Ontario, Sports

The Woodsman Disc Golf Course Ups Its Game

15 May , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

On Friday, officials were on hand for a ribbon cutting at The Woodsman Disc Golf Court in Ontario’s Marshall Park.

Over the last several weeks, concrete pads, sponsored signs, landscaping, and more have been added to the part, already considered one of the best in the state.

The course was launched in 2016 and is known for its challenging nature as it sits in a heavily wooded area. One hole is actually fifteen feet high and is positioned between two trees. More…

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History & Tourism, Sports

A Mansfield Fourth, 150 Years Ago

3 Apr , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

As we promised this past weekend in our post featuring Mansfielder Harold Arlin, Play Ball! Mansfield’s Baseball Broadcasting Pioneer, we are celebrating the start of baseball season this week with three stories from our files involving the game. Here is the third of those posts.

This story is a favorite of ours, and one which have published twice on the Fourth of July.

A century and a half ago, local media writers were bemoaning the lack of activities scheduled in Mansfield to celebrate Independence Day, with one exception: a “Base Ball” game between the “fats” and the “lanks.” More…

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History & Tourism, Sports

When Mansfield Welcomed: Baseball’s Greatest Shortstop

31 Mar , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

We continue our series of baseball stories this week in celebration of Opening Day week for many MLB teams. Cleveland launches its 2021 season on Thursday, traveling to the Motor City to play the Detroit Tigers.

It would be difficult to overestimate the storied reputation of Honus Wagner in the world of professional baseball. Over 100 years after winning his eighth and final batting title – a National League record which remains in place to this day – Wagner is also well-known for the record prices set by the sale of his baseball cards. He was also, for a short time, a Mansfielder. More…

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History & Tourism, Sports

Play Ball! Mansfield’s Baseball Broadcasting Pioneer

28 Mar , 2021  

Publisher’s Note: This story was published back in 2017, and is being reposted today to celebrate the arrival of the Major League Baseball season this week. We’ll be posting two additional local baseball-related stories this week.

The 2021 season of “America’s Favorite Pastime” is almost here. What better time to share the story of a key figure in radio broadcasting history – and particularly baseball broadcasting — who made Mansfield his home?

Harold Wampler Arlin was born in 1895 in the small town of La Harpe, Illinois.

He was a true media pioneer, being in the “right place at the right time.” In November 1920, what is arguably America’s first radio station went on the air, Pittsburgh’s KDKA. Among its first employees was its first and radio’s first full time announcer, Harold Arlin. More…

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All About Richland, Sports

A Great Season For Walleye Fishing Is Almost Here

22 Mar , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Attention, Richland County fishermen and women!

Thanks to a legendary run of strong walleye hatches dating back to 2015 and accelerating in 2018, there are plenty of fish in Lake Erie for anglers to catch this spring, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

“Ohio’s portion of Lake Erie, better known as ‘The Walleye Capital of the World’, is one of the most productive freshwater fisheries in the world,” said Travis Hartman, Lake Erie Fisheries Program Administrator for the Division of Wildlife. “Anglers will find plenty of keeper-sized walleye, measuring at least 15 inches long, from the 2014 to 2019 hatches. Many of the 2-year-old fish will reach the minimum length by the end of the 2021 summer.” More…

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Shelby, Sports

Shelby Schools Shares A Peek At New Athletic Complex

19 Mar , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

In a tweet and Facebook page post on Thursday evening, Shelby City Schools shared an artists view of the planned athletic complex (see below), together with the following:

“After many, many months of research, meetings, discussions and planning, the Shelby City School District (SCSD) is moving forward with the financing of a new, $4 million dollar athletic complex that will be located at the site of the present-day track facility.” – Superintendent Tim Tarvin More…

Sports

Ticket Sales Dates Announced For 60th Season at Mid-Ohio

17 Mar , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The 60th season of racing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will feature its five traditional events in 2021. The legendary road course in Lexington will showcase some of the premier series in all of motorsports for fans as it returns to a full slate of racing starting in May.

On Tuesday, March 23, the renewal period begins for Mid-Ohio Season Race Pass and Season Motorhome spaces for 2020 customers. Then, on Tuesday, April 6, event tickets will go on sale at advance pricing at a savings before standard pricing begins on Tuesday, April 27. Renewal customers on file will be notified directly with further details. More…

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Sports

Snow Trails Open For 60th Anniversary Season

19 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Bockhouse

Ohio’s premier ski resort opened on Friday after snowfall, cold temperatures, and snowmaking combined to make it possible.

Snow Tails is open for skiing and snowboarding, as the Tweeted video announcement below shared . The slopes will be open this weekend from 9 AM to 9 PM both days.

The folks at Snow Trails remind guests that safety and good times is their number one priority. They are asking everyone to be courteous and to allow space for each other indoors and outdoors, to wear face coverings, and to follow their Safe Season Plans related to COVID-19 mandates and limits on capacities. More…

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Sports

Update: Opening Day Still Up In The Air, But May Be Coming Soon

15 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

There’s something in the air — in addition to the cold temperatures, that is — that suggests that the Opening Date for Snow Trail’s magic 60th anniversary season will be here soon.

The ski resort’s Snow Report, issued on Monday evening, describes what goes into the determination of when to open. “Snowmaking resumed today at 1PM and will run through the night! Thankful to see the forecast allow for snowmaking to continue nightly this week! Some temps are forecasted to be marginal with high humidity, so we can’t make a determination on Opening Day just yet. To build the base of snow needed we look for multiple productive nights of snowmaking at or below 29F and 60% Relative Humidity, otherwise production can be limited.” More…

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Sports

Beat Michigan Week: How Buckeye Football Began

7 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s Beat Michigan Week for those who bleed scarlet and gray – and as Mansfield is a component part of the OSU network of campuses, that certainly includes us.

