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OHSAA Boys Tennis and Boys Volleyball State Tournament Pairings 104th boys tennis state tournament and second annual boys volleyball state tournament information; regional softball and track & field information COLUMBUS, Ohio – This week the Ohio High School Athletic Association will conduct the 104th annual boys tennis state tournament and the second annual boys volleyball state tournament. The boys tennis state tournament begins Thursday morning at The College of Wooster, while the boys volleyball state tournament begins Saturday afternoon at Pam Evans Smith Arena at Wittenberg University in Springfield. Tickets for all OHSAA tournament contests are available at www.OHSAA.org/tickets. Boys Tennis Brackets and coverage of the 104th...
OHSAA Member Schools Pass All Six Referendum Items Issue 1B passes, which allows schools to request to move up to Division I on a sport-by-sport basis COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio High School Athletic Association member schools passed all six proposed revisions to the OHSAA Constitution and Bylaws, Executive Director Doug Ute announced Thursday. The OHSAA’s annual referendum voting period is from May 1 through May 15 and ended at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Each member school has one vote on each referendum item, which is cast by the high school principal. OHSAA Constitution Article 8-1-9 requires every member high school to submit a ballot. The passage of Issue 1B now allows schools to request to move up to Division I on a sport-by-sport basis for...
OHSAA Announces Preliminary Winter Sports Divisions and Representation Wrestling divisions will be announced in June; basketball expanding to seven divisions COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association has announced the preliminary divisional breakdowns and regional tournament representation for the 2024-25 winter sports postseason tournaments. The OHSAA Board of Directors approved the new divisions and tournament representation for all winter sports except wrestling at its April board meeting, which included the previously announced fall sports divisions. Wrestling will be announced June 10 pending board approval. The divisional assignments and regional tournament representation should be considered preliminary, as...
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 2, 2024) — A new definition and subsequent warning for faking being fouled (flopping) has been added to the NFHS Basketball Rules Book for the 2024-25 season. This revision to high school basketball rules was one of 12 changes approved by the NFHS Basketball Rules Committee at its April 9-11 meeting in Indianapolis. All recommended changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors. “The committee approved changes addressing a variety of different areas,” said Lindsey Atkinson, NFHS Director of Sports. “Maintaining a focus on player safety, fairness, balance and rules that officials can effectively adjudicate continue to be the focus of the committee.” Faking being fouled is defined in Rule...
OHSAA Announces Preliminary 2024 Fall Sports Divisions and Representation Soccer expanding to five divisions and girls volleyball expanding to seven divisions COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association has announced the preliminary divisional breakdowns and regional tournament representation for the upcoming fall sports. The OHSAA Board of Directors approved the new divisions and tournament representation last week during its April board meeting, which included the previously announced football divisions and regions. The divisional assignments and regional tournament representation should be considered preliminary, as OHSAA member schools may opt to move up to Division I if Referendum Issue 1B passes this spring...
OHSAA Announces 2024 Football Divisions and Regional Assignments April 25, 2024 OHSAA Announces 2024 Football Divisions and Regional Assignments Competitive balance data added to new base enrollment data provided by Ohio Department of Education COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors approved the 2024 football divisional breakdowns and regional assignments today during its April board meeting. The largest 70 schools are placed in Division I, and all remaining schools are divided as equally as possible into Divisions II through VII, with approximately 106 schools per division. Of note, OHSAA member schools may opt to move up to Division I if Referendum Issue 1B passes this spring. Results of...
Tallmadge Blue Devils Triumph Over Revere 8-3 Tallmadge Blue Devils outsted the Revere Minutemen 8-3 on Friday at Tallmadge High School. Revere opened the scoring in the first after Rebecca Gayner singled, scoring one run. Tallmadge took the lead in the bottom of the first. Ashlyn Severns singled, scoring two runs, to give the Blue Devils the upper hand, 2-1. Tallmadge added to their early lead in the bottom of the second inning after Sydney Becks singled, Lexi Gray doubled, and Severns singled, each scoring one run. Riley Jackson earned the win for the Blue Devils. She gave up seven hits and three runs over seven innings, striking out four and walking four. Ashley Gardner took the loss for Revere. The reliever went six innings...
