By DEL DUDUIT

Southern Ohio Today


With the shortened high school football season coming down to the wire with two weeks left, conferences have some tight races for championships.


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By DEL DUDUIT

Southern Ohio Today


There are new regional alignments for the approaching high school playoffs, according to the Ohio High School Athletic Association.


This after 664 schools opted in for the postseason.


The OHSAA stated that in a normal season, there are 224 schools that qualify for the playoffs and is made up of eight teams from 28 regions. Also, in a normal season, the OHSAA’s Harbin Computer Ratings are used to determine teams, but that will not be used this season.


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By DOUG FERGUSON 

AP Golf Writer


MAMARONECK, N.Y. — What was supposed to be a typical U.S. Open