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OHSAA: Separate public, private tournaments won't happen

Published: Fri, March 22, 2013 @ 3:01 p.m.

COLUMBUS — The planned vote on separating public and private high schools in state playoffs is dead.

The Ohio High Athletic Association called off the referendum, which was scheduled for early May.

Ohio schools instead will vote on a new competitive-balance referendum in May.

The separate playoff referendum resulted from a petition submitted in November to the OHSAA by Dave Rice, the superintendent of the Wooster Triway Schools. Rice reportedly agreed on Friday to pull that referendum in favor of a new competitive-balance proposal.

A news conference is expected Columbus this afternoon to discuss today’s developments.

Visit Vindy.com later or read Saturday’s Vindicator print edition for a complete report on today’s referendum changes, along with reaction from local officials.


1gdog4766(1489 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Man, did Mooney and Ursline dodge a bullet. Could you imagine if they had to play teams that got their players from a large city or municipality. I mean Mooney in football would play schools like South Range in the playoffs. That's Mooney who recruits (a polite way of saying steal) their players from Ytown, Boardman, Poland, Canfield, Struthers, New Middletown, Springfield, North Lima, Lowellville and other surrounding communities. And where does South Range get their kids. South range school district that's it. Yeah it's a level playing field. Playing football against these private schools is like playing poker against someone who has taken all the face cards out of the deck beforehand. It's just not fair.

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2mick(15 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

get a life dont you people realize public schools recruit also and how about open enrollment another way for public schools to recruit

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