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EOAC football champions

Due to the uncertainty of being able to successfully schedule the seventh league games, the Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference has decided the football league champion will be based on the first six league games.

Therefore, Leetonia, Southern and United will share the EOAC championship with 5-1 records.

Cross country back to one day

COLUMBUS — The cross country tournaments will look a lot more traditional after all.

The Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches petitioned the state health department to change the variance of runners allowed per race from 150 to 186 for the district, regional and state tournaments.

The variance was approved on Oct. 11, so now all district, regional and state meets will be held on one day with one race per gender for each division. Previously it had been announced that the cross country postseason events would be run over two days.

Districts will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24. Regionals are set for Oct. 31 and the state meet is Nov. 7 at Fortress Obetz Sports Complex.

Rebels focused on playoff run

COLUMBIANA — With a bit of a disjointed regular season, the Crestview Rebels have been focused on the playoffs.

Saturday night, on their home field, the sixth-seeded Rebels blasted the Southeast Pirates 33-0 to advance in the OHSAA Division V, Region 17 playoffs.

“The hardest thing was having a week off, playing, and then having another week off,” Rebels coach Paul Cusick explained. “That was tough going through two weeks of practice trying to do different things in practice and keep them fresh. We had to make some adjustments, and I think we did the right things. I think having a senior group helps you get through those kinds of things.”

Warrior 35th at state golf

COLUMBUS — West Branch senior Aiden Wiesemann stayed consistent during his second round at the Div. II boys state golf tournament on Saturday at Ohio State University’s Scarlet Course.

Wiesemann fired an 84 on Saturday to finish with a 27-over-par 169 for his two rounds. He finished 35th.

Wiesemann had one birdie, six pars, eight bogeys and three double bogeys in his second round.

Stephen Ma of Gahanna Columbus Academy won the individual title with a 2-over-par 144. Gahanna Columbus Academy also won the team title with a 47-over-par 615.

Carrollton finished ninth with a 696 for the two rounds.

Luke Nord of Poland was 63rd with a 43-over-par 185 over two rounds.

Logano wins to clinch spot in finals

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Joey Logano spent the final 40-plus laps at Kansas Speedway keeping an eye on Kevin Harvick in his rear-view mirror.

Now, he can look ahead to the NASCAR Cup Series finale at Phoenix.

Using every bit of the track Sunday to hold off the winningest driver this season, Logano took the checkered flag on a cold, blustery Sunday to secure a spot in the championship round of the playoffs. Harvick was followed across by Alex Bowman and Brad Keselowski as postseason contenders swept the top four spots in the opener of the round of eight.

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