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April 20,2017 13:18

In the girls games, Gina Conti of Grove City, Jada Sleet of Thomas Worthington and Courtney Vierstra of Lakewood will play in the Division I-II game and Bridgette Rettstatt of Worthington Christian and Gabby Burris of Liberty Union will play in the ...and more »

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Apr 19, 2017 at 7:55 PM Apr 19, 2017 at 11:15 PM

Steve Blackledge The Columbus Dispatch @BlackiePreps
Hatching a few items piling up in the notebook and inbox. …
During a meeting with the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Wednesday, Ohio High School Athletic Association commissioner Dan Ross admitted that he’s unsure what effect , if any, the competitive balance plan will have when it goes into effect next fall.
"The question I get a lot is, ‘Were the numbers that came out for next fall what you expected?,’ and it’s really hard to answer,” Ross said. “I think we expected probably more movement in football because there are seven divisions and each are smaller than in the other sports. Some schools that you might have expected to move down actually stayed where they were because they went down a division in enrollment and went back up with the competitive balance factor. We didn’t really take that into account.”
While the basic concepts of competitive balance likely will be tweaked down the road to achieve its desired effect, Ross emphasized that the current formula will remain in effect for at least two years. Any changes in the formula need to be approved in a referendum vote by school administrators.
Ross pointed out that the criteria for determining an athlete’s tier level figuring into the competitive balance factor differs with non-public and public school students. Public school athletes’ credentials are based solely on his or her residence. In the non-public realm, a student’s educational history is taken into account.
While none of the May referendum items will garner attention like the competitive balance issue did in recent years, Ross mentioned the Ohio baseball coaches are pushing to have the season extended by one week. In past years, the baseball, softball and track and field state finals have been held simultaneously on the first weekend of June. The coaches argue that there only 42 playable dates in which their 27 games must be played and often-inclement spring weather and new pitch-count rules make it difficult for teams to reach peak performances.
• The North-South all-star boys and girls basketball games will be held simultaneously on Friday. The boys games will be played at 6:30 (Division I-II) and 8 p.m. (Division III-IV) at Otterbein and the girls games are slated for the same times at Denison.
Area boys players showcased will be Kaleb Wesson of Westerville South, BJ Duling of Newark and Ridge Young of Logan Elm in the Division I-II game and Jay Joseph of Worthington Christian and Brandon Estep of Northridge in the nightcap. Tim Casey of Upper Arlington will coach the South in the big-school games.
In the girls games, Gina Conti of Grove City, Jada Sleet of Thomas Worthington and Courtney Vierstra of Lakewood will play in the Division I-II game and Bridgette Rettstatt of Worthington Christian and Gabby Burris of Liberty Union will play in the nightcap. Nate Dendinger of Pleasant will coach the Division III-IV South team.
• On April 29, the North-South Football all-star classic will be held at Massillon’s Paul Brown Tiger Stadium. The Division IV-V-VI-VII game will be at noon and the Division I-II-III game following at 4.
Area players in the Division I-II-III contest include: Kaleb Jarrett and Jed Quackenbush of Newark, Ben Furash and Michael Smith of Upper Arlington, Brenden Knox and James Morgan of Franklin Heights, Ben Frye and Mo Arman of Dublin Coffman, Hayden Schmidt of Olentangy, Drew Rosi of Olentangy Liberty, Connor Gessells of Pickerington North, and Dominique Long of Westerville South. Tennyson Varney of Grove City and Mike Kopachy of Newark will serve as coaches.
The Division IV-V-VI-VII game will include Marquette Dixon, Cody Kirkbride and Cam’Ron Culver of Hartley, Justin Franklin and Hunter Alley of Johnstown, Jack Iannarino of Fairbanks and Mason Peddicord of Newark Catholic. Terry Holbert of Logan Elm and Milan Smith of Harvest Prep will serve as coaches.
• Olentangy Liberty’s boys basketball team earned Academic All-Ohio status with a cumulative grade point average of 3.826.
• North Union junior softball standout Avery Clark will miss the remainder of the season following right elbow surgery next week. Coach Dawn Draper said it will be the third such procedure Clark has undergone since seventh grade to remove a recurring tumor rubbing against a bone.
• The ninth annual Jump25.com Ohio All-Star Classic basketball games were held at East recently.
In the high school girls game, Taylor Pearson of Northland (a Marshall signee) was MVP with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Jada Sleet of Thomas Worthington added 19 points.
In the college women’s game, Sharday Barnes of Rio Grande was MVP with 18 points and seven assists.
In the first high school boys game, Austin Bennett of Westerville North scored 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for MVP. Abdul Kanu added 29 points.
In the college men’s game, Ashland’s Boo Osborne, a Centennial grade, totaled 32 points, seven rebounds and five steals for garner MVP honors.
In a second high school boys game, Kent State recruit BJ Duling of Newark (29 points, 11 rebounds) and Kaleb Wesson of Westerville South (28 points, eight rebounds) shined. Duling was selected MVP.
sblackledge@dispatch.com
@BlackiePreps

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