Local Sports Briefs

Compiled by Gary Budzak - gbudzak@aimmediamidwest.com

Quarry Metro Park.

Quarry Metro Park.

Quarry Park to come

A former quarry site just west of Upper Arlington, along the Scioto River, will become a new Metro Park in about two years. Once completed you will be able rock climb, kayak, paddleboard, mountain bike, hike and run. It will be connected to the Scioto Greenways (Columbus-Plain City) bike trail system. For more information or a tour, visit keepitontheqt.com.

Machine update

The Ohio Machine Major League Lacrosse team is playoff bound. The 9-4 team will play in the semi-final game against an opponent to be determined at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at Fortress Obetz, 1841 Williams Road. For more information, visit https://www.theohiomachine.com/

Shaheen video

Learn more about Adam Shaheen’s journey from Big Walnut High School to Ashland University to the NFL through this “Meet the Rookies” series done by the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Tribune!

Video via Ashland University Athletics’s post https://www.facebook.com/goashlandeagles/videos/10155698102181062/

MidWest Cheer Elite

From Megan Truax: Sunbury’s own MidWest Cheer Elite had 6 teams represented in the Varsity All-Star Cheerleading Summit in May at the ESPN Center in Orlando, Florida. Two of the teams made it to the Finals, Senior Level 4 Co-Ed Team Dior placed 7th in the world and Senior Level 3 Black Label placed 11th.

The Summit is essentially the Superbowl of All-Star Cheerleading.

This year about 12,000 teams competed for 1,881 bids (you have to compete to get a bid to go to Summit) which means your chances of getting a bid are 15.68%. There are 3 types of bids: Wild Card, At Large and Full Paid. We had 5 teams that received Wild Card bids, which the odds of getting a Wild Card Bid is 6% and one team “Gucci” received a Full Paid bid after upgrading from a Wild Card and the odd of receiving that are 0.02%.

MidWest Cheer Elite is in its second year and still took all 6 of its competition cheer teams to Summit. The gym is owned by Sunbury resident, Amy Faulkner who took a staff of 11 coaches and 123 athletes to Summit.

Americans Would Rather Watch Sports on TV Than Live

According to a Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,000 American Adults, 55% follow sports events in America at least somewhat closely, including 19% who follow Very Closely, while 43% do not follow sports closely, including 17% who say they don’t follow sports at all. Of those, 34% would rather attend a professional sporting event in person, while 56% would rather watch it at home on TV and 10% are undecided.

Even 61% who follow sports Very Closely would rather watch a sporting event at home on TV than attend live. Just 17% say a win or loss by their favorite team affects their mood the next day, but 77% say it does not. Among those who follow sports Very Closely, 36% say a win or loss can affect their mood the next day.

Date Night at GABP – August 4

Couples looking for the ultimate night out at a Reds game should sign up for the Great American Date Night on Friday, Aug. 4, presented by DateNightCincinnati.com.

Bring your better half to GABP to see the Reds take on the St. Louis Cardinals and enjoy a full evening of baseball, food, Flo Rida concert and fireworks. A package for two costs $250. Register at reds.com/DateNight

3D Archery

A new facility for Robin Hoods and archers has just opened at Scioto Grove Metro Park, 5172 Jackson Pike, Grove City.

The new feature is actually two separate archery courses. The first is what you would call a static, or traditional course. The truly exciting addition is a 3D course, with full-size animals made of a special foam. The foam closes up after an arrow is retrieved from it. The course provides a great simulation for bow hunters of all levels and experience, and even for people new to archery. The range opened on June 30.

Good finish for Graham

New Albany Indy Car driver Graham Rahal finished third at Mid-Ohio on July 30 after winning the race last season. Josef Newgarden won, putting him in the points lead.

Ethanol Repairs Increasing

A new survey by Boating Industry magazine says those in the boating industry that manufacture, sell, repair and store recreational vessels are seeing a growing number of problems caused by ethanol-related fuels. Said one Minnesota boat dealer in the survey, “Ethanol fuels are great for our service department but bad for our customers!”

For more information, visit BoatUS.com/gov/rfs.asp.

Field reports from ODNR Division of Wildlife Officers

Central Ohio – Wildlife District One

While on boat patrol on Alum Creek Reservoir in Delaware County, State Wildlife Officer Chad Grote, assigned to Marion County, observed three people fishing under the Howard Road Bridge. As the group packed up and walked to their vehicle, Officer Grote contacted them and asked how the fishing was that day. At first, the group stated that they had just arrived and had not been fishing long. However, Officer Grote had been observing the group and knew they had been fishing for a significant length of time. After further questioning, the group admitted that no one had a fishing license, and when they showed Officer Grote what they had caught that day, several of the fish were short of the minimum size limit. The oldest of the group claimed the fish to be his and said he would take the blame. Officer Grote ran the suspects’ information and found that one had a warrant for failure to appear for a previous fishing license violation. All three were issued a summons for fishing without a license and the man with the warrant was also issued a summons for short crappie and taken to jail on his warrant. Two of the suspects appeared in court and paid a total of $320 in fines and court costs. The case against the third suspect is still pending in court.

During the deer archery season, State Wildlife Officer Patrick Muldovan, assigned to Licking County, responded to a call regarding an illegally harvested deer taken on property the hunter did not have permission to be on. Upon arrival, the subject was gone but Officer Muldovan was able to get some information from hunters who were legally on the property. After some time, Officer Muldovan was able to identify the subject as a hunter from Michigan. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the hunter did not have a non-resident hunting license or deer permit and that he had falsified information while checking in the deer. He was issued summonses for each violation and after appearing in court, the suspect paid $1,278 in fines and court costs and $3,767 in restitution, along with receiving a three year hunting license revocation.

Southeast Ohio – Wildlife District Four

In July 2017, State Wildlife Officer Jeff Berry was on patrol focusing on sport fishing and litter in Muskingum County. Officer Berry saw several groups of people fishing on the Licking River. While watching a pair of anglers, Officer Berry observed an individual walk up the riverbank to his vehicle and bring back a water bottle for another angler. In a short amount of time, Officer Berry observed the angler dispose of his water bottle and used fishing line along the bank. After leaving his trash behind, the individual gathered up his fishing gear and left the area. Officer Berry conducted a traffic stop and the individual was issued a summons for stream litter and is waiting to appear in court.

Quarry Metro Park.
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Compiled by Gary Budzak