Austintown-Fitch's Sydnie Watts Stymies Louisville Leopards with Perfect Game Louisville Leopards couldn't keep up with the Austintown-Fitch Falcons and fell 10-0 on Thursday. Austintown-Fitch opened the scoring in the top of the first thanks to two home runs. The Falcons first got on the board when Abby Toth homered to right field, scoring two runs. Ayla Ray homered to center field, scoring two runs in the top of the second for the Falcons. Kylie Folkwein hit a solo home run to center field in the top of the fifth for the Falcons. Austintown-Fitch scored three runs in the top of the seventh on a home run to center field by Sydnie Watts after a 8-pitch at-bat. Watts earned the win for the Falcons. She gave up zero hits and zero...
Big Fourth Inning Leads Tallmadge Past Barberton 11-1 Tallmadge Blue Devils defeated Barberton 11-1 on Thursday at Tallmadge High School thanks in part to six runs in the fourth inning. Lexi Gray doubled, scoring two runs, Payton Almond singled, scoring one run, Kathryn Headrick grounded out, scoring one run, Aubrey Almond doubled, scoring one run, and Larissa Taylor singled, scoring one run. Barberton was the first to get on the board in the second when Natalie Snider hit a solo home run to left field. In the bottom of the second inning, Tallmadge went back into the lead after Almond singled, Taylor grounded out, Leila Staszak singled, and Sydney Becks doubled, each scoring one run. Ashlyn Severns hit a solo home run to center...
Sophie Schechterman collected three hits in three at bats, as Aurora defeated Tallmadge 12-2 on Tuesday. Schechterman hit a home run to center field in the sixth inning, doubled in the fourth inning, and doubled in the third inning. A sacrifice fly by Sophie Retton put Aurora on the board in the top of the first. Aurora added five more runs in the top of the second inning on five hits. Rayna Unverferth singled, scoring one run, and McKennah Metzger hit a grand slam to center field. An error extended the the Greenmen lead to 7-0 in the top of the third inning. Aurora scored two runs in the top of the sixth on a home run to center field by Schechterman. Metzger earned the win for Aurora. She gave up five hits and two runs over six...
Powerful Pitching Performance From Malena Toth Carries Canfield Cardinals Past Howland Malena Toth struck out 11 batters as the right-handed pitcher led Canfield past Howland 4-2 on Monday at Canfield High School. Toth gave up six hits and two runs over seven innings while walking five. Canfield got on the board in the bottom of the first inning after Marina Koenig homered to center field, Toth singled, Sydney Lutz singled, and Caylee Ortiz doubled, each scoring one run. Brooke Tatar started the game for Howland. She surrendered 10 hits and four runs over six innings, striking out three and walking none. Canfield amassed 10 hits in the game. Jenna Triveri led the Cardinals with three hits in three at bats. Koenig, Lutz, and Ortiz...
Aurora Varsity Greenmen Defeats Revere On Back Of Clutch Display From Sophie Retton Sophie Retton drove in four runs on three hits to lead the Aurora Greenmen past Revere 18-11 on Monday. Retton doubled in the fourth scoring two, singled in the second scoring one, and singled in the third scoring one. Both offenses were strong at the plate as Aurora collected 20 hits and Revere 15 in the high-scoring affair. Aurora got on the board in the first inning after McKennah Metzger singled, scoring one run. Gayner singled, which helped Revere tie the game at one in the bottom of the first. Aurora jumped back into the lead in the top of the second inning after Madeline Dalessandro doubled, Rayna Unverferth walked, Sophie Petrash laid down...
Copley Indians Firing On All Cylinders Against Highland Hornets Copley Indians easily dispatched Highland Hornets on Monday, 10-2. Highland opened the scoring in the first after Elsa Riedy singled, scoring one run. A home run to left field by Jayce Collins gave Copley the lead, 2-1, in the top of the third. Mackenzie Hayes singled, which helped Highland tie the game at two in the bottom of the third. Copley took the lead in the top of the fourth. Morgan Beach doubled, scoring two runs, to give the Indians the advantage, 4-2. Stella Kaplack earned the win for Copley. The starting pitcher gave up six hits and two runs over seven innings, striking out eight and walking two. Ashley Brewster opened the game for Highland. The starting...
