OHSAA Updates and Precautions as Fall Sports Begin

Media regulations, Board of Directors, academic requirements and divisional breakdowns also covered….

COLUMBUS, Ohio – With practices for all fall sports beginning this Sunday, August 1 and the season kicking off later that month, the Ohio High School Athletic Association has sent updates and reminders to it 817 member high schools and 747 member 7th and 8th grade schools.


In addition to the items in this release, the OHSAA’s memo to member schools on July 23 included information about upcoming meetings and other reminders. The July 23 memo is posted at: https://ohsaaweb.blob.core.windows.net/files/BulletinBoard/20210723AdministratorUpdate.pdf


Key dates for all 26 OHSAA sanctioned sports are posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/Calendar


Heat Precautions

School administrators and coaches are asked to review the heat acclimatization and exertional heat illness prevention section in the OHSAA Handbook prior to any interscholastic practices. The section is on pages 81 and 82 and can be found at https://ohsaaweb.blob.core.windows.net/files/SchoolResources/Handbook.pdf. The sport of football has a five-day required acclimatization period and cross country has a 10-day required acclimatization period. All athletes joining the team at any point of the season also must participate in the sport-specific acclimatization period prior to any contact drills (football) or competition (cross country). Visit the sports medicine section of the OHSAA website for additional resources at: https://www.ohsaa.org/medicine.


COVID-19 Update

The Ohio Department of Health released newly revised guidance for K-12 schools on Tuesday, July 27, with some information related to interscholastic sports. Although Ohio lifted most statewide pandemic-related health orders on June 2, 2021, the risk is still there for illness from COVID-19. The OHSAA and ODH urge the membership to continue to follow safe protocols to protect everyone, especially those individuals who are not fully vaccinated. There are currently no mandates regarding vaccinations and social distancing, and the only mandate on masks is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requirement that masks be worn while using public transportation, which includes school busses. It is highly recommended that coaches and student-athletes who are eligible for vaccinations to be vaccinated and it is highly recommended that those who are unvaccinated maintain social distancing and wear masks in indoor facilities and in outdoor facilities where there are crowded situations.

    The OHSAA’s complete school memo from July 27 is posted at: https://ohsaaweb.blob.core.windows.net/files/BulletinBoard/20210727AdministratorUpdate.pdf


2021-22 Media Regulations

The 2021-22 OHSAA Media Regulations have been approved by the Board of Directors. Similar to last year, for all regular-season events, including all sports and all days of the week, the host school controls all media access and broadcasting permissions, including live video. The OHSAA asks host schools to accommodate the broadcast requests for the visiting school.


For OHSAA postseason tournament contests, Spectrum has exclusive access for live video (TV and streaming) at selected football playoff games, along with the girls and boys basketball state tournaments. The NFHS Network also has exclusive access for live video streaming at selected tournament contests in several sports. If the NFHS Network is covering a contest, delayed video is still permitted with payment of a rights fee. If neither Spectrum nor the NFHS Network is covering a contest, live video is permitted for some contests with payment of a rights fee. The Board will approve the postseason broadcast rates in August. Media shall contact Tim Stried for details.


2021-22 OHSAA Board of Directors

The OHSAA would like to thank all school administrators who are serving on District Athletic Boards. The following administrators will serve as the 2021-22 OHSAA Board of Directors:

Scott Kaufman, Board President; Athletic Director/Assistant Principal, Lakota West High School (Class AAA Representative-Board of Directors thru 2022)

Steve Watkins, Board Vice President; Principal, Dalton Middle School (7th-8th Grade Representative-Board of Directors thru 2022)

Bo Arnett, Dean of Students/Athletic Director, Waverly High School (Class AAA Representative-Board of Directors thru 2024)

Ryan Fitzgerald, Athletic Director, Hamilton Twp High School (Class AA Representative-Board of Directors thru 2022)

Gina Franks, Director of Student Services, Dover High School (Female Representative-Board of Directors thru 2024)

Gary Kreinbrink, Athletic Director, Leipsic High School (Class A Representative-Board of Directors thru 2022)

Dr. William R. Nye, Jr., Superintendent, Grand Valley Local Schools (Class A Representative-Board of Directors thru 2024)

Jeff Wheeler, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director, Meadowbrook High School/Middle School (Class AA Representative-Board of Directors thru 2024)

TBA – Ethic Minority Representative-Board of Directors thru 2022)

Glen Gillespie, (ex-officio, Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association)

Dr. John Richard, Deputy State Superintendent, Ohio Department of Education (ex-officio, State Department of Education Representative)


Academic Eligibility Reminder

A reminder that for the first grading period of the 2021-22 school year, the OHSAA has suspended the academic requirement that student-athletes must have passed five one-credit courses (or four classes at the 7th/8th grade level) in the final grading period of the 2020-21 school year. Therefore, all student-athletes are eligible with respect to their OHSAA scholarship eligibility, for the first grading period of the 2021-22, unless a school chooses to enforce its own scholarship standard.


