A Page -- June 7, 2012

OHSAA Board of Directors Meeting Highlights; Four State Winter Tournaments Operated at Losses

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors met Thursday morning in Columbus for its regularly scheduled June meeting, which marks the final Board meeting of the 2011-12 school year. The following are highlights from the board meeting. The complete set of meeting minutes will be posted later at OHSAA.org.

-          The board voted unanimously to add several wheelchair events to be held annually during the track and field state tournament beginning next year. The OHSAA issued a separate press release about this announcement Thursday and it is posted at OHSAA.org.

-          In August, the OHSAA will again sponsor four regional update meetings for school administrators. The meetings will be held Aug. 9 at Hudson High School, Aug. 14 at Dublin Scioto High School, Aug. 15 at Bowling Green State University and Aug. 16 at Kettering Fairmont High School.

-          Pursuant to the recently adopted amendment to the OHSAA Constitution, the board approved the creation of an appeals panel for the 2012-13 school year that would review eligibility decisions of the Commissioner’s Office and hold hearings with member schools and/or families who seek to appeal ineligibility decisions rather than have all appeals go directly to the board of directors. Details are pending regarding the makeup of the panel and the number of meetings to be held.

-          Five member schools were recently penalized for committing infractions of OHSAA bylaws or sports regulations. The list of schools, along with the infractions and penalties, will be included in the full meeting minutes posted at OHSAA.org.

-          The financial reports were presented to the board from the 2012 swimming & diving, bowling, gymnastics and ice hockey state tournaments. All four state tournaments operated at a loss – bowling (-$636), gymnastics (-$10,471), ice hockey (-$12,635) and swimming & diving (-$6,298). The financial reports from the 2012 basketball and wrestling state tournaments will be presented to the Board at the August board meeting.

-          The board approved two schools for membership, including Cincinnati College Preparatory Academy and Cincinnati James N. Gamble Montessori.

Mount Union 25th in NACDA Learfield Sports Directors Cup Standings; Raiders Top D-III Athletic Department in Ohio

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Mount Union finished 25th in the nation in the 2011-12 Learfield Sports Directors Cup NCAA Division III standings. The Purple Raiders are the highest ranked NCAA Division III team in Ohio.

The award administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) ranks athletic departments based on their national team finishes.

Mount Union's football team that finished second in the nation, the women's outdoor track and field team finished third at the NCAA Championships to go along with a seventh place finish at the national indoor championships, women's basketball was tied for ninth in the nation after advancing to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Raider wrestling team placed 14th at the NCAA Championships, volleyball made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and finished tied for 17th while men's indoor track and field came in 48th place in the nation and outdoor track and field was 36th in the nation.

2011-12 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Division III Standings (FINAL)

1. Middlebury (Vt.) - 1,040.75

2. Washington (Mo.) - 980.25

3. Williams (Mass.) - 964.50

4. Amherst (Mass.) - 950.75

5. Wisconsin-Whitewater - 815.50

6. Emory (Ga.) - 727.00

7. Tufts (Mass.) - 724.75

8. St. Thomas (Minn.) - 720.25

9. Johns Hopkins (Md.) - 714.25

10. Cortland State (N.Y.) - 673.50

11. M.I.T. (Mass.) - 659.25

12. Illinois Wesleyan - 651.25

13. Salisbury (Md.) - 643.00

14. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Calif.) - 610.50

15. Wisconsin-Eau Claire - 605.75

16. Bowdoin (Maine) - 594.00

17. Wisconsin-Oshkosh - 583.50

18. Wartburg (Iowa) - 576.75

19. Ithaca (N.Y.) - 570.00

20. College of New Jersey - 555.00

21. Springfield (Mass.) - 547.25

22. North Central (Ill.) - 523.00

23. Christopher Newport (Va.) - 485.00

24. Calvin (Mich.) - 483.50

25. Mount Union - 480.25

OHSAA Board Approves Addition of Wheelchair Track & Field Events

Eight Events to be Contested Beginning with the 2013 OHSAA State Track & Field Tournament


COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Board of Directors made a historic decision today when it approved a recommendation to add eight wheelchair championship final events – four for boys and four for girls – to the OHSAA State Track and Field Tournament beginning in 2013. Wheelchair athletes in one boys division and one girls division will compete in the 100 meters, 400 meters, 800 meters and shot put, with participants wearing school uniforms and being awarded for individual honors, although they will not score points for their teams. Track and field is the first sport in which the OHSAA will include wheelchair athletes as part of a state tournament and makes Ohio one of approximately a dozen states to do so.


“This is something we have talked about for some time now and I’m thrilled that our Board of Directors has taken the formal step to make this a reality,” OHSAA Commissioner Daniel B. Ross, Ph.D., said. “The executive committee of the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches (OATCCC) has worked diligently to finalize the details and establish the parameters, and we are excited that the OHSAA will have the opportunity to make a positive impact on this group of outstanding student-athletes and create lifetime memories for the participants along with their families, schools and communities.”


During the regular season, all fully automated timing qualifying wheelchair times in the 100, 400 and 800 and wheelchair distances in the shot put will be collected by the OATCCC, with the top eight male and top eight female times or distances in each event qualifying for championship final events at the state tournament without regard to the OHSAA divisional assignment of the participants’ schools.


To qualify for the wheelchair events, athletes must have a permanent, physical disability and must be verified by a licensed physician. Participants must also meet all OHSAA and school eligibility requirements. While participating, coaches may not assist athletes in the 100, 400 or 800, and no motorized chairs are permitted. Athletes in the shot put may be assisted by coaches in getting to the competition area and entering and leaving the circle. The coach may also hold down the chair during the throwing attempt to prevent excessive movement.


“The impact on the young athletes with physical disabilities participating in this championship will be incredible,” said Charlie Huebner, United States Olympic Committee Chief of Paralympics. “They will be representing their schools and communities in ways that have never been seen in Ohio. I commend the Ohio High School Athletic Association and the state track and field coaches association for making this dream a reality for the athletes participating in Paralympic sport.”


A tentative schedule for the OHSAA State Track and Field Tournament on Saturday, June 8, 2013, has the girls and boys wheelchair division 100 meter events taking place during the Division III tournament in the morning; the girls and boys wheelchair division 400 meter events being held during the Division II tournament in the early afternoon, and the girls and boys wheelchair division 800 meter events occurring during the Division I tournament late in the afternoon. The girls and boys wheelchair division shot put events will take place during the Division I field events that begin at either noon or 3:00 that afternoon.



Highlights of Wheelchair Track and Field Events at the OHSAA State Tournament


•  Separate championship final events for boys and girls will be held in the 100 meters, 400 meters, 800

   meters and shot put.


•  Eight boys and eight girls will qualify for the state tournament in each event.


•  Each event at the state tournament will be a final. While athletes will be participating in school uniforms,

   only individual awards will be presented and athletes will not score points for their school team.


•  No separate finals will be held based on the division of the participating athletes’ schools. In other words,

   each event will combine athletes from Division I, Division II and/or Division III schools.

Already 56 games slated for national or regional television networks

Cleveland, Ohio – The Mid-American Conference announced an updated version of its 2012 football schedule today and already 56 games are slated for either a national or regional television network.

With more games to be selected by national and regional outlets throughout the summer and early in the 2012 football calendar, the MAC will surpass last year's record number of televised games. In 2011, the MAC had over 71% of its football games televised by either a national or regional television network.

The 2012 season will also once again feature an over-the-air syndication package produced and distributed by ESPN Regional Television (ERT). These eight syndicated games can also be seen on ESPN Game Plan, ESPN Plus and ESPN3.

The regular season will conclude with the 15th MAC Football Championship game on Friday, Nov. 30 at Ford Field in Detroit on ESPN2. This will mark the ninth MAC Football Championship game at Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions, Super Bowl XL, and the 2009 NCAA Men’s Final Four.

Most of the television exposure will occur with nine mid-week league games during the season which will be televised by ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 as the conference race unfolds in both the East and West divisions.

