Sports

OSHAA Weekly Football Computer Ratings Released; Rankings For Richland County Teams

20 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

The Ohio High School Athletic Association released its second official weekly football computer ratings Tuesday. The computer ratings are released every Tuesday leading up to the final report on Sunday, Oct. 23, when 448 schools – the top 16 in each region – will qualify for the playoffs.

There are 711 schools in this week’s 11-player football computer ratings. The 72 largest schools are in Division I, while the remaining schools are divided equally in Divisions II through VII (approximately 106 schools in each division).

The top 20 schools in each region are listed below by division and region with record and average points. The football page at OHSAA.org includes an explanation of how the ratings are calculated.

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Bellville, Sports

Plans Announced For Large Sports Complex Near Bellville, News Journal Reports

14 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

There may well be a new economic engine soon along the SR 97 corridor between Lexington and Bellville.

This morning, an announcement was made by the the YMCA of North Central Ohio to build a $12 to $15 million sports complex along I-71.

The facility would be built on land offered by retired industrialist James C. Gorman, the article stated, and the complex could include indoor soccer, basketball, volleyball, and more, as well as facilities for outdoor sports including soccer.

The News Journal article, which has additional details and quotes from area civic leaders and is well worth a read, can be found here.

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Sports

Helpful Hints For Attending OSU Football Games This Fall

29 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse, Special to 1812Blockhouse

Not only is Mansfield a member of The Ohio State University‘s campus communities, but many Richland Countians make the trip down I-71 each fall to watch the Buckeyes play. With this being a special year for Ohio Stadium, the University has shared a list of “helpful hints” to make your game day experience all the more enjoyable.

The start of the 2022 Ohio State football season, and one of the most eagerly anticipated Ohio Stadium home game schedules ever, is only eight days away. No. 2 Ohio State hosts No. 5 Notre Dame at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, in one of the marquee games of the season. ABC will televise to a national audience.

Unlike last year, when new technologies such as mobile ticketing and parking, metal detectors and self-scanning tickets were introduced, there aren’t many changes to game day procedures for 2022. There are certainly tips and protocols to be aware of when in and around the stadium, though. Some of the most important news and notes for fans to know this year include to arrive early.

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Sports

MOESC Now Hiring Substitutes for 2022/2023 School Year

17 Aug , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

As the start of the school year approaches, the need for substitute teachers is great. Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center is looking for substitute teachers to work in a number of area school districts. 

Steve Earnest, Mid-Ohio ESC Executive Director, said substitute teachers play a vital role in the education of our children. “When a substitute teacher can’t be found, schools will often ask full-time teachers to give up their planning hour in order to fill in. This has a negative effect on the teacher’s ability to plan their class effectively, ultimately affecting students as well. Substitute teachers step in and lighten that load while ensuring that each student receives quality instruction while their formal teacher is away.”

HB 583 allows districts the flexibility to use substitute teachers with either an associate degree or high school diploma.

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Sports

Stover Named As OSU Football Captain

14 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

The 2022 Ohio State football season kicks off in three weeks and on Saturday, nine practices into this fall camp, the team’s captains were named following a players vote. Six Buckeyes, led by repeat captain and Block O jersey recipient Kam Babb, will lead the Buckeyes in 2022.

Those captains include fourth-year Buckeye tight end Cade Stover, a graduate of Lexington High School.

In addition to Babb and Stover, the captains from the offensive side of the ball include overall leading vote getter C.J. Stroud.

The captains on defense feature fifth-year defensive lineman Tyler Friday, fourth-year linebacker Tommy Eichenberg and third-year safety Kourt Williams.

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Sports

Mansfield Senior Announces 2022 Football Schedule, Student Section Themes

22 Jul , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

The Mansfield Senior Tygers are currently preparing to undertake the 2022 football season under head coach Chioke Bradley, a schedule which features perennial powerhouses Massillon Washington and North Canton Hoover in games taking place within the friendly confines of Arlin Field.

Here is this year’s lineup of games:

  • August 19 – at Norwalk
  • August 26 – North Canton Hoover
  • September 2 – Massillon Washington
  • Seotember 9 – at West Holmes
  • Seotember 16 – at New Philadelphia
  • September 23 – Lexington
  • September 30 – at Ashland
  • Otober 7 – Wooster
  • October 14 – Mount Vernon
  • October 21 – at Madison

All games will begin at 7 PM.

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Sports

Friday Brings 30th Annual AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days To Mid-Ohio

21 Jul , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Beginning Friday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, motorcyclists from across the country will unite once again for the AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days presented by Royal Enfield, July 22-24.  

This year marks 30 years since the inaugural AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days (VMD). Over the past three decades, the event has become one of the largest annual gatherings worldwide of motorcyclists, enthusiasts, swap meet vendors and collectors. It is all for a great cause serving as a fundraiser for the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Hall of Fame, a non-profit organization located in nearby Pickerington, Ohio, that works to preserve the history and tradition of motorcycling in the United States and features a museum.    

The 2022 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days will honor AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer  and the 1987 AMA Superbike race winner at Mid-Ohio Kevin Schwantz as the event’s grand marshal.

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History & Tourism, Sports

A Mansfield Fourth, 155 Years Ago

4 Jul , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

This story is a favorite of ours, and one which have previously published on Independence Day weekend.

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.”

