Area basketball team wins tourney
MARYSVILLE — For the third weekend in a row, the Mansfield area Mid Ohio Magic 14U AAU basketball team has taken first place in upper division tournament play, sweeping the competition in a five-game weekend set at the 7th Annual Marysville Basketball Classic on April 16-17. In pool play on Saturday, the Magic managed to win its second game of the day by a score of 100-33 in 28 minutes of play, drawing the attention of both spectators and players alike at the tournament. The Magic now stand at 29-5 on the season on a 15-game winning streak, and continue tournament play this weekend at the 15th Annual Toledo Basketball Challenge in Perrysburg. Questions or comments regarding the team and any related info can be forwarded to www.midohiomagic.com.
Galion placed at Mehock Relays
MANSFIELD — The Galion boys and girls teams placed fifth and seventh at the Mehock Relays at Mansfield Senior on April 16.
The Tigers had 45 points with Colton Moore notching the top spot by placing second in the high jump (6-06). Jacob Staiger placed third in the shot put, while Gavin Ratcliff was third in discuss.
Bucyurs boys placed 25th with two points, while Bucyrus girls placed 25th with three points.
Dani Court notched the top spot for the Lady Tigers team, who scored 33 points. Court placed second in the discus (124-08), while Sydney Hunt was third in the long jump (16-09.00).
Galion tennis team notch 4th victory
GALION — Galion tennis hosted Mansfield Senior at Heise park Wednesdayt night and the Tigers notched its fourth victory of the season with a 4-1 victory. Tanner Amos at one singles won 6-3 6-2 for his 6 win of the season. Lucas Conner at 2 singles won a tough 3 set match 4-6, 7-5 and 6-0 for his fifth win on the year. Tristan Baldy at 3 singles won 6-0 6-0 for his 7th win on the season. First double team of Nic Oehler/Matt Sparks lost a tough fought 3 set 1-6, 6-3 and 4-6. Second doubles also went three sets with Landon Rose/Tyler Harris coming out on top 2-6, 6-2 and 6-2 for Gallon’s fourth point of the match.
Galion tennis traveled to Upper Sandusky for a non-league match Tuesday. The Rams beat the Tigers 5-0. Tanner Amos at one singles lost 3-6 2-6. Lucas Conner at 2 singles lost 1-6 5-7. Tristan Baldy at 3 singles lost 2-6 and 6-7 (tie break 3-8). First doubles Nic Oehler/Matt Sparks lost 2-6 and 2-6. Landon Rose/Tyler Harris at second doubles lost 2-6 and 4-6.
Northmor grabs win
GALION — Northmor got back on the winning track Tuesday when they hosted Mansfield Christian.
After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, they would score five runs in their half of the frame. Then, leading 5-4 entering the bottom of the second, they added two runs to take a three-run lead. Four in the fifth and one in the sixth would give the team breathing room and they held on to win by six.
Jordan Wiseman picked up the win. He and Mostyn Evans combined to strike out seven, walk four and give up seven hits. Offensively, the team got 12 hits, with Jake Farley having a triple and two singles, Gunnar Lilly and Wiseman both cracking two singles and Austin Wheeler finishing with a double.
Meyer honored at Gala
CARY, N.C. — Ohio State Buckeyes head football coach Urban Meyer will be among the growing list of sports and entertainment celebrities to attend the 11th Annual Dick Vitale Gala at the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota, Fla., on May 13.
The gala supports the V Foundation for Cancer Research, a cancer research funding organizations, with net proceeds of the event to support foundation’s continued effort to find cures for pediatric cancer. In its 10-year history, the Dick Vitale Gala has raised more than $15 million for pediatric cancer research. Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh, son of Crestline native Jack Harbaugh, and OSU’s two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin are also expected to attend.
OHSAA approves changes to football format
COLUMBUS — The tournament format for the OHSAA Division I football playoffs will move from two regions to four regions beginning this fall following a 9‐0 vote this morning by the OHSAA Board of Directors during its April meeting. With four regions (map is linked below), Division I moves back into the same format as Divisions II through VII, with a greater emphasis on the regional championship games and decreased travel.
The proposal, which came jointly from the OHSAA staff and the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association, does not change the number of Division I qualifiers (32, same as other divisions), but will have its tournament field comprised of eight qualifiers coming from each of four regions, rather than 16 teams from two regions, as has been done beginning in 2013 when the OHSAA expanded the football playoffs to seven Divisions and reduced the number of schools in Division I to only the largest 72 schools in Ohio.
“It cuts down significantly on travel, especially in the first round. It also allows Division I to go back to having a true regional championship game in the third round, followed by the state semifinals,” Beau Rugg, OHSAA Assistant Commissioner and the state’s football administrator, said.
For the last three years, the regional finals in Division I were the fourth round, which also served as the state semifinals.
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