However, the OHSAA’s academic requirement will be back in use for the second grading period. That means that fall and winter student-athletes need to be certain they pass at least five one-credit courses at the high school level or four classes at the 7th-8th grade level.


Divisional Breakdowns Remain the Same for 2021-22

Per action by the OHSAA Board of Directors, the 2020-21 enrollment data and tournament divisions will be utilized again in the 2021-22 school year. With some schools not offering sports along with many students transferring to non- traditional learning modules last fall due to COVID-19, the Executive Director’s Office deliberated on how to handle enrollment data, since October 2020 is when the OHSAA traditionally would have received that data (EMIS) from the Ohio Department of Education for use in tournament representation, tournament division breakdowns and classifications for OHSAA District Athletic Board elections. While understanding many schools had various unique enrollment situations this year, it was determined that utilizing the same data for a third and final year was the fairest for all OHSAA member schools since any new data collected would likely be severely skewed and/or an unreliable representation. Constitution Article 6-1-9 allowed the Executive Director’s Office to make this change, and it was subsequently approved by the Board.


Fall Sports (Official Practice Begins August 1)

The starting date for coaching for all 2021 OHSAA fall sports is Sunday, August 1. Each school/school district shall determine if they choose to start on that date or later. As a reminder, at the January 14, 2021, OHSAA Board of Directors Meeting, a recommendation was approved that permits schools to complete the first two days of the football acclimatization period in July. During that time, a helmet is the only equipment that may be worn.

Golf: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/golf

Girls Tennis: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/girlstennis

Field Hockey: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/fh

Cross Country: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/cc

Volleyball: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/volleyball

Soccer: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/soccer

Football: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/football


NB Board of Education Meets for July

More positions filled with new hires…

By Sue Miklovic, www.theNBXpress.com

The North Baltimore Board of Education met on July 27, 2021 at 2012 Tiger Drive for their July meeting. Board member Jaimye Bushey was absent.

The meeting was mostly filled with back -to-school-updates, including hiring of several new employees.

Superintendent Ryan Delaney said interviewing was finally finished as of last Friday, and “It was exhausting this year”. The District had more than a normal number of openings this year.
He also reported:
– Kindergarten registration numbers are in the high 50s
-All school supplies for the elementary school are being donated again by National Beef
-The new school playground equipment is “Guaranteed to be in place before the first day of school”
-Masks are optional for students (Editors note: this meeting was held Tuesday,7/27/21, before the CDC updated their recommendations for masks on Wednesday, 7/28/21-stay tuned for updates)

District Treasurer Steven Stewart reported $11.8M in appropriations for fiscal school year 22. He also shared that $7M is in the Star account(investment)and the district is “Still in the black. This looks real good”

Mrs. Semancik, Powell Elementary principal was in attendance at the meeting, even though it is Summer Break for our principals.

Here are some actions of interest taken during the meeting:

The Board accepted resignations from: Zach Walls, elementary PE Teacher; Martin Zamudio, Spanish Teacher; Holli Satler, elementary Counselor; Maggie Seeger, Intervention Specialist;

The Board approved a one-year unpaid, sabbatical leave of absence to Erika Miklovic, elementary Art.

The Board hired: Makayla Rein, Intervention Specialist; Emily Jones, Intervention Specialist; Lauren Rohrs, elementary PE; Allison Flick, half-time Spanish teacher; Crystal Borchert, elementary Art teacher; and Trina Hagemyer, elementary Counselor;

New to NBLS: Emily Jones, Allison Flick, Lauren Rohrs, Makayla Rein


The Board approved an agreement with the Wood County Educational Service Center for On-site Prevention Specialist for the 2021-2022 school year.

New to NBLS DIstrict: Trina Hagemyer, elementary Counselor; Lauren Rohrs-Powell PE

Many athletic related supplemental contracts were approved.

