The first lacrosse tournaments sponsored by the Ohio High School Athletic Association will officially take place in 2017.

Practices will start on Feb. 20, and then matches will begin on March 17.

There will be two tournament divisions that will be sponsored in both girls and boys lacrosse. Seeding and bracketing for the tournaments will be May 7. The tournament will begin at the regional level, in a similar format to the football playoffs, the week of May 15. The regional semifinals and regional finals will take place the week of May 22.

State semifinal matches will be held May 30 and 31 at neutral sites around the state, similar to the format currently used for the soccer state semifinals in early November.

All four state championship games will be June 3 in Delaware at Ohio Wesleyan University’s Selby Stadium, pending contract agreement between OWU and the OHSAA.

“We are excited to start putting the details in place for our first lacrosse postseason tournament,” said Dave Gray, the OHSAA interim commissioner. “Selby Stadium in Delaware is a great facility to host the state championship games.”

The OHSAA board of directors voted to adopt girls and boys lacrosse as sanctioned sports beginning with the spring of 2017 back in June 2015. Lacrosse, which previously was coordinated by its coaches associations, will remain as a spring sport in Ohio.

Tallmadge’s big win

The Tallmadge football team defeated host Ravenna 27-24 in overtime on Friday after Sam Seeker tossed a 16-yard touchdown screen pass to Ty Shannon. It was Alan Vanderink’s first win as Blue Devils coach.

Seeker also threw a touchdown pass to Jake Davis, and Shannon and Seth Baker each rushed for a touchdown. Scott Seeker finished five solo tackles, 11 assists and one sack.

Langdon runs wild

Clayton Langdon rushed for over 230 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner, on Friday to lead host Revere to a 41-35 overtime victory over Buckeye.

Dynamic Burkhart

Coventry’s Dusty Burkhart, a University of Akron recruit, opened his 2016 season with a rushing touchdown and a touchdown reception from Steve Locher on Friday to guide the host Comets to a 39-13 win over Canton South.

Burkhart finished with eight receptions for 104 yards. Treon Sibley rushed for two touchdowns and gained 91 yards on six carries.

Coventry’s Kirk Louis rushed for another score and Nate Skaggs scooped up a fumble and returned the ball for a touchdown.

Perrine shines

Anthony Perrine rushed for 213 yards on 34 carries and two touchdowns to lead Nordonia to a 38-37 win over Mayfield on Friday at Brecksville.

A missed extra-point kick by Mayfield with 22 seconds left in the fourth quarter proved to be key after quarterback Jake Dostal hit Julian Hicks for a 30-yard touchdown pass.

Nordonia’s Tye Evans returned a fumble for a touchdown, and Knights quarterback Robby Levak threw two touchdown passes to Ryan Smith and Donny Wizniak. Trey Crockett made all five of his extra-point kicks and converted a 38-yard field goal.

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