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Sports Briefing

Columbiana, Leetonia called off

COLUMBIANA — Today’s Leetonia at Columbiana football game has been canceled due to COVID issues in the Leetonia program.

Columbiana coach Bob Spaite said the window to find a replacement opponent was too small and he said he would not play a new opponent on that short of a notice.

The Clippers (1-6) also opted out of the playoffs on Thursday even though it was unlikely the team would qualify. The Ohio High School Athletic Association gave teams until Oct. 1 to opt out of the playoffs without penalty, so the Clippers will likely have to pay a small fine for opting out.

“It’s like $50 and that’s on me,” Spaite said. “Maybe we’ll end up calling the state and complain about the situation, but if we have to pay the $50, we’ll pay it.”

The playoffs are slated to start the weekend of Oct. 29 with the top 16 teams in each region qualifying. Columbiana is currently 22nd in the Div. VI, Region 21 standings.

The Clippers will travel to Lisbon on Oct. 22 before playing at East Palestine on Oct. 29.

Spaite said the Leetonia game will likely be played as a mid-week affair sometime in Week 12.

“We’re working out details now,” Spaite said. “We don’t want to rob our seniors of their last home game.”

Leetonia (1-4) has had three contests canceled due to COVID. The Bears also could not play in Week Three due to Southington canceling its season.

Phillips takes 12th

VIENNA — Former area standouts Hayley Phillips and Taylor Bycroft earned top-15 finishes at the Presidents’ Athletic Conference women’s fall golf championship that wrapped up Thursday.

Thiel College junior Hayley Phillips, a Beaver Local graduate, finished 12th and Geneva College freshman Taylor Bycroft, an East Palestine graduate, tied for 15th during the two-day competition at Avalon at Squaw Creek.

Phillips shot a 95 on Wednesday and an 89 on Thursday for a two-day total of 184, while Bycroft had rounds of 100 and 91 for a 191. Westminster junior Erika Hoover was the medalist (81-78–159).

Westminster leads the team standings with a 679, followed by Thiel and Washington & Jefferson (738), Geneva (747), Grove City (816), St. Vincent (862), Franciscan (906) and Waynesburg (463).

The final 18 holes will be played in April with the combined 54-hole totals determining the PAC team champion.

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