Former OSU great Archie Griffin to be honored by Athletes in Action

The 12th annual Night of Champions will be held on Saturday at the Schindler Banquet Center on the Athletes in Action Sports Complex and Retreat Center in Xenia. It’s an awareness effort and reservation-only banquet that will feature the induction of Columbus native and two-time Ohio State University Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin and U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team standout Catherine Whitehill (2000-10) into the Athletes in Action Hall of Faith.

“I’ve lived here all my life and I think Athletes in Action is the best-kept secret in Xenia,” program director Becky Arnett said. “We want to get the word out of the good work we’re doing here locally and globally.”

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Griffin, whose entire NFL career was spent with the Bengals, has excelled as a speaker and humanitarian since retiring from football. He is now the senior advisor for advancement at Ohio State University, where he won those two Heisman’s during his career with the Buckeyes (1972-75).

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Thanks for multiple FieldTurf playing surfaces and immaculate conditions, AIA has become a go-to athletic complex for area college sports programs, youth baseball, soccer and even football teams.

• The Oak Park (Mich.) boys Kings girls were the team champions in last weekend’s Don Mitchell Roosevelt Memorial Track and Field Invitational at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium.

Oak Park won the final 4x400-meter relay (3:21.22) to secure the boys championship. The suburban Detroit team withstood a strong challenge from co-runners-up LaSalle and Dunbar, 158-145. Trotwood-Madison junior Joshua Byars-Mason swept the 110 (14.83) and 300 hurdles (39.71). Meadowdale senior Wayne Lawrence Jr. blasted a 21.45 in winning the 200 by more than one second.

Kings placed third in the 4x400 relay to edge Oak Park and win the girls team title, 131-128.

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• Most conference track and field meets are this week. The Greater Western Ohio Conference meet is Wednesday and Friday at Troy. Tecumseh will host the Central Buckeye Conference meet on Tuesday and Friday. The Southwestern Buckeye League meet is Thursday and Saturday at Monroe.

The Metro Buckeye Conference championships are Saturday at Cedarville. Also, the Cross County Conference championships are Thursday and Saturday at Twin Valley South.

• Miamisburg recently celebrated nine seniors who will play college football: Matt Lauofo (Capital), Julius Wilson (Wittenberg), Jake Neatherton (Ohio), Blake Middleton (Capital), Mike Lauofo (Capital), Cody Lamb (Cincinnati), Josh Myers (Ohio State), Marcus Omosule (Urbana) and Jake Brown (Findlay).

Lamb and Myers graduated early and both participated in their team’s respective spring practice. Both also could be in line for starting or back-up positions as freshmen this fall.

Miamisburg High School seniors and recent grads who will play football at the next level are, front (left): Matt Lauofo (Capital), Julius Wilson (Wittenberg), Jake Neatherton (Ohio), Blake Middleton (Capital) and Mike Lauofo (Capital). Back (left): Cody Lamb (Cincinnati), Josh Myers (Ohio State), Miamisburg coach Steve Channell, Marcus Omosule (Urbana) and Jake Brown (Findlay). CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

• Emma Bryant (Vandalia-Butler) and Morgan Pohl (Minster) recently signed to run track and field and cross country at Miami University.

Bryant has personal bests of 18:25 in the cross country 5K, 4:58 in the 1,600 meters and 11:06 in the 3,200. As a junior she was the state track indoor mile. Pohl is the latest in a long line of outstanding Minster distance runners.

• Haylie Crouch (Springboro) has signed to play basketball at Concordia, an NAIA program at Ann Arbor, Michigan. The 6-foot-1 senior averaged 9.8 points and 5.5 rebounds for the Panthers last season. Springboro (20-6) won the GWOC National West title with a 9-2 record.

• Centerville senior Zuha Nazir has signed to play squash at George Washington. Elks athletic director Rob Dement noted that Nazir is the first athlete in Centerville history to sign a national letter of intent for the sport.

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