A three year Administrative contract was approved for Chad Kiser, MS/HS Principal, 8/1/2022-7/31/2025

A five year Administrative contract was approved for Steven Stewart, Treasurer, 8/1/2022-7/31/2027

A five year Administrative contract was approved for Steven Stewart, as Assistant Superintendent, 8/1/2022-7/31/2027 at no additional cost to the Board.

Accepted the resignation of Ryan Delaney, submitted for the purposes of initiating earned retirement benefits, effective at the end of the work day on May 31, 2022.

Approved a contract to employ Ryan Delaney as Superintendent on 8/1/2022-7/31/2027.

Approved Jeremy Sharninghouse as Delegate, and Tami Thomas as Alternate, to the Ohio School Boards Association for the 2021 OSBA Business meeting.

Approved the graduation date for School year 2022 to Sunday, May 22,at 2:00pm
The Board moved into Executive Session, with no further action expected


BACK TO SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE-POWELL AND MS/HS-Monday, August 16th from 5:00pm-7:00pm

TEACHER IN-SERVICE DAY- Tuesday, August 17










Diploma in Hand

Post-high school guidance from online school graduates….

(Family Features) Before a global pandemic reshaped education across America, many students followed the “expected” path: complete primary education, earn a high school diploma and transition into a career or further learning.

Now, after an unexpected year (or more) of online learning, many students are embracing more nontraditional routes for their education and considering new options for life after high school graduation.

A valuable first step for high schoolers is envisioning the future they want.

“Looking at different avenues and taking an interest inventory really help with the exploration process,” said Morgan Champion, head of counseling for Pearson Virtual Schools. “I recommend completing a career cluster interest survey, which are widely available online for free, to give guidance on which types of careers align to your interests and skills, such as a service-related or scientific field.”

Next, consider these choices and tips for preparing for life after high school from alums of fully online K-12 schools Connections Academy and Reach Cyber Charter School.

Keep Options Open for Different Paths

Beyond the traditional four-year college degree, there are many ways students can progress toward a long-term goal or successful career. Community or two-year college is an option for some because it’s often closer to home and tuition can be more affordable. Others enroll in a trade school or secure suitable jobs and step directly into the workforce. Some graduates enlist for military service while others take some time off to figure out their next step before making a move.

Keeping an open mind about all options is something graduate Angel Bennett supports fully. The flexibility of online learning allowed her to get a jump on her college education. She earned an associate of arts degree and associate of science degree through her local community college before graduating high school, giving her an edge in admission to her top choice four-year college. She now attends a private liberal arts college and is well on her way to a career fueled by a passion for clothing and inclusive fashion design.

The ambitious pace served as inspiration to Bennett’s younger sister, as well; Amber completed her own associate of arts and associate of science degrees as a 14-year-old high schooler and will start attending a private four-year university at 15 as she simultaneously completes her diploma.

Students should ask their high school about these types of dual-enrollment options.

Don’t Be Afraid to Act on Your Dreams

For some high school students, one of the most intimidating decisions to make is which colleges to apply to. However, law graduate Strider Kachelein, top of his undergrad class and top 4% in his law class at a prestigious institution, said to take that chance and apply to your dream school, even if you think you can’t afford the tuition.

Kachelein, who started online school in sixth grade, knows paying for college can be challenging for many high school students and their families. He recommends researching financial aid policies first and carefully.

“So many people believe they can’t get in and are shocked when they do,” Kachelein said. “Money can also be a big issue, but there are so many resources available, like the college match I applied to in high school. A key stat I also looked at while researching colleges was the school’s ‘percent of financial need met.’ There are a number of schools that will meet 100% of your determined financial need, which can make a world of difference. For example, at these schools, if your family is deemed unable to pay tuition, room or board then 100% of these expenses are covered by the school.”

High schoolers can reach out to their school’s college counselors to help navigate the application process.

Know It’s OK to Take a Break

Pausing in the middle of one’s education is a practice that’s more common in other parts of the world, but is growing in the U.S. According to data from Pearson, nearly 17% of U.S. high schoolers were considering a gap year, which enables the graduate more time to evaluate options and priorities, save money and plan for the future.

COVID-19 heavily influenced 2020 graduate Stormy Kaiser’s decision to take a gap year between high school and college. Choosing to accelerate her online curriculum allowed Kaiser to complete high school graduation requirements a year early, so even after taking the year off to realign plans the pandemic disrupted, she’s on schedule to enroll in a four-year college with her peers.

