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Mike Commodore still in limbo with Blue Jackets

Mike Commodore (file photo)

The Mike Commodore saga continues.

The popular defenseman reported to Springfield, Columbus’ AHL affiliate last Thursday, but he has not appeared in any games.

It has become known, that the Blue Jackets have placed him on re-entry waivers. Which means, that NHL teams have until noon on Monday January 17 to claim the 31-year-old at a discount rate.

The team that claims him will be responsible for half of Commodore’s remaining contract, $6.85 million over the next two seasons, while Columbus would pick up the balance of the contract.

If Commodore goes unclaimed, the Blue Jackets are could loan him to another American Hockey League team.

compiled from staff, radio & television news

Blackhawks put Jackets away in third period with three goals

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The month of December has been a albatross for the Blue Jackets in recent seasons, especially this year.

They lost another game, this time to the Blackhawks in Chicago, 4-1.

Sunday’s game was frustrating, embarrassing, missed opportunities and poor effort.

Chicago scored three times in the third period, including two power-play goals. The Jackets did play two solid periods but in the NHL, two periods won’t cut it.

The Blue Jackets scored on a Derick Brassard power-play goal when the Blackhawks had a commanding 4-0 lead.

The team is in a 3-9-3 slump since Thanksgiving.

The NHL roster freeze ended at midnight Sunday night and there is a general feeling anongst fans and media that the front office led by Scott Howson should shake up the roster because the current roster is not going to be in the top eight in the Western Conference for the playoffs at this rate.


*Nikita Filatov scored a goal for minor-league Springfield. It was his first goal of the season at the either level, NHL and American Hockey Association.

* Blue Jackets prospect Ryan Johansen scored the winning goal for Canada in its 6-3 win over Russia in the World Junior Championship. Johansen, a center, was the fourth player selected in the 2010 draft.

compiled from staff & Columbus Blue Jackets news

OHSAA FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: Hilliard Davidson shuts down star-studded Springfield, 9-0

Ruth Evans contributed to this story

Hilliard Davidson (file photo)

All week long leading up to the game with Springfield, the Hilliard Davidson players were answering questions from fans and media, how would they stop the backfield of Trey DePriest and George Walker.

The Wildcats let their football abilities do the talking as their defense dominated the Springfield offensive line in a surprising 9-0 win.

Surprising in the fact that both teams have explosive offenses.

The Division I game was played at Selby Field on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware and drew 6,500 people.

Hilliard Davidson, now 12-0, will play Pickerington Central who is 11-0 in the regional championship game this weekend.

The Wildcats had basically two drives that won the game. The first one was a 12-play, 74-yard drive that culminated with Alex Mickley scoring on a 1-yard TD drive with 6:35 left in the first quarter. The second drive was on their third possession of the football, a 15-play, drive that ended with J.D. Detmer kicking a 28-yard field goal.

OHSAA FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: Springfield defeats Hilliard Darby, 22-7

Corwin Goode contributed to this story

Hilliard Darby Panthers (file photo)

Matt Cyrus had a 7-yard touchdown reception and Tyler Ison caught nine passes for 99 yards, but it was not enough as Hilliard Darby lost its Division I playoff game to Springfield, 22-7, Saturday night.

Visiting Hilliard Darby (8-3) could not stop George Walker and Alabama recruit, Trey DePriest in the loss. Walker rushed for 197 yards and DePriest had 77 yards on six carries.

Springfield pushes its record to 9-2.

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT:Corey Shelton, Cedarville High School Indians QB


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Our Sports Spotlight feature takes us to the small town of Cedarville, Ohio.

Cedarville is a village in Greene County, located between Springfield to the west, Xenia to the south and Jamestown to the east.

Population for Cedarville according to the 2000 census is 3,828 people.


Cedarville Indians QB Corey Shelton (

Cedarville is the home of Cedarville University and Cedarville High School.

Cedarville may be a small town, but it has several notable and famous people who have been born there or who have been residents:

Mike DeWine, former U.S. Senator and Lt. Governor of the State of Ohio.

Actress Eleanor Parker.

James H. Kyle, Politician and Father of Labor Day.

Bumpus Jones, Major League Baseball player.

Whitelaw Reid, Newspaper Publisher & Statesman.

David Jeremiah, American Evangelist.