Pitching Impressive As Kent Roosevelt Beats Cuyahoga Falls Both teams were strong in the circle on Monday, but Kent Roosevelt defeated Cuyahoga Falls Varsity Black Tigers 2-0. Ashley Legg started the game for the Rough Riders and recorded 21 outs. Kent Roosevelt opened the scoring in the top of the third thanks to two singles. The Rough Riders first got on the board when Addison Vincent singled, scoring one run. Legg earned the win for Kent Roosevelt. The righty surrendered six hits and zero runs over seven innings, striking out eight and walking none. Julee Phillips took the loss for Cuyahoga Falls. The right-handed pitcher went seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits, striking out 11 and walking four. Brooke Binder, Vincent...
Leila Staszak Leads Tallmadge Blue Devils Past Barberton Leila Staszak collected three hits in four at bats, as Tallmadge Blue Devils defeated Barberton 13-0 on Monday. Staszak singled in the first inning, singled in the second inning, and singled in the fifth inning Tallmadge got on the board in the top of the first inning after Lexi Gray grounded out, Ashlyn Severns singled, and Danielle Charton singled, each scoring one run. The Blue Devils added one run in the second. Gray grounded out, making the score 4-0. Tallmadge added one run in the third after Marissa Charton singled. Riley Jackson earned the win for Tallmadge. The righty surrendered one hit and zero runs over four innings, striking out five and walking none. Cassie...
OHSAA Celebration of Officiating to Honor 70 Officials Annual banquet will enshrine new class of hall of fame inductees, award officials of the year in each sport and recognize officials with 50 years of service COLUMBUS, Ohio – Fifteen individuals will be enshrined in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Officials Hall of Fame and 21 individuals will be honored as the OHSAA Official of the Year in their respective sport during the OHSAA’s annual Celebration of Officiating banquet this summer. Additionally, the OHSAA will recognize 34 individuals who have dedicated 50 years of service as state-certified officials in Ohio. The banquet is set for June 22 at the Hilton Polaris in Columbus. The 15 Hall of Fame inductees are being...
Field Falcons Claim Victory Over Coventry 11-8 Field Falcons were victorious against Coventry 11-8 on Wednesday. The Falcons got on the board in the bottom of the third inning after Coventry committed an error, Tia Ulrich grounded out, and Mckayla Miller singled, each scoring one run. Coventry tied the game in the top of the fourth thanks to a single by B Smith, and a home run to right field by Madison Burkhart. Field flipped the game on its head in the bottom of the fourth, scoring five runs on five hits to take a 8-3 lead. The biggest blow in the inning was a home run to right field by Lilli Sutkowy that drove in three. Coventry scored five runs on three hits in the top of the sixth inning. An error scored two runs, Wilcox...
Gilmour Academy Lancers easily dispatched Archbishop Hoban Knights on Wednesday at Gilmour Academy Taylor Field, 13-2. Gilmour Academy got on the board in the second inning after Camden Dreiling singled, scoring one run. The Lancers scored six runs on six hits in the bottom of the third inning. Gracelyn Schultz induced Lauren Riccobelli to hit into a fielder's choice, but one run scored, Hailey Gray doubled, scoring two runs, Ella Jackson singled, scoring one run, Camden Dreiling singled, scoring one run, and Sophia Fortunato doubled, scoring one run. Three more Gilmour runs crossed the plate in the fourth inning to extend the lead to 10-0. Lauren Riccobelli doubled, scoring one run, and Hailey Gray homered to center field, scoring...
