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The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) unveiled a plan Wednesday to resume spring sports – if Gov. Mike DeWine decides to reopen schools in early May.

The governor’s current school closure order expires on May 1, with classes resuming May 4. In the update sent to Ohio high schools, OHSAA said the May 4 start is optimistic, but its plan would allow spring sports seasons to begin as early as May 9.

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Mar 2, 2020
Student athletes competing in track and field.
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Transgender women and girls would be barred from competing in female-only high school and college sports under a bill announced last week in the Ohio House.

High school runner Noor Alexandria Abukaram and state Sen. Theresa Gavarone at the Ohio Statehouse.
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An Ohio senator has introduced new legislation aimed at protecting the religious expression of athletes. The bill was inspired by an Ohio teen disqualified from a cross-country race for wearing a hijab without a required waiver.

State Reps. Reggie Stoltzfus (R-Paris Twp.) and Jena Powell (R-Arcanum) speak at the press conference announcing their planned legislation.
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Two Ohio Republican lawmakers say they’re working on a bill that would ban transgender athletes from competing on female teams in high schools and colleges.

Lawmakers want to crack down on schools and coaches that force students to participate in only one extra-curricular activity. They say the one-sport rule can hamper a teenager's ability to adapt.

The 2019 USA Wrestling Girls Folkstyle Nationals tournament in Oklahoma City.
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The Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association will host its first ever girls state wrestling tournament next year. The tournament will be held at Hilliard Davidson High School on Feb. 22-23, 2020.

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The state’s largest health system will be the official health care partner of the Ohio High School Athletic Association, providing services at tournaments and championship events for the next three years. The partnership goes beyond sports-related injuries.

Author Wil Haygood And Tigerland

Nov 12, 2018
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In 1968, Columbus’s East High School was one of many segregated schools in Ohio.

Columbus native and author Wil Haygood writes in his new book about his experiences growing up amongst racial tensions and witnessing the high school’s basketball and baseball teams win state championships, defeating richer, whiter schools across the state.

Today on All Sides, we discuss “Tigerland: 1968-1969: A City Divided, a Nation Torn Apart, and a Magical Season of Healing,” with Wil Haygood.


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High school football is a Friday night tradition in Ohio. From inner-city Akron to the fields in Appalachia, fans are getting ready as grounds crews trim the grass and replace lights ahead of tonight’s games.

But on those fields, fewer players are suiting up.

Big Ten Football On Fridays? Prep Coaches Aren't Pleased

Nov 17, 2016
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The Ohio High School Football Coaches Association is voicing its displeasure over the Big Ten's decision to play some games on Friday night next year.