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Blog Archive for June 2011

8th Annual Buckeye Elite Showcase Tournament Brings Top Collegiate Baseball Exposure To Columbus

Jun 21

The 8th annual Buckeye Elite Showcase Tournament has become one of the top collegiate baseball exposure events in the Midwest, highly attended by both college coaches and pro scouts.  The games will be held on 47 of central Ohio’s premier high school and college fields from July 6–10.

The field for the Buckeye Elite Showcase Tournament will be limited to the first (96) – U18 teams, (64) – U16 teams, (56) – U15 teams, and (32) – U-14 teams.  It is expected to sell out and be one of the most competitive fields in the Midwest with teams in the past attending from 15 different states, as well as many teams from Canada.

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NHL’s Ciccarelli and Olczyk and OSU Coaches Fickell and Matta Join The 2011 Morning Sports Report

Jun 15

At The 2011 Morning Sports Report presented by Marathon, Columbus Blue Jackets All-Star Rick Nash will be joined by NHL Hall of Famer Dino Ciccarelli and Stanley Cup Champion and NHL TV Analyst Ed Olczyk. Also participating are Ohio State Head Football Coach Luke Fickell and Head Basketball Coach Thad Matta.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, NHL Hall of Famers Phil Esposito (scheduling conflict) and Stan Mikita (medical issue) are no longer able to attend. Ciccarelli played 19 seasons, primarily with the Minnesota North Stars and Detroit Red Wings, and scored 608 goals and 1,200 points during his career. Olczyk, currently the lead analyst for the NHL on NBC, represented Team USA at the 1984 Olympic Games and the 1987 and 1991 Canada Cup tournaments and played 16 seasons in the NHL, tallying 794 points and winning the Stanley Cup with the New York Rangers in 1994.

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Xempt Player Series (XPS) Draws More Golf to Central Ohio

Jun 07

With Central Ohio and Columbus considered by Golf.com the #2 best golf city in the country and home to four of the Top 100 U.S. golf courses according to Golf Digest, the Xempt Player Series (XPS) is bringing two more golf tournaments to the region.

In partnership with IMG, the Xempt Player Series is an innovative and visionary golfing program that provides an affordable path to allow aspiring professional golfers a better opportunity to pursue dreams of playing on the PGA, LPGA and Champions tour.

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Local Corporate Support Increases for the Memorial

Jun 02

While golf fans around the country will be watching the Memorial, Muirfield Village will continue to establish Columbus as one of the country’s golf capitals.  In 2013, Greater Columbus will be host to the Presidents Cup and make history as Muirfield will become the first U.S. golf course to have held the world’s three international tournaments in the Presidents Cup, Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup.

The nation will also see increased local support for the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield.  As Jeff Bell at Columbus Business First points out, Nationwide has paired with the Memorial as its presenting sponsor. It marks the first time a Columbus-based company is the top sponsor for the tournament, which Jack Nicklaus founded in 1976.  Nationwide also wants the telecasts to shine some of the spotlight on Central Ohio to boost Columbus’ image and name recognition. Two vignettes on the region will be aired during the weekend broadcasts on CBS, which will also identify Columbus as the tournament site even though it is played in Dublin.

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Spring OHSAA Baseball and Track & Field Tournaments Add To Busy Sports Weekend in Columbus

Jun 02

It is that time of year again when dreams come true! All the time and dedication has paid off. A Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) state championship is in sight.

The OHSAA Baseball Championships open Thursday, June 2 at Huntington Park with a Div. I Semifinal. Local teams include Grove City and Columbus St. Francis DeSales. Click here for tournament schedule and more. 

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