Author: Aleksei Pavloff

Two-time Olympian Kayla Miracle (bottom) demonstrates with Marysville graduate Cali Leng (top) during the first session of a recent girls wrestling clinic. Approximately 60 wrestlers participated. (Journal-Tribune photo by Aleksei Pavloff) — Father’s Day recently had to take a backseat in Marysville. Approximately 60 female wrestlers were present at Marysville High School taking notes from two-time Olympian Kayla Miracle. The clinic covered how to do a fireman’s carry, along with how to get turns when a wrestler is on top. Miracle will be representing the United States in the upcoming Paris Summer Olympics. She will be competing in the 62…

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The North Union shooting club was able to place in the top five during the recent Ohio Trap Shooting state tournament. The event was held at the Black Wing Shooting Center in Delaware. The Wildcats finished fifth out of 27 participating schools. The crew produced a score of 451 (92-92-91-88-88). Taking the top spot was Olentangy Liberty, which recorded a 461 (99-97-92-91-82). Tuscarawas was the runner-up, one point behind Liberty with a 460 (95-94-93-90-88) score. Grand Valley was third with a similar score of 460 (94-94-92-90-90). Nathan Jones and Damien Dexter tied for the best score on the NU team…

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Jonathan Alder graduate Mason Wolford (30) looks for an open teammate during a 2023 regular season game against Westerville South. The former Pioneer led Canisius College’s men’s lacrosse program in goals (25) this past spring and was named All-Rookie in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. (Journal-Tribune photo by Aleksei Pavloff) — Jonathan Alder graduate Mason Wolford (2023) did not expect to make an impact during his first collegiate lacrosse season. When an athlete can make an impact as a freshman, they are an asset. The former Pioneer let the Canisius University crowd know who he was after appearing in 14…

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Youngsters who competed during the recent Marysville mini track and field meet are from left, Ariah Keener, Jaxon Weber and Lady Monarch camp counselor Cameron Cave. (Photo submitted) — The Marysville High School track and field program recently capped its youth camp with a mini meet that was open to the community. A total of six events, plus a kids dash, were conducted. Results from each event were as follows: 1600 meter run -Larry McDonald, first, 6:22; -Elijah Newland, second, 6:22; -Julie Kramer, third, 6:40; -Jerry Herring, fourth, 6:44; -Malia Knapp, fifth, 7:24; -Brixon Baumbarger, sixth, 7:38; -Elliott Nickoson, seventh,…

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Marysville’s Trent Sharp ties up with an opponent during the 16U Greco Roman state tournament at Ohio Northern University. (Journal-Tribune photo by Kevin Behrens) — Just because it’s the off-season, it does not mean there is time off. Several local wrestlers are sticking to business as usual this summer. In Marysville’s case, members of the boys and girls programs have qualified for the 2024 U.S. Marine Corps Junior and 16U national competition. From July 12 through July 20, local athletes will represent the state of Ohio in both the Freestyle and Greco Roman competitions. In order to qualify for the…

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Jonathan Alder’s Greg Nussbaum, left, secures a handoff from Ian Odell during the boys 4×400 meter relay event at the OHSAA state meet. The crew finished sixth in the Division II meet in Dayton. (Journal-Tribune photo by Aleksei Pavloff) — Jonathan Alder’s pack of Pioneers reached the awards podium in three events during the Ohio High School Athletic Association state track and field meet. “We treated it like any other meet to be honest,” senior Luke Goode said. “There’s no reason to change things if they’ve been working. “I was just excited to get the opportunity to run at the…

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Fairbanks’ Rachael Hoover scans the competition pack during the girls 1600-meter run at Welcome Stadium. The senior placed third in the 1600 and 800-meter races at the OHSAA state track and field meet for Division III. (Journal-Tribune photo by Aleksei Pavloff) — All good things must come to an end. Fairbanks High School’s Rachael Hoover cemented her Lady Panther legacy with a pair of third-place finishes during the Division III state meet in Dayton. She concluded her career by placing the highest she’s ever done at the OHSAA state track and field meet. The senior was a member of the…

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North Union’s Gabby Lindsey takes a leap during the Division II girls long jump event at Welcome Stadium in Dayton. The Lady Cat took 15th place overall with her best jump at 16-6. (Journal-Tribune photo by Aleksei Pavloff) — With the conclusion of the 2024 track and field season, one Triad athlete reached the awards podium, while one from North Union made the most of her first state experience. Triad senior Cayla Eaton placed eighth in the finals of the Division III girls 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.31. Heading into the finals, the Lady Cardinal sat in third…

