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Delphos Bass Club results
Written by Staff Reports   
Thursday, July 31, 2014 8:22 PM

The Delphos Bass Club continues its summer fishing season. Winners of the Wawasee Tournament (top) were, left to right, first place Travis Tenwalde with five weighing 14.94 lbs. (he also had Big Bass at 4.44 lbs.); second place Bedford Miller with four weighing 10.50 lbs.; third place Randy Fischbach with five fish weighing 8.48 lbs.; fourth place Rob Lucas with five fish weighing 8.32 lbs.; and second Big Bass Jeremy Tenwalde with a largemouth weighing 4.19 lbs. (Submitted photos)

In the Indian Lake Tournament, winners (bottom) were, from right, first place Jeremy Tenwalde with five fish weighing 10.27 lbs. (he also had Big Bass at 3.78 lbs.); second place Butch Lucas with five fish weighing 6.38 lbs.; third place Travis Tenwalde with four fish weighing 5.82 lbs (and 2nd Big Bass at 2.81 lbs.); and fourth place Leroy Miller with four fish weighing 5.03 lbs.

 
OHSAA fall sports practices begin today; football update
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Thursday, July 31, 2014 8:22 PM

INFORMATION SUBMITTED

 

COLUMBUS – Practices for all fall sports get underway today for member schools of the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

Aug. 1 has been set as the universal practice start date for all OHSAA-sanctioned fall sports, which include girls tennis, girls and boys golf, girls and boys cross country, field hockey, boys and girls soccer, volleyball and football.

School Sports Schedules Available: http://schedules.myohsaa.org/

At the link above, type in the first few letters of the desired school into the search bar, select the school and then click “Search.” Click on the “School Information” link in the upper right corner. The list of sports can be found on the lower left side.

Football Updates and Notes

Of the OHSAA’s 824 member schools, 723 sponsor football teams, which is eight more schools than 2013 (see list below). Seven of the eight new schools are in Division VII. A total of 224 schools – 32 in each Division – will qualify for the playoffs when the final computer ratings are announced Nov. 2. During the 2014 playoffs, Divisions II, III, IV and VI will play on Fridays, while Divisions I, V and VII will play on Saturdays (same format as 2013).

State Championships Information

One of the divisions playing on Fridays during the playoffs will play its state championship game Dec. 4. The other Friday divisions will play their state championship games Dec. 5, while the Saturday divisions will play their state championship games Dec. 6. The state championships schedule will be announced after the state semifinals. For the first time since 1989, the state championship games will be hosted at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.

Special State Championships Ticket Packages Available from Greater Columbus Sports Commission: http://www.columbussports.org/events/ohsaa-state-football-championships/

OHSAA Radio Network Information: http://www.ohsaa.org/news/Radio/radiohome.asp

Statewide Football Broadcasts: http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/ft/boys/OHSAAFootballRadioListing.pdf

Columbus City Schools to reclassified Sept. 10

Due to the closure of Columbus Brookhaven High School and in accordance with OHSAA Bylaw 2-1-6, all OHSAA member high schools within the Columbus City School District will be reclassified based upon the actual number of boys and girls enrolled in grades 10, 11 and 12 as of September 10, 2014. This could alter the divisional and regional alignments for some schools.

New Football Schools in 2014

 
Grandstands feel a little empty at NASCAR races
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Thursday, July 31, 2014 8:21 PM

By TOM LINDLE

CNHI News Service

 

As the cars whizzed around the 2 1/2-mile oval at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last weekend, it appeared that something was missing from this year’s Brickyard 400 – fans.

NASCAR races were huge draws in the early years in Indianapolis, attracting an estimated 250,000 racing fanatics for the inaugural event in 1994.

Where have they gone? Last Sunday’s crowd was estimated between 75,000 and 90,000. That wasn’t a small gathering but it fell far short of what the race once attracted.

The Speedway is considered the highest-capacity sports venue in the world, so it’s easy to see why the crowd can get spread out, leaving a TV audience the impression that interest is waning and sports junkies have turned elsewhere for their thrills and excitement.

Indiana native Jeff Gordon provided the drama by winning his fifth Brickyard 400 to the cheers of his many Hoosier fans. But it was a strange sight to see his yellow-and-red car race toward the finish line amid thousands of empty seats in the grandstands.

The Brickyard 400, like other NASCAR races, has lost its novelty. The demand for tickets in Indianapolis has fallen so much that giant tarps were placed over thousands of seats at several key viewing points so broadcasts didn’t show rows of empty seats.

It’s not that NACAR has fallen on hard times. It remains a big TV draw and provides millions in advertising revenue for the sport. The problem is that it seems to have lost some of the frenzy it once produced on and off the track.

 
Manziel battling playbook, Hoyer in first NFL camp
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, July 31, 2014 8:16 PM

By TOM WITHERS

Associated Press

 

BEREA — Johnny Manziel has quickly learned his college days — on the field anyway — are over.

Less than a week into his first NFL training camp with the Browns, Manziel is going through the typical growing pains of any rookie quarterback.

He’s doing all he can in the classroom to grasp Cleveland’s offense but the former Heisman Trophy winner is finding that once he’s behind center, everything is moving faster than expected.

He’s making mental and physical mistakes. The throws that came so easy for him at Texas A&M aren’t there. He’s not scrambling around and making defenders look silly. Not yet.

Johnny Football isn’t dominating.

“I’m a rookie,” he said. “I don’t have all that stuff figured out.”

Still, Manziel is making progress and staying close to Brian Hoyer in their competition to be Cleveland’s starter.

Both QBs have had their good and bad moments through five practices and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said a contest that has divided Browns’ fans remains a tight race.

“I don’t think one’s any further in front than the other,” Shanahan said.

 
Burfict emerges as center of Bengals defense
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, July 31, 2014 8:15 PM

By JOE KAY

Associated Press

 

CINCINNATI — Linebacker Vontaze Burfict has gone from low-risk investment to the heart of the Bengals defense in only two years.

Cincinnati thinks so much of its Pro Bowl linebacker that it’s molding one of the league’s best defenses around him in only his third season. And coach Marvin Lewis, who has craved a leader in the style of former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, thinks he has one in the making.

“I thought Vontaze had those qualities really early on,” Lewis said. “He was one of the best players I had seen after his first practice. I told him he was going to be a very good player. He’s not disappointed me.

“He has the ingredients of what a great NFL player for a period of time can be. They’re innate to him.”

Nobody doubted his instincts. It’s the other stuff that’s held him back.

Burfict was a dazzling linebacker at Arizona State but let his emotions get in the way. He was repeatedly penalized and disciplined for personal fouls. A low point was a 2010 game when Burfict head-butted Oregon State quarterback Ryan Katz. Later, he was benched during a game for getting two personal fouls in the first half.

After a poor showing at the 2012 NFL combine, Burfict was tagged as a high risk, an extremely gifted player who wouldn’t listen to coaches or keep his emotions under control.

Nobody drafted him. The Bengals signed him as a free agent. By the end of his rookie season, he was a starter making an impact.

Last season, he led the team in tackles 12 times, was honored as the AFC’s defensive player of the week for a 15-tackle performance against Cleveland that included a fumble return for a touchdown, and made his first Pro Bowl.

 
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