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OHSAA Gives Go Ahead for Winter Sports

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NOTE: This story has been updated to include Friday morning’s release by the OHSAA.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association has given the go ahead for schools to participate in their respective Winter Sports Seasons.

In a report by Scott Springer of the Cincinnati Enquirer and, there will be COVID-19 protocols in place similar to those for the 2020 Volleyball Season in gymnasiums across the state.

According to the report, the OHSAA received approval from Governor Mike DeWine’s office Wednesday.

The Ohio Department of Health Order allows for 300 fans or 15% capacity fo the venue, whichever is less. Just like during the Fall Season, the normal protocols are in place for athletes testing positive for COVID-19.

For Basketball, expect spectators to be limited to parents of participants, which includes teams, cheerleaders and pep band members. 15 players will be permitted on the roster with 18 chairs available for all staff and six feet between those on the bench. It’s also suggested for teams traveling on separate buses for freshmen, junior varsity and varsity games with those buses departing following their contest.

Wrestling will follow similar distancing practices for their benches.

Locally, swimming presents some difficulties with tight spaces at the respective YMCA pools used for area schools, but they should be able to work around the parameters put in place. Only McClain HS has a natatorium among the area schools. However, swimming would likely suffer should the Governor’s office to close fitness centers. The same could be said for area high school Bowling teams should bowling centers receive a shutdown order.

Chillicothe’s Brandon Noel prepares for a dunk in their Cavs’ tournament win last February.


COLUMBUS, Ohio – In a memo to its member schools on Wednesday, the Ohio High School Athletic Association reaffirmed its position that the upcoming winter sports seasons will begin as previously scheduled. While individual school districts can pause sports at any time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the OHSAA does not intend to alter the statewide season dates.

The decision came after discussions with the Governor’s Office, the OHSAA Board of Directors, OHSAA staff and many school administrators, along with the results of a recent survey of OHSAA member school administrators. Of 1,464 survey responses 826 respondents (56 percent) voted to begin winter sports as previously scheduled.

“Though we are seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases in Ohio, the majority of our member schools want the opportunity to move forward with winter sports as planned,” said OHSAA Executive Director Doug Ute. “As always, the decision to play sports is a local school decision and there will certainly be schools that pause sports for periods of time in the months to come, but if the majority of our schools want to move forward, then we want to provide that opportunity. As we have said previously, our member schools provide our student-athletes with the safest possible environment to participate. If we were to delay, students would find opportunities to compete in sports through non-school programs that may not be focused on safety and are not education-based.”

The survey results showed 33 percent of school administrators favored delaying winter sports until early January, and 11 percent voted to delay winter sports indefinitely until statewide COVID-19 conditions improve.

Noting the Governor’s Curfew Order

As it relates to school sports, the Governor’s 10:00 p.m. Ohio curfew order does not mean that teams and fans must be home from their competitions by 10:00 p.m., but venues must be vacated by 10:00 p.m. The OHSAA encourages schools and conferences to alter start times, if needed, so that competitions end in time to close the facility by 10:00 p.m.

COVID-19 General Guidance (Including Mandates; Spectator Capacity, and Recommended Best Practices)

All mandates in the Ohio Department of Health Director’s Sports Order must continue to be followed for winter sports. Here is a link to the Health Director’s Sports Order: In addition, here is a link to the Health Department’s Responsible RestartOhio guidance document for sports:, and here is a link to the ODH’s Responsible RestartOhio guidance document for sports venues:

It is especially important that requirements for facial coverings, social distancing and frequent hand washing be followed and that facility hosts disinfect and clean competition and high contact areas frequently. Also note that the Order has a limit on spectator capacity, which is the lesser of 15 percent of fixed, permanent seats or 300.

Winter Sports Requirements, Recommendations and Modifications

The OHSAA staff has developed sport-specific requirements, recommendations and modifications for schools when conducting interscholastic competition in winter sports. Links to the sport-specific requirements, recommendations and modifications for winter sports are available here:




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OHSAA Girls Basketball State Tournament Moving to the University of Dayton

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UD Arena to host girls basketball state tournament for the next three years

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The University of Dayton Arena will host the Ohio High School Athletic Association girls basketball state tournament for the next three years, OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass announced Tuesday. Having hosted 125 NCAA basketball tournament games, UD Arena has been the home court for March Madness more than any other facility in the country. 

