OHSAA postpones remaining winter tournaments

By: 
Seth Kinker
Sports Editor

On Mar. 10, Governor Mike DeWine held a press conference pertaining to COVID-19. It covered a wide range of topics and addressed multiple entities such as higher education, athletics, religious institutions, nursing homes, prisons and K-12 schools.

Pertaining to athletics, specifically, a tweet from DeWine's official twitter account stated: "For indoor events, we are asking for no events with spectators other than the athletes, parents, and others essential to the game. Right now, outdoor events can continue. #COVID19" 

Shortly after, the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) had a news release of their own which is bolded below.

OHSAA Tournaments to Continue with Limited Spectators Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has ordered most spectators to be kept away from indoor sporting events

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced Tuesday afternoon that all indoor sporting events in Ohio, including high school, collegiate and professional sports, shall continue without most spectators in attendance as Ohio seeks to contain the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19.

“This will be a very difficult time for our schools and fans, but we cannot ignore the directive of the Governor,” OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass said. “We are pleased that our tournaments can continue and we will soon determine who can attend. However, we can already say that it will most likely be no more than the immediate family of the student-athletes participating in the event.”

Boys basketball regional tournament games scheduled for Tuesday night can proceed with fans. The OHSAA will announce Wednesday morning how the tournaments will proceed moving forward.

More information will be released as soon as possible, including the process for tickets already sold and what kind of media coverage will be permitted at the state tournaments.

The OHSAA girls basketball state tournament begins Thursday at St. John Arena, the wrestling state tournament begins Friday at the Schottenstein Center and the ice hockey state tournament begins Saturday morning at Nationwide Arena.

Later on Mar. 10, the OHSAA released another statement following the DeWine's recomendations with new details on ticket sales. The full release is bolded below. 

OHSAA Announces Tournament Details Following Governor’s Recommendation 
Media coverage will continue, while ticking must be redone with greatly reduced numbers  
 
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Following Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s announcement on Tuesday afternoon that all indoor sporting events in Ohio should severely limit spectators to reduce the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, the Ohio High School Athletic Association announced additional details Tuesday night for its upcoming tournaments in wrestling, ice hockey and basketball.
 
All previously purchased tickets for the upcoming state tournaments of wrestling, ice hockey and girls and boys basketball are now void and new tickets will be sold per the instructions below, per sport.
 
“We are following the Governor’s instructions and are doing this for the safety of Ohioans,” said Jerry Snodgrass, OHSAA Executive Director. “This is a very difficult time and we need our schools and fans to know that we have been told we must do this. We must pull together to do the best we can to conduct these tournaments so that the student-athletes can still finish their seasons, which have gotten them to the pinnacle of their sport.”
 
TICKET SALES 
Again, all previously purchased and complimentary tickets for the upcoming state tournaments are now void and new tickets will be sold per the instructions below, per sport, with specific details being sent to the member schools. Tickets purchased online via credit card will be refunded by Ticketmaster to the same credit card. Tickets purchased via check will be refunded in approximately four to five weeks. Tickets purchased with cash at the Ohio State University ticket office can be returned for a refund on-site.
 
MEDIA COVERAGE
Per Governor DeWine’s directive, credentialed media members are still permitted to cover this week’s state and regional tournaments, as well as next week’s boys basketball state tournament. In addition, media outlets may provide live video of the regional boys basketball tournaments by paying the tape-delay rights fee.
 
STATE TOURNAMENT COMPONENTS CANCELLED
At all OHSAA state and regional tournaments this week and next week, all events surrounding the games are cancelled, including special presentations, halftime entertainment, various meetings, merchandise sales and other display booths.
 
STATE WRESTLING
State qualifying student-athletes will each be permitted to designate four family members who will be permitted to purchase all-session ticket books. State tournament coaches will each be permitted to designate two family members to purchase tickets. Tickets will only be sold as all-session ticket books.
 
REGIONAL BOYS BASKETBALL 
Beginning Wednesday, student-athletes on the participating school tournament roster (players and cheerleaders) can designate four family members to purchase a ticket for the game. Coaches for that team can each designate two family members to purchase tickets. School administrators and the bus drive each receive one free ticket for themselves and a guest. Each regional site will work with the participating schools regarding its team list and ticket sales process, which will be cash only at entry.
 
