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AROUND THE HORN

Youngstown suspends sports

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown City Schools have suspended district athletics due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The suspension will run until at least January. The school district said it would reevaluate the suspension in the new year but the virus number would have to be lower for it to be lifted.

PAC hopes to return to play

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. — The Presidents’ Athletic Conference announced its tentative plan for a return to intercollegiate athletic competition during the Spring 2021 semester on Friday.

Spring 2021 competition in the sports of men’s and women’s basketball and men’s and women’s and women’s swimming and diving is scheduled to commence no earlier than Jan. 23. The modified scheduling models and postseason championship opportunities will be announced at a later date, and will be subject to further revision as circumstances require.

The PAC Presidents’ Council also affirmed a recommendation of the PAC Athletic Administrators’ Council to cancel the league’s indoor track and field championships, which were tentatively scheduled for the end of February.

Discussions related to men’s wrestling are ongoing with details to be announced at a later date.

Additionally, the league intends to support modified scheduling models and championship opportunities for the sports of men’s and women’s cross country during the months of February and March.

MAC is a top conference

MASSILLON — The Midwest Athletic Conference is off to a good start at the OHSAA football state championships.

New Bremen captured its first state title by downing Warren JFK, 31-0, in the Division VII final on Friday afternoon to give the MAC its 36th state football title and 137th in all sports.

New Bremen is the ninth league member to win a state football title. Anna captured its first last year, defeating Springfield Local in the Division VI state final.

New Bremen finished the season at 10-2, the losses coming in the league to Maria Stein Marion Local and Coldwater.

The Midwest Athletic Conference can get another title when top-ranked Coldwater plays Springfield Local in the Division VI state final at 5:15 p.m. Sunday.

Tigers have Coldwater on Sunday

NEW MIDDLETOWN — The Springfield Local football team will leave for the Division VI state championship game at around 1 p.m. Sunday.

Fourth-ranked Springfield (11-0) will play top-ranked Coldwater (11-0) at 5:15 p.m. Sunday at Massillon’s Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.

Springfield is in the state championship game for the second year in a row, while Coldwater is making its 13th state finals appearance.

The Cavaliers have won six state titles since 2005 and have been state runners-up six other times. They are 78-19 in 26 playoff appearances.

The Tigers have won 30 of their last 31 games and 39 of their last 41. They are 13-9 in 10 playoff appearances.

Buckel calls title games

MASSILLON — You will hear a familiar voice at the OHSAA state championship football games this weekend.

Dan Buckel, a 1969 graduate of Southern Local High School and former United girls basketball head coach, is the public address announcer at Massillon’s Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.

He took over as the PA announcer for the Massillon Tigers’ home games this season. He has been the voice of Mount Union Stadium for more than 30 years.

Buckel will be working all six games this weekend, two each on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It is his first time handling the state finals.

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