Area Sports

New Home for OHSAA Cross Country Championships

The Ohio High School Athletic Association cross country state championships are moving to Fortress Obetz, a 50-acre multi-purpose sports complex with a 6,500-seat grandstand located on thesoutheast side of Columbus, OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass announced Wednesday. Fortress Obetz opened in 2017 on the former site of the Columbus Motor Speedway. The racing that will…

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Lady Zeps’ Volleyball Trio to Play at the Next Level

Flood, Dixon Headed to Muskingum; Smith Going to Waynesburg By Jeff Harrison Team success can often lead to individual rewards such as all-star recognition and the like, and for three Shenandoah High volleyball players the success they achieved both collectively and individually has led to the chance to play the sport they love at the…

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It’s Official: No Spring Sports

By Jeff Harrison It certainly wasn’t unexpected considering the current state of affairs, but the cancellation of the entire spring sports season by the Ohio High School Athletic Association is still unsettling. Locally, athletic directors Eric Sholtis (Shenandoah) and Eli Svercek (Caldwell) knew what was coming, but were among those who held out hope until…

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Spring Sports Coaches React to “Season of Lost Dreams’

  By Jeff Harrison Back in 1989, the movie “Field of Dreams” featured the phrase “If you build it, he will come”. If a movie is made about the spring of 2020, it might be known as the “Season of Lost Dreams” with the unfortunate tag line “you can’t play it, and no one can…

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Winter Sports Cancellation Denies Hitchens Shot at Goal

By Jeff Harrison He feasted on plenty of “pancakes” on the gridiron, posted countless pins on the mat and punished a few baseballs in the batter’s box over the last four years, so it’s not surprising that it took a worldwide pandemic to derail Shenandoah High senior Easton Hitchens’ dream of standing on the podium…

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