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September 27, 2020

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OHSAA indefinitely suspends August scrimmages

 Gov. Mike DeWine’s Tuesday coronavirus briefing brought no update on the status of high school sports this fall, but the Ohio High School Athletic Association sent a memo later in the day to administrators alerting them of one change.

Scrimmages for football and other contact sports are suspended until further notice.

The memo adds that practice remains "on track" to begin Saturday with low/non-contact sports allowed to have scrimmages and matchups between different schools at their normal scheduled dates. Those low/non-contact sports include golf, girls tennis and volleyball.

Heartland conference - including Bluffton - moves football, VB and soccer to spring 2021

FROM BLUFFTON ICON - After extensive deliberations, the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Council of Presidents has unanimously voted to modify the timing of conference competition and championships for fall sports classified by the NCAA as high contact risk (football, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball).

HCAC school are:
Mt. St. Joseph

OHSAA releases sport-specific return to play guidelines

The OHSAA said it is offering the recommendations with the objective of commencing fall sports seasons on Aug. 1

The Ohio High School Athletic Association released Wednesday sport-specific return to play guidelines.

The OHSAA said it is offering the recommendations with the objective of commencing fall sports seasons on Aug. 1.

The OHSAA fully intends to support its member schools and the student-athletes who desire to compete in interscholastic athletics and will continue to assess all areas as more information becomes available.

Ohio Athletic Conference pulls the plug on all fall intercollegiate sports

No football, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis of volleyball at ONU this fall

The Ohio Athletic Conference Presidents Council and its 10-member schools have postponed all intercollegiate competition through Dec. 31, 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

"This is truly unfortunate news for the more than 350 fall sport student-athletes, especially our seniors, who were looking forward to their final season of fall competition," ONU President Daniel DiBiasio said.

"To be sure, such a decision was extremely difficult, and all involved gave it thorough, serious and thoughtful consideration.

Bluffton grad named FT assistant track and field coach at ONU

Jason Fisher has been named a full-time assistant coach for the Ohio Northern men's and women's track and field teams.

Fisher becomes the first full-time throws coach in ONU history and will work with the team's discus, javelin, shot put and weight throw student/athletes.

He spent the 2019-20 season as a part-time assistant coach for the Polar Bears and will be in his second season at Ohio Northern.

He came to ONU after five seasons as a throws coach for Bluffton University and three more as a throws coach at Parkway High School.

Junior high football conditioning starts Monday

Ada Junior high football conditioning begins Monday July 27, from  6:30-8:30 p.m. and the high school practice field. No need to sign up ahead of time, according to OhioAlerts.