Author: Tim Miller

Marysville’s JT Hiltscher is among the track athletes honored for the 2024 season by the Journal-Tribune. (Journal-Tribune photos by Tim Miller) — The Marysville Journal-Tribune has honored track and field athletes from all five area schools for the 2024 season. With so many competing in the sport, it would have been difficult to name athletes to first and second teams. The newspaper has therefore named some of the top athletes in each category with times and distances listed from the season. The categories are broken down into sprints (100, 200, 400), distance races (800, 1,600, 3,200), field events, hurdles and…

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The Fairbanks’ Hailey Dee earned Union County softball honors for the 2024 season. (Journal-Tribune photos by Tim Miller) — Softball continued to be a strong sport in Union County-area schools during the 2024 season. Jonathan Alder’s squad advanced the farthest in the post-season of any local team. The Lady Pioneers (21-4) won a Division II district championship and finished as a regional runner-up. Alder tied Kenton Ridge for championship accolades in the Kenton Trail Division of the Central Buckeye Conference. The squads from Marysville and Fairbanks were respectively district runners-up in Divisions I and III. The Lady Monarchs claimed their…

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Named to the Union County baseball team from Marysville High School is Jackson Dempsey. (Journal-Tribune photos by Tim Miller) — Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of three stories highlighting the top local high school athletes from the 2024 spring season. Today’s Journal-Tribune profiles the top nine baseball players, regardless of position. Thursday’s newspaper will do the same for softball. High school baseball and softball athletes can play multiple positions. Those on the county team may play the same positions. Their selections for the top nine were made based on season statistics and the opinion of the…

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Camryn Harbold of Marysville follows through on a swing. Harbold has been named to the OCC Cardinal Division second team. (Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller) — Marysville High School’s Maya Segner was named the softball player of the year for the Ohio Capital Conference’s Cardinal Division. She was a key component as the Lady Monarchs (18-10) captured their fourth consecutive OCC divisional championship. A senior second baseman, Segner hit .439 with four home runs and 28 RBIs. Joining Segner on the Cardinal Division first team was junior shortstop Sienna Hutchins. Injured during the early portion of the 2024 season, Hutchins…

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Evan Brown of Marysville sets up a long putt during today’s Southern Ohio PGA Junior Tour held at Darby Creek Golf Club. The event was scheduled to run through the day at the course on Orchard Road. (Journal-Tribune photo by Aleksei Pavloff)

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Jonathan Alder bowlers Drew Damron (left) and Grant Headings (right) are pictured with Pioneer coach Rusty Walter at the national tournament. (Photo submitted) — The recent high school national bowling championships were a place and time to shine for Jonathan Alder’s program. Alder boys head coach Rusty Walter was nominated for and received the Presidential AmeriCorps Lifetime Achievement award. The award was voted on by high school coaches throughout the United States during the national championships that were held in Lancaster, PA. The honor was for Walter’s more than 10,000 hours of volunteer work over the past 20 years in…

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Monarch infielder Damon Wade makes a play during the 2024 season. Wade was named to an OCC scholar athlete. (Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller) — A successful 2024 season has led to a number of Marysville High School baseball players to earn Ohio Capital Conference (Cardinal Division) accolades. Earning first-team honors were sophomore pitcher-first baseman James Hackworth and junior pitcher Jackson Dempsey. Mason Springs, a sophomore infielder and pitcher, was named to the second team, along with senior outfielder-pitcher Tate Martino. Junior Derek Moyer, who pitched and played in the outfield, was named to the special mention list. Infielder-pitcher Griffin…

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The Marion Country Club hosted the Heart of Ohio Junior Golf Association’s second-in-series tournament on Tuesday . Galion’s Logan Keller, Pleasant’s Maura Murphy and River Valley’s Asher Gates captured the top honor in their respective divisions. Keller’s score of five-over-par 39-37-76 topped the 16-18 division. He collected an eagle, two birdies and six pars as he won his second HOJGA crown in the series. Dylan Moore of Pleasant placed second at 79, while Kaden Ottley of Olentangy and Parker Steffanni of Delaware Hayes shared a tie for third at 80. Ridgemont’s Dawson Manns picked up fifth place at 83. Murphy…