Take Advantage of Career-Related Coursework in High School

Nontraditional school models often offer nontraditional curriculum options, like career and technical education courses, that students can put to work right away. For example, Amya Meekins, who also graduated high school a full year early, took business classes at her online school that helped her learn about contracts, finance and other elements to successfully start and run her own business.

She now runs a boutique in addition to being a performer and motivational speaker. She’s also nearing completion of her second book, all as a 19-year-old undergrad pursuing her first college degree.

Consider Job Shadowing or Internships

Flexible scheduling is one of the most commonly cited advantages of online school among enrolled students. The extra free time can have big implications for students planning their futures, especially if they use the time to explore career choices.

That’s exactly what Becky Bressen did, shadowing a music therapist at the urging of her brother, who is a physical therapist. After initially feeling the career wasn’t for her and attending college with plans to become a music engineer and producer, a music therapy class made it into her course list, and it clicked for her. Right after college, she built a successful music therapy program from scratch at a hospice facility and finds her current role highly rewarding.

The Benefits of a Gap Year

When COVID-19 upended college plans for students across America, Stormy Kaiser knew she wasn’t alone. Even so, she never anticipated how using an unplanned year to regroup could benefit her future.

Initially, Kaiser planned to start her pre-med journey at New York University, but after seeing the effects of the pandemic in urban areas, she shifted focus. A year of recharging and self-exploration, writing short stories and volunteering took her in a new direction. She now plans to attend Baylor University, where she’ll double major in chemistry and mathematics as a pre-med student.

Due to her time management skills, personal diligence and involvement in volunteer opportunities, she was offered scholarships at many colleges and universities – a whopping $600,000 overall. She is now on her way toward becoming a neurosurgeon.

For more information about full-time online public schools, and tips for making post-graduation decisions, visit ConnectionsAcademy.com .

(Photos courtesy of Getty Images)

Connections Academy


Good Ole SummerTime Golf Outing supports NBHS Scholarship Fund…..

The Good Ole Summertime Golf Outing will return this summer after taking a break for the Covid pandemic in 2020. 

The event is sponsored by the NBHS Alumni Association and the proceeds are used to provide scholarships for NB students. You do NOT have to be an NBHS graduate to play in this event.  Here is more info:

NB Alumni Dinner Reservations Open

…just TWO WEEKS! Friday, July 30, 2021 at the NB American Legion Hall,


Alumni Dinner Letter 2021

The North Baltimore Alumni Banquet has been scheduled for Friday, July 30, 2021 at the NB American Legion Hall, 539 American Legion Drive.
Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. and the buffet will begin at 6:00 p.m.
For only $20 per person, you can enjoy reminiscing with former classmates and friends.
The deadline for reservations is July 19, 2021.
Reservations after this date will be $25, but you might run the risk of not getting a reservation as there is a limited amount of seating! Once this limit is reached, we will not take any last-minute reservations.
Checks should be made payable to the North Baltimore Alumni Association and mailed to the address above.
Information needed –
Name, Maiden name, Graduation Year, E-mail, Spouse/Guest’s Name (grad year and maiden if NBHS graduate) –
mail check and information to P. O. Box 204, North Baltimore, OH 45872

OHSAA Football Regions Fall 2021

Top 16 schools in each region will qualify for playoffs beginning Oct. 29-30…

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced the football region assignments for the upcoming 2021 season on Tuesday. The 10-week regular-season begins the week of August 16, with the top 16 schools in each region qualifying for the playoffs that begin October 29-30.

As previously announced, schools’ divisional assignments for the upcoming 2021-22 school year will remain the same as the 2020-21 school year in all sports.

The 2021 football regions are posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/Sports-Tournaments/Football/Football-2021

In all sports, coaches have an unlimited number of days from June 1 through July 31 to conduct voluntary conditioning, strength training and instructional opportunities. In football, helmets may be worn during summer voluntary sessions.

Also in the sport of football, there is a mandatory five-day acclimatization period for all student-athletes prior to contact. Two of those days can be completed in July so that shoulder pads can be worn on the first day of practice August 1.