Renovated in 2019, UD Arena has a seating capacity of 13,000 and has played host to many OHSAA basketball tournament games, along with Atlantic 10 Conference and NCAA tournament games. During the regular season, it is the home of the very successful University of Dayton Flyers women’s and men’s basketball teams.

“We are very excited to sign a three-year agreement for our member schools to experience UD Arena,” Snodgrass said. “Southwest Ohio loves and supports basketball and the people at the University of Dayton have made it clear that they really want this state tournament on their campus. We believe that we have found a great home for the girls basketball state tournament.”

UD Arena recently completed a transformation project that was the largest construction effort in the University’s history. It is regarded as one of the nation’s premier basketball facilities to go along with fan support that consistently ranks among the best in college basketball.

“We’re very proud that the OHSAA has entrusted us to host the girls basketball state tournament at the University of Dayton Arena for the next three years,” said Scott DeBolt, Senior Associate Athletics Director at the University of Dayton and Executive Director of UD Arena. “The same ingredients that make UD Arena the ideal place for the NCAA First Four – community support and excitement for the game of basketball, our facilities, staff and tournament hosting experience – will help create lifelong memories for the young women who come to Dayton to play in the state tournament and their school communities.”

In the 45 years of the OHSAA girls basketball state tournament, it has been hosted at The Ohio State University 44 times (all but 1986 when it was hosted at the University of Akron). However, there are now a limited number of dates available to use OSU’s Jerome Schottenstein Center or St. John Arena in March.

The 2021 girls basketball state tournament is scheduled for March 11-13. The 2021 OHSAA boys basketball state tournament will be played at St. John Arena March 18-20. There is currently no host site in place for the boys basketball state tournament in 2022.

Photo Credit: Dayton Daily News, provided by the OHSAA

Circleville Girls Tourney Run Stopped Short of Final Four

The top ranked Circleville Girls Basketball team had its season ended by Tri-Valley in an 45-43 overtime battle in a Regional Final in Zanesville Friday night.

Tri-Valley nipped Sheridan earlier in the week 50-48 to advance to the Elite Eight.

The Lady Tigers close their season at 26-1.

Special thanks to John Howley for his coverage from Zanesville.

Circleville Heads to Sweet 16 with Win over Vinton County

Tigers Win DII District

February 20, 2008… it was the last time Circleville won a District Championship. It was a 39-28 victory over Unioto. Now, nearly 12 years to the date of their most recent Sweet Sixteen appearance, the Tigers are heading back after a 61-45 victory over Vinton County (19-5). 

#1 Circleville (25-0) has a Regional Semi-final date with the winner of Thursday’s Lakewood/Whitehall game on Tuesday at Zanesville High School.

The Tigers began to separate themselves from Vinton County shortly following a 17-14 1st Quarter. Before the Vikings knew it, they were down by seven thanks to the inside play of Kenzie McConnell and dribble-drive attack of Jaylah Captain.

Circleville expanded its lead to 33-18 at the half… and that was without 6’1” Center Meghan Davis who sat for most of the first half due to foul trouble. 

Vinton County managed to cut the lead to 10 a couple of times in the second half, but the Tigers answered right back.

Trailing by 17, the Vikings whittled the margin to 530-43 on a Morgan Bentley three-pointer with 2:39 left. Circleville’s Tori Bircher followed with back-to-back bank shots, snuffing the Vinton County comeback. 

The Vikings had three players in double figures, led by Bentley with 16, Tegan Bartoe added 11 and Cameron Zinn had 10.

McConnell paced Circleville with 20 points. Bircher and Davis tallied 13 points each and Captain had 12. Brie Kendrick had the other three points for the Tigers.

Circleville’s return to the Sweet Sixteen is a 6:15pm tip-off Tuesday at Zanesville High School.


