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SPORTS BRIEFING

Harrison’s Mitchell scores 2,000th career point

CLEVELAND — It was a milestone night for Harrison Central senior Kobe Mitchell Saturday.

The Akron-bound standout scored 27 points to give him 2,006 in his career during a 76-54 loss to Olmsted Falls at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, the home of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Mitchell is Harrison Central’s all-time leading scorer and his point total ranks 20th in Ohio Valley Athletic Conference history.

Harrison Central (6-5) is scheduled to host East Liverpool on Feb. 2.

Gleason leaving OAC

TWINSBURG — Tim Gleason, in his 30th year as commissioner of the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC), is set to retire at the end of June. Gleason will join only a handful of full-time commissioners in NCAA history to reach the 30-year milestone of serving a single multi-sport conference.

Gleason has served on 17 NCAA and other national committees, including the Division III Management Council (2005-2009). He was a founding officer (secretary) of the National Association of Division III Athletics Administrators (NADIIIAA). He was chair of the NCAA Honors Committee for three years and also served on the Division III Championships, Interpretations and Legislation, Infractions Appeals, Convention Planning (chair) and Football Committees.

A native of Pittsburgh, Gleason moved to Youngstown in 1959 and graduated from Youngstown Chaney High School in 1973. He is a resident of Mineral Ridge and serves on the Weathersfield Local Board of Education.

Ohio State loses Fields, keeps Olave

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields is forgoing his senior season to enter the NFL draft, while Buckeyes wide receiver Chris Olave is returning for his senior year.

The teammates announced their decisions Monday on Twitter.

Fields, expected to be a first-round pick, said in his lengthy Twitter post that his path to OSU was not direct, but that he couldn’t “have asked for a better final destination.” He went on to thank his family, coaches, support staff and teammates.

“Growing up, my dream was to one day play the game that I love at the highest level. Now thanks to God’s grace and mercy, along with the help of you all, I am in a position to turn that dream into reality,” the 6-foot-3, 228-pound Fields posted.

The 21-year-old Fields was a Heisman Trophy finalist and went 20-2 as a two-year starter at Ohio State. He led the Buckeyes to the College Football Playoff twice, losing to Clemson last season in the semifinals and falling to Alabama in this season’s title game.

Fields’ draft stock surged after he outplayed Trevor Lawrence in this season’s semifinal win over Clemson. With Lawrence all but certain to go to the Jacksonville Jaguars as the No. 1 overall pick, the New York Jets pick second and could make Fields the centerpiece of their rebuild if they decide to move on from Sam Darnold.

After playing his freshman season at Georgia, Fields passed for 5,373 yards and 63 touchdowns with nine interceptions for the Buckeyes. He also rushed for 867 yards and 15 TDs.

Olave was Ohio State’s leading receiver and Fields’ favorite target. The 6-1, 188-pound junior had 50 receptions for 729 yards and seven TDs this season.

Olave thanked his coaches and tweeted, “There are so many great memories but we’re not done yet.”

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More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP–Top25

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