Ben Stroup

Position: Sports Editor
E-Mail Address: bstroup@civitasmedia.com
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Latest Stories by Ben Stroup

Presidents knock off Baron bowlers

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Buckeye Valley's bowling teams suffered their first setbacks of the young season, falling to solid Marion Harding squads Monday at Blue Fusion. “Our teams are working hard,” BV coach Madonna Wells said, “but we have a few spots of inexperience … and it showed during the match. We mis

BV bowlers roll to season-opening wins

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Buckeye Valley's bowling teams started things off on the right foot, sweeping away North Union in the season opener for both teams Friday afternoon. The Baron boys, led by Nick Cooper's combined 385 (games of 184 and 201), won 2,029-1,910. Other BV standouts included Leo Wells, who rolled games of 178 and 2

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Village Academy senior Reed McGraw signed his national letter of intent to swim collegiately for The Ohio State University on Wednesday, making the jump from competing at a small school in Powell to one of the biggest colleges in the country.
Fortunately for McGraw, OSU and the Buckeye swim team didn't seem

McGraw becomes a Buckeye

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Village Academy senior Reed McGraw signed his national letter of intent to swim collegiately for The Ohio State University on Wednesday, making the jump from competing at a small school in Powell to one of the biggest colleges in the country. Fortunately for McGraw, OSU and the Buckeye swim team didn't seem

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Olentangy senior lineman Connor Slade nabbed Division II Defensive Player of the Year honors, three of the team's top playmakers earned spots on the first-team offense and Liberty cleaned up in Division I as the Braves and Patriots were well represented on the 2014 Associated Press Central All-District footb

Slade earns POY honors

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Olentangy senior lineman Connor Slade nabbed Division II Defensive Player of the Year honors, three of the team's top playmakers earned spots on the first-team offense and Liberty cleaned up in Division I as the Braves and Patriots were well represented on the 2014 Associated Press Central All-District footb

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The Ohio Wesleyan University men's soccer team took the long road, but still managed to get to its destination: an NCAA-record 37th Division III playoff appearance.
After dropping the North Coast Athletic Conference tournament championship game to Kenyon Saturday at the Jay Martin Soccer Complex, falling 2-

Bishops earn tourney bid

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com The Ohio Wesleyan University men's soccer team took the long road, but still managed to get to its destination: an NCAA-record 37th Division III playoff appearance. After dropping the North Coast Athletic Conference tournament championship game to Kenyon Saturday at the Jay Martin Soccer Complex, falling 2-

Early goal lifts Bishops over Tigers

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Top-seeded Ohio Wesleyan cashed in early, parlaying a 2-1 halftime lead into a solid 3-2 win over visiting DePauw in a North Coast Athletic Conference tournament semifinal Wednesday at the Jay Martin Complex. The Battling Bishops, who won the league's regular-season championship with an 8-0-1 record (14-3-2

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After several years without a trip to the postseason, the Patriots, who racked up an impressive 8-2 regular-season record, are back where they belong.
Their reward for the stellar season: the right to host a Division I, Region 1 first-round showdown against a streaking Toledo Whitmer team tonight at 7 p.m.

Patriots make postseason return

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com After several years without a trip to the postseason, the Patriots, who racked up an impressive 8-2 regular-season record, are back where they belong. Their reward for the stellar season: the right to host a Division I, Region 1 first-round showdown against a streaking Toledo Whitmer team tonight at 7 p.m.

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When top-seeded Olentangy takes the field for Friday's Division II Region 5 first-round showdown against visiting Ashland, it'll be playing on a fully-financed turf.
After a volunteer group raised half of the funds for the artificial surface, which was installed a year ago at Braves Stadium, the other half

Anonymous donor funds Olentangy field turf

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com When top-seeded Olentangy takes the field for Friday's Division II Region 5 first-round showdown against visiting Ashland, it'll be playing on a fully-financed turf. After a volunteer group raised half of the funds for the artificial surface, which was installed a year ago at Braves Stadium, the other half

By Ben Stroup
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Columbus State's volleyball team is headed to Phoenix for the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II National Championship later this month … and it has Olentangy Liberty grad Stephanie Ruffing to thank for it.
Ruffing, who transferred to Columbus State after playing one year

Liberty grad named regional MVP

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Columbus State's volleyball team is headed to Phoenix for the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II National Championship later this month … and it has Olentangy Liberty grad Stephanie Ruffing to thank for it. Ruffing, who transferred to Columbus State after playing one year

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Liberty continued its dominance over Dublin Coffman, winning its fourth straight regional title, all via wins over the Shamrocks, Saturday at Westerville Central High School.
Locked in a scoreless stalemate at the half, the Patriots (19-1-2) took charge when Joey Tallarico headed a cross from Anthony DeNoi

Liberty drops Coffman … again

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Liberty continued its dominance over Dublin Coffman, winning its fourth straight regional title, all via wins over the Shamrocks, Saturday at Westerville Central High School. Locked in a scoreless stalemate at the half, the Patriots (19-1-2) took charge when Joey Tallarico headed a cross from Anthony DeNoi

Wiles, Bower lead Patriots at state showcase

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com Senior Claire Wiles finished her career with a flourish and freshman Emma Bower showed she'll be a force for years to come as the duo led Liberty to a sixth-place showing during Saturday's State Cross Country Championships at National Trail Raceway. Wiles, who finished 53rd in 2012 (19:03.22) and 12th at la

Wolves run past Pioneers

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmdia.com Orange got off to a sluggish start and never recovered as host Kilbourne cruised to a 42-0 OCC-Capital Division win Friday in Worthington. Liam McCullough hit Dakota Holtzclaw for a 76-yard touchdown just 20 seconds into the game to set the tone. The Pioneers (4-6) simply didn't have an answer for the Wolve

By Ben Stroup
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On paper, this week's slate of county football games looks, well, slightly less than appetizing … potentially featuring more tricks than treats on Halloween Night.
In reality, though, the squads have plenty to play for in the final week of the regular season.
Olentangy (9-0), which has been crushing

Looking to finish strong

By Ben Stroup bstroup@civitasmedia.com On paper, this week's slate of county football games looks, well, slightly less than appetizing … potentially featuring more tricks than treats on Halloween Night. In reality, though, the squads have plenty to play for in the final week of the regular season. Olentangy (9-0), which has been crushing





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