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Brian Miller resigns as Norton AD, will remain Panthers girls basketball coach

By Michael Beaven Published: April 27, 2016

Brian Miller has resigned as the Norton Athletic Director, but will remain the Panthers girls basketball coach.

“I want to thank everyone at Norton, in the media and in the athletic arena for all your support over the years,” Miller said Wednesday. “I have enjoyed being the athletic director at Norton and I will continue to support the Panthers. This is an opportunity for me to take a step back and enjoy coaching and teaching and to watch my kids grow up.

“Being the AD takes a lot of dedicated time and effort, and after having discussions with our Superintendent Mr. Dave Dunn and Principal Mr. Ryan Shanor, I feel even better about my decision to step down at this time in my life effective May 31, 2016.”

Miller expressed his thanks to Norton Board of Education members, coaches and employees in the school district.

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Ron Wright to step aside as Hudson football coach in 2016, plans to return in 2017

By Michael Beaven Published: April 27, 2016

Ron Wright is stepping away from his position as football coach at Hudson for the 2016 season, but plans to return to guide the Explorers in 2017.

The Hudson City School District announced Wednesday that Wright is leaving the sidelines “due to personal and family health concerns and commitments.”

Wright has guided Hudson to state semifinal appearances in each of the past two seasons. The Explorers were a Division II state semifinalist in 2015 and finished with an 11-3 record after being a Division I state semifinalist in 2014 and posting a 13-1 record.

Amy White and Ray Ebersole in the Hudson Athletic Department released an email stating that: “The Hudson City School District has tremendous respect for coach Wright and knows that this is a very difficult decision for him. However, he has demonstrated his need to put family first not only in his own life but also in the lives of his players and coaching staff. Coach Wright is an exemplary role model for the Hudson High School football program, and we look forward to his return in 2017-2018.”

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OHSAA announces Division I football playoffs will have four regions

By Michael Beaven Published: April 14, 2016

The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced Thursday that the Division I football playoffs will move from two regions to four regions beginning in 2016 following a 9-0 vote by the OHSAA Board of Directors.

Division I will now have the same format as Divisions II through VII with four regions. Tim Stried of the OHSAA said the decision will place “a greater emphasis on the regional championship games and decrease travel.”

Division I will still have 32 playoff teams out of a field of the 72 largest high schools in Ohio. Each region will have 18 teams.

“Changing Division I to four regions is a great decision for many reasons,” said Beau Rugg, OHSAA Assistant Commissioner and the state’s football administrator.

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