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The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors today voted to award both Stark County and Columbus the opportunity to host the state football finals for two years each beginning with the 2012 season. The vote took place during a special Board conference call meeting and was in response to a recommendation from an 11-person state football finals subcommittee.

Stark County, which has hosted all or portions of the finals for the past 20 years and has two years remaining on the current contract to host the finals, has been awarded the 2012 and 2013 championships, while Columbus will host the finals in 2014 and 2015. As part of the motion to approve the recommendation, the Board also gave itself the opportunity to discuss option years for hosting the finals in the future. Stark County will continue to utilize Canton Fawcett Stadium and Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium as the site for the six championship games in a two-day format rotating between the two facilities and Columbus will host all six finals at Ohio Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University also in a two-day format.


Justin Thomas was used to pitching in Northwest Ohio, but not on a stage quite this big.

Thomas, a 2002 Clay High School graduate, threw two scoreless innings in relief and struck out four Mud Hens in the Indianapolis Indians' 7-3 loss on May 15 at Fifth Third Field.

“A lot of my family was there,” Thomas said. “My dad (Steve) and my two uncles, my wife (Theresa) and some of her family, and my mom (Jackie) and the majority of her family that lives in town were there. A lot of my high school buddies were there, too. It was pretty cool.”

                        Justin Thomas

The Indians will be back in Toledo on Aug. 18-20, but frankly, Thomas would rather be somewhere else.

The 6-3, 215-pound left-hander has already pitched at the major-league level this season, and he hopes to be back there as soon as possible.

Thomas, 26, spent the last two seasons with Tacoma of the Pacific Coast League. Tacoma is the Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, who decided to take Thomas off their 40-man roster last November.


If you're from Ohio, a week-long trip to California can be just what the doctor

Senior Kaysie Brittenham


For eight members of Lake High School's girls’ basketball team, the timing couldn't have been better. Three weeks earlier a tornado destroyed the field house they were used to playing in.

The Flyers' girls’ and boys’ basketball teams know they will be playing their 2010-11 home games at Owens Community College, but it won't be the same as playing in their own gym.

“Every time I go past the school, I still can't believe it,” upcoming junior Hannah Cox said. “Every time you go past it, it's devastating to see. Our home court is where we win, and it's sad to know we're not going to be playing there ever again. On the plus side, Owens is really close so it won't be too bad. We've had shootouts there.”

Senior Kaysie Brittenham, an All-Suburban Lakes League standout who plans to play basketball in college, said she's disappointed she won't get to play at Lake her senior year.


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