COLUMBUS — Several area high school softball players were named to the 2018 All-State team selected by the Ohio High School Fastpitch softball Coaches Association Wednesday.
Parkway’s Haley Hawk was named to the Division IV first team and Columbus Grove’s Danielle Bame and Teyah Sautter and Ada’s Madisyn Gossard and Sydney Newman were selected to the second team. Miller City’s Abiail Schroeder and Parkway’s Bailey Stricker were named honorable mention in D-IV.
In Division II, Shawnee’s Chloe Wohlgamuth was named to the second team.
Bluffton’s Avery Rumor collected second team honors and Spencerville’s Kara May and Paulding’s Haylee Dominique were honorable mention selections in D-III.
Newland to play for Spoon River
HARROD — Allen East’s Riley Newland has signed a letter of intent to play softball for National Junior College Athletic Association member Spoon River College in Canton, Illinois.
Newland was named first team all-Northwest Conference this past season and honorable mention all-NWC in 2017 when the Mustangs won the league title with an 8-0 conference record and reached the Division III district semifinals.
Playoffs returning to Saturday nights
COLUMBUS – The Ohio High School Athletic Association has announced details for the 2018 football regional assignments and playoffs schedule, including the location for the state championship games. The OHSAA will return to using Saturday nights for several divisions during the playoffs and the 2018 title games will return to Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton.
The OHSAA Board of Directors approved school playoff regional assignments and the playoff schedule Wednesday during its June meeting and authorized the OHSAA Executive Director’s office finalize the contract with Visit Canton and the Pro Football Hall of Fame to host the 2018 finals.
In November, playoff games in Divisions I, II, III and VI will be played Fridays, while Division IV, V and VII playoff games will be played on Saturdays. Last year, the OHSAA experimented with having all playoff games on Friday nights during the first four rounds. In addition, all playoff games will kick off at 7 p.m. Previously, Friday playoff games kicked off at 7:30 p.m.
“We still have good attendance throughout the playoffs, but the overall total attendance dropped in 2017 when we moved all the games to Fridays,” said Beau Rugg, OHSAA Director of Officiating and Sport Management and the OHSAA’s football administrator in a news release. “Some parts of the state liked staying away from Saturdays for playoff games, but we also received quite a bit of feedback, mainly from the smaller schools, that they hoped we would return to having games on Saturdays, too, so their communities could see two games per weekend instead of one.”
The specific dates and times for the state championship games in Canton will be announced after the state semifinals Nov. 23 and 24.
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