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Jonathan Alder’s Shanna Higgins delivers a base hit during a 2024 game. Higgins will continue her softball career at Hocking College. (Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller) — Jonathan Alder High School graduate Shanna Higgins had a great lead of success on the softball diamond. During her prep career, she was an infielder for Lady Pioneer squads that posted a won-loss record of 89-20. She hit .361 or better throughout her career and drove in 81 runs. Still, Higgins wasn’t sure if she wanted to play on the diamond after the conclusion of her high school career. “Competing on the collegiate…

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And now there are two. That’s the number of candidates left in the search to replace Klarke Ransome as the Marysville High School girls basketball head coach. Ransome stepped down from the MHS position a few weeks ago to become the new girls head coach at Olentangy High School. Lady Monarch assistant coach Andy Schwochow and former North Union assistant girls coach Justin Price are the finalists to fill the job. A total of 10 candidates applied for the position. The list was whittled to four to bring in for an initial round of interviews. Along with Schwochow and Price,…

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The Fairbanks High School trap shooting team is in its second year. They are a part of the Ohio High School Clay Target League and participated in the State Youth Shoot at Blackwing Shooting Center in Delaware this past weekend. Members of the team are from left, front row, Richard Wachs, Landon Gruenbaum, Amelia Nicol, Bella Nichols, Jaycer Blevins, Kalen Archer, Nate Belmonte and Dawson Criner; back row, Nic Andrews, James Chandler, Henry Hooper, Grady Wisecup, Colin Staats, Aaron Johnson, Nate Fisher, Noah Dingledine, Will Griffey and Zander Hauenstien. Coaches for the team are Mat and Mindy Johnson, Shane Griffey,…

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Former Fairbanks High School volleyball standout Grace Gorton (left) watches as Harper Priday, a fourth-grader at Fairbanks, prepares to serve the ball. Gorton is an instructor for the Hot Shots program that began workout sessions Monday evening at the Union County Family YMCA. (Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller) — The local Hot Shots volleyball program began 15 years ago on a rather modest level. Allison Gorton got things started with one team of girls in the eight-year-old bracket practicing in the gymnasium at Trinity Lutheran School. Fast forward the calendar to 2024 and the program is booming. “We’ve got approximately…

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Jonathan Alder senior Evan Platfoot puts the ball in play during a Division II tournament game. Platfoot has earned first-team All-Ohio honors for the 2024 season. (Journal-Tribune photo by Aleksei Pavloff) — A handful of local high school softball players have earned All-Ohio accolades for the 2024 season. The teams were selected by the Ohio High School Fast-pitch Coaches Association. The top local honor went to Jonathan Alder’s Evan Platfoot. The senior infielder earned first-team honors for Division II. Macy Kise of Fairbanks was a pitcher-infielder during the season. The junior was named to Division III’s second team. Maya Segner…

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These Fairbanks High School softball players earned special awards for the 2024 season. They are from left, Kyah Hendren, second-team Ohio Heritage Conference and highest batting average; Elizabeth Gregrory, Panther award; Anna Dulle, OHC athlete of the month (March) and honorable mention OHC; Maddi Sines, second-team OHC; Macy Kise, first-team OHC and Division III Central District, second-team All-Ohio; team MVP; Hailey Dee, first-team OHC, honorable mention Central District, Golden Glove award; and Jenna Dee, first-team OHC, second-team Central District, team MVP. (Photo submitted) — Several Fairbanks High School baseball and softball players have earned honors for the Ohio Heritage Conference.…

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A field of 10 candidates has been narrowed to four in Marysville High School’s search for a new girls head basketball coach. The position was vacated nearly two weeks ago when Klarke Ransome stepped down to become the girls hoop boss at Olentangy High School. Initial interviews were held Wednesday with the final quartet. Of that number, two of them are already in the Lady Monarch program. Scheduled to be interviewed were Marysville assistant coach Andy Schwoehow and Bunsold eighth-grade coach Chris Freeman. External candidates interviewed were former North Union assistant coach Justin Price and current Logan High School girls…

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