Severns Drives 6 Runners Home In Tallmadge Blue Devils Victory Over Kent Roosevelt Ashlyn Severns drove in six runs on three hits to lead Tallmadge past Kent Roosevelt 23-0 on Wednesday at Tallmadge High School. Ashlyn Severns hit a home run to center field in the third scoring three, doubled in the first scoring two, and singled in the first scoring one. Riley Jackson struck out 12 batters on the day. The righty also surrendered one hit and zero runs over five innings while walking one. Tallmadge jumped out to the lead in the bottom of the first inning after Katie Huth grounded out, scoring one run, Ashlyn Severns doubled, scoring two runs, Payton Almond singled, scoring one run, Leila Staszak doubled, scoring three runs, Lexi Gray...
OHSAA Announces Golf State Tournament Courses and Dates NorthStar, Firestone and NCR will host state tournaments; season start date moved to July 29 COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association has announced the host courses and dates for the girls and boys golf state tournaments in October, which include two new venues. NorthStar Golf Club in Sunbury will continue to host a state tournament, while Firestone Country Club in Akron and NCR Country Club in Kettering will both host two state tournaments for the first time. All three venues are under contract for only the 2024 state tournaments. The Ohio State University Golf Club, which has hosted the OHSAA golf state tournaments since 1929 except during renovation years...
Hepler Drives In 5 To Lead Columbiana Clippers Past Warren G. Harding Raiders Maryn Hepler drove in five runs on three hits to lead Columbiana Clippers past Warren G. Harding Raiders 9-1 on Tuesday. Maryn Hepler tripled in the second scoring three, doubled in the fourth scoring one, and hit a solo home run to right field in the sixth scoring one. A walk by Delanie Riley put the Raiders on the board in the top of the first. Columbiana flipped the game on its head in the bottom of the second, scoring six runs on three hits to take a 6-1 lead. The biggest blow in the inning was a triple by Maryn Hepler that drove in three. Maryn Hepler hit a solo home run to right field in the bottom of the sixth for the Clippers. The Clippers'...
OHSAA Member Schools to Vote on Six Referendum Issues Annual OHSAA referendum voting period is May 1-15 COLUMBUS, Ohio – Member schools of the Ohio High School Athletic Association will vote on six proposed changes to the OHSAA bylaws during the annual referendum voting period May 1-15. Results will be announced on Thursday, May 16. A simple majority of the votes cast by the OHSAA membership is the only way to amend the bylaws and constitution. Member schools are required to submit a ballot. The full text of the referendum details and more information about the process are posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/School-Resources/referendum-voting Referendum Update Meetings Scheduled The OHSAA staff will conduct meetings with school...
Canfield Cardinals Late Push Leads to Victory Over Austintown Fitch Canfield snatched the lead late in their 2-1 victory over Austintown Fitch on Tuesday. The game was tied at one in the bottom of the sixth when Leah Figueroa singled, scoring one run. The pitching was strong on both sides. Canfield struck out six while Austintown sat down nine. Canfield opened the scoring in the second after Caylee Ortiz doubled, scoring one run. Ayla Ray homered to centerfield to score Austintown's lone run in the game, tying it at 1-1 in the top of the sixth inning. Malena Toth opened the game pitching for Canfield. The starting pitcher surrendered four hits and one run over six and one-third innings, striking out six and walking none. Sydnie...
Revere Unable to Overcome Tallmadge's Late-Game Surge Tallmadge snatched the lead late in their 1-0 victory over Revere on Tuesday. The game was tied at zero in the bottom of the sixth when Brady Headrick singled, scoring one run. Both teams were strong on the bump. Tallmadge pitchers struck out eight while Revere sat down six. Keagan Gilbride earned the win for the Devils. He allowed on hit and zero runs over seven innings, striking out eight and walking two. Chase Clifford led things off on the hill for Revere. The starting pitcher surrendered three hits and zero runs over five innings, striking out five and walking three. Brady Headrick went 1-for-3 at the plate with one RBI. Izaac Zraik, Caleb Reifsnyder, and Gabe Jones also...
Tallmadge Takes Lead And Never Looks Back in 8-1 Win Over Revere Tallmadge won over Revere 8-1 on Tuesday at Revere High School. Tallmadge got on the board in the top of the first inning after Katie Huth singled a run. The Blue Devils scored a second run in the inning after an error scored a runner from second base. Riley Jackson earned the win over the Devils. The righty surrendered seven hits and on run (zero earned) over seven innings, striking out seven and walking one. Ashley Gardner took the loss for Revere. The starting pitcher went five and one-third innings, surrendering seven runs (six earned) on 10 hits, striking out five and walking two. Tallmadge tallied 11 hits in the game. Katie Huth led the Blue Devils with two runs...