2021 OHSAA Football Calendar

Sunday, August 1                First Day of Official Coaching Permitted

August 6-14                        Scrimmage Dates

Monday, August 16           Regular-Season Begins (First Friday is August 20)

Tuesday, Sept. 14                First Weekly Computer Points Released (every Tuesday after Week 4)

Saturday, Oct. 23                Regular-Season Ends

Sunday, Oct. 24                  Final Computer Points and Playoff Qualifiers Announced

Fri./Sat., Oct. 29-30            Regional Playoffs First Round

Fri./Sat., Nov. 5-6                Regional Quarterfinals

Fri./Sat., Nov. 12-13           Regional Semifinals

Fri./Sat., Nov. 19-20           Regional Finals

Fri./Sat., Nov. 25                Thanksgiving

Fri./Sat., Nov. 26-27           State Semifinals

Thurs./Fri./Sat., Dec. 2-4   State Championships in Canton


NB Board of Education Meets Tuesday

Members of the public are invited to provide input to the Board on the issue of reemploying Ryan Delaney, Superintendent, during his service retirement. (Details in story)….

During Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting the Public will have the OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS THE BOARD (Details below)

 Here is Page 1 of the Agenda:


2012 Tiger Dr.
June 22, 2021
6:00 PM


This meeting is a meeting of the Board of Education in public for the purpose of conducting the School District’s business and is not to be considered a public community meeting.

-Call to Order
-Pledge of Allegiance
-Roll Call 

-Make adjustments and corrections to the agenda as needed.                                                                                                    

-Approve the May 25, 2021 regular meeting minutes       


 News Media ( The Courier , The Sentinel, TheNBXpress )

 –OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS THE BOARD  A pamphlet is provided at the board meeting for members of the community to review the proper procedure to address both agenda and non-agenda items.  Please review this pamphlet before making any statements to the Board.  After being recognized by the President, please provide your name and address to the Treasurer. Please limit your comments to three minutes.

-Public Discussion

Members of the public are invited to provide input to the Board on the issue of reemploying Ryan Delaney, Superintendent, during his service retirement.  Speakers are limited to five (5) minutes each, and all public comment will be closed after thirty (30) minutes.  A sign-up sheet will be used, if necessary, to determine the order in which persons will address the Board. 

-Treasurers  Report

-Administrative Reports

 -Superintendents Recommendations                       

-Other Board business

-Executive Session (if needed)

-Move to Adjourn

Car Wash Saturday

9am-12noon at NBHS. Hosted by NBHS Cheerleaders….

This Saturday, June 19 from  9am-12noon, the NBHS Cheerleaders are having a carwash fundraiser, by free will donation. It will take place at  NBHS.

Donations will go towards their summer cheer camp in July, cheer clinic, and help some with the cost of uniforms.

High School Cheer Advisor is Kristin Hagemyer.

NB Alumni and Community Half Time Show Planned!

You are invited to participate on Friday, September 24, 2021…..

All North Baltimore alumni and community members are invited to participate in the halftime show on Friday, September 24. To register for this event, please email Ben Pack at bpack@nbls.org.

If you need to borrow a school instrument or would like a digital copy of the music, please indicate that in the email as well. If after you register you can’t attend, please email Ben again so we don’t haul the extra instruments over to the stadium unnecessarily.

The plan is to meet in the band section at the start of the 2nd quarter. All performers will receive free admission into the game. You are more than welcome to play in the stands as well!

Halftime selections will include:
Eye of the Tiger
Stacy’s Mom
Uptown Funk
Fight Song
If you have any questions, please let us know!

Rhodes State College 2021 Graduates Announced

The following graduates received their Associate degrees from Rhodes State College following spring semester 2021.


LIMA, Ohio (May 26, 2021) – The following graduates received their Associate degrees from Rhodes State College following spring semester 2021.

North Baltimore

Elizabeth Paige Busch – with Honors – Manufacturing Engineering Technology


Patience Marie Ewing – Dental Hygiene

Drew Dean Siferd – Manufacturing Engineering Technology

4th Graders Are “GOOD”

Way to go, Powell Elementary students!

Rod Hopton, N.B. Lions Club President, presents the G.O.O.D. Awards to some very deserving Powell fourth graders at their awards assembly.

They demonstrated good attendance, listening skills, citizenship, work habits and perseverance. Congratulations!

Students L-R: Sydney Meggitt, Avery Benedict, James “Butch” Zeigler, Aaron Keeran, Stella Fulwider, and Conner Dick.

Submitted by Voni Detamore