STATE GIRLS BASKETBALL 
Student-athletes on the 16 state qualifying teams will each be permitted to designate four family members who will be permitted to purchase single-session tickets at St. John Arena. Coaches and administrators of the state tournament teams will each be permitted to designate two family members to purchase tickets. Tickets will only be sold as single-session tickets.
 
STATE ICE HOCKEY 
Student-athletes on the four state qualifying teams will each be permitted to designate four family members who will be permitted to purchase single-session tickets at Nationwide Arena. State tournament coaches and school administrators will each be permitted to designate two family members to purchase tickets. Tickets will only be sold as single-session ticket books.
 
On Mar. 11, the OHSAA released another update, bolded below, pertaining to live coverage of the remaining post season games. 
 
UPDATES FOR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11
 
GIRLS BASKETBALL STATE TOURNAMENT LIVE COVERAGE
All games will be streamed live through OHSAA.tv and are on Spectrum Channel 314.
 
WRESTLING STATE TOURNAMNET COVERAGE (LIVE VIDEO FOR SESSION 5)
 
BOYS BASKETBALL
Media are permitted to show live video of regional tournament games.
Live Video Streams Wednesday, March 11:
Cleveland Division I Regional: https://www.wolsteincenter.com/ohsaa-2020-live-stream/ (Canton McKinely vs. Shaker Heights and Mentor vs. Medina)
 
Akron Division I Regional: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3Utz2RGQA8 (Lakewood St. Edward vs. Lorain)
 
Live Video Streams Thursday, March 12:
(Division II: Columbus Beechcroft vs. Kettering Archbishop Alter and Trotwood-Madison vs. Dayton Thurgood Marshall)
 
Athens Divisions II Regional: https://yourradioplace.com/ 
(Division II: New Philadelphia vs. Columbus St. Francis Desales and Circleville Logan Elm vs. Byesville Meadowbrook)
 
ICE HOCKEY STATE TOURNMANET LIVE COVERAGE
 
In addition to the update, the OHSAA also released information on where to watch and listen to the remaining post season contests, the full release is bolded below. 
 
OHSAA State Tournaments – Where to Watch and Listen  
Spectrum to televise girls basketball finals Saturday and all girls basketball and ice hockey games live on OHSAA.tv; wrestling Session 5 streamed live at OHSAA.tv; all girls games on OHSAA Radio Network
 
COLUMBUS, Ohio – With a minimal number of spectators permitted inside the arenas to watch this week’s OHSAA state tournaments, fans can utilize several options for live coverage. Those details are listed below, along with this week’s OHSAA Radio Network “Tournament Tipoff Show,” which includes an extended interview with OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass regarding the announcements this week by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine regarding spectators at sporting events.
 
Spectrum News 1 will televise the girls basketball state championship games Saturday live inside St. John Arena. Live video of all 12 girls games will be available on OHSAA.tv for $9.99 per game (free for Spectrum subscribers). In addition, the OHSAA Radio Network will have all 12 games live at https://www.ohsaa.org/news/radio
 
On Sunday night, the championship matches of the wrestling state tournament at the Schottenstein Center will be streamed live at OHSAA.tv. Ryan Mitchell, Scott Leo and Matthew O’Hara will call the finals.
 
All three games of the ice hockey state tournament at Nationwide Arena will be streamed live at OHSAA.tv, with
Bob McElligott and Dylan Tyrer calling the games on Saturday, and Dylan and Isaac Petkac doing the final on Sunday.
 
Girls Basketball State Championship Games on Spectrum; All Games at OHSAA.tv
Spectrum News 1 will televise the girls state championship games live on Saturday, along with the boys Division I state semifinals March 20 and the boys state championship games on March 21. All games from the girls and boys state basketball tournaments can be viewed live at http://OHSAA.tv
 
OHSAA Radio Network Weekly “Tournament Tipoff Show” Posted
This week’s basketball “OHSAA Tournament Tipoff Show” is posted at the link below. Show host Marty Bannister interviews OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass to discuss this week’s statewide developments regarding the coronavirus COVID-19. In addition, guest Jim Dabbelt breaks down the girls basketball state tournament, and Chris Solwecki (OHSAA Radio Network) goes inside the top girls and boys matchups according to the state polls.
 
In addition, the show features regional reports from broadcasters including Bill Rice (Findlay WFIN), Todd Bell (OHSAA Radio Network and Spectrum), Don Vincent (Oberlin WOBL) and Todd Walker (Lima WIMA).
 
