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David Walsh: McGuffin leaps way to Junior Olympics

Jul. 14, 2013 @ 11:39 PM

Huntington High's Ryan McGuffin has qualified to compete in four events in the AAU Junior Olympics scheduled July 26-Aug. 3 in Ypsilanti, Mich. McGuffin punched his ticket by winning two events, finishing third in one and fourth in another in the Area 5 Super Regional at Glen Oak High School in Canton.

McGuffin soared 19 feet, 8 inches to win the long jump. He went 36-10 to capture the triple jump, an event not held in West Virginia high school meets. He was third in the 200 (22.95) and fourth in the 400 hurdles (1:11.46). The 400 hurdles is 100 meters longer than the high school race.

OHIO SCHOLARSHIPS: The Ohio High School Athletic Association will hand out total of $66,000 in college scholarships to 54 recent high school student-athlete graduates following final selections made recently by the OHSAA's six District Athletic Boards. The OHSAA has conducted its annual college scholarship program for the last 21 years.

Of the 54 honorees, 42 will receive $1,000 awards, including six (one from each district) who will receive an OHSAA Minority Scholarship presented by Farmers Insurance. In addition, two students from each district will receive $2,000 awards made possible by the OHSAA Foundation. Nike and Molten have also contributed to the OHSAA scholarship program, as well as schools that participate in an OHSAA Foundation basketball game, which includes a fee given to the Foundation to fund their portion of the scholarships.

Scholar-athlete recipients are selected based on a point system which rewards students for grade point averages, class rank, ACT or SAT scores, varsity letters earned and individual and team athletic honors. There are seven, 10 or 13 recipients from each district, depending upon the number of schools within the district. The recipients were selected by special committees within each of the six OHSAA athletic districts. Individuals who receive athletic scholarships from NCAA Division I or II institutions or appointees to military academies are not eligible for the award.

Here are the seven recipients from the Southeast District.

JOHN ARCHAMBAULT, SOUTH POINT: Will attend the University of Kentucky and study accounting.

RHYANNA DAY, BEAVER EASTERN: Will attend Muskingum University and study pre-medicine.

SETH GODDARD, SOUTH WEBSTER: Will attend Grace College and study business.

JENNY GRIGSBY, FRANKFORT ADENA: Will attend West Liberty University and study early childhood education.

MIRANDA MELVIN, OAK HILL: Will attend Shawnee State University and study pre-medicine.

JEAN PAUL WHITE, WAVERLY: Will attend Shawnee State University and study business administration.

RAINE WIREMAN, FAIRLAND: Will attend University of Kentucky and study civil engineering.

HERE'S THE MONEY: Kentucky member schools benefitted in the third year of a royalty program with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and Licensing Resource Group (LRG), a trademark licensing company with nearly 20 years of experience managing trademark licensing programs for more than 150 colleges and universities, athletic conferences and athletic organizations nationwide.

The program was created to help the KHSAA's 280 members collect revenues from royalties collected on merchandise sold at local and national retailers featuring the NFHS logo. The officially licensed hang tags, a creation of LRG similar to hang tags that appear on collegiate merchandise, are individually numbered and track the sale of each apparel item, as well as where it originated.

Nationally, the program distributed more than $1 million in profits in the first year. The KHSAA distributed $33,682.33 to its member schools following the 2012-13 school year in more than 240 separate distribution checks.

"While there is no doubt these are challenging economic times for our member schools, we are excited to give them another revenue source, however large or small, they can use to support their extra-curricular programs," KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett said.

National retailers and regional retailers who belong to the LRG program include Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Lids, Meijer, Dollar General, Hibbett Sports, Dick's Sporting Goods, Dunham's Sports and Kroger.

SHAWNEE STATE NEXT: Wheelersburg pitcher Derek Moore is staying home to play college baseball. He made his decision earlier in the week and Shawnee State University won. Moore finished his careere 36-0 with back-to-back Ohio Division III state championships. His earned run average was at 0.83 with 320 strikeouts, 30 walks and 161 hits allowed in 244 innings. Moore is now playing for American Legion Post 23's team.

David Walsh is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at 304-526-2759 or dwalsh@herald-dispatch.com.

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