Eleven track and field athletes in Ohio have clinched the opportunity to compete at a new state meet in Columbus at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium next month.
The first Ohio High School Athletic Association State Track and Field Wheelchair Championships will take place on June 8 on the campus of Ohio State University.
Three area athletes have qualified for the event: Kent Roosevelt sophomore Randy McMullen and Wooster sophomore Casey Followay on the boys side along with Southeast sophomore Jenna Fesemyer on the girls side.
There are 10 boys set to compete. Fesemyer is the lone girl in the event.
McMullen, Followay and Fesemyer are all scheduled to compete in the 100-meter dash, the 400 and the 800. McMullen and Fesemyer will also compete in the shot put.
The OHSAA released a tentative schedule for the events: the 100 at 9:40 a.m., the shot put at noon, the 400 at 2:05 p.m. and the 800 at 5:55 p.m.
The regularly scheduled OHSAA state championship meets for boys and girls in Divisions I, II and III will be contested June 7 and 8 in conjunction with this new meet.
Ross to retire at Woodridge
Don Ross is set to retire as athletic director and assistant principal at Woodridge High School effective June 30.
The Board of Education unanimously approved Rossís retirement last week. He has worked for the district since August 2011.
District Superintendent Walter Davis is recommending that the board hire both a full-time assistant principal and a separate athletic director. Davis is expected to recommend candidates for both jobs to the board in July.
A Kingís vacation
St. Vincent-St. Mary basketball player VJ King is headed back to Colorado Springs to train with USA Basketball.
King is among a pool of 31 players practicing with the 2013-14 USA Basketball Menís Developmental National Team at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. The sessions begin with a single practice today, and will continue with two practices each day from Friday through June 6.
The pool of players will be trimmed to a 12-man team that will compete as the USA U16 National Team in Maldonado, Uruguay, for the FIBA Americas U16 Championship from June 11-15.
The tournament serves as a qualifier for the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship, with the top four finishing nations from the FIBA Americas U16 Championship advancing to the 2014 U17 Worlds.
Qualified to compete in the 2013 U16 Championship are host country Uruguay, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Bahamas, Argentina, Chile and the United States.
King is about to finish his freshman year at St. V-M. He is one of 18 players from the class of 2016 training in Colorado. The other 13 players are from the class of 2015.
King is the only player from Ohio in the group of 31 players. There are 21 states represented, with California boasting the most players with five. Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin each have two representatives. Ohio, Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, Oregon, South Carolina and Texas each feature one athlete.
Lacrosse nears finals
The Medina girls lacrosse team is just two wins shy of winning a fourth Division I state championship in a row.
Medina and Jackson will play in separate girls Division I state semifinal matches on Friday at New Albany High School. Jackson and Upper Arlington will play at 5:15 p.m. Medina and Cincinnati Sycamore will start at approximately 7:30 p.m.
The girls state final is at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Thomas Worthington High School.
The Hudson boys will host Cleveland St. Ignatius at noon Saturday in a Division I regional final. The boys state semifinals are Wednesday and the final is Saturday.
Regional track and field
The track and field season has just two big meets left ó regional and state.
Regional meets will take place this weekend in all three divisions for boys and girls.
Area athletes will be competing at Austintown Fitch and Amherst in Division I on Wednesday and Friday, Bedford and Lexington in Division II on today and Saturday and Navarre in Division III on Wednesday and Friday.
Check http://www.baumspage.com/track/index.php for a complete schedule and results.
City Series update
The City Series baseball and softball playoff championship games are this weekend.
Joe Howard, the Akron Public Schools Program Manager of Interscholastic Athletics, said Ellet will play Firestone in both games.
The Orangemen (18-9, 11-1) will meet the Falcons (14-14, 11-1) in the baseball final at 2 p.m. Saturday at Canal Park.
Ellet (14-12, 11-0) and Firestone (12-15, 10-2) will match up in the softball final at 2 p.m. Sunday at the University of Akron.
Ellet and Firestone split their regular-season baseball meetings with the visiting Orangemen winning 12-3 on May 20 and the visiting Falcons winning 8-6 on May 22.
Ellet swept Firestone in regular-season softball games with an 11-0 home win on April 23 and a 19-2 road win on May 20.
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