Circleville is headed to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2008 wit their 61-45 victory over Vinton County Wednesday at Southeastern HS. Photo by Dan Ramey/Litter Media
Kenzie McConnell, the game’s leading scorer with 20 points clips a souvenir from the District championship. Photo by Dan Ramey/Litter media

Danny Oates Selected to OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Fifteen individuals have been selected for induction into the Ohio High School Athletic Association Officials Hall of Fame. The OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame induction banquet is scheduled for June 20 in Columbus and will welcome these 15 individuals selected by the OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame Committee.

Each of the 15 inductees is being honored for outstanding officiating careers and significant contributions to interscholastic officiating in Ohio. More information on the OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame is posted at:

“In addition to being outstanding officials in their chosen sports, these 15 individuals have mentored countless other officials along the way,” said Beau Rugg, OHSAA Senior Director of Officiating and Sport Management and himself a member of the Hall of Fame. “Officiating is a service to student-athletes, coaches, schools and other officials and it is a joy to recognize these highly respected individuals with induction into the OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame.”

2020 OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame Induction Class

Larry Black, Westerville (SB)

Robert Brammer, Dublin (FB, BK)

Don Green, Delaware (BK, BB, SB)

Don Giffin, St. Clairsville (FB, BK)

George Gulas, Medina (BK, BB, SB)

Michael Vaschek, Youngstown (FB, BK) (Deceased)

John Vicarel, Youngstown (FB, SO, VB, BK, BB, SB)

Truman Claytor, Toledo (BK)

Mark King, Fremont (FB, BK, BB)

Michael Poole, Maumee (FB)

Danny Oates, Chillicothe (FB, BK)

Tony Lingardo, West Chester (FB, BK, BB)

Richard Loewenstine, West Chester (WR)

Harry Robinson, New Carlisle (XC, TF)

Ken Myers, Fremont (FB)

Miami Trace/Washington Advance to D II District

Panthers & Blue Lions Win

Miami Trace and Washington CH earned victories Saturday at Adena HS to advance to next week’s district tournament. The Panthers will face 4th ranked Sheridan while The Blue Lions will tangle with #5 Warren, both Friday at Southeastern HS. Sheridan pounced on Gallia Academy 65-18 while Warren blistered Hillsboro 50-17.

Leading at the 18-15 at the break, Miami Trace pulled away from Waverly in the second half for a 50-36 victory, despite committing 31 turnovers.

Washington CH trailed Fairfield Union 16-8 late in the first quarter, but then went on 17-9 run to hold a 25-24 lead at the half, then out scored the Falcons 16-4 in the third. Fairfield Union pulled back to within 6 late in the game, but Washington finished with a 58-47 win.

There are four district games at Southeastern HS this week. The State’s top ranked team, Circleville faces Mid State League rival Logan Elm Thursday at 6:15 with #10 Unioto and Vinton County at 8pm. Then Friday, Miami Trace and #4 Sheridan at 6:15 and Washington CH plays #5 Warren at 8pm.

Circleville, Logan Elm, Unioto & Vinton County Head to District Tournament

The State’s #1 Circleville Tigers and #10 ranked Unioto earned Sectional Championships in the OHSAA Southeast District at Adena High School Thursday.

The Tigers were 61-34 winners over Athens and the Shermans took River Valley 54-42 as both teams advance to the District Semi-Finals at Southeastern High School February 20th.

Circleville will face Mid State League rival Logan Elm while Unioto plays Vinton County.

Litter Media’s Dan Ramey talked with Circleville Steve Kalinoski and Unioto’s Jeff Miller after their respective games.


The Lady Tanks celebrate a 54-42 win over River Valley for a Sectional Championship at Adena HS.
The #1 State Ranked Circleville Tigers jumped out to a 30-9 first quarter lead on Athens on their way to a Sectional Title at Adena HS.

Southeast District Girls Shine In AP TOP 10

The Final AP Ohio Girls Basketball Poll touts heavyweights from the Southeast District who could find themselves playing for District Championships the last week of February.

Division 2 has top ranked Circleville (22-0) with Warren (21-1) at #4, Sheridan (20-2) at #5 and Unioto (17-5) at #10. If each reach the District Finals, Southeastern’s Larry Jordan Gym will be a hot ticket February 26 and 27. The Tigers and Shermans could meet on the 26th the Generals and Warriors potentially meeting the next night, each for a trip to the Sweet 16.

