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Southern Ohio Today


     The Ohio Department of Health has determined that cross country is no longer considered a high-impact sport.  Cross country was previously lumped in with football and soccer.


     Meanwhile, the Ohio High School Athletic Association stated it is working to confirm the new classification as a “low-contact sport.”


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Southern Ohio Today


     The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics voted last week to postpone championships for men’s and women’s cross country, women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball until next spring semester.


     The NAIA Council of Presidents (COP) voted to push back the national championships to spring 2021.


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OHSAA makes correct call on fall sports

    Resolve. Determination. Dedication. Perseverance.


    These are some of the traits that keep athletes going. They are what fuels a deep desire to perform and overcome odds on the field of competition.


    And this is what the Ohio High School Athletic Association showed on Friday.

The fall high school sports season will go on as planned.


    “It is important to keep athletic activity moving forward,” Dan Leffingwell, president of the OHSAA Board of Directors and superintendent of the Noble Local Schools in Sarahsville, said in a media release. 


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     Jake Gregg saw the need and made the move.

The Kentucky Class 3A All-District quarterback from Ashland will start workouts on Monday as a Wheelersburg Pirate.


     “I’m just really excited to begin there next week,” Gregg told Southern Ohio Today on Saturday. 


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Southern Ohio Today


     High school athletes are one step closer to having a season.  On Friday, the OHSAA Board of Directors stated the fall season will go forward as planned.


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     Pike County has lost a legend.


     Roger “Gabby” Smith has died after a lengthy bout with health issues. He was 67.


     “He was my uncle, and my mentor and someone I admired so much,” said Brock Brewster, the Superintendent of Western Local School District. “He was my professional mentor and had the most impact on me as anyone I know.”


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     Cameron Phillips is in the eighth grade, but he knows what he wants in life.


     And he has a realistic chance at making his dreams come true.


     He has been playing golf since he was able to walk, and now has his sights set on walking with the big hitters on the game’s toughest courses.


     “That is my goal,” said the left-handed golfer. “To make the PGA Tour.”


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Reyes two-run shot sends Indians past Reds, 4-2

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     CINCINNATI— Shane Bieber overcame two solo home runs to pitch into the eighth inning, Franmil Reyes hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer and the Cleveland Indians snapped a four-game skid with a 4-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.


     Reyes capped the Indians' comeback from a 2-0 deficit with his first homer of the season after hitting 37 with San Diego and Cleveland last year. He went into the game batting .171 but went deep in the eighth inning to right-center field against Nate Jones (0-1) following a leadoff walk by Carlos Santana.


     Cleveland scored more than two runs in a game for the first time in seven games.


     “We're going to be all right,” Reyes said. “We're doing a very good job with the scouting reports. We're about to start getting it. We've had tough days the past couple of days, but we're going to be alright. We have a lot to give this year.”


     The Indians played their third consecutive game without manager Terry Francona, who continues to undergo tests in Cleveland for a gastrointestinal condition. There is no timetable for his return. Sandy Alomar, normally the team’s first base and catching coach, is filling in for Francona.


     The Indians scrounged just three hits but capitalized on six walks and an error.


     They pushed across an unearned run in the seventh against Pedro Strop after Reyes reached on shortstop Freddy Galvis’s error to start the inning. César Hernández beat out an infield chopper to first baseman Joey Votto to drive in the first run. Reyes scored the tying run on José Ramirez's walk.


     “They kept moving the line,” Alomar said. “It's important to do that to put pressure on the defense and the pitching.”


     “Not a lot of hard-hit balls,” Reds manager David Bell said. “Obviously, the two-run homer was well-hit, but the walks hurt us and a couple of plays we typically make.”


     Bieber (3-0) allowed a season-high five hits and two runs in 7 2/3 innings. He walked two with eight strikeouts. James Karinchak struck out Nick Castellanos to finish the eighth, and Brad Hand pitched the ninth for his third save.


     Reds starter Tyler Mahle allowed one hit and two walks with six strikeouts in six innings. He also hit Francisco Lindor with a pitch before retiring the last 10 batters he faced.


     “It was kind of a grind early, and then stuff started coming together, and we started getting quick outs” Mahle said. “All the work we put in, it's starting to show.”


     Bieber’s season-opening streak of 14 consecutive scoreless innings over two games lasted two batters into his 15th frame before Castellanos' drive glanced off the upper part of the black batter’s eye in center field. The homer, Castellanos’s fourth in the last three days, extended his season-opening hitting streak to 11 games.


     Eugenio Suarez, who set the single-season record for home runs by a Venezuela native with 49 last season, powered his first of 2020 to center field on a 1-2 pitch with one out in the fourth inning.


KEEPING IT GOING


     Castellanos extended his season-opening hitting streak to 11 games, Cincinnati’s longest since Hall-of-Famer Barry Larkin hit in his first 12 games of the 1995 season. It’s the longest season-opening streak by a batter to begin his Reds career since D’Angelo Jimenez opened with a 15-game streak in 2003.


TRAINING ROOM


     Indians: OF Tyler Naquin continues to make progress in his recovery from a hairline fracture of his right big toe, but his return isn’t “likely in the next couple of days,” team president Chris Antonelli said Tuesday.


     Reds: 2B Mike Moustakas left the game after five innings with a bruised left quad. ... CF Nick Senzel returned to the starting lineup after being scratched from Monday’s original starting lineup with a sprained left ring finger. He was hurt sliding into second base on Sunday in Detroit.


UP NEXT


     Indians: The Twins roughed up RHP Mike Clevinger (0-1) for six hits and four runs with five walks over four innings in a 4-1 loss on Friday.


     Reds: RHP Tejay Antone will make his first major league start on Wednesday with RHP Luis Castillo (0-1) being pushed back to Thursday, Bell announced after the game.