The annual contest is set for this coming Saturday at noon at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. A 30 point favorite, the Buckeyes’ current win streak stands at eight games.

To kick things off this week, we thought that we would share a bit about how football began at The Ohio State University. Some time ago, we shared a story on our sister publication, 1808Delaware, about the very first OSU game — played not in Columbus, but on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware. We’re happy to share it today with 1812Blockhouse readers.


The storied football history of The Ohio State University started right here in Delaware County. Here are details about the school’s first football contest, hosted by the Battling Bishops of Ohio Wesleyan University.

  • Date: May 3, 1890
  • Final Score: OSU 20, OWU 14
  • Attendance: 700
  • Where played: A site near the sulfur spring and the Delaware Run and north of the historical marker, not far from Selby Stadium. Spectators sat on the hill. The games were later moved as the ball kept falling into the river.
  • Touchdowns scored by each team: OSU – 4, OWU – 3 (each counted for 4 points)
  • Extra points scored by each team: OSU – 2, OWU – 1 (each counted for 2 points)
  • Time OSU left Columbus — 6:00 AM
  • Time OSU arrived in Delaware — 6:45 AM
  • Time game began — 9:03 AM
  • Weather — Cool temperatures, drizzling rain
  • Scored first touchdown in OSU football history — Quarterback Joseph “Jo Jo” Large. Large had actually previously attended Ohio Wesleyan. He passed away in 1908 and is buried in Whigville, Noble County.
  • Uniforms — OSU wore gray shirts with “OSU” in scarlet letters, gray pants, scarlet stockings
  • Other rules differences in 1890:
    • Players did not wear pads or helmets
    • No forward passes
    • Extra point kicks were attempted from the spot where the touchdown was scored
  • OSU record in 1890 — 1-4

Other facts — This was the only game OSU played that spring, and the team did not yet have a coach; a coach was obtained before the fall schedule of games. The right tackle for OSU was Herbert Johnston, inventor of the electric mixer. OWU played club football as far back as 1875; the faculty forced its termination until 1890.

Historic marker dedicated on the site where the game was played — May 3, 2008. At the dedication ceremony, two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin shared, ““I doubt on May 3, 1890, the participants on the Ohio State-Ohio Wesleyan football game could have realized that they were setting in motion something that would produce what we see today.”

Sources: Eleven Warriors, 247Sports.com, The Lantern, Wikipedia

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Sports

Super Congrats, Lady Rams Soccer!

14 Nov , 2020  

A big 1812Blockhouse shout-out this evening to the Madison Lady Rams Soccer team, which won the Division II state championship today at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus. Madison defeated Granville, 2-1.

Sports

OSU 2020 Football Schedule Announced

21 Sep , 2020  

It’s a subject of great interest to many Richland Countians.

The Ohio State Buckeyes will now kick off their eight-game regular season on Oct. 24 with a home game at Ohio Stadium against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Big Ten Conference released its new 2020 fall football schedule on Saturday, Sept. 19.

The Big Ten’s 2020 football campaign of games had previously been modified to reflect conference-only games on Aug. 5, and then was postponed entirely by the league on Aug. 11 because of uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

A return to competition was announced by the Big Ten on Sept. 16. More…

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Sports

Some Spectators Will Be Welcome At The Acura Sports Car Challenge

18 Sep , 2020  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

After working closely with the Ohio Governor’s office and local health officials, IMSA and Green Savoree Racing Promotions have announced today that the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course set for next weekend, September 25-27, will be open to a limited number of spectators. Those who attend must adhere to necessary health and safety protocols for COVID-19.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s administration approved earlier today a variance to the Ohio Department of Health Director’s Order for sports for a total up to 6,000 spectators to attend. Currently purchased event tickets and Mid-Ohio Season Race Passes will be valid for entry. More…

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Sports

Herta Takes Honda Indy 200 Race 2

14 Sep , 2020  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

After a challenging 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season, Andretti Autosport finally broke through to Victory Circle in dominating fashion as Colton Herta scored his third career win in Race 2 of the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio doubleheader Sunday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

NTT P1 Award winner Herta led an Andretti Autosport sweep of the podium in the No. 88 Capstone Turbine #ShiftToGreen Honda, beating teammate Alexander Rossi in the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS / AutoNation Honda to the finish line by 1.3826 seconds. Fellow Andretti driver Ryan Hunter-Reay finished third in the No. 28 DHL Honda, 2.4965 seconds behind Herta.

Rounding out the top five behind the Andretti trio were Ohio native Graham Rahal in the No. 15 Fifth Third Bank Honda and Marcus Ericsson in the No. 8 Huski Chocolate Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. More…

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Sports

Honda Indy 200 This Weekend At Mid-Ohio

10 Sep , 2020  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

After working with the Ohio Governor’s office and local health officials to confirm a reschedule date, INDYCAR and Green Savoree Racing Promotions have released the details and protocols for limited spectator attendance at The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course set for this weekend, September 11-13.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced today that a variance to the Ohio Department of Health Director’s Order has been granted for a total up to 6,000 spectators to attend. Currently purchased event tickets and Mid-Ohio Season Race Passes will be valid for entry. A very limited number of tickets remain for sale at midohio.com on a first come, first serve basis. No tickets will be available for purchase at the gate during the race weekend. More…

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