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.
Three baseball teams and one softball team within the Big Time Sports coverage area are seeking state titles during the coming week Jackson, Berlin Hiland and Dalton are trying to bring home state championship hardware on the baseball diamond, while Hoover looks to continue its dynasty by bringing home yet another softball crown.
Everyone at Big Time Sports wishes to congratulate all of the area track and field athletes and coaches who have qualified for the State meet in Columbus on Friday and Saturday. Individual qualifiers from the Big Time Sports coverage area are listed below along with two special advisories from the OHSAA for fans attending the event.