This season will also feature the debut of UMass as the newest member of the MAC. UMass will begin conference play for the 2012 football season and will be eligible for the conference football championship game and a bowl game beginning in the 2013 football season.

For the fifth year in a row, league schools will face a formidable non-conference slate of opponents from the following Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly I-A) conferences – ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, PAC-12 and SEC. In addition, the conference will also face independents Army and Navy, as well as Boise State from the Mountain West Conference.

A total of 12 of the schools’ non-conference games will feature an opponent from the Big Ten (Illinois, Indiana (2), Iowa (2), Michigan, Michigan State (2), Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue). The MAC will match up with a foe from the SEC (5—Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Vanderbilt), Big 12 (1—Kansas), ACC (2—Clemson, Virginia Tech), Big East (8— Connecticut (3), Cincinnati (2), Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Florida), PAC-12 (1-Arizona), Mountain West (2—Boise State, Wyoming), WAC (2—Idaho, New Mexico State), Conference USA (2—Central Florida, Marshall) and Sun Belt Conference (1—Florida International).

MAC programs continue to increase the number of home or neutral site games against FBS Automatic Qualifying (AQ) Conferences. This season the MAC will host eight games against FBS AQ conference foes including:

-Northern Illinois hosting Iowa in a neutral site game at Soldier Field in Chicago on Sept. 1 at 3:30 pm ET (ESPNU);

-Indiana (Big Ten) at UMass on Sept. 8 at 3:30 pm ET (ESPN3);

-Michigan State (Big Ten) at Central Michigan on Sept. 8 at 3:30 pm ET (ESPNU);

-UConn (Big East) at Western Michigan on Sept. 22 at 2:00 pm ET (ESPN3);

-Kansas (Big-12) at Northern Illinois on Sept. 22 at TBA (ESPNU or ESPN3);

-South Florida (Big East) at Ball State on Sept. 22 at 4:30 pm ET (ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3);

-Cincinnati (Big East) at Toledo on Oct. 20 at TBA (ESPNU or ESPN3);

-Pittsburgh (Big East) at Buffalo on Oct. 20 at 3:30 pm ET (ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3).

In addition, Akron will host Central Florida (C-USA) on Aug. 30; Bowling Green will host Idaho (WAC) on Sept. 8; Ohio will host New Mexico State (WAC) on Sept. 8; and independent Army will visit Eastern Michigan on Oct. 20 at 1:00 pm ET (ESPN3) and Navy will visit Central Michigan on Oct. 12 at 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2).

Founded in 1946, the Mid-American Conference is an NCAA Division I, 12-member conference that sponsors 23 championships and is one of 11 members of the Football Bowl Subdivison (FBS). With total enrollment of nearly 300,000 students, the league represents institutions of higher learning in six (6) states - Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, and Ohio. In addition a 13th school – University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA. -- is an affiliate member for football only.

Current MAC schools that hold full membership and the year they joined are -- East Division: University of Akron (1992), Bowling Green State University (1952), University at Buffalo (1998), Kent State University (1951), Miami University (1947), Ohio University (1946). West Division: Ball State University (1973), Central Michigan University (1971), Eastern Michigan University (1971), Northern Illinois University (1975-86, rejoined in 1997), University of Toledo (1950), Western Michigan University (1947). The University of Massachusetts (2012) competes in the East Division in football only. The conference office is based in Cleveland, Ohio.

Mount Union Football Recruits
By Leonard Reich, Assistant to the Athletic Director

Below is a list of student-athletes that have paid a deposit to the University of Mount Union an committed to play football this coming fall. Throughout the spring and summer other names will be sent out when made available.

Mount Union is an NCAA Division III institution in Alliance, Ohio. The Purple Raiders have won a record 10 NCAA Division III National Championships since 1993 and played in each of the last seven Stagg Bowls (National Championship game). Head Coach Larry Kehres (Care-us) enters his 27th year as a head coach with a 317-24-3 record. The 2012 season begins Saturday, Sept. 1 at 1:30 pm at Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana.

