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SPORTS BRIEFING

Columbiana HOF adds four

COLUMBIANA –The Columbiana High School Athletic Hall of Fame will hold its 25th induction on Sept. 18 at a dinner in the Columbiana High School Commons.

Those to be inducted will be Ron Detwiler (Class of 1966, Meritorious Service), Caleb Goist (Class of 2000, Athlete), Stevie Goist Green (Class of 2003, Athlete) and Kris Reash (Class of 2001, Athlete).

The 2021 Class will be introduced during the varsity football game between the Columbiana Clippers and the Wellsville Tigers on Sept. 17 at Firestone Park. Tickets for the dinner will be available from Aug. 10 through Aug. 31. Cost per ticket is $25 for adults. Children ages 6-12 are $12, 5 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased by calling Greg Gustafson at (330) 787-1495 or Larry Baughman at (330) 482-1818, ext. 34406.

Wilson makes the cut

WARREN — Former Columbiana High School state champion Jared Wilson made the cut at the 115th Ohio Amateur Championship by one stroke Wednesday.

Wilson is tied for 45th place at 6-over-par (74-75–150) after two rounds of play at Avalon Golf & Country Club.

Sixty two of the 144 golfers made the second-round cut.

Ohio State’s Jackson Chandler, who was an All-Ohioan at Dublin Jerome High School, opened up a three-stroke lead at 7-under (69-67–137) on the 7,206-yard Avalon Lakes course.

Wilson will tee off in the third round at 8:10 a.m. today.

Heath picks up another honor

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Mount Union sophomore center fielder and West Branch

High School graduate Grace Heath has been named to the Academic All-America Softball Second Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

It is another honor added to a list of awards for Heath in 2021 that include Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Year, Academic All-OAC, Academic All-District along with National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Region and All-America accolades.

She played in 35 games this season and led the team and conference with a .467 batting average to go along with 47 runs scored, 32 runs batted in, 26 stolen bases and six home runs to help lead the Purple Raiders to their second OAC regular season title in school history.

Off the field, she has a 3.94 cumulative grade-point average as an accounting and finance major.

Sullivan will coach USA

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Sullivan of the Pittsburgh Penguins has been named U.S. men’s hockey coach for the 2022 Olympics in Beijing.

Sullivan will be behind the bench if the NHL participates, which is still a question. There is not a deal currently in place to send NHL players to the Olympics, and negotiations are ongoing.

“I’m going to operate on the premise that the NHL and the (International) Olympic Committee are going to work towards an agreement and we’re going to participate,” Sullivan said on a video call with reporters Wednesday. “That’s the approach that we have to take and, we’re just entrusting that the powers that be are going to work out an agreement and hopefully that will be sooner than later.”

Sullivan coached the Penguins to back-to-back Stanley Cup titles in 2016 and 2017. USA Hockey expects to name his assistants later this summer.

If the league and Players’ Association get an Olympic agreement done with the IOC and International Ice Hockey Federation, Sullivan would be the second Penguins coach in as many Games with NHL participation. Dan Bylsma coached the U.S. team in Sochi in 2014.

“It’s hard to articulate in words what this means to me to have the opportunity to be the head coach for our Olympic team in Beijing,” Sullivan said. “I couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity.”

Sullivan was 12 years old for the “Miracle on Ice” in 1980 and cited it as an inspiration for him. He was a U.S. assistant at the 2006 Olympics in Turin and said he has learned about the importance of pulling a team together quickly for a short tournament.

USA Hockey made the announcement Wednesday morning, tabbing Sullivan and along with Joel Johnson for its women’s team and David Hoff for the Paralympic sled hockey team.

“We’re thrilled with the head coaches that will guide our teams at the upcoming Olympics and Paralympics,” USA Hockey executive director Pat Kelleher said. “We’ve said all along that our objective is to bring home three gold medals, and with the experience and leadership possessed by Mike, Joel and David, we know our teams are in good hands.”

Chicago Blackhawks Stan Bowman remains general manager for the U.S. men’s hockey team as an investigation is ongoing about two players alleging a then-assistant coach sexually assaulted them in 2010. Bowman, who has been Chicago’s GM since 2009, has pledged to cooperate with the investigation being run by a former federal prosecutor.

Asked about the possibility of Bowman recusing himself from the Olympic team given his reported role in the situation, Kelleher said USA Hockey has been in contact with the Blackhawks and the NHL and would monitor the investigation and let it progress.

On the women’s side, Johnson has two decades of college coaching experience. He’s currently the head coach at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, which has moved up to NCAA Division. Johnson spent 16 seasons over two stays as an assistant at Minnesota, where he was a part of six different national championship teams. Johnson first joined Team USA as an assistant in 2018.

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