Baptist Convention.

The Rural school, nicknamed the Battlers, was established in 1871 with the motto of “Learning to Succeed, Learning to Serve.”

The athletics teams nickname of the “Battlers” which is derived from the 1861 Battle of Philippi. Their colors are blue and gold and they compete in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference which includes: Bluefield State, Charleston, Concord University, Davis & Elkins, Fairmont State, Glenville State, Ohio Valley University, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Seton Hill University, Shepherd University, West Liberty University, West Virginia State University, West Virginia Wesleyan University and Wheeling Jesuit University; all told, a 15-school conference.

(courtesy of WVIAC)

Alderson-Broaddus has several notable alumni:

* Lt. General John E. Jackson, President of Fork Union Military Academy.

* Richard F. Wilson, President of Illinois Wesleyan University.

* Major General Jessica L. Wright, first woman Adjunct General of Pennsylvania National Guard. The second woman to hold this position in the United States.

* Ed Schrock, United States Congressman, a Republican from Virginia, 2001-2005.

Kayla says that she’ll be a setter in college and is looking forward to being in a role that has been trained to do.

The Alderson-Broaddus finished tied for third in the WVIAC at 23-14 overall, 11-3 in the league. The Lady Battlers were 8-2 at home, 7-5 away, 8-7 on neutral courts. The kingpin of the conference is Wheeling Jesuit at 33-5 overall, 14-0 in the league; Fairmont State finished second at 20-10 overall, 12-2 in the WVIAC and Charleston at 19-10 overall and 11-3 in the WVIAC.

Kayla Peterson is pleased with her decision and she should be a good fit as Alderson-Broaddus drives for the WVIAC Volleball championship in the years to come.

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: Ferguson named All-Metro Player of the Year

Raven Ferguson ( photo)

Raven Ferguson, the All-Ohio forward from Columbus Africentric continues to rake in the honors.

She’ll be an Ohio State Buckeyes player next year and is looking forward to that.

Ferguson has been named The Dispatch All-Metro Player of the Year.

Ferguson averaged 20 points, eight rebounds and four steals in leading Africentric to the City League championship and to the Division III regional championship game.

She scored 1,739 points in her Nubians’ career and led the school to 90 wins over four seasons.

The Africentric Nubians play in the City South Division.

compiled from staff, radio & TV news

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL Tournament action: Tanner, Eastmoor upset DeSales

Game report from Wilma Brighton

Ron Tanner (file photo)

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Ron Tanner’s days at Eastmoor Academy are dwindling down. He’ll be graduating in about three weeks, but he also enrolled at Ohio State getting ready for spring football. He is an all-Ohio defensive back. Tanner also was Eastmoor’s quarterback.

But everytime the Warriors step on the basketball court in the current Ohio High School Athletic Association tournament, one more loss and his career is over with.

In their game against Columbus DeSales, the game was tied at 51-51, Eastmoor Academy was running their four-corner delay offense to take the final shot, Tanner, who is considered to be the best player on the team, got open and took a 3-point shot from the corner and made it with 57 seconds left, to lead Eastmoor to a 58-51 win over third-seeded DeSales in the Division II district semifinal at the Ohio Expo Center Coliseum. Tanner finished with 19 points.

The Warriors improve to 12-10 on the season. Eastmoor plays in the Columbus City League South Division and is often overlooked due to the fact that there is Walnut Ridge, Marion-Franklin, Africentric and Independence who get a lot of attention because they are bigger, stronger, have depth and more star-player recognition.

But Eastmoor does have some good players to go along with Tanner. John Draper scored 20 points.

The Warriors scored the game’s final seven points to eliminate DeSales (15-7).

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: Gahanna’s Will Trapp national player of year

Gahanna-Lincoln High School ( photo)

Gahanna-Lincoln senior Wil Trapp was named the 2010 high school boys soccer national player of the year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Trapp led the Lions to 15-0-1 records the past two regular seasons and the 2009 Division I championship when he scored the winning goal in a shootout against Cleveland St. Ignatius.

Trapp has been named first-team All-Ohio the past two seasons and was the Ohio Divison I player of the year this season.

Trapp will be taking his talents to the University of Akron in 2011-2012. He is also a member of the United States under-18 men’s national team.

compiled from staff, radio, TV & Gahanna-Lincoln news

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