In an effort to re-emphasize that Friday nights in the fall should be reserved for high school football, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has adopted a resolution that urges schools and teams at the college and professional levels to honor that longstanding tradition and schedule games on other days.
Glenoak graduate Heather Lyke, who has 22 years of athletic administration experience at the collegiate level, was hired the new Athletic Director at the University of Pittsburgh on March 20. Lyke served in that same capacity at Eastern Michigan the past four seasons and becomes the first female AD in Pitt's 106 year history.
Jackson quarterback Jaret Pallotta can rest easy heading into his senior season. As far as his college choice is concerned, that is. Pallotta put the finishing touches on a banner year for Polar Bear athletics by announcing his verbal commitment to play football at the University of Massachusetts. Pallotta will play for head coach Mark Whipple, who is well known for his offensive prowess at both the professional and collegiate levels. Whipple helped Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger capture a Super Bowl in his second professional season.
After years of study and careful consideration, the Ohio High School Athletic Association has decided that Friday is the best night for high school football playoff games. The OHSAA board of directors voted to move Division I playoff games to Friday night for the first time since 1980 last year, and it followed suit by moving all seven divisions to Friday nights in 2017. The only exception to all Friday playoff contests will be state championship games, which will take place November 30 through December 2 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton.