Zane Trace Athletic Complex Gets New Scoreboard

Presented by Rathkamp Financial

Coach Heath Hinton’s Pioneers finish up their final day of summer camp in the foreground of the new Zane Trace scoreboard. Dan Ramey/Litter Media
A look at the scoreboard from the Litter Media Drone. Dan Ramey/Litter Media

When the Zane Trace football and Soccer teams hit the field this season, fans will see a new scoreboard.

“It’s something we needed and we knew it could only be done by booster and sponsorship support” Rod Detillion told Litter Media. 

The scoreboard was purchased with private dollars through sponsorship support and no school funds were used. 

Detillion and David Zeigler, who have worked together in the Zane Trace press box for years got the ball in motion, drumming up sponsorship. 

“A big selling point was, the sponsors were assured they’d be a part of the board for its lifetime” said Detillion, as opposed to a three or five year commitment. 

“It’s a great addition to our complex” said Athletic Director Andy Merriman. “We’re celebrating 50 years of varsity football at Zane Trace and the scoreboard make it look really nice.”

Merriman says the previous scoreboard was ready for replacement. “We’d bought it used and come Friday night, we’d keep our fingers crossed that it wouldn’t shut down on us.” Detillion agreed “There were times it was right up to game time whether we knew it would light up. I really want to thanks our sponsors for stepping up and helping make this happen.” 

A tribute to a longtime Pioneer is emblazened in the middle of the scoreboard reading “In Memory of: James L. “Pete” Dunkle” who passed away last school year. Dunkle was a former Zane Trace Principal and Superintendent and supporter of Pioneer Athletics.

The Pioneers will host Alexander for their 2021 Foundation Game August 13th. The regular season begins on the road at Logan Elm August 20th with the home opener set for week later with Madison Plains.

The new scoreboard pays tribute to former educator and longtime Pioneers supporter Pete Dunkle. Dan Ramey/Litter Media

Shawnee State Forest To Get Additional Acres

Presented By Classic Brands

(COLUMBUS) —The Nature Conservancy and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry are partnering to acquire and conserve 404 acres of important forest land in southern Ohio. The project is a significant step in an ongoing effort led by TNC, the global conservation nonprofit, to conserve a band of unprotected forest between TNC’s 20,000-acre Richard and Lucile Durrell Edge of Appalachia Preserve and the DOF’s 64,700-acre Shawnee State Forest.

The project will lead to 2,585 acres being acquired as part of the Forest Legacy Program.  Protecting land here is a key tenet of TNC’s vision to safeguard one of Ohio’s most intact large-scale forest areas. A corridor of conserved lands will allow plants and wildlife to move and adapt over time, maintain working forests that contribute to the local economy, provide recreation opportunities, and help fortify one of the most biologically diverse forests in the Midwest.

Some of the land will become part of Shawnee State Forest, while other parcels will be retained by TNC with DOF providing additional protection by holding a conservation easement. The land to be purchased by the state lies at the western border of Shawnee State Forest, an area known as ‘the Little Smokies of Ohio,’ in reference to the Great Smoky Mountains and the sometimes fog-capped ridges created by the moisture-laden air and dense forest. The Buckeye Trail runs through this land.

The joint protection effort is funded by $4.5 million in federal grants through the Forest Legacy Program, which is a partnership program between the USDA Forest Service and the Ohio Division of Forestry. The program aims to prevent conversion of important forestland to non-forest uses, maintaining the multiple benefits those forests provide.

 “This project is a perfect fit for the Forest Legacy Program, as it protects highly strategic working forests in the Shawnee region that is so important to Ohio for its many benefits,” said Cotton Randall, Forest Legacy Program coordinator for the Ohio Division of Forestry (DOF).

“Where permanent protection represents the first, most visible step, it’s not the only action needed to conserve Ohio’s forests long-term,” says Terry Seidel, director of land protection for TNC Ohio. “Connection to other, adjacent forestland is paramount if we want to maintain and enhance the many benefits our forest systems provide such as recreation, water quality, sustainable timber and climate change mitigation. We prioritize acquiring land in places that build on existing protected areas and encourage other private forestland owners to manage their lands in ways that support the long-term health and sustainability of the forest.”

Investments in conservation through initiatives like the Forest Legacy Program are powerful drivers of economic growth that multiply local, state, and national economies. According to a recent study conducted by researchers at the Ohio State University, in an average year there are 171 million outdoor recreation trips in Ohio. These trips infuse $5.9 billion in spending into the state’s economy every year. All told, approximately 132,000 Ohioans are employed in the outdoor recreation sector, which contributes $8.1 billion to our economy. Ohio’s forests also contribute through the forest products industry, which contributes $27.2 billion annually in economic impact. Programs like the Forest Legacy Program help ensure Ohio’s forests can sustainably support both people and nature.

