COLUMBUS — The Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Board of Directors set the divisional breakdowns for four fall sports at Thursday’s monthly meeting in Columbus.
The board set the divisional cutoffs for field hockey, golf, cross country and girls tennis.
Liberty-Benton was the only school affected by the new divisions set by the OHSAA. The Eagles’ boys and girls cross country teams will move up from Division III to Division II for this two-year cycle. The school’s boys golf team will also move up from Division III to Division II.
Liberty-Benton’s girls cross country and boys golf teams have competed in Division II in the past.
Divisional breakdowns for the fall sports affected by competitive balance (soccer, volleyball and football) will be finalized in late May or early June.
In other board news:
• The Board was updated on the spring athletic discussion meetings that are scheduled in each of the six districts around the state to explain the upcoming referendum voting items and other OHSAA issues. OHSAA member schools will vote on six constitutional issues, 16 bylaw items affecting high schools and two affecting junior high schools when the voting takes place May 1-15.
• The Board voted to add eight additional qualifiers to each event for the OHSAA state junior high track meet set for May 11 in Lancaster. A total of 16 individuals or relays were set to compete in each event. That number was increased to 24 per event.
In addition six schools were penalized for OHSAA rules violations.
The three Northwest District schools punished included:
• Tiffin Columbian High School’s football coaching staff violated the OHSAA bylaw involving skill instruction when it provided instruction to more than 7 players on February 17, 2019. The Executive Director’s Office acknowledged the schools self-imposed penalty of a written letter of reprimand in the head coach’s file, and also reduced the coaching staff’s number of allowable coaching days in the summer of 2019 by two days.
• Lima Central Catholic High School’s head varsity wrestling coach violated the OHSAA ejection rules when he continued to give instructions to an athlete after being ejected. The Executive Director’s Office acknowledged the school’s self-imposed penalty of suspending the coach from participation in the sectional individual wrestling tournament, and added an additional sanction by suspending him from coaching at the district individual tournament as well.
• Lima Senior High School had six student-athletes in varsity lacrosse violate the OHSAA scholarship bylaw. The Executive Director’s Office has agreed with the school’s self-imposed penalty to suspend the coach for four additional contests.
Also, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High School’s varsity baseball and varsity softball teams violated a bylaw regarding contests with out-of-state schools and missed instructional time. The Executive Director’s Office administered the penalty outlined in the bylaw and removed each team from its respective OHSAA sponsored postseason tournaments.