Cedarville, Ohio is a part of the greater Dayton area.



This week’s feature is on Corey Shelton, quarterback for the Cedarville High School Indians. He is 6’0, 180 and a senior. He was an offensive guard the past two seasons, but was asked to switch to quarterback by head coach Austin Steward.

After a 5-player tryout at quarterback during preseason practices, Coach Steward selected Corey as the Number 1 signal-caller. That decision has helped the Indians become one of the most improved teams in the tough Ohio Heritage Conference.

A tribute to the best football coach in school history Jim Villinger (

Everett Hickman Field is the home of the Indians (

With Shelton at quarterback, the Indians use the triple-option attack on offense. He has good speed and that one of the reasons why the team has improved dramatically in 2010. He has several teammates which can give defenses fits: running backs Gabe Sayers and Zeke Young. The wide receivers have talent and speed, Luke Sheridan, Taylor Kordic and Seth Wright.

Shelton’s stats are impressive; a 61-yard touchdown run against Springfield Northeastern, over 700 yards running and over 500 passing with 7 rushing touching downs.

As mentioned before, Cedarville plays in the Ohio Heritage Conference which includes Mechanicsburg, Springfield Catholic Central, West Liberty-Salem, North Lewisburg Triad, Springfield Northeastern, South Charleston Southeastern and Jamestown Greeneview. The league was established in 2001. Most of the schools used to play in the now-defunct West Central Ohio Conference (WCOC) which was a good league, but rarely got teams into the state playoffs because they couldn’t get the computers needed. The OHC sometimes has as many has three teams in the playoffs because it’s a tougher league and more balanced.

A Teepee greets fans as they enter Everett Hickman Field (

Everett Hickman Field pressbox (

The Cedarville Indians are a Division VI team and they play in Region 24 of the state. The school used to be one of the top football teams in the state under long-time coach Jim Villinger who is still very popular around town. The Indians have played in 9 state playoffs (1986, 1988, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2001. Their best playoff finish was in 1994 when they went to the Division VI Finals. Their last league title was in 1998 and their last winning season was in 2001.

Coming into 2010, Cedarville had plenty of experience only losing five players through graduation. The number of players had decreased over the years, but this season the roster went from 22 to 34. The team had 9 starters back on offense and defense.

On defense, Cedarville employs the 4-4 formation. In 2009, they allowed a whopping 332 points, which was the most in the Ohio Heritage Conference and second most in the Springfield area. This season they have allowed just 200 through eight games. But they play explosive and high-scoring West Liberty-Salem next week to end the season.

Reviewing the season, after eight games, the Indians are 4-4, 3-3 in the Ohio Heritage Conference. That is a big improvement over last year’s 2-8 overall record and 0-7 in the OHC. Shelton says that he feels that head coach Austin Steward has the program going in the right direction.

August 27 at Madison Plains, a 28-0 win.

September 3 against Cincinnati Christian, the Indians won 48-7 as they held Cincinnati to 127 yards of total offense. Corey Shelton, Gabe Sayers and Zeke Young scored two touchdowns apiece.

September 10, they were supposed to play Yellow Springs, but the week became an open week.

September 17, they ran up against the best team in the Ohio Heritage Conference, Springfield Catholic Central and lost 42-0. Corey Shelton ran for 104 yards on 14 carries.

September 24, Northeastern beat them 28-21.

October 1, Cedarville traveled eight miles to the east to play arch-rival Greeneview and won 45-24. Zeke Young scored four tochdowns and had an 89-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the first quarter.

October 8, they traveled to Mechanicsburg and were shutout 28-0.

October 15, Cedarville beat Southeastern, by putting the game away in the second half, 40-16. They had 4 scores in the second half. Corey Shelton rushed for 157 yards and a touchdown and passed for 97 yards and two more scores. Zeke Young had a nice game as well, rushing for 175 yards and two touchdowns.

October 22, they ran into the second-best team in the OHC, the Triad Cardinals and lost 35-7.

The improve in the Cedarville Indians has been seen all season and hopefully, the team can get back to the days when they are a yearly threat to win conference championships and get to the state playoffs!

Special thanks goes out to Cedarville head football coach Austin Steward and quarterback Corey Shelton for taking out of their busy schedules to help with the interview and article.

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