Oak Hills was victorious against Sycamore on Monday by a 9-5 score. Oak Hills was the first to get on the board when Payton Veneman singled, scoring one run. Sycamore took the lead in the bottom of the first inning after Kaitlyn Gambaccini doubled, Alex Davis grounded out and Oak Hills committed an error, each scoring one run. In the top of the second inning, Oak Hills took the lead after Emma Messinger singled and the Highlanders scored on a wild pitch. Sycamore then committed two errors, each scoring a run. The Highlanders added to their lead with two more runs in the top of the seventh in with home runs by Sasha Emmrich and Julia Abbot. Veneman stepped into the circle first for the Highlanders. The starting pitcher gave up four...
Gilmour (2-0) earned its second win of the season in as many games after totaling an astounding 17 hits to defeat Mayfield. Ella Jackson was perfect at the plate with 4 hits, including 3 doubles, 2 runs. Ava Gundling went 3-for-4 with a 2-run HR, a double, 3 runs and 4 RBI. Catcher Lauren Riccobelli had 3 hits with a double, 1 run and 2 RBI. She also threw out the only attempted steal against her. Camden Dreiling got her second win in four innings with 5 Ks.
Aubrynn Reichle drove in five runs on three hits to lead Firelands past Keystone 8-2 on Saturday. Reichle doubled in the first scoring two, and singled in the second scoring one. Firelands got on the board in the top of the first inning after McKenzie Janosik was struck by a pitch, driving in a run. Reichle doubled, scoring two runs, and Karlee Songer singled, scoring one run. The Falcons added one run in the second after a Reichle single. Jeanette Crawford earned the win for the Falcons. The starting pitcher allowed 10 hits and two runs over seven innings, striking out six and walking two. Bristol Foster took the loss for Keystone. She went four innings, allowing five runs (three earned) on eight hits, striking out three and walking...
Myrtle Beach, SC - Larissa (Lars) Taylor was dominant in the circle as the righty rang up 12 strikeouts in Tallmadge's 3-0 victory over Jackson Ironladies on Tuesday (3/26/24). Larissa surrendered zero hits and zero runs over seven innings while walking none. The pitching was strong on both sides. Tallmadge struck out 12, while Jackson struck out nine. An error put Tallmadge on the board in the top of the second. Tallmadge added two runs in the third. The Blue Devils scored on two wild pitches, making the score 3-0. Serenity Taylor took the loss for the Ironladies. She went seven innings, surrendering three runs (zero earned) on five hits, striking out nine and walking none. Leila Staszak, Tallmadge's number eight hitter, led the...
OHSAA AWARDS PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPSTOM BENSON HALL OF FAME STADIUM TO HOST ALL TITLE GAMES THROUGH 2023 SEASON CANTON, OHIO – The Ohio High School Athletic Association and Pro Football Hall of Fame on Wednesday announced a three-year agreement for the Hall to host the state football championships in Canton. The games, across Ohio's seven divisions, will be played at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium beginning in 2021. Pro Football Hall of Fame Chief Administrative Officer Steve Strawbridge and OHSAA Executive Director Doug Ute outlined the partnership at a news conference in the Hall of Fame's James Allen Family Gold Jacket Lounge. "The OHSAA is excited for this three-year agreement with the Pro...
OHSAA UPDATE: Baseball State Tournament Delayed to Start Friday Storms arriving in Akron Thursday will shift the state tournament to a Friday-Saturday-Sunday event COLUMBUS, Ohio – Rain and storms predicted for the Akron area on Thursday has caused the Ohio High School Athletic Association to delay the start of the baseball state tournament until Friday. The scheduled start times and order of games all remain the same, but the state tournament will shift to a Friday-Saturday-Sunday event. Due to pitch count limitations in baseball, the OHSAA always wants to keep both semifinal games of each division on the same day so that both finalists played their semifinal games on the same day. The state tournament is hosted at Canal Park, the...
