November 28, 2015


Medina’s Tony Stockman will play in charity affair

COLUMBUS — Medina High graduate Tony Stockman, about to start his first season as head men’s basketball coach at Ohio Christian University, will be among those playing in “The Battle for Ohio” charity game.

Tony Stockman

The annual contest, sponsored by Ohio Homecoming, will be played July 7 at noon at St. John Arena. It will pit a team of players with ties to the Columbus area against a team of players with ties to the Cleveland area.

In addition to Stockman, a 2000 Medina High graduate who played at Ohio State as a junior and senior after transferring from Clemson, other former Buckeyes expected to play on the Cleveland area team are David Lighty, Dallas Lauderdale and Damon Stringer.

That team is also expected to include Cavaliers power forward Tristan Thompson and former Cavs forward Jawad Williams, along with Sam Clancy, Dru Joyce III, Chet Mason, Keith McLeod and Romeo Travis. Stockman shared Ohio’s Mr. Basketball award with Mason when both were high school seniors.

Former Ohio State players Brian Brown, Terence Dials, Jon Diebler, Ivan Harris, George Reese, J.J. Sullinger, Scoonie Penn and Evan Turner will join Columbus native and former Louisville great Samaki Walker on the Columbus team.

Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for Ohio State alumni and $5 for children 10 and under. For more information, call (614) 221-6178 or go to

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