“Never Give Up” 5K Color Run/Walk Coming To Pike County

Presented By McDonald’s, I’m Lovin It!

The Pike County Suicide Prevention Coalition will be conducting their Never Give Up 5K Color Run/Walk on August 14th at Waverly High School, at 1 Tiger Drive.

This course is the High School Cross Country Course. Mainly on blacktop, flat, and is full sun.

Early Registration is $20 and you will receive a t-shirt if registered by July 29, 2021, Registration after noon on July 30th will be $25 and you will not receive a t-shirt.

Prizes will be given for First, Second, and Third Place runners in the following categories

12 years old and under boys, 12 years old and under girls

13-19 years old boys, 13-19 years old girls

20-50 years old men, 20-50 years old women

50 years old and up men, 50 years old and up women, Overall in men, Overall in women

For more information on registration, CLICK HERE…

OHSAA Prepares For 2021-22 Sports Seasons

Presented By Hometown-Motors, Inc.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – With practices for all fall sports beginning this Sunday, August 1 and the season kicking off later that month, the Ohio High School Athletic Association has sent updates and reminders to its member schools.

Heat Precautions

School administrators and coaches are asked to review the heat acclimatization and exertional heat illness prevention section in the OHSAA Handbook prior to any interscholastic practices. The section is on pages 81 and 82 and can be found at https://ohsaaweb.blob.core.windows.net/files/SchoolResources/Handbook.pdf. The sport of football has a five-day required acclimatization period and cross country has a 10-day required acclimatization period. All athletes joining the team at any point of the season also must participate in the sport-specific acclimatization period prior to any contact drills (football) or competition (cross country). Visit the sports medicine section of the OHSAA website for additional resources at: https://www.ohsaa.org/medicine.

COVID-19 Update

The Ohio Department of Health released newly revised guidance for K-12 schools on Tuesday, July 27, with some information related to interscholastic sports. Although Ohio lifted most statewide pandemic-related health orders on June 2, 2021, the risk is still there for illness from COVID-19. The OHSAA and ODH urge the membership to continue to follow safe protocols to protect everyone, especially those individuals who are not fully vaccinated. There are currently no mandates regarding vaccinations and social distancing, and the only mandate on masks is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requirement that masks be worn while using public transportation, which includes school busses. It is highly recommended that coaches and student-athletes who are eligible for vaccinations to be vaccinated and it is highly recommended that those who are unvaccinated maintain social distancing and wear masks in indoor facilities and in outdoor facilities where there are crowded situations.

2021-22 OHSAA Board of Directors

The OHSAA would like to thank all school administrators who are serving on District Athletic Boards. The following administrators will serve as the 2021-22 OHSAA Board of Directors: 

Scott Kaufman, Board President; Athletic Director/Assistant Principal, Lakota West High School (Class AAA Representative-Board of Directors thru 2022)

Steve Watkins, Board Vice President; Principal, Dalton Middle School (7th-8th Grade Representative-Board of Directors thru 2022)

Bo Arnett, Dean of Students/Athletic Director, Waverly High School (Class AAA Representative-Board of Directors thru 2024)

Ryan Fitzgerald, Athletic Director, Hamilton Twp High School (Class AA Representative-Board of Directors thru 2022)

Gina Franks, Director of Student Services, Dover High School (Female Representative-Board of Directors thru 2024) 

Gary Kreinbrink, Athletic Director, Leipsic High School (Class A Representative-Board of Directors thru 2022)

Dr. William R. Nye, Jr., Superintendent, Grand Valley Local Schools (Class A Representative-Board of Directors thru 2024)

Jeff Wheeler, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director, Meadowbrook High School/Middle School (Class AA Representative-Board of Directors thru 2024)

TBA – Ethic Minority Representative-Board of Directors thru 2022)

Glen Gillespie, (ex-officio, Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association)

Dr. John Richard, Deputy State Superintendent, Ohio Department of Education (ex-officio, State Department of Education Representative)

Academic Eligibility Reminder

A reminder that for the first grading period of the 2021-22 school year, the OHSAA has suspended the academic requirement that student-athletes must have passed five one-credit courses (or four classes at the 7th/8th grade level) in the final grading period of the 2020-21 school year. Therefore, all student-athletes are eligible with respect to their OHSAA scholarship eligibility, for the first grading period of the 2021-22, unless a school chooses to enforce its own scholarship standard.

