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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: WL-S senior Meghan Vogel earns Jack Kelly Fair Play Award


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West Liberty-Salem High School senior Meghan Vogel will be receiving the Jack Kelly Fair Play Award at the 2012 United States Olympic and Paralympic Assembly September 20-21 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Vogel received huge national attention in June after stopping to help a fallen competitor across the finish ,ine in the 1,600-meter race at the Division III state track and field meet in Columbus, Ohio.

The Jack Kelly Fair Play Award recognizes and athlete, coach or official for an outstanding act of sportsmanship and fair play.


Info compiled from West Liberty-Salem High School, Radio & TV news

Univerity of Alabama golfer Thomas among five honored as 2012 Jack Nicklaus Award recipients


Justin Thomas from Alabama, Nova Southeastern’s Ben Taylor, Noah Ratner from Guilford,  Texas Wesleyan Nathan Anderson and Jimmy Kozikowski of South Mountain Community College have been named the 2012 Jack Nicklaus Award recipients as the Golf Coaches Association of American Collegiate Players of the Year. The Nicklaus Award recognizes the top players at Division I, II, III, NAIA and NJCAA levels.

Jack Nicklaus at 2012 Memorial Tournament ( photo)

Since 1988, the award for the GCAA Collegiate Players of the Year has been named after Jack Nicklaus, a Big Ten and NCAA Champion at Ohio State University.

Thomas is the Division I Nicklaus Award receipient, was previously honored with the Phil Mickelson Award presented by the Phil and Amy Mickelson Foundation as the nation’s outstanding freshman and was named a PING First-Team All-American selection.

A native of Goshen, Kentucky, Thomas got off to a quick start in his college career, claiming his first tournament the Carpet Capital Collegiate. He would go on to win three more times – the Puerto Rico Classic, SEC Men’s Golf Championship and NCAA Southeast Regional.

Justin Thomas (courtesy of Alabama athletics)


Info compiled from Golf Coaches Association of America




HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE, Live this morning at 10:45, Jackson Center vs. Africentric on our website


Shawon Wilson, Africentric

HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE returns to the airwaves this morning after a week’s hiatus.

The Ohio Division IV State semifinals from the Schottenstein Center on the campus of Ohio State, as the Jackson Center Tigers (26-0) take on Columbus City League South Division member, Africentric Nubians.

Game time is 10:45 a.m. live on the website. You can LISTEN LIVE by clicking here.

If the link fails, here’s another way to listen to the game live.

Go to the HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE page in the upper right hand corner, click it and scroll down to the March 22 game and click listen and the game comes up there. We’ll be on the air 30 minutes before the game with our usual information.

Africentric head coach Michael Bates

Jackson Center, from Jackson Center, Ohio in Shelby County, plays in the Shelby County League where they were the champions. Other members include, the Anna Rockets, Botkins Trojans, Sidney Fairlawn Jets, Fort Loramie Redskins, Houston Wildcats and the Russia Raiders.

Hosie Smith, Africentric

To get to the Division IV Final Four, the Tigers, coached by athletic director Scott Elchert, beat Tri-Village in overtime in the district championship game, St. Henry in the regional semifinals and Dayton Jefferson in the regional finals.

They are led by senior Andy Hoying, the Southwest District Player of the Year. Their other starters include senior Tony Opperman, juniors Alex Meyer, Trey Elchert and Eric Ryder.

Off the bench, Jackson Center turns to freshman Gavin Wildermuth and junior Levi Winner.

Justin Miller, Africentric

The Tigers are very stingy on defense, giving up a shade over 40 points a game.

Jackson Center is making their third trip to Columbus and the Final Four, but their first since their championship year of 1985.

They are one of only two unbeaten schools left in the State of Ohio.

The Africentric Nubians are 22-3 and members of the Columbus City League South Division where they were runnerups to champion Walnut Ridge. Two of their losses were to the Scots and the other was to Division III powerhouse Bloom-Carroll.

The Nubians are making their third trip to the State’s Final Four and second straight. Last year, they lost to eventual Division III champion Cincinnati Taft.

In their tournament run, Africentric have outscored opponents 78.7 to 34.3 points per game in 6 wins over Columbus International, Gilead Christian, Northside Christian, Millersport, Newark Catholic and Beaver Eastern.

Trevon Saunders, Africentric

Beaver Eastern scored 43 points on the Nubians in the regional final and those are the most their given up in the tournament in one game.

The Nubians, who will play 10-15 players to wear the opponent down, are led by juniors Kenny Robinson, Trevon Saunders, Kejuan Skinner-Byrd, Cyquil Tucker and Newshawn Walls. Top seniors include Fuquan Tucker, Delquan Black, Hosie Smith, Justin Miller and freshman Jaquan Harrison.

Kenny Robinson, Africentric

The winner of the Jackson Center-Africentric game will play the winner of the Berlin Hiland (24-1)-Arlington (23-3) game on Saturday morning at 10:30.

HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE is brought to you by majority sponsor, SWIFT TAX SERVICES.





Former Carroll football coach Bartlett hired at Miami Trace


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The Miami Trace Local School District board of education has approved the hiring of 53-year-old Steve Bartlett as head football coach.

The former Carroll coach has been named to lead Miami Trace High School in Washington, Court House. He replaces Mike Bernard, who resigned after leading the Panthers to a 5-5 record in 2011.

Bartlett was head football coach at Southeastern from 1987-1995.

As head coach of the Carroll Patriots for 16 years, the team qualified for the playoffs nine times. He retired from coaching after the 2010 season.

Miami Trace, a Division III school, which was established in 1962, has an enrollment between 950-970 students. The school is a member of the South Central Ohio League which also includes Clinton-Massie, Greenfield-McClain, Hillsboro, London, Madison-Plains, Washington Court House Washington and East Clinton. London will be leaving in June 2012.

Miami Trace has been to the playoffs six times, the most recent being in 2005.


Info compiled from Miami Trace Local School District, Radio, TV & Internet reports

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: Columbus Academy beats Berne Union in Division III action

Game report from Arie Carter


Head coach Chris Jones has his Vikings on another roll in the tourney ( photo)

Columbus Academy, the co-champion of the Mid-State Ohio Division with Newark Catholic, is on a roll in the OHSAA tournament.

They defeated Cardington in the first round and on Wednesday night, they eliminated Berne Union, 63-44 in a Division III game at Grove City Central Crossing.

Zach Ratcliff reached a milestone in his high school career during game, scoring his 1,000th point.

Ratcliff, who’ll be playing baseball at Ohio State next year, led the Vikings with 24 points and 12 rebounds for the second-seeded team from Gahanna, Ohio.

Daniel Aronowitz supported Ratcliff with 17 points.

Zach Ratcliff, a 1,000-point scorer (Columbus Academy photo)

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