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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Sports

DeWine Announces Attendance Limits For Browns, Bengals Home Games

6 Sep , 2020  

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced on Saturday that the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals have been granted a variance to the state sports order that will allow a total of up to 6000 spectators at two home games.

The variances allow no more than 1500 spectators in each side of the stadium. Fans must use the designated entrance for their ticket. In addition, all fans must wear a mask in accordance with state regulations. Games included in the variance include: More…

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History & Tourism, Sports

When Mansfield Welcomed: Baseball’s Greatest Shortstop

5 Sep , 2020  

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. More…

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Sports

DeWine OKs Fall Football

19 Aug , 2020  

By Mahoning Matters Staff

Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday contact and non-contact sports at all levels may continue for the fall and spring seasons, under new state guidelines expected to be issued tomorrow.

DeWine said during a Tuesday briefing on the state’s coronavirus response the guidelines hold “no big surprises.” But the success of the incoming sports seasons will hinge on local communities’ ability to contain the spread of coronavirus by sticking to health guidelines.

The order would limit sporting event spectators to family and close relations of the athletes, band members, drill teams or other participants, he said. More…

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Sports

Have Disc, Will Golf

18 Aug , 2020  

We’re all looking for something to get us out of the house these days. If you’re looking for a physical activity that involves time outside and a bit of skill and competition, visit a Richland County Disc Golf course. Disc Golf has been growing in popularity throughout the United States. It’s a great lifetime sport and the perfect healthy activity for the whole family! It’s easy to learn and accessible to all ages.

Disc Golf is played in a similar way to golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, players throw discs at a disc golf basket and attempt to complete each hole in the fewest number of throws. Starting from a tee area, players progress through a fairway, finishing when they land the disc in the hole. The hole can be any target, but most often it’s an elevated metal basket. More…

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Sports

Tyger Practices Stop Pending Test Results

17 Aug , 2020  

1812Blockhouse will have updates on this story as they are received.

Sports

MOAC Sets 2020 Schedule; Michigan Moves Football To Spring

15 Aug , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

With recent updates from the Ohio High School Athletic Association related to fall sports, the Mid Ohio Athletic Association (MOAC), which includes three Richland County high schools, has set a tentative, six game schedule for 2020.

Recent statements from Governor Mike DeWine suggest that football and other fall contact sports might be allowed. His comments also revealed that spectators may be limited to parents and close family members.

Should area high schools be given the green light, the first week of play would begin on Friday, August 28. Two MOAC games would include Richland County schools: More…

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