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Doubleheader today on HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE: 11:00 am, Northland vs. Reynoldsburg; 3:00 pm, Walnut Ridge plays Olentangy Liberty

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HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE will be busy today as we broadcast two games from the Ohio Expo Center Coliseum.

At 11:00 am, the Northland Vikings take on the Reynoldsburg Raiders in one District final while the Walnut Ridge Scots play the Olentangy Liberty Patriots in the other final at 3:oo pm.

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The Vikings, six-time defending champions of the Columbus City League, brings a 22-1 record into the game, having beaten Central Crossing, Columbus West and Zanesville in the Marysville region.

The Raiders, of the Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division, bring a 12-9 record into the contest having won two OHSAA playoff games over Olentangy Orange and Hilliard Davidson also in the Marysville region.




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This afternoon at 3:00 pm, the Olentangy Liberty Patriots will take on the Walnut Ridge Scots.

The Patriots from Powell, Ohio, play in the Ohio Capital Conference Cardinal Division where they were the champions.

Liberty has only lost to Westerville Central, 49-46 and Westerville South, 58-57 and are 20-2 on the season.


Columbus City League runner-ups, the Walnut Ridge Scots are 21-1 on the season, the only blemish being a loss to the Northland Vikings in the City League championship game.

The City League South Division champion Scots have advanced to the District finals by beating Whetstone and two other Ohio Capital Conference schools in Worthington Kilbourne and Mount Vernon.


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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: Marysville’s football coach Gafford resigns after budget cuts effect his contract


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The Marysville, Ohio school district  is like several around the country, cutting its budget, eliminating supplemental contracts because of deficits and failed school levies.

That was the main reason 5-year head football coach Jeff Gafford resigned his position back in late December of 2011.

Prior to the the 2011 football season, Gafford was told by administrators that his 20-day extended time contract was not going to be renewed.

In addition to his teaching contract with Marysville, Gafford was receiving supplemental contracts as the weight room coordinator, head football coach and the 20-day extended time for summer football activities. With the budget cuts, he was going to lose $7,000 or nine percent of his salary.

In his five-year stint as the Monarchs head coach, Gafford had a record of 26-25.

Before coaching at Marysville, he was at Worthington Kilbourne.


Info compiled from staff, Radio, TV  & Marysville area news

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT FEATURE: Daxton Cates, Westerville South High School RB


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The Westerville South High School Wildcats always have a top-notch running back. Several years ago, there was Ki-jana Carter. Last year there was Jayshon Jackson, who broke all of Carter’s rushing records.

Jackson made tackles miss and grab air as he ran behind the offensive line. During the past two seasons, Jackson carried the ball 700 + times and surpassed 2,000-yards twice.

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Jackson was only 5’8, 180-pounds but in 2010, he rushed for 2,583 yards and 23 touchdowns.

Jackson is playing this season at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan.

After last season, Westerville South fans wondered who would fill the shoes of Jackson running the football. They probably forgot that there was a very capable back-up waiting in the wings named Daxton Cates.

Cates was very solid in 2010, rushing for 512 yards and 8 touchdowns on 92 carries.

South head football coach Rocky Pentello said all along that Cates was more than capable of being the next big-time running back for the Wildcats. And he has.

Cates is bigger than Jackson, at 5-feet-10, 215-pounds. He can run around and over tacklers on the field.

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Cates has picked up where Jackson left off. In Week 1 of the 2011 season against Groveport in a 47-18 win, the senior rushed for 229 yards on 17 carries and 2 touchdowns.

In week 2, a 27-14 loss at Dublin Coffman, Cates improved to 236 yards on 30 carries, an 88-yard TD run. He had 216 yards in the first half.

Week 3 at Grove City in a 41-34 loss, Cates carried the ball 31 times, gaining 217 yards with 2 TD’s.

In week 4 at the newest high school in town, Westerville Central, the Wildcats won 28-22 and Cates led the way with 158 yards rushing. He was on a pace to gain 1,000-yards by week 6 of the season.

The Wildcats running attack is in good hands once again!

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Westerville South is in one of the top conferences in the state of Ohio, the Ohio Capital Conference, Cardinal Division. The division has Dublin Jerome, Dublin Scioto, Marysville, Olentangy, Olentangy Liberty, Westerville Central and Westerville North. The Wildcats are the kingpins of the division winning the title in 2010 with a 9-3 record overall and a playoff berth. They were 6-1 in their league.

From all of the recruiting reports, Cates is receiving interest from Ohio University, Wisconsin, Akron, Saginaw Valley State, Bowling Green and Ohio State’s name has been mentioned as well.

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The name Cates is familiar around Westerville. His cousin, Wes Cates, was a standout running back at Westerville North and is a Hall of Famer at California University of Pennsylvania where he compiled 5,647 total yards.

We’d like to thank Westerville South head football coach Rocky Pentello for allowing us to watch practice, to take photos and talk to Daxton Cates.

Ohio State grad Armour qualifies for Nationwide Tour

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Former Ohio State golfer Ryan Armour finished tied for 36th and former Marysville resident Stephen Gangluff tied for 46th in the PGA Tour’s final qualifying tournament in Winter Garden, Florida.

Both qualified to play on the Nationwide Tour for 2011.

compiled from staff & Nationwide Tour news

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT: Warren Shields, LB/FB North Union High School Wildcats football team


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The small town of Richwood, Ohio is very proud of their football team, the North Union Wildcats.

Most of you probably wonder where Richwood, Ohio is? Richwood is actually a village in the northern portion of Union County, a population of 2,156 people according to the 2000 U.S. Census. It is located between Marysville and Marion on State Route 37.

They have a very good football team that plays in the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference, Red Division which includes: Buckeye Valley, Marion Elgin, Highland and Marion River Valley.

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The Wildcats are so good that they’re the Number 1 team in the latest Division V poll at 7-0. But not far behind are several other teams around the Columbus, Ohio area: Fredericktown, West Jefferson, Fairbanks, Grandview and this week’s opponent for North Union, the Cardington Pirates.

Our feature guest, Warren Shields is one of the leaders of the team.

He was the 2009 Co-Defensive Player of the Year for Division V. Shields had 115 tackles, 20 for losses. Also in 2009, playing in the Wing-T formation, he rushed for 682 yards and 8 touchdowns.

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At 6’3, 180, his head football coach, Jesse Miller, says Shields has the ‘AMAZING WILL TO WIN.” Coach Miller says that he has speed, strength and explosiveness that you very rarely see on the Division V level. Believe it or not, there has not been any NCAA Division I interest for Warren as of yet. But there’s still time for the recruiters to notice him.

Speaking of the North Union football team. Between 1976 and 2005, they posted only three winning seasons. But since 2005, they produced five straight. In 2006, the Wildcats were 6-4, their first winning season in seven years. When head coach Jesse Miller came aboard in 2008, they were 7-3. In 2009, they made the jump to 10-1, 9-0 and first in the MOAC Red Division and played in their first-ever playoff game at home. But guess who the opponent was? None other than that football-factory known as St. Henry, who beat North Union, 28-3.


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In 2010, North Union is outscoring opponents at last count 280-40 (according to sources). They’ve beaten Milford Center Fairbanks, Sparta Highland, Marion Pleasant, Galion Northmor, Mount Gilead, Marion River Valley and last week’s opponent, Marion Elgin, 35-0.



Warren Shields is having another solid season for North Union. On defense over 70 tackles, 7 for losses, 3 sacks, 2 caused fumbles and a fumble recovery. On offense, he has rushed over 600 yards, a 6.4 yards per carry and 10 touchdowns.