Kent Roosevelt Senior Ronnie Jones III to Play Football at Mount Union

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Kent Roosevelt High School senior Ronnie Jones III has committed to attend the University of Mount Union and play on the football team this fall.

Jones, a 6-2, 205-pound safety, was an All-Ohio, all-district and conference defensive player of the year for coach John Nemec at Kent Roosevelt High School.

He plans to study Business Management and is the son of Ronnie Jones, Jr.

Avon (N.Y.) Senior Brandon Fuentes to Play Football at Mount Union

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Avon (N.Y.) High School senior Brandon Fuentes has committed to attend the University of Mount Union and play on the football team this fall.

Fuentes, a 5-11, 175-pound athlete, rushed for 983 yards on 79 carries and caught 18 passes for 338 yards, six for touchdowns. He had four kick-off returns for TD’s and finished the season with 19 TD’s, and was 20-of-23 on PAT kicks with a total of 138 points. Was the team punter who averaged nearly 33 yards per boot including five kicks inside the 20 along with playing defensive back who posted 74 tackles, two INT’s and one blocked field goal. He earned Class D All-State First Team honors and was the Section V Class DD Player of the Year honors.

He plans to study Sport Business and is the son of Larry and Camille Fuentes.

Steinbrenner (Fla.) Senior Brian Gainer to Play Football at Mount Union

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Steinbrenner (Fla.) High School senior Brian Gainer has committed to attend the University of Mount Union and play on the football team this fall.

Gainer, a 5-10, 173-pound wide receiver, was a two-year letterwinner for coach Floyd Graham at Steinbrenner High School.

He plans to study Biology and is the son of David and Lena Gainer.

Shenandoah Senior Shane Crum to Play Football at Mount Union

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Shenandoah High School senior Shane Crum has committed to attend the University of Mount Union and play on the football team this fall.

Crum, a 6-1, 220-pound defensive back, was a four-year letterman that was an all-Ohio, all-district and all-conference selection for coach Tim Wilson at Shenandoah High School.

He plans to study Business and is the son of Steve Crum and Sherry Morrison.

Maryville (Tenn.) Senior Jay Yoakum to Play Football at Mount Union

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Maryville (Tenn.) High School senior Jay Yoakum has committed to attend the University of Mount Union and play on the football team this fall.

Yoakum, a 6-0, 187-pound wide receiver, was a three-year letterwinner that was a an all-state, two-time all-district and two-time all-county selection for coach George Owens at Maryville High School.

He plans to study Business and is the son of Jimmy and Traci Yoakum.

Sallisaw (Okla.) Senior Skyler Williams to Play Football at Mount Union

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Sallisaw (Okla.) High School senior Skyler Williams has committed to attend the University of Mount Union and play on the football team this fall.

Williams, a 6-0, 210-pound safety, was an all-state and team defensive MVP for coach Craig Benson at Sallisaw High School.

He plans to study Business and is the son of Chad and Tonya Williams

Zanesville Senior Ian McFarland to Play Football at Mount Union

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Zanesville High School senior Ian McFarland has committed to attend the University of Mount Union and play on the football team this fall.

McFarland, a 5-9, 160-pound wide receiver, was an All-Ohio, all-district and all-league selection for coach Chad Grandstaff at Zanesville High School.

He is an undeclared major and the son of Matt and Bootsie McFarland.

Cambridge Senior Tanner Roller to Play Football at Mount Union

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Cambridge High School senior Tanner Roller has committed to attend the University of Mount Union and play on the football team this fall.

Roller, a 5-8, 190-pound linebacker, was an All-Ohio, all-district and all-conference pick for coach Rick Goodrich at Cambridge High School.

He is plans to study Mechanical Engineering and is the son of Tim and Cheryl Roller.

Canal Fulton Northwest Senior Nick Riley to Play Football at Mount Union

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Canal Fulton Northwest High School senior Nick Riley has committed to attend the University of Mount Union and play on the football team this fall.

Riley, a 6-5, 220-pound quarterback, was an All-Ohio, all-district and all-county selection for coach Vic Whiting at Northwest High School.

He plans to study Education and is the son of Ron and Marlene Riley.