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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: OCC looking to expand again


Ohio Capital Conference 2008 realignment (By Jhc2010 via wikipedia commons)

With the Licking County League forming again, the Ohio Capital Conference is expecting to lose Watkins Memorial High School possibly in the 2012-2013 school year.

Knowing that possibility, the OCC is looking at expanding and has asked potential new members to submit their information to be considered.


compiled from staff, Radio & TV news

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: Reynoldsburg track coach Hammond receives Ohio award

Reynoldsburg High School (file photo)

The Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches have honored Reynoldsburg High School track and field coach Denny Hammond.

Coach Hammond recently received the 2011 Fred Dafler Girls Career Coach of the Year honor from the coaches association.

Since the 1999 season, the Reynoldsburg girls track program has had 10 individual state champions, nine individual state runner-ups and 34 all-state performers.

The Raiders have won three Ohio Capital Conference, five Division I district and four regional championships. In 2007 the team finished fourth and placed second in 2008 before finishing winning championships in 2009 and 2010.

During the 2009 season, the Raiders set a Division I state record by scoring 82 points, with the 800-meter relay and 1,600 relay group each set state of Ohio records.

compiled from staff, Reynoldsburg High School & OHSAA news

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: Hardesty steps down at Dublin Scioto

compiled from staff reports

Ohio High School Athletic Association

After stints as the Dublin Scioto High School girls basketball coach, Todd Hardesty announced his resignation a few weeks ago to spend time with his three daughters who play the game.

The 43-year-old Hardesty leaves Scioto with a Division I district championship and regional final appearance in 2007, five Ohio Capital Conference titles and a record of 166-124.

Hardesty was hired in 1995 when the school opened and left in 2000 after a string of losing seasons. He returned in 2002 and turned the program into one of the area’s best with an undefeated regular season (20-0) in 2006-2007 when the team finished atop the state poll. That year the Irish fell to Pickerington North 52-42 in a regional final.

This past season, Scioto went 15-6 overall and failed to reach a district semifinal for the first time since 2003-2004 following the 44-39 loss to Pickerington Central in the Division I tournament.

A group of five Green and White seniors will graduate Scioto with four consecutive OCC championships and a program record of 75-11.


* Most notable alumni include: Nick Goings and Jay Richardson, both formerly of Ohio State.

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT: Rob Carpenter: Ex-NFL star, current Lancaster High School Football Coach

During the football season during our Friday night High School football  broadcasts, we feature a coach, athlete, athletic adminsitrator or Hall of Famer on WPKO-FM/WBLL-AM, the Peak of This past 2009 season, we had a chance to feature a former NFL running back and current Lancaster Golden Gales head football coach, Rob Carpenter.

Robert Joseph Carpenter, Jr., was born April 20, 1955 in Lancaster, Ohio. He played at Miami of Ohio in the Mid-American Conference for Bill Mallory.

He was drafted  in the third roun, 84th pick by the Houston Oilers. He played with Houston from 1977-1981; the New York Giants from 1981-1985 and the Los Angeles Rams in 1986.

Carpenter rushed for 4,363 yards in a 10-year NFL career.

He has four sons. Bobby Carpenter, the former Ohio State linebacker is now with the Dallas Cowboys; Jonathan Carpenter played at Cincinnati and is a graduate assistant there; Georgie is at Marshall University and Nathan Carpenter played for his dad this past season at Lancaster and will be playing in college in 2010.

The 6’1 220 pound Rob Carpenter had several good seasons in the NFL:

With Houston in 1977, 652 yards, 1 touchdown and a 4.5 yards per game.

With the New York Giants in 1981, 748 yards, 5 touchdowns.

With the New York Giants in 1983, 624 yards, 4 touchdowns.

With the New York Giants in 1984, 795 yards, 7 touchdowns.

When Rob was in Houston, he played with Earl Campbell.

When Rob was with the New York Giants, his teammates included: Lawrence Taylor, Phil Simms and Henry Carson.

Rob had his moments in New York. There was a 1985 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Joe Morris gained over 200 yards and lost a shoe on one of his touchdown runs. Rob Carpenter was blocking his head off opening holes for Joe Morris and had a beautiful 46 yard run. Carpenter was a fan favorite from what members of the media tell me who covered the team in those days.

Lancaster High School (LHS)

Rob Carpenter is the head football coach at Lancaster and they had a decent season in 2009.

