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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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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All About Richland

Mansfield’s Iditarod Racer’s Wedding Covered By The New York Times

30 Aug , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

In a piece published on Friday entitled, “You, Me, and 53 Dogs,” the venerable New York Times brought to life a most unique wedding.

The groom is a Mansfielder and OSU Mansfield alum who is a veteran of multiple Iditarod races, Matthew Failor. The bride was a reporter covering one of those events, Liz Raines.

According to the Times article, the groom was accompanied by his “best dog,” Shaun White. More…

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Two Conferences With Ohio Schools Announce Conference Only Fall Sports Seasons

10 Jul , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse

Two collegiate conferences announced on Thursday that fall sports competition will feature only conference games — if those games are allowed to proceed.

The Big Ten and the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC), while representing institutions of substantially different sizes, issued statements which reflected many of the same observations and conclusions.

In part, the Big Ten statement shared the following: More…

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History & Tourism, Sports

A Mansfield Fourth, 150 Years Ago

4 Jul , 2020  

Note: We first shared this story on our first Fourth of July holiday. It’s so fun, we’re keeping up the tradition this year.

By: 1812Blockhouse

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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Robo-umps Are Coming To Major League Baseball

11 Jun , 2020  

Publisher’s Note: Through our new affiliation with LION Publishers, we have also become licensed to share content from the Associated Press’ new Report for America journalists. Ohio is one of 17 states where a reporter has been assigned to boost statewide coverage on important and timely issues. While this article is not from such a reporter, it was obtained through our new interface with the Associated Press. We hope that this new coverage addition will be informative for our readers.

By: Rayvon Fouché, Purdue University

(THE CONVERSATION) The Houston Astros’ use of cameras to steal signs and conceivably cheat to win the World Series has driven many recent conversations about the place and meaning of technology in sports. The Major League Baseball season is on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, but this has only delayed the league addressing the controversy of using technology within the game. More…


All About Richland, Sports

Ohio House Passes Sports Betting Bill

1 Jun , 2020  

By: Jake Zuckerman, Ohio Capital Journal

The Ohio House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that would allow Ohioans to place bets on sports.

The bill passed 83-10. It now heads to the Ohio Senate, which has been working on a similar proposal with a different regulatory body and lower tax rate.

The House bill would give oversight responsibilities to the state Lottery, while the Senate bill gives oversight to the Ohio Casino Control Commission. More…

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Schools, Sports

OHSAA Clarifies Lifting Of No-Contact Period For Six Sports, Report Shares

17 May , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff

It’s time to play ball! Well, maybe.

On Saturday, the Toledo Blade reported that the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) is lifting its no-contact period for baseball, golf, softball, swimming and diving, track and field, and tennis, while spring sports seasons remain cancelled.

This will be effective on May 26.

In a letter sent on Friday evening, OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass attempted to clarify the situation caused with several announcements from Columbus and previous OHSAA statements. More…

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Schools, Sports

Mansfield Senior Runner Signs To Run At OU

20 Apr , 2018  

Alaya Grose made it official this week: She will enroll at Ohio University to run track for the Bobcats.

The Tyger track star, who will receive a full-ride scholarship, signed her letter of intent to attend OU during a ceremony on the Mansfield Senior High auditorium stage. More…


Schools, Sports

Tygers Receive Post Season Honors

20 Nov , 2017  

Tyger football standout Jornell Manns, the Ohio Cardinal Conference Offensive Player of the Year, leads a number of Mansfield Senior High fall sports athletes who have earned OCC and district post-season honors.

Manns led the Tygers to an 8-3 record and a share of the conference title, scoring 37 touchdowns while accumulating nearly 2,000 yards of total offense. He has committed to the University of Minnesota. More…


Schools, Sports

Richland Schools Change Divisions

8 Apr , 2017  

In a continuing attempt to bring competitive balance to high school sports, the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OSHAA) announced changes this week to divisional playoff classifications. Gone is the traditional model which included only enrollment as a factor; other factors come into play.

Of the 718 schools that play football in Ohio, 75 schools moved up to a higher division due to competitive balance and/or a higher base enrollment number. More…