Grid title games

return to Canton

The Ohio High School Athletic Association football state championship games will be played at Fawcett Stadium in Canton in 2017 and 2018 following approval from the OHSAA board of directors at its January meeting last week.

After a 24-year stay in Stark County from 1990-2013, the football state championship games took place at Ohio Stadium in Columbus in 2014-16.

"The last three years in Columbus have been great, and the timing worked out well because Canton and the Pro Football Hall of Fame had major stadium renovations underway at the same time," said OHSAA Commissioner Dan Ross.

The 2017 OHSAA football state championships weekend is Nov. 30 to Dec. 3. The exact dates and times of the games will be finalized this spring. All seven state championship games will be played at Fawcett.

The stadium complex, which is next to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, will include Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village featuring hotels, shopping, a conference center and parking decks.

The world-class stadium and entertainment complex, adjacent to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, is one of nine major components of Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village, a $600 million development project under way to transform the Hall of Fame's campus.

No details for the football state championship games after 2018 have been finalized, but the OHSAA intends to return to Ohio Stadium for the 2019 games.

New pitch count

going into effect

Details for a nationally-mandated pitch count restriction in high school baseball were approved last week by the Ohio High School Athletic Association board of directors.

Last year, the National Federation of State High School Associations informed all states that they were required to have a pitch count limit instead of a regulation based on innings pitched over a certain number of days. Previously in Ohio, a pitcher could pitch up to 10 innings in a three-day span.

The new OHSAA pitch count regulation calls for a maximum of 125 pitches in a day, and contains several other details such as the number of days required between pitching appearances based on the number of pitches thrown.

"Our initial goal was to meet the requirement of the NFHS rule that now requires individual states to create their own pitch count limitations," said Assistant Commissioner Jerry Snodgrass, who is the baseball administrator for the OHSAA.

Here is the number of days between pitching appearances which are now allowed: one to 30 pitches, 0 days; 31 to 50 pitches:, one day; 51 to 75 pitches, two days; and 76 or more pitches, three days.

Volleyball ahead

The winter session of Aurora Parks-Rec open gym adult coed volleyball will run from Feb. 15 to April 12 on Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Harmon School's gym. It is for players age 14 and older. All equipment is provided and a gym supervisor will be present. There is a $5 drop-in fee or all eight sessions are $25.

KSU hoops units

both stand 10-9

Kent State's men's basketball team stood 10-9 overall and 2-4 in the Mid-American Conference heading into this week after losing 82-69 to Buffalo last week and beating Toledo 85-61.

Against Buffalo, Jimmy Hall tallied 24 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, while Deon Edwin added 11 points. Against Toledo, Hall had 27 points and Edwin tallied 23.

Meanwhile, KSU's women stood 10-9 overall and 4-3 in the MAC after beating Western Michigan 71-67 and Toledo 70-60 last week. Against WM, Larissa Lurken had a game-high 26 points and Jordan Korinek added 15. Against Toledo, Korinek had 23 points and Lurken had 22.

The men will host Central Michigan on Jan. 28 at noon and travel to Eastern Michigan on Jan. 31. The women play at Northern Illinois tonight (Jan. 25) and host Bowling Green Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. and Miami on Feb. 1 at 7 p.m.

Basketball update

The Aurora Parks-Rec Department's 2017 travel basketball tournament is coming up Feb. 8-12 for boys and girls teams from fourth to sixth grades.

There will be pool play, followed by single elimination with the top two teams from each pool.

Daily admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children ages 8 to 17 and senior citizens. A tournament wristband for all games costs $7 for adults and $5 for children ages 8 to 17 and seniors. Children age 7 and younger are free.

Meanwhile, Jan. 28 is the last day for recreation boys basketball. Practices for girls recreation basketball begins the week of Jan. 30, with games played Saturdays from Feb. 18 to April 8. Picture day for the girls is Feb. 25.

Baseball signups

Registration for Aurora Baseball League recreational baseball leagues closes Feb. 28 at midnight, with late registration ($50 fee) running through March 15.

Practices begin in early April and the season concludes by July 4.

For details, visit www.aurorabaseballleague.com.

Cavs games listed

The Cleveland Cavaliers host Sacramento tonight (Jan. 25) at 7. Other upcoming games are: Cavs. vs. Nets Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at home; Jan. 29 -- Cavs vs. Oklahoma at 3:30 p.m. at home; Jan. 30 -- at Dalls at 8:30 p.m.; Feb. 1 -- Cavs vs. Timberwolves at 7 p.m. at home.