COLUMBUS — A pair of Three River Athletic Conference schools were among those penalized by the Ohio High School Athletic Association the organization revealed on Thursday.
Lima Senior’s boys basketball coaching staff violated the OHSAA regulation regarding providing instruction to players during the summer. The OHSAA commissioner’s office has accepted the school’s recommendation that its basketball coaching staff be permitted to provide instruction to student-athletes for seven days rather than the 10 this summer and that the school only be permitted to participate in three scrimmages during the 2014-15 season rather than the five that are permitted.
Toledo St. John’s Jesuit had a student-athlete in baseball violate a participation rule when he played in three games on one day. The school would be required to forfeit a victorious contest in which the ineligible student participated. However, since the school lost the third contest in which the ineligible student participated, no forfeiture was required.
Zanesville’s football coach was found to have violated the OHSAA’s recruiting bylaw. He has been suspended from coaching the team for the first regular season contest of the 2014 season (he is permitted to coach practices but may not be involved in game-day coaching, may not be present in the locker room and may not travel to or from the contest with the team during the suspension). Additionally, Zanesville High School has been fined $200.
The OHSAA Board of Directors also met on Thursday in Columbus.
It released the financial reports from last year’s winter state tournaments:
• The boys basketball state tournament drew 116,100 fans (up from 115,343 in 2013) and resulted in a net profit of $917,081.
• The girls basketball state tournament drew 37,281 fans (up from 35,953 in 2013) and resulted in a net profit of $12,747.
• The ice hockey state tournament drew 3,879 fans (down from 4,466 in 2013) and resulted in a loss of $20,049.
• The dual team wrestling state tournament drew 1,851 fans (up from 1,750 in 2013) and, when combined with the regional dual team wrestling tournaments, resulted in an overall loss of $45,094.
• The individual wrestling state tournament drew 47,318 fans (down from 49,256 in 2013) and resulted in a profit of $174,136.
The OHSAA also added three new member schools this year as Cincinnati Miami Valley Christian Academy, Cleveland Whitney M. Young and Ashtabula St. John have joined the association. There are 821 total member high schools for the 2014-15 school year, which continues to keep Ohio with the third-most member high schools in the country.
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