Category Archives: Sports

OU-Lancaster Restores Club Sports

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(Lancaster) – Ohio University- Lancaster will offer club sports as an option for students interested in pursuing athletics for the 2022-23 academic year. Although the campus has hosted a sports program since 1968, earning numerous awards and titles over years, this is the first time they have been offered since the beginning of the pandemic. 

“OHIO Lancaster is excited to provide this opportunity for students to continue their athletic careers,” Jarrod Tudor, dean of campus and community relations, said. “This is just one more way for students to develop lifelong skills and friendships at a regional campus.”

Ohio University-Chillicothe dropped their club sports programs as the pandemic started, but has yet to return them.

A wide variety of options will be offered in this special one-year return to sports offerings, including baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, golf, softball, and women’s volleyball. The campus will play teams from Ohio and surrounding states. Participation in club sports is open to students who are enrolled in at least seven hours of credit and meet academic eligibility criteria. 

The 2022-2023 pilot sports program was made possible through the generous donations of area business and private donors, including Mid West Fabricating Co., the U.S. Army, Fairfield Federal Bank and Park National Bank.  Over $65,000 was raised to ensure that students would have the opportunity to pursue their athletic goals. While this is an important step in the right direction, the sports program will require sufficient fundraising efforts to remain active in future seasons.

Other teams interested in competing against OHIO Lancaster sports teams, or organizations and individuals interested in sponsoring club sports or donating should contact Jarrod Tudor at For student inquiries about sports programs or admission to OHIO Lancaster, contact Shari Ayers, director of student services, at For more information, please visit

Galloway Commits to LSU Football

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Chillicothe High School junior football player Tayvion Galloway has made his commitment to play college football for the LSU Tigers of the Southeast Conference.

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Galloway made that announcement at an event held at Zion Baptist Church Saturday evening.

Tayvion will be playing football for the Chillicothe Cavaliers this fall, after playing basketball at Unioto High School his freshman year, then football at Unioto his sophomore year, before transferring to Chillicothe for basketball season in his sophomore year.

The 6’6 Galloway is listed as a tight end recruit, and accepted the offer from LSU after receiving 28 scholarship officers from schools across the nation. He is the #4 ranked tight end recruit in the ESPN 300.

Free Range Day at Some ODNR Parks

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(Columbus) – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife and the National Shooting Sports Foundation are partnering to host Free Range Day at five of Ohio’s premier public shooting ranges on Saturday, Aug. 20.

Caption: Visit one of Ohio’s public shooting ranges on Saturday, Aug. 20 to gain hands-on experience and instruction with firearms.

Visit one of the following public shooting ranges on Free Range Day to gain hands-on experience and instruction with firearms at no charge from certified instructors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Deer Creek Wildlife Area, corner of State Route 207 and Cook Yankeetown Road NE, Mt. Sterling 43143 
  • Delaware Wildlife Area, 1110 State Route 229, Ashley 43003
  • Grand River Wildlife Area, 6693 Hoffman Norton Road, Bristolville 44491 
  • Spring Valley Wildlife Area, 3570 Houston Road, Waynesville 45068
  • Woodbury Wildlife Area, 41384 State Route 541, Warsaw 43844 

On-site staff will offer provide equipment, ammunition, ear protection, and eye protection at no charge.
Range Day is being offered in conjunction with the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc.’s National Shooting Sports Month. Division of Wildlife shooting ranges provide the public with comfortable, safe places to hone their skills with rifles, shotguns, handguns, and archery equipment. A complete list of range facilities, and the amenities offered at each, can be found at
Class A shooting ranges offer supervised rifle and pistol target shooting. Class B facilities offer unsupervised rifle and pistol target shooting, while Class C ranges host unsupervised clay target shotgun shooting.
The shooting range permit requirement is waived on all Division of Wildlife Class A, B, and C shooting ranges on this date. Outside of Free Range Day, all persons 18 and older shooting on Division of Wildlife Class A, B, or C ranges are required to purchase a shooting range permit, available at all hunting and fishing license outlets,, or the HuntFish OH mobile app. Daily permits are available for $5, or an annual permit can be purchased for $24.