Not to be surpassed, D3 at Waverly and D4 at Jackson could have three top 10 teams in their respective Finals.

Eastern Brown (21-1) is ranked #5 in D3, with Ironton (18-3) at #8 and Wheelersburg (18-2) at #9. The girls from Brown County could play for a title at 12pm on February 29th at Waverly and Ironton could face The ‘Burg at 3:30pm that afternoon.

At Jackson, D4 second-ranked Portsmouth Clay (19-2) could play in a title match at 6:15pm while #8 Peebles (18-3) could potentially face #10 Trimble (17-5) in the nightcap at 8:15pm.

However, there are several other teams who’ll have a say in if those matchups occur. Of the aforementioned teams, only Ironton is in action Wednesday as they battle West Union (2-17) in a Sectional Semi-Final at Lucasville Valley High School at 6:15pm. In the second game, Minford (8-11) battles New Lexington (10-8) at 8pm.

Click here to see the AP Poll from the OHSAA website.

Cutting Down the Nets

While Valentine’s Day is made for lovers, February 13th is shaping up to be a night of potential heartbreak while others could be clipping down the nets.

The night was already scheduled as Sectional Championship nights for the Girls Basketball in Divisions 2, 3 and 4. Added into the mix, reschedule Boys Basketball games. 

Ladies first. 

Undefeated Circleville, ranked #1 in the state, faces Athens in the first of two D2 championship games being played at Adena High School Thursday at 6:15pm. The nightcap has Unioto facing River Valley at 8pm. In the D2 Sectional Finals at Logan High School, Chillicothe plays Vinton County at 6:15pm and Logan Elm battles McClain at 8pm.

Four more Sectional crowns will be decided in D3 at Lucasville Valley and Jackson High Schools. Northwest squares off with Crooksville at 6:15 in Scioto County with Huntington facing South Point at 8pm. At Jackson, Oak Hill tips off with Meigs at 6:15pm with Nelsonville-York and Rock Hill closing out the night at 8pm.

In D4, Northwest will host Portsmouth Notre Dame and Portsmouth Clay at 6:15pm with South Webster and Manchester playing at 8pm while at Wellston High School, Paint Valley tangles with Peebles at 6:15pm and Waterford plays Miller at 8pm.

Illness, which shutdown many school districts in recent weeks, wreaked havoc with the regular season schedules, setting up for a log jam of games this week. Among them, Chillicothe (8-0) versus Jackson (8-1)
Thursday and Waverly (13-1) who entertains Wheelersburg (13-1). The Cavaliers and Tigers earned wins in their respective initial meetings of the season.

A Chillicothe win and they’ll grab another Frontier Athletic Conference championship, but a Jackson victory would give the Ironmen at least a tie for the title. Chillicothe closers the regular season with another makeup game at McClain Saturday. 

Both Waverly and Wheelersburg enter Thursday’s game still tied atop the Southern Ohio Conference II standings. The winner gains a one game advantage heading into SOC battles Friday (Waverly at Lucasville Valley; Wheelersburg  at South Webster). 

It is indeed the February frenzy before the madness of March.

Unioto at Southeastern

Unioto Takes Sole Possession of SVC Lead with 47-39 Win at Southeastern

NEW VIDEO from Litter Media: Our Litter Media cameras captured action at Southeastern Tuesday as the Unioto Shermans defeated Southeastern 47-39 to take sole possession of first place atop the SVC Girls Basketball standings. The Panthers and Shermans entered the contest at 5-0 with Southeastern taking an early 12-4 advantage. However, the Lady Tanks used a run to take a 16-15 lead and the two were tied at 18 by the intermission. The Panthers’ Sierra Mitten led all scorers with 15 points while four Shermans teamed up for the Unioto scoring, Amber Cottrill with 14, Cree Stulley with 13, Avery Miller with 11 and Emily Coleman with 9. SVC action resumes Thursday with the Panthers traveling to Adena. Both teams are in second place. Unioto is home with Paint Valley.

A few highlights and Litter Media’s Dan Ramey’s post game visit with Coaches Jeff Miller from Unioto and Southeastern’s Doug Hice.