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SPORTSBRIEFING

Beavers set football schedule

CALCUTTA — Beaver Local will open its football schedule at rival East Liverpool on Aug. 28.

The restructured schedule will see the Beavers on the road for the first two weeks and home games against Indian Creek, Minerva and Bellaire.

All games are slated for 7 p.m. starts.

Aug. 28 at East Liverpool

Sept. 4 at Barnesville

Sept. 11 INDIAN CREEK

Sept. 18 MINERVA

Sept. 25 at Edison

Oct. 2 BELLAIRE

Disc golf event canceled

LISBON — The Scenic Vista Challenge disc golf tournament scheduled for Sept. 5 has been canceled. The event was originally scheduled for May 30 but was postponed due to the pandemic. The Columbiana County Park District Board of Commissioners decided that due to uncertainties surrounding social gatherings that it would not hold the tournament this year. It is hoped that the event will be held again in spring 2021.

No fall sports at YSU

The Horizon League, which includes Youngstown State University, has joined the list of conferences postponing all fall sports competition due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The decision impacts men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, and volleyball. It also impacts women’s golf, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, spring sports that also have preseason competitions in the fall.

The Horizon League’s board of directors and council will decide later whether fall sports competition can take place in the spring instead. Individual league members will make decisions on training, practice and recruiting in accordance with NCAA regulations, as well as state and local guidelines.

WVSSAC makes plans

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission will base fall sports decisions on the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources COVID colored-coded map.

WVSSAC said it will release a similar map using the colors red, orange, yellow and green to determine whether it will be safe to practice or play in a respective county.

The WVSSAC was still working on specific details about the map.

WVSSAC Executive Director Bernie Dolan said on Wednesday that he expects tickets will be pre-sold and that crowds are expected to be small.

Governor won’t budge

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf said Thursday he has no plans to change his position that school sports should be canceled until 2021.

Wolf’s administration issued a “strong recommendation” last week that scholastic and recreational youth sports be put off until January to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, the governing body for school sports, is making the case that fall sports can proceed safely. The PIAA, which had intended the resumption of school sports until Wolf’s announcement cast doubt on the plan, has asked for a meeting with the governor or his staff to present options for sports.

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