AROUND THE HORN
Columbiana HOF inductions
COLUMBIANA –The Columbiana High School Athletic Hall of Fame will hold its 25th induction on Sept. 18 at a dinner in the Columbiana High School Commons.
Those to be inducted will be Ron Detwiler (Class of 1966, Meritorious Service), Caleb Goist (Class of 2000, Athlete), Stevie Goist Green (Class of 2003, Athlete) and Kris Reash (Class of 2001, Athlete).
The 2021 Class will be introduced during the varsity football game between the Columbiana Clippers and the Wellsville Tigers on Sept. 17 at Firestone Park. Tickets for the dinner will be available from Aug. 10 through Aug. 31. Cost per ticket is $25 for adults. Children ages 6-12 are $12, 5 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased by calling Greg Gustafson at (330) 787-1495 or Larry Baughman at (330) 482-1818, ext. 34406.
Heath picks up another honor
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Mount Union sophomore center fielder and West Branch
High School graduate Grace Heath has been named to the Academic All-America Softball Second Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
It is another honor added to a list of awards for Heath in 2021 that include Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Year, Academic All-OAC, Academic All-District along with National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Region and All-America accolades.
She played in 35 games this season and led the team and conference with a .467 batting average to go along with 47 runs scored, 32 runs batted in, 26 stolen bases and six home runs to help lead the Purple Raiders to their second OAC regular season title in school history.
Off the field, she has a 3.94 cumulative grade-point average as an accounting and finance major.
Wilson makes the cut at Ohio Am
WARREN — Former Columbiana High School state champion Jared Wilson made the cut at the 115th Ohio Amateur Championship by one stroke Wednesday.
Wilson is tied for 45th place at 6-over-par (74-75–150) after two rounds of play at Avalon Golf & Country Club.
Sixty two of the 144 golfers made the second-round cut.
Ohio State’s Jackson Chandler, who was an All-Ohioan at Dublin Jerome High School, opened up a three-stroke lead at 7-under (69-67–137) on the 7,206-yard Avalon Lakes course.
Wilson will tee off in the third round at 8:10 a.m. today.
MVFC vaccination rate not ideal
COVID-19 vaccination rates within the Missouri Valley Football Conference are lagging, and the price for an outbreak could be hefty.
Speaking during the league’s media day via zoom, MVFC Commissioner Patty Viverito noted the league is awaiting guidance from the NCAA, but is hopeful that protocol will dictate that teams that hit an 85 percent vaccination mark will be precluded from having to test and contact trace asymptomatic individuals.
However, no team in the league is at that mark yet, she said.
“Vaccinations are clearly the key to avoid canceling games due to the virus this season, and I think our teams need to step up and hit that 85 percent to ensure a successful season,” she added.
And unlike the spring season, during which postponements and no contests were commonplace, a canceled game in the fall season will “quite likely” result in a forfeit. Viverito said athletic directors and school presidents met in June, and they were leaning toward taking that direction and not rescheduling games this fall.
“We’re not going to be in the business of trying to reschedule games,” she said. “We don’t have space in the schedule to do that, and we also have a path to be able to play safely with vaccinated teams.”
A final decision on those protocols will come after the NCAA hands down guidance, she noted.