The show includes one local break (2:00 plus :10 joiner) so stations can insert their own spots (see format below).
 
OHSAA Tournament Tipoff Show #4 is 40:08 and is posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/news/radio
 
Direct Link:
 
OHSAA Radio “Tournament Tipoff” Show #4 – 40:08
Opening
Network break
Segment 1, interview with Jerry Snodgrass
Local Break (2:00 and :10 joiner)
Segment 2, interview with Jim Dabbelt and report from Chris Solwecki    
Network break
Reports from Bill Rice (Findlay WFIN), Todd Bell (OHSAA Radio Network and Spectrum), Don Vincent (Oberlin WOBL) and Todd Walker (Lima WIMA)
Closing
 
 
 
2020 Basketball State Tournaments on the OHSAA Radio Network
Stations can have regional and state tournament rights fees waived by carrying OHSAA Radio Network programming
 
OHSAA Radio Network Home, Delivery Details, Crews and Program Logs:  https://www.ohsaa.org/news/radio
 
Highlight Clips on SoundCloud
Several audio highlight clips from each state championship game will be posted on the OHSAA Radio Network’s SoundCloud page at https://soundcloud.com/ohsaaradio - the clips are available for stations to use in their news coverage of the finals.
 
2020 Girls Basketball State Tournament, March 12-14
March 12
Division II Semifinals (1:00 & approx. 3:00) – Scott Leo, Kate Cummings and Chris Solwecki … OHSAA.TV: Neil Sika and Michelle Mimna
Division IV Semifinals (6:00 & approx. 8:00) – David Wilson, Lori Bodnar and Michelle Mimna … OHSAA.TV: Marty Bannister and Toni Roesch
March 13
Division III Semifinals (1:00 & approx. 3:00) – RADIO: Todd Bell, Michelle Mimna and Dannie Rogers … OHSAA.TV: Tim Bray and Toni Roesch
Division I Semifinals (6:00 & approx. 8:00) – RADIO: Marty Bannister, Toni Roesch and Ashley Collins … OHSAA.TV: Dave Bacon and Lori Bodnar
March 14
Division II Final (10:45) – RADIO: Scott Leo, Kate Cummings and Chris Solwecki … SPECTRUM: Neil Sika, Michelle Mimna and Andy Baskin
Division IV Final (2:00) – RADIO: David Wilson, Lori Bodnar and Michelle Mimna … SPECTRUM: Marty Bannister, Toni Roesch and Ashley Collins
Division III Final (5:15) – RADIO: Todd Bell, Michelle Mimna and Dannie Rogers … SPECTRUM: Tim Bray, Toni Roesch and Andy Baskin
Division I Final (8:30) – RADIO: Marty Bannister, Toni Roesch and Michelle Mimna … SPECTRUM: Dave Bacon, Jacki Windon and Ashley Collins
     Engineer: Aaron Cassady … Link: http://mixlr.com/ohsaa-radio-network--2/
     Producers: Ryan Baker and Jon Sewell
     Technical Assistance: Brendan Hall
 
2020 Boys Basketball State Tournament, March 19-21
March 19
Division II Semifinals (12:00 & approx. 2:00) – RADIO: Marty Bannister, Toni Roesch and Chris Solwecki … OHSAA.TV: Michael Reghi and Pat Vuyancih
Division IV Semifinals (6:00 & approx. 8:00) – RADIO: Scott Leo, Jacki Windon and Michelle Mimna … OHSAA.TV: Todd Bell and Dave Cecutti
March 20
Division III Semifinals (12:00 & approx. 2:00) – RADIO: David Wilson, Scott Reeves and Dannie Rogers … OHSAA.TV: Tim Bray and Ryan Cavanaugh  
Division I Semifinals (6:00 & approx. 8:00) – RADIO: Todd Bell, Matt Sylvester and Ashley Collins … SPECTRUM: Dave Bacon and Dave Cecutti
March 21
Division II Final (10:45) – RADIO: Marty Bannister, Toni Roesch and Chris Solwecki … SPECTRUM: Michael Reghi, Ryan Cavanaugh and Michelle Mimna
Division IV Final (2:00) – RADIO: Scott Leo, Jacki Windon and Michelle Mimna … SPECTRUM: Todd Bell, Dave Cecutti and Ashley Collins
Division III Final (5:15) – RADIO: David Wilson, Scott Reeves and Dannie Rogers … SPECTRUM: Tim Bray, Jacki Windon and Michelle Mimna
Division I Final (8:30) – RADIO: Todd Bell, Matt Sylvester and Michelle Mimna … SPECTRUM: Dave Bacon, Dave Cecutti and Ashley Collins
     Engineer: Brent Ford … Link: https://www.cosnaudio.com/ohsaaradionetwork
     Producers: Ryan Baker and Jon Sewell
     Technical Assistance: Brendan Hall
 