This is from the weekly Mansfield Herald’s edition on July 3, 1867:

“The Fourth of July tomorrow will not be celebrated in any formal manner in Mansfield. We are sorry to say it, for many other places of less pretensions than our city, have made arrangement for a good old fashioned time. Ashland, Bucyrus, Bellfontaine and other towns have announcements out of what they intend to do, and many of our citizens will not doubt visit one of the other of these places… More…

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Sports

The Honda Indy 200 At Mid-Ohio

28 Jun , 2022  

By Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, 1812Blockhouse

Racing action continues this coming weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with the Honda Indy 200 presented by All-New 2023 Civic Type R.

The event will feature 11 different races from six series, including the weekend headliner NTT INDYCAR SERIES; the Road to Indy development ladder with Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires; Indy Pro 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires and Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship; Porsche Sprint Challenge North America by Yokohama and SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks. Also, on Saturday, July 2, fans and campers can take part in Fourth of July celebrations by enjoying a fireworks display after sunset.

Mid-Ohio is honored to announce current Ohio State tight end and Lexington (OH) High School graduate Cade Stover as honorary grand marshal of next weekend’s Honda Indy 200 Presented by the All-New 2023 Civic Type R on Sunday, July 3.

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Sports

Fan Fest Kicks Off Big Weekend At Mid-Ohio

17 Jun , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The upcoming ARCA Menards Series Dawn 150 race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will kick off a big weekend of racing at the winding 2.258-mile road course located in picturesque Lexington.

The weekend opener, slated for Friday, July 8, will be followed on Saturday by the closing act of the weekend, the O’Reilly Auto Parts 150, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ first-ever race at Mid-Ohio.

Fans are invited to the Menards Fan Fest to kick off the weekend at the Menards store located at 1999 Walker Lake Road in Ontario, Ohio on Thursday, July 7 to get up close and personal with the team transporters, race cars, and the drivers prior to the start of on-track activities. The Fan Fest will take place in the Menards parking lot from 3-6 p.m. ET on July 7, with drivers available for autographs and photos from 4-6 pm. At 7 pm ET, the team transporters will then parade from Menards to the track, with the parade started by Ontario mayor Randy Hutchinson and led by police chief Tommy Hill.

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Sports

Richland County Sportswriters Recognized

14 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Mansfield and Richland County were well represented when the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Contest Award winners were announced on Thursday.

In fact, Richland Source’s Curt Conrad was named the 2021 OPSWA Sportswriter of the Year for Division 1 publications (Division 1 includes publications with over 10,000 daily circulation as well as websites). The Division 2 award was made to another north central Ohioan, Rob McCurdy of the Marion Star.

Other awards won in Division 1 by Richland Countians included:

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Sports

Lexus Grand Prix Opens 61st Season Of Racing At Mid-Ohio

13 May , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The 61st season of racing begins at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend (May 13-15) with a premier sports car racing event under new title sponsor Lexus. The world-class IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship returns to the 2.258-mile, 13-turn permanent road course in Lexington as the Lexus Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio.

The luxury performance automotive company takes on title sponsorship duties for the first time at an IMSA event at a track that holds great significance to the brand. Competing in the GT Daytona (GTD) category, Lexus won three consecutive races from 2018 to 2020 at Mid-Ohio and placed second in class last year.

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Sports

All-New Honda Civic Type R Prototype to Make U.S. Debut At Mid-Ohio

4 May , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Honda’s all-new 2023 Civic Type R prototype will make its U.S. public debut during the July 1-3 Honda Indy 200 NTT INDYCAR SERIES weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington. 

The highly anticipated Civic Type R will be wearing a special camouflage designed exclusively for Type R. In addition, the Civic Type R will serve as the presenting sponsor of the Honda Indy 200 race. The car will make several demonstration hot laps during the weekend, and serve as the lead vehicle at the start of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES race on Sunday, July 3.

The all-new 2023 Honda Civic Type R is already showcasing its trackworthy credentials, having recently set a new track record for a front-wheel drive car at the legendary Suzuka Circuit, home to the Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix. During final performance testing and evaluation, the new Civic Type R lapped the Suzuka’s 3.6-mile figure-8 configuration in 2 minutes 23.120 seconds.

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Sports

Lexus Joins as Title Sponsor of IMSA Sports Car Weekend at Mid-Ohio

13 Apr , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The luxury performance automotive brand Lexus has joined as title sponsor for the season-opening event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, featuring the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, May 13-15. The exciting weekend of world-class sports car racing, which the motorsports facility was built to showcase, will now be named the Lexus Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio.

Lexus has achieved dominating results on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course in Lexington, Ohio since IMSA returned to the North Central Ohio track in 2018. Competing in the GT Daytona (GTD) category of the IMSA WeatherTeach SportsCar Championship, Lexus has won three of its four previous races at Mid-Ohio along with a second-place finish in class last year.

“We’re thrilled to partner together with Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course as the title sponsor of the Lexus Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio,” said Jeff Bal, motorsports manager, Lexus Division.

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History & Tourism, Sports

When Mansfield Welcomed: Baseball’s Greatest Shortstop

24 Mar , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

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.

Not only did Honus Wagner visit here, he lived here for a short time and played ball for part of one season with the Mansfield Kids of the Inter-State League. And, while he played with the Kids, something happened in Mansfield which would change the course of baseball history. More…

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