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State baseball attendance rises

COLUMBUS — The Ohio high school baseball and softball state tournaments — which included Division III state baseball champion South Range and Division II state softball runner-up West Branch — both saw attendance increase this spring.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors reviewed the attendance figures Thursday. The baseball state tournament attendance was 13,962, up from 12,522 in 2017. The softball state tournament attendance was 8,094, up from 7,437 in 2017.

The dual team wrestling state tournament drew 3,491 fans and operated at a loss of $19,733. The individual wrestling state tournament had a paid attendance of 45,400, which was down from 47,758 in 2017.

In swimming, the total paid attendance at the state tournament at Canton’s Branin Natatorium was 8,376, down from 8,508 in 2017.

OHSAA has 817 members

COLUMBUS — The Ohio High School Athletic Association will open the 2018-19 school year with 817 member schools.

The four new schools include Delaware Olentangy Berlin, Willoughby Andrews Osborne Academy, East Dayton Christian and Cincinnati Mercy McAuley (consolidation of McAuley and Mother of Mercy). In addition, Youngstown Chaney has rejoined.

Four schools are no longer OHSAA members, including Canton Heritage Christian, East Richland Christian (St. Clairsville), Mount Gilead Christian, Gahanna Christian.

Canton Charge open tryouts

CANTON – The Canton Charge, who are owned by the Cleveland Cavaliers, will hold a local open tryout from 10 to 4 p.m. Sept. 15 at North Canton Hoover High School.

Participants will showcase their skills through drill work with Charge and Cavs coaches while being evaluated for a potential invitation to the team’s preseason training camp.

Participants can reserve their spot by paying the $100 fee and completing all steps of the registration process on CantonCharge.com.

Cavaliers set preseason games

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Cavaliers will begin preparation for the 2018-19 season with four preseason games, including one at Michigan State University.

The slate of games will feature two home contests at Quicken Loans Arena on Sat., Oct. 6 versus the Boston Celtics and Mon., Oct. 8 versus the Indiana Pacers. The team will hit the road for an away contest at the Boston Celtics’ TD Garden on Tues., Oct. 2.

The preseason opens at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Boston Celtics in TD Garden. The next two games will be at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, vs. the Boston Celtics at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 and the Indiana Pacers at 7 p.m. Oct. 8. The preseason concludes against the Detroit Pistons at Jack Breslin Student Events Center on the campus of Michigan State University.

Last catfish tournament

CHESTER, W.Va. — The Chester-Newell Sportsmen Club is having its last catfish tournament for the season starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday and ending a.m. Sunday. All fish must be measured for length by 7 a.m. Sunday at Chester City Park marina. Cost is $10 per fisherman. Sign up at Chaney’s Sunoco in Chester.

‘Women on Target’ class

CHESTER, W.Va. — The Chester-Newell Sportsmen Club will hold a ‘Women on Target’ class on Aug. 18 for those women interested in learning how to use a handgun. Cost is $35 and includes lunch, T-shirt and all ammo. Call or text Tammy West at (304) 218-9534 to register.

Kids fishing tournament

CHESTER, W.Va. — The Chester-Newell Sportsmen Club will hold a free kids fishing tournament for those 3 to 15 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 18 at the club lake. Prizes, hot dogs and drinks will be provided.

Archery shoot on tap

CHESTER, W.Va. — A 3D animal archery shoot will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 26 at the club grounds. Cost is $10 per shooter. Kids 10 and under shoot free. Kitchen will be open.

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