OHSAA Softball, Lacrosse and Track and Field State Tournament Qualifiers Ticketing update for three state tournaments set for this week, along with regional baseball tournaments COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association will conduct three state tournaments this week, including lacrosse, softball and track and field, while the baseball tournament has reached the regional round. The softball state tournament begins Thursday morning at Firestone Stadium in Akron, while the lacrosse state semifinals are at neutral sites around the state Tuesday and Wednesday, with the winners advancing to the state championship games Saturday at Ohio Wesleyan University. Pairings for softball and lacrosse are below. The track and field...
OHSAA Set for State Boys Tennis, Regional Softball, Lacrosse and Track, District Baseball Brackets for the 101st boys tennis state tournament will be posted Monday; statewide brackets for regional softball and lacrosse included below, along with track & field information COLUMBUS, Ohio – The first of five Ohio High School Athletic Association spring state tournaments begins Friday with the 101st boys tennis state tournament at the Lindner Family Tennis Center, while softball, lacrosse and track and field tournaments enter regional competition this week and the baseball tournament has reached district competition. The boys tennis state tournament is held in Mason at the home of the Western and Southern Open on the ATP circuit. State...
OHSAA Member Schools Pass All Nine Referendum Items 97.6 percent of the OHSAA’s 814 member high schools cast their ballot during annual referendum voting process COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio High School Athletic Association member schools passed all nine proposed revisions to the OHSAA Constitution and Bylaws, Executive Director Doug Ute has announced. Voting ended at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 15, with 795 of the OHSAA’s 814 member high schools casting their ballot (97.6 percent). All nine of the items on the ballot were for high schools. There were no items for 7th and 8th grade member schools and there were no District Athletic Board elections this year. The approved changes will go into effect August 1 unless otherwise noted. A simple...
For Immediate Release – May 4, 2021 OHSAA School Membership Dues Approved by Board of Directors Unanimous decision means $50 per sport will be effective with the 2021-22 school year COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors has approved a recommendation from OHSAA Executive Director Doug Ute that membership dues be collected beginning with the 2021-22 school year. The measure, approved by a 9-0 vote by the Board on Monday, means each high school will contribute $50 per OHSAA sanctioned sport in which the school participates. “First, I want to thank our Board of Directors for unanimously approving my recommendation,” Ute said. “I also have received favorable feedback from the majority of the...
For Immediate Release – May 3, 2021 University of Dayton to Host OHSAA Girls and Boys Basketball State Tournaments UD Arena to host girls and boys basketball state tournaments for the next three years COLUMBUS, Ohio – The University of Dayton and the Ohio High School Athletic Association announced Monday that the OHSAA girls and boys basketball state tournaments will be hosted at UD Arena for the next three years. Doug Ute, OHSAA Executive Director, and Scott DeBolt, Senior Associate Athletics Director at the University of Dayton and Executive Director of UD Arena, made the announcement Monday and will hold a press conference at UD Arena Monday afternoon. UD Arena had already been announced as the home of the OHSAA girls...
For Immediate Release – April 27, 2021 OHSAA Announces Four Staff Positions Filled Charles Anderson, Kate Barnett, John Kuzio and Laura Lemanski join OHSAA staff COLUMBUS, Ohio – Four talented individuals have been selected to fill open staff positions at Ohio High School Athletic Association, Executive Director Doug Ute has announced. The four new staff members take positions vacated in late 2020 or early 2021 and are not newly created positions. Charles Anderson will fill the position of Manager of Officiating, while Kate Barnett and John Kuzio join as Sport Administrators and Laura Lemanski is the new Senior Accountant. “We are very excited to welcome Charles, Kate, John and Laura to our team,” said Ute. “It has been a pleasure...
OHSAA Board of Directors Meeting Highlights COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors held its regularly scheduled April meeting Thursday morning at the OHSAA office. The following are highlights from the meeting. Complete meeting minutes will be posted at OHSAA.org. - The Board was updated by the OHSAA staff regarding the upcoming spring sports tournaments, with adjustments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Specific attendance protocols will be announced in May. The OHSAA thanks all tournament sites for their willingness to host tournament contests during the COVID-19 pandemic. o BOYS TENNIS: The state tournament will remain at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason May 28-29. The tournament draw...