August 28, 2009 Logan  33  Lancaster 14   (0-1)

September 4, 2009  Lakota West 24 Lancaster 12  (0-2)

September 11, 2009  Lancaster 48 independence 35  (1-2)

September 18, 2009 Lancaster 17 Pickerington Central 14  (2-2)

September 25, 2009 Lancaster 42 Gahanna 31 (3-2)

October 2, 2009 Hilliard Davidson 45  Lancaster 14 (3-3)

October 9, 2009 Lancaster 15 Reynoldsburg 7  (4-3)

October 16, 2009 Pickerington North 15 Lancaster 14 (4-4)

October 23, 2009 Lancaster 32 Groveport Madison 14 (5-4)

October 30, 2009 Lancaster 63 Newark 13 (6-4)

November 7, 2009 Regional Playoffs quarterfinals, Hilliard Davidson 28 Lancaster 7  (6-5)

Lancaster plays in the tough Ohio Capital Conference which is one of the largest leagues in the state. Playing in that league and having a top-notch non-conference schedule, will get them computer points and a playoff berth.

The Golden Gales play in the Ohio Capital Conference, Ohio Division with Gahanna-Lincoln Lions, Grove City Greyhounds, Groveport-Madison Cruisers, Newark Wildcats, Pickerington Central Tigers, Pickerington North Panthers and the Reynoldsburg Raiders.

Lancaster has had several distinguished alumni: David Graf, Officer Tackleberry in the Police Academy Films; Rex Kern, former Ohio State Quarterback and Allan Anderson, former Lefthanded Pitcher of the Minnesota Twins, American League ERA and Robert G. Heft, designer of the American 50 star flag which was adopted by Congress on July 4, 1960.

Let’s go one-on-one with Lancaster Golden Gales head football coach Rob Carpenter. (to listen to an audio file, click the link.)

44 698 Rob Carpenter Lancaster Ftb Coach His son Nathan & 5 scholarship athletes in one family

44 699 Rob Carpenter Competitive around the house with 4 males in the house

44 700 Rob Carpenter On his son Nathan runs football like he did Recruiters like him

44 701 Rob Carpenter Non-Conference games Scrimmages Lancaster fan support

44 702 Rob Carpenter On Mike Heywood Miami of Ohio His career going to Miami

44 703 Rob Carpenter Remembers the late Randy Walker and Terry Hoeppner

2009 Lancaster Golden Gales (LHS)

“Third time is a charm” as Dublin Coffman stops Upper Arlington streak at 20

It was a challenge to pick the better cliche’ to summarize the game-”Third time is a charm” or “You live by the 3, You die by the 3″-but the bottom line was that the Dublin Coffman boys out-fought Upper Arlington, 50-48 in the Division I district semifinal, advancing in the tournament and handing the Golden Bears their first loss after 20 straight wins.

Upper Arlington had won the 2 regular season games against the Shamrocks by nearly identical scores of 64-58 and 65-62, each time building a big lead and surviving Coffman rallies. This time, it was almost the reverse, as the Bears rallied from down 40-33 in the 3rd quarter to force a 46-46 tie with 1:35 to go. Michael Green then scored the last 4 points for the Rocks, who watched a potential game-tying shot by the Bears Carter Smith, with a foot on the 3-point arc line, clang off the rim in the closing seconds. Green had converted an old fashioned 3 point play with 1:09 to go, and after a basket by the Bears’ Jeff Vaughn, hit the first of 2 free throws for the last of his 14 points. The Bears looked to be on the ropes with 2:30 left and trailing 46-40, but Oliver McGlade and Brian Sullivan-who had been a combined 1 for 12 on 3-pointers to that point-each hit a shot from behind the arc for the 3rd and last tie of the game


Christian Heine led the Rocks (19-3) with 16, and Kyle Molock, who sat down with 2 quick fouls in the first half, added 11. The Rocks held McGlade to 8 and Sullivan to 10; 11 points under their combined averages. Sullivan sat down in the 3rd quarter after picking up his 4th foul; the Ohio Capital Conference player of the year had posted 35 and 25 in the two regular season games against Coffman. The Bears shot only 34% from the floor (compared to 53% in their first 20 games; and only 4 of 20 3-pointers (42% coming into the game)-and couldn’t overcome their second straight sub-par tournament performance, having squeaked by Pickerington Central, 34-33. The Bears bench had one of their better performances of the year, outscoring the Rocks bench 12-0, with Chris Watson accounting for 10 of the 12 points. He earned a second half start, and recorded two, 3-point plays in the 3rd period.

Each team hit 10 of 30 shots in the first half, which saw 5 lead changes and Coffman finished with a 27-25 lead.

The Rocks’ 36% shooting wasn’t much better, but they offset a 38-27 rebounding disadvantage by winning the turnover battle, 15-8.

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