Always fighting and competing, no matter what the situation is, can never be understated.
However, it’s also important to be smart and protect your players for the safety of the kids.
On Tuesday, Ted Newsome and the Green Bobcats had to make a decision that is tough for any competitor to make as Green cancelled its final affair against Oak Hill due to player safety.
The Bobcats, who only have 12 healthy players remaining after starting the year with 21 players from ninth through 12th grade, will finish the 2017 season at 1-7. Green defeated Hannan (W. Va.) by shutting out the Wildcats, 12-0, on Sept. 2 in Week 2. Green also played Notre Dame to a tight 24-22 affair but had only scored 30 additional points combined in its other six defeats.
“For the safety of the kids,” Newsome said, “we had to make the decision.”
Oak Hill, who will finish the regular season at 7-2, clinched a playoff berth by defeating Eastern, 41-20, in Beaver on Friday, so the cancelled affair will not affect the Oaks’ playoff chances.
New Boston/SOMC Basketball League to commence
The New Boston/SOMC and Challenger Basketball League will be conducting signups for its annual league, which include boys and girls grades kindergarten through sixth grade for the New Boston/SOMC League and all ages for the Challenger Basketball League, on seven different dates from late October through mid-November.
The league costs $30 to enroll one player, $50 for two players, and $60 for three or more individuals to participate in. Teams from other schools can sign up teams in the league. Those units will need to list a roster with school name, the grade and age for each player on said roster, and any issues for the aforementioned players on the list. Coaches will also have to have their name and phone number on roster. Teams will have to call or email for their league fee cost.
The league, which is in its 14th year of operation, introduced SOMC to the team in 2010. In 2013, the New Boston Challenger League was officially formed as part of the league.
“I am very blessed and happy to have seen so many players come through this league and go on to do great things,” Steven Hamilton, New Boston Village Administrator, said. “The league’s logo has always been ‘It’s all for the kids.’
Signups can be done at the New Boston Community Center, 3980 Rhodes Avenue, New Boston, Ohio 45562 on Friday, Oct. 27th, Monday, Oct. 30th, Friday, Nov. 3rd, Monday, Nov. 6th Friday, Nov. 10th, Monday, Nov. 13th,and Friday, Nov. 17th. The time for all sign up dates is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information, contact Hamilton at (740) 352-5906 or by email at email@example.com.