For Immediate Release – April 22, 2021 OHSAA to Expand Football Playoffs and Adjust Regional Format Top 16 schools in each region will qualify for playoffs and higher seeded teams will host first and second round games; OHSAA exploring strength of schedule component beginning in 2022 COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors approved the 2021 football tournament regulations Thursday during its April Board meeting that included proposals from the OHSAA staff to increase the number of playoff qualifiers and change the format of the regional playoffs. The number of playoff qualifiers will expand to 16 schools per region. In addition, the higher seeded team will host first and second round playoff...
Malaki Branham Named Ohio Mr. Basketball Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary senior averaged 21.3 points and led Irish to Division II state championship COLUMBUS, Ohio – Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High School senior Malaki Branham was announced as Ohio Mr. Basketball Wednesday by a statewide media panel. St. Vincent-St. Mary High School will host a ceremony on Thursday, April 8, at 1:30 p.m. to present the award to Branham. Media are invited to attend. Please contact Willie McGee or Carley Whitney at SVSM, or Tim Stried at the OHSAA, for details. LeBron James won the Mr. Basketball Award in 2001, 2002 and 2003 while at St. Vincent-St. Mary. With Branham earning the award in 2021, the school now has a state-record four Mr. Basketball trophies...
For Immediate Release – April 6, 2021 Division I and II Boys Basketball All-Ohio Teams Announced Ohio Mr. Basketball will be announced Wednesday COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Division I and II boys basketball All-Ohio teams were announced Tuesday by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association. The Division III and IV All-Ohio teams were announced Monday. The Ohio Mr. Basketball Award will be announced on Wednesday. More about the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association is posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/news/OPSWA. The OPSWA was created in 1972 to support, promote and recognize coverage of high school sports across Ohio and is endorsed by the Ohio High School Athletic Association. OPSWA members are invited to assist with selecting the all-district...
For Immediate Release – April 5, 2021 Division III and IV Boys Basketball All-Ohio Teams Announced Division I and II will be announced Tuesday, followed by Ohio Mr. Basketball Wednesday COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Division III and IV boys basketball All-Ohio teams were announced Monday by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association. The Division I and II All-Ohio teams will be announced Tuesday, followed by the Ohio Mr. Basketball Award on Wednesday. More about the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association is posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/news/OPSWA. The OPSWA was created in 1972 to support, promote and recognize coverage of high school sports across Ohio and is endorsed by the Ohio High School Athletic Association. OPSWA members are invited to...
Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame's KK Bransford Named Ohio Ms. Basketball Junior has led MND to 72-consecutive wins and two state championships COLUMBUS, Ohio – Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame High School junior KK Bransford was announced as Ohio's Ms. Basketball Wednesday by a statewide media panel. Now in its 34th year, the prestigious award was first given by the Associated Press in 1988. It has been voted by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association since 2017. This past season, Bransford led the Cincinnati Girls Greater Catholic League in scoring (21.4), assists (5.1), field goal percentage (51.5) and steals (3 per game) and she was third in the league in rebounding (6.4). The 5-foot-10 all-purpose has now played in an incredible 72...
For Immediate Release – March 30, 2021 Division I and II Girls Basketball All-Ohio Teams Announced Ohio Ms. Basketball will be announced Wednesday COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Division I and II girls basketball All-Ohio teams were announced Tuesday by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association. The Division III and IV All-Ohio teams were announced Monday. The Ohio Ms. Basketball Award will be announced Wednesday. The boys basketball All-Ohio teams will be announced starting Monday, April 5. More about the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association is posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/news/OPSWA. The OPSWA was created in 1972 to support, promote and recognize coverage of high school sports across Ohio and is endorsed by the Ohio High School Athletic...
