Central Ohio athletes have several chances to excel at the state level
this week as the state golf tournament continues at Ohio State and the
girls tennis tournament rolls into the Capital City. Lancaster’s Samantha Swinehart has qualified for the state girls golf
tournament for the fourth time in her career and will try to win her
second individual state title. Here’s who else is in the news…
Central Ohio athletes have several chances to excel at the state level this week as the state golf tournament continues at Ohio State and the girls tennis tournament rolls into the Capital City.
Lancaster’s Samantha Swinehart has qualified for the state girls golf tournament for the fourth time in her career and will try to win her second individual state title.
On the boys side. St. Charles brings in the lowest district score with 306 and had four of its golfers shoot in the 70s.
A number of athletes in Division I and II will go after the ultimate prize in girls tennis.
The tournament trail begins this week for boys and girls soccer and volleyball across central Ohio, while Amanda-Clearcreek and Dublin Coffman have already clinched home football playoff games according to joeeitel.com with two weeks still remaining in the regular season.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Dublin Coffman, football: The much awaited Ohio Capital Conference football clash between undefeated Hilliard Davidson and Dublin Coffman lost a bit of luster due to four star players being out for both teams, but Coffman still got the job done with a 10-7 victory.
Colton Caldwell, a tight end converted to a quarterback, stepped up to replace starter Cole Stoudt, who was lost for the rest of the season with a leg injury. Caldwell was 8 of 13 passing for 100 yards and rushed 25 times for 76 yards for the Shamrocks, and scored on a 14-yard run to put Coffman ahead in the first period.
Senior kicker Kyle Clinton converted a 32-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to break a 7-7 tie.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Eric Stewart, Columbus West: Stewart completed 11 of 30 passes for 358 yards and seven touchdowns as West defeated Independence 74-71 in a City League game. West only had 12 first downs in the shootout but Stewart led the Cowboys with big plays. The game made headlines across the state for being the fifth highest combined score in Ohio high school football history.
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
Freddies win big game: Fredericktown forced seven turnovers, five of which came in the first half, to send the Freddies past visiting Utica 27-12 in a Mid-Buckeye Conference game. Unbeaten Fredericktown, going for its first league title in the MBC since joining the conference in 2000, capitalized on just one of the first half gifts with a 21-yard touchdown run by Austin Hoeflich. The Freddies took the lead before half on a one-yard run by C.J. Ruhl. Quarterback Thomas Hinkle completed all five passes he attempted during the drive for 52 yards.
Touchdowns on a 30-yard pass from Hinkle to Ruhl and a eight-yard run by Hoeflich gave Fredericktown a comfortable cushion.
Blue Aces take big step: Granville took a big step to a possible Mid-State League Ohio Division title with a commanding 34-7 win over Licking County rival Heath. Tyler Link ran for 85 yards and scored two of his four touchdowns in the second half.
Granville quarterback David Hettler completed his first nine passes and finished 11 of 15 for 134 yards as the Blue Aces moved to 7-1 and 4-1 in league play.
North Union still perfect: The Wildcats remained a game ahead of Buckeye Valley and Sparta Highland in the Mid Ohio Athletic Conference Red Division by take advantage of six Marion Elgin turnovers to take a 40-6 win.
North Union, now 8-0, got rolling on a 29-yard pass from Evan Jamison to Klarke Ransome in the first quarter. The Wildcats went ahead 13-0 early in the second quarter when they blocked a punt and Clay Hastings scooped up the loose pigskin and ran 30 yards for a touchdown.
More MOAC: Sparta Highland knocked Buckeye Valley into a second-place tie with two long drives to take a 14-0 victory.
The Scots drained nearly seven minutes off the first quarter clock with an impressive 16-play, 80-yard touchdown run capped by Justin Staton rumbling into the end zone from four yards out.
Highland put together another 16-play, 80-yard drive finished by a 27-yard run by Matt Young with 3:06 remaining in the game. Both schools are 6-2 overall and 6-1 in league play, trailing North Union by a game.
