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AROUND THE HORN

Sebring opts out of playoffs

SEBRING — The Sebring football team will not be in the state playoffs for the first time after all.

Sebring athletic director Brian Clark said the Trojans have opted out of the playoffs and have replaced a tournament game that weekend with a game at Mathews at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8.

“Both schools feel that this matchup gives the kids a better chance to experience competitive success on the field,” Clark said.

The rest of Sebring’s regular-season schedule includes at Springfield (if eliminated) or Southington on Oct. 16, at Lisbon on Oct. 23 and home against Leetonia on Oct. 30.

All Ohio high school football teams will be eligible for the playoffs due to the coronavirus pandemic unless they opt out by Thursday.

Crestview seeks coaches

COLUMBIANA — Crestview High School is looking for a bowling and a wrestling coach. Anyone interested should send a letter of interest and resume to Crestview High School, Att: Paul Cusick, 44100 Crestview Rd, Columbiana, OH 44408 or by email to pcusick@crestviewlocal.k12.oh.us.

Spartan Invitational over two days

BOARDMAN — The 35th annual Spartan Cross Country Invitational will look different than the first 34.

The meet is being split into two days at Boardman High School due to the coronavirus pandemic — with the Division III races on Thursday and the Division I and II races. Each athlete is allowed up to three spectators, who can purchase tickets for $5 apiece.

The Division III races Thursday will include 205 boys and 187 girls runners. The first races — which include Columbiana, East Palestine, Heartland Christian, Lisbon, Southern Local and Western Reserve — are scheduled with the boys at 4:15 p.m. and the girls at 4:45 p.m.

In the next races, which includes South Range, McDonald, Maplewood and East Canton, are 6:15 p.m. for the boys and 6:45 p.m. for the girls.

Cubs walk off over Indians

CHICAGO (AP) — Willson Contreras and Cameron Maybin were plunked by consecutive pitches from Cleveland reliever Nick Wittgren in the ninth inning, forcing home the winning run as the Chicago Cubs beat the Indians 6-5 Tuesday night.

Cleveland’s Francisco Lindor hit a tying, two-run homer in the top of the ninth, but the Indians couldn’t take advantage.

Left-hander Oliver Perez (1-1) allowed a one-out walk to Kris Bryant in the bottom of the inning. Anthony Rizzo followed with a single that advanced Bryant to third. Wittgren drilled Contreras with a 1-1 fastball, then hit Maybin with a bases-loaded changeup.

Wittgren said he tried to induce a groundball for a potential double play.

“Last pitch, changeup, I was just trying to throw it middle to going into him, so then he gets on top of it and rolls it over and then we have a chance for the double. Obviously I just let it go way too soon,” Wittgren said.

Reds inch closer to playoffs

CINCINNATI (AP) — Tucker Barnhart hit a home run and Brian Goodwin prevented one with a leaping catch as the Cincinnati Reds extended their winning streak to a season-high four games with a 4-1 victory Tuesday night over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Michael Lorenzen (2-1) looked sharp in a spot start, helping Cincinnati inch closer to a playoff spot. The third-place Reds went into the game higher than fourth in the NL Central for the first time since Aug. 23.

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