OHSAA Football Updates and Season Calendar

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Fall sports practices officially begin on Monday, August 1 for member schools of the Ohio High School Athletic Association, including 712 schools that will compete in 11-man football. Football scrimmage dates are August 5-13 and the regular season begins the week of August 15. The first Friday night is August 19.

MaxPreps Statewide Football Schedules:


Following the OHSAA’s June 13 announcement of the 2022 divisional breakdowns and region assignments, two schools have been reassigned to new divisions and regions due to errors in enrollment data submitted. Youngstown Ursuline was initially placed in Division IV, but has been moved to Division III (Region 9). Oregon Cardinal Stritch Catholic was initially placed in Division VII, but has been moved to Division VI (Region 22).

Updated divisional breakdowns and region assignments are posted at:

2022 OHSAA Football Calendar

July 18-31: Five-Day Acclimatization Period Can Be Completed (see note below)

August 1: First Day of Practice

August 5-13: Scrimmage Dates

August 15: Regular-Season Begins (First Friday is August 19)

Sept. 6: First Weekly Associated Press State Polls (after week 3)

Sept. 13: First Weekly Computer Points Released (after week 4)

Oct. 22: Regular-Season Ends

Oct. 23: Final Computer Points and Playoff Qualifiers Announced (top 16 schools in each region)

Oct. 28: First Round Playoff Games – Higher Seeded Team Hosts

Nov. 4: Regional Quarterfinals – Higher Seeded Team Hosts

Nov. 11-12: Regional Semifinals – at Neutral Sites (Div. I, II, III, V on Friday; Div. IV, VI and VII on Saturday)

Nov. 18-19: Regional Finals – at Neutral Sites (Div. I, II, III, V on Friday; Div. IV, VI and VII on Saturday)

Nov. 24: Thanksgiving

Nov. 25-26: State Semifinals – at Neutral Sites (Div. I, II, III, V on Friday; Div. IV, VI and VII on Saturday)

Dec. 1-3: State Championships in Canton at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium


The sport of football includes a five-day acclimatization period for all student-athletes. In the past, that five-day period began on the first day of practice. New this year, the five-day period may be completed beginning July 18, although attendance cannot be mandatory until official practice begins August 1. Football players who complete acclimation in July may then participate in full contact on August 1. All players joining the team for the first time at any point during the season after the first day of mandatory practice must participate in a five-day acclimatization period prior to any contact drills. During practices within the acclimatization period, players may wear helmets only on the first two days. On days three and four, helmets and shoulder pads are allowed. From day five onward, full pads are allowed. Full contact is not permitted until the acclimatization period is completed. During these acclimation days, athletes may engage in conditioning, speed, strength, agility drills and may use large pads for drills and walk-through practices.


A modification to the OHSAA’s inclement weather policy went into effect in 2019, which states, “At night under certain atmospheric conditions, lighting flashes may be seen from distant storms. In these cases, it may be safe to continue an event if no thunder can be heard and the flashes are low on the horizon.” Otherwise, if thunder is heard or lightning is seen, outdoor activities shall be suspended for 30 minutes and all personnel, athletes and spectators shall evacuate to available safe structures or shelters. The full policy is posted at:


The OHSAA has many resources and guidelines for schools to take precautions in extreme heat. In addition, the OHSAA reminds student-athletes and coaches to follow the proper medical regulations when there is any chance a concussion may have occurred. Those regulations and other helpful tools are posted at:

Additional Reminders for All Schools, Coaches and Student-Athletes

  1. All student-athletes must have a pre-participation physical:
  2. All coaches, paid and volunteer, must be certified by the Ohio Department of Education:
  3. Mandatory preseason parent meetings information:
  4. The month of August is a no-contact period for coaches in the sports of basketball, softball, baseball, ice hockey, boys volleyball and lacrosse.