Absolutely perfect: A pair of central Ohio volleyball teams completed perfection in different ways. Marion Elgin completed a perfect run through the MOAC Red with a 25-13, 25-12 and 25-13 win over Cardington.
Kelsi Lauer had 10 kills and Ashley Kasler and Elany Covell each contributed eight kills and Haleigh Blevins added six kills and a pair of blocks.
Logan Elm, ranked No. 3 in Division II by the state volleyball coaches association, rolled to a perfect 21-0 mark for the season and its first Mid-State League championship since 1978 with a 25-21, 25-23 and 25-20 sweep over No. 11 Canal Winchester.
Paige Penrod had 23 kills for Logan Elm and Alyvia Clark chipped in 15. Hannah Gabriel dished out 37 assists and had a pair of kills.
Dominating performances: The Canal Winchester girls cross country team put six of its runners in the top eight at the Mid-State League Buckeye Division championship and easily won the title with 19 points. Emily Pifer won the individual title for the Lady Indians by taking first in 19:14.7 and was followed by teammate Penny Boswell in 19:55. Ali Stauffer was fourth in 20:35.8, Kayla Scott took fifth in 20:36.2, Taryn Meidl finished seven in 21:27.9 and Christy Wildermuth was eighth in 21:33.3.
On the boys side, Circleville senior Brad Liston won the individual title in 15:47. Teays Valley’s Tyler Conn was second in 17:00.6 and Taylor Conn took third in 17:05.6 to help the Vikings to the boys team title.
Pickerington North rolls: The Panthers boys cross country team put three runners into the top four to take the Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division title with 22 points. Pickerington North was led by Daniel Garleb finishing first in 16:07.92, followed by teammate Nick Hissrich in second with 16:09.19. Greg Black took fourth for North in 16:39.78.
North edged crosstown rival Pickerington Central 44-56 to take the girls title, paced by Kristen Eisenhauer taking second in 20:15 and Kim Black finishing fifth in 20:46.
Eagles win Capital title: New Albany had a 1-2 finish in the Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division meet to win the title with 38. Blake Taneff won in 16:21.36 and Sebastian Matt followed in 16:51.12.
Canal Winchester (6-2) at Logan Elm (7-1) football, Friday at 7:30 p.m.: This game was a battle of two 9-0 teams last year with Logan Elm prevailing 16-13 in overtime to take the Mid-State League Buckeye title. Even though both teams have suffered setbacks this season, a lot is still on the line. This is a must win game for Canal Winchester, which sits No. 10 in Region 7, if they want to return to the playoffs for a third straight season. Logan Elm could potentially clinch a playoff spot and home game with a win. Canal Winchester beat Hamilton Township 43-0 last week while Logan Elm defeated Bloom-Carroll 33-10.
St. Charles (5-3) at Bishop Watterson (6-2) football, Friday at 7:30 p.m.: The Cardinals defeated Trinity College of Ontario 43-7 last week and Watterson beat Warren LaSalle of Michigan 14-6. A win would help Watterson in playoff positioning before its meeting with undefeated Youngstown Cardinal Mooney.
Delaware (6-2) at New Albany (5-3) football, Friday ay 7:30 p.m.: Delaware defeated Hilliard Bradley 49-7 last week and New Albany upset Big Walnut 27-20. A must win for Delaware if the Pacers want to return to the playoffs for the second straight year.
Upper Arlington (5-3) at Hilliard Davidson (6-1) football, Friday at 7:30 p.m.: The Bears knocked off Olentangy Orange 21-16 and Davidson fell 10-7 to Dublin Coffman. UA still has a chance to make the playoffs but will probably need to beat Davidson this week and Coffman next week to make it for sure- a tough task, indeed.
Licking Heights (7-1) at West Jefferson (7-1) football, Friday at 7:30 p.m.: A big battle in the Mid-State League Cardinal. WJ can setup a meeting next week with Liberty Union for the outright MSL-Cardinal title with a win over Licking Heights, which suffered its only loss to Liberty Union earlier this season. Both teams also need a win to try and make the playoffs as both are outside the top eight going into this week. WJ can make the playoffs for sure with wins over Licking Heights and Liberty Union.