News Release – Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association For Immediate Release – March 29, 2021 Division III and IV Girls Basketball All-Ohio Teams Announced Division I and II announced Tuesday, followed by Ohio Ms. Basketball Wednesday COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Division III and IV girls basketball All-Ohio teams were announced Monday by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association. The Division I and II All-Ohio teams will be announced Tuesday, followed by the Ohio Ms. Basketball Award on Wednesday. The boys basketball All-Ohio teams will be announced starting next Monday, April 5. More about the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association is posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/news/OPSWA. The OPSWA was created in 1972 to support, promote and recognize...
OHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament Pairings and More Wrestling and ice hockey state tournaments wrapping up Sunday; girls basketball state tournament results COLUMBUS, Ohio – Toledo St. Francis de Sales won the Ohio High School Athletic Association ice hockey state championship on Sunday, while the wrestling state championship matches begin at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at three sites, including Division I at Hilliard Darby, Division II at Marengo Highland and Division III at Marion Harding. On Sunday the OHSAA also announced the state tournament pairings and schedule for the upcoming boys basketball state tournament, which begins Friday morning at the University of Dayton Arena. Last weekend, the OHSAA conducted the girls basketball state...
OHSAA Basketball, Wrestling and Ice Hockey State Tournaments Have Arrived Girls basketball state tournament tips off Thursday at UD Arena; wrestling and ice hockey state tournaments begin Saturday; boys basketball enters regional tournaments; COLUMBUS, Ohio – One year ago this Friday (March 12), the COVID-19 pandemic forced the suspension – and eventual cancellation – of the Ohio High School Athletic Association girls basketball, ice hockey and wrestling state tournaments, along with the boys basketball regional and state tournaments. Those tournaments will not be denied this year, thanks to the dedication of schools to follow local and state health precautions. State champions will be crowned this week in girls basketball at...
For Immediate Release – February 28, 2021 OHSAA Girls Basketball Regional Pairings; Additional State Tournament Information Girls basketball enters regional tournaments; wrestling, ice hockey and boys basketball wrap up district tournaments this week COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced the regional tournament pairings in girls basketball Sunday, along with additional state tournament information in several sports. Statewide Basketball Brackets Girls: https://www.ohsaa.org/Sports-Tournaments/Basketball-Girls/Girls-Basketball-2020-21/2021-OHSAA-Girls-Basketball-Statewide-Tournament-Brackets See below for regional pairings Boys...
OHSAA Partners with Varsity Brands on Sport, Spirit and Achievement Partnership includes Varsity Spirit, BSN SPORTS and Herff Jones COLUMBUS, Ohio and DALLAS, Texas – The Ohio High School Athletic Association and Varsity Brands, the market leader in team sports, school spirit and achievement recognition, have announced a comprehensive partnership under which Varsity Brands and its three operating businesses – Varsity Spirit, BSN SPORTS and Herff Jones – will serve as OHSAA’s preferred provider of products in sport, spirit and achievement. The partnership includes: · Varsity Spirit, the global leader in apparel, camps and competitions for cheerleaders, dance teams and bands, will serve as the preferred partner of the OHSAA promoting...
University of Dayton to Host OHSAA Basketball State Tournaments Approved variance request will allow UD Arena to host the girls March 11-13 and the boys March 19-21 COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association and the University of Dayton have announced that the upcoming OHSAA girls and boys basketball state tournaments will be held at UD Arena in March after the Ohio Department of Health and Public Health – Dayton and Montgomery County approved a variance to allow a greater number of fans at each game. The girls state tournament will be held Thursday, March 11, through Saturday, March 13, while the boys state tournament will be held Friday, March 19, through Sunday, March 21. For both state tournaments, the semifinals...
For Immediate Release – February 18, 2021 OHSAA Winter and Spring Tournament Updates Basketball regional tournament sites announced; 2021-22 membership dues discussed COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors met Thursday and received a number of updates from the OHSAA staff, including winter and spring state tournament venues, and had an initial discussion regarding charging school membership dues beginning with the 2021-22 school year. Details and discussion meetings regarding membership dues will be communicated with member schools in March. Sites for the upcoming regional basketball tournaments have been set and are listed below. Of note, since most universities in Ohio are not currently...
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