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Triad’s Cayla Eaton makes a mad dash for the finish line during the first heat of the girls 100-meter hurdle race. Eaton has advanced to the finals of the Division III event at the state track and field meet. (Journal-Tribune photo by Aleksei Pavloff) — It’s the end of the road for many, but some athletes kept their state hopes alive. Athletes from across the state descended upon Welcome Stadium in Dayton Thursday afternoon for the start of the 2024 state track and field meet. Most of the Division III athletes took their first steps closer to a podium appearance.…

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Jonathan Alder’s Travis Chany (red) stick checks an opposing DeSales player during a road playoff game this past season. The junior defenseman was given a special mention award for the Mid-Ohio Lacrosse League. (Journal-Tribune photo by Aleksei Pavloff) — Every sport in Ohio goes through a stage of evolution. In Jonathan Alder’s case, its boys lacrosse program is one of the founding members of the Mid-Ohio Lacrosse League (MOLL). JA athletic director Scott Reule will serve as the league’s president. If the conference continues to grow, an independent commissioner or president will take over those duties. “On my end, I…

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Jonathan Alder’s Jack Kennedy tries to get past a Stallion defender during the first half of action. The senior Pioneer recorded one goal and one assist in JA’s last game of the season. (Journal-Tribune photo by Aleksei Pavloff) — Jonathan Alder’s boys lacrosse team concluded its season after falling 18-3 to Columbus St. Francis DeSales. Following a 21-6 win over New Concord John Glenn, the seventh-seeded Pioneers ventured to the home of the No. 2 Stallions. DeSales also handled business earlier by defeating Lima Senior 20-1. Despite its 2024 spring campaign ending, the Scarlet and Black exceeded expectations by matching…

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Marysville’s Julian Kennedy (2) tries to get through a Hilliard Darby defender during a regular season game. The senior Monarch accounted for two goals in the team’s postseason loss to Perrysburg. (Journal-Tribune photo by Aleksei Pavloff) — Marysville’s boys lacrosse team concluded its 2024 season after falling to Perrysburg, 11-9. The 18th-seeded Monarchs (who finished with a 5-13 record) ventured to Yellow Jacket Country for a postseason play-in matchup. However, No. 15 Perrysburg (8-6) managed to outlast the Monarchs. Senior Ben Durey led Marysville in goals by claiming a hat trick (three). Julian Kennedy and Ben Alessi both tallied…

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Jonathan Alder’s Natalie Neumeier (30) celebrates the last out of the district title game in the top of the seventh inning. (Journal-Tribune photo by Aleksei Pavloff) — A 5-2 victory over rival Bloom-Carroll earned Jonathan Alder’s softball team a Division II district championship on Saturday. The game was played at Pickerington Central High School. “I am super proud of all of the team,” Riley Magginis said. “We’ve preached that it takes more than one person to go as far as we can.” The second-seeded Lady Pioneers (21-4) endured an early lead by fifth-seeded Bloom-Carroll before making a comeback in the…

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Jonathan Alder’s Caleb Wiltshire (45) circles around an opposing defender during the first half of action. The freshman mildfielder notched three goals against the Little Muskies. (Journal-Tribune photo by Aleksei Pavloff) — Jonathan Alder’s boys lacrosse squad had no trouble defeating New Concord John Glenn, 21-6, in its first playoff game. Friday was a rematch from earlier in the season. The seventh-seeded Pioneers already claimed a 22-15 victory over the tenth-seeded Little Muskies a month ago. “We worked them hard all week and knew John Glenn was going to come in and fight,” JA head coach Rob Davis said. “They’re…

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Fairbanks’ Max Snyder delivers a pitch to an opposing Spartan. The senior Panther notched 13 strikeouts in the team’s 2-1 postseason loss to Marion Pleasant. (Journal-Tribune photo by Aleksei Pavloff) — Heartbreak can occur when one least expects it. That’s what Fairbanks’ baseball team experienced following its 2-1 postseason loss to Marion Pleasant on Thursday. “I hate to see it end like that for these guys,” head coach Josh Rine said. “I thought we outplayed them.” The 13th-seeded Spartans survived their first game of the Division III post-season by defeating No. 21 Mount Gilead 3-0 a few days earlier. Thursday…

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