 
OHSAA Radio Network Programming
Play-by-Play Broadcasts: The network broadcasts the football state championship games, the girls and boys basketball state tournaments, the softball state tournament and the baseball state tournament. Network broadcasts are available through Skyview Satellite or an online feed and include program logs, local avails and sub-audible tones. Stations that carry network broadcasts can see a reduction or elimination of their regional and state tournament rights fees.
 
Fort Loramie boys basketball took on Columbus Wellington on Mar. 10 at Dayton Arena in a regional semifinal as one of the last contests with fans allowed in the building before a whirlwind over a two day span that say the World Health Organazation declaring COVID-19 a pandemic on Mar. 11, governments worldwide addressing COVID-19 at varying levels of society, professional sports leagues delaying or cancelling events and even the NCAA college basketball tournament being cancelled.
 
Minster and Fort Loramie, who's girls teams both play on Mar. 12 at Ohio State University in the state semifinal expressed dissapointment with the decision to limit spectators.
 
Minster Local Schools Superintendent Brenda Boeke released a statement on the OHSAA girls basketball tournament at 4:35 p.m. on Mar. 10.
 
"Following the Governor's statement earlier today we were informed by the OHSAA that attendance at the girl's state basketball tournament will be severely restricted.  ALL tickets sold are now void and will eventually be refunded by our athletic department.  We have not received specific guidance but at this time anticipate only parents will receive NEW tickets to attend.  We will keep you posted when we receive more information from the OHSAA." 

The Community Post also spoke with Carla Siegel, head coach of the Fort Loramie girls basketball team, and Mike Wiss, head coach of the Minster girls basketball team. 

"First and foremost I think this is disappointing for our players," said Siegel on Mar. 10. "They work so hard all year to reach this level of tournament play, for them to go to St. John’s Arena and play in front of a limited crowd is just heart breaking. My girls were very sad today. For our community members, you’ve been at our recent games, the support has been outstanding and so many have been to most of our games. To cut them out of the two biggest games of the year, it's beyond frustrating. No one's happy, I'm sure you’ll call Minster and Anna and get the same response. I told my girls at the end of practice, there are things we can't control and this is something we cant control. What we can control is focusing on our games we get to play and playing to the best of our ability and that's what we'll do."

"Brenda Boeke, the Superintendent, Austin Kaylor, the Principal and Josh Clune, the Atheletic Director walked into practice at about four o'clock and told us," said Wiss after practice on Mar. 10. "I think there were 15 upset young ladies. They looked forward to this weekend and it kind of seemed like the air got taken out of the ballon. one thing we talked about is, 'how strong are the six inches between the ears?' This had to be a really good practice, probably our hardest one of the year that's left. We had an hour and a half of going at it and I was very pleased with it. I told them whatever occurs there's a bunch of people standing here in this gym that are going to Columbus to play a basketball game. We can't control (who's there) but we can control the intensity, energy that we put into the game. It's all good coaching talk, but it still hurts a little bit."

 

On Mar. 12, the OHSAA postponed all remaining winter tournaments, the full release is bolded below. 

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – At 12:45 p.m. Thursday, the Ohio High School Athletic Association announced that all remaining winter tournament contests are immediately postponed due to the growing situation with the coronavirus COVID-19.
 
The suspended tournaments include the girls state basketball tournament; the state individual wrestling tournament; the state ice hockey tournament, and the boys regional and state basketball tournaments.
 
“We will use this time to work with the appropriate state authorities and health experts to determine our next steps moving forward,” Snodgrass said. “We realize this is disappointing for our participants and their fans, but the overall health and safety of everyone involved in our tournaments is our priority.”
 
No timetable has been determined for possible rescheduling for the tournaments.
 
The announcement was made after state and local officials recommended that no public gatherings take place to help stop the spread of the virus.
 
The OHSAA will send further updates regarding ticket refunds. 

 

 

 

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