However, the OHSAA’s academic requirement will be back in use for the second grading period. That means that fall and winter student-athletes need to be certain they pass at least five one-credit courses at the high school level or four classes at the 7th-8th grade level.

Fall Sports (Official Practice Begins August 1)

The starting date for coaching for all 2021 OHSAA fall sports is Sunday, August 1. Each school/school district shall determine if they choose to start on that date or later. As a reminder, at the January 14, 2021, OHSAA Board of Directors Meeting, a recommendation was approved that permits schools to complete the first two days of the football acclimatization period in July. During that time, a helmet is the only equipment that may be worn.

Golf: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/golf

Girls Tennis: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/girlstennis

Field Hockey: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/fh

Cross Country: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/cc

Volleyball: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/volleyball

Soccer: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/soccer

Football: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/football

AARP Community Challenge Grant Awarded To Chillicothe Transit

Presented By Classic Brands

The City of Chillicothe has been selected to receive a 2021 AARP Community Challenge grant, one of only 244 grantees selected from across all 50 states, Washington D.C, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

With this “quick-action” grant and as part of an established plan to improve the Chillicothe Transit System, this project will install traditional and nontraditional bus stop infrastructure that can help improve social connections among passengers and make public transit a more attractive option to the community.

The $22,000 grant will be used to install eight ADA compliant benches, two swing sets, and two ADA compliant bus shelters. These improvements to bus stops will also include new bus stop signage through funding from the Ohio Department of Transportation.

“We are incredibly proud that AARP selected the City of Chillicothe to receive this grant,” stated Asti Powell, transit director for the City of Chillicothe. “AARP is a nationwide leader on making neighborhoods, towns, and cities more livable for all residents and we are honored that they see the tangible value this project will bring to our community.”

About the Community Challenge

The Community Challenge funds innovative projects that inspire change in areas such as transportation, public spaces, housing, diversity and inclusion, civic engagement, coronavirus recovery and more.

It’s all part of AARP’s nationwide work on livable communities, which supports the efforts of neighborhoods, towns, cities and counties across the country to become great places for all residents. AARP believes that communities should provide safe, walkable streets; affordable and accessible housing and transportation options; access to needed services; and opportunities for residents to participate in community life.

To learn more about the work being funded by the AARP Community Challenge across the nation – including all 244 granted projects this year, visit aarp.org/CommunityChallenge. You can also view an interactive map of all Community Challenge projects and AARP’s livable communities work at aarp.org/livable.

Walk Against Animal Cruelty Makes Return In WCH

Presented By Atomic Speedway

The Fayette Regional Humane Society returns to an actual “walk” for this year’s 9th Annual Walk Against Animal Cruelty.

Last year was a virtual event, but feet will be back on the ground this year for the walking fundraiser on Saturday, September 25th in Washington Court House.

On-site registration begins at 10am with the walk starting at 11am. Tee shirts are limited for on-site registrations.

For more information on how to sign up, CLICK HERE…

Ohio University Mourns Loss Of Former President Ping

Presented By Rathkamp Financial

(ATHENS) – Ohio University President Emeritus Dr. Charles J. Ping, whose visionary approach and gentlemanly demeanor helped shape the school into the transformative institution it is today, died July 26, 2021, at his home in Athens, Ohio. 

Ping arrived on campus in 1975 to an institution with great potential but in deep turmoil from Vietnam-era student protests, declining enrollment and staggering debt. In 19 years as president, he launched multiple capital campaigns to raise money and established many new academic programs to attract more students.

Vice President Emeritus of Development Jack Ellis, BSCOM ’57, who was chief development officer throughout Ping’s tenure, said the first capital campaign served to help build confidence among University staff and alumni.

“Our financial situation was so dismal that we didn’t have financial resources to even undertake a campaign. To take on a campaign of that magnitude… if it was not successful, imagine the impact of a failed campaign. It took a lot of courage to undertake something like that,” Ellis said. 

When Ping arrived in 1975, Ellis said the University was embroiled in a crisis of confidence. 

OHIO Distinguished Professor Emeritus John Gaddis, who founded the Contemporary History Institute and is now a professor of history at Yale University, summed it up succinctly: “Charles and Claire Ping rebuilt a university.”

Ping created the tier general education system for undergraduate students to give each student a well-rounded learning experience over a broad range of subjects. 

With the rate of enrollment steadily rising, Ping oversaw some additions and renovations on campus. During his presidency, the Aquatic Center was built, Peden Stadium was enlarged, state-of-the-art equipment was provided for the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, and construction began on the Charles J. Ping Student Recreation Center.

Services will be held July 31st at 2:30pm at the First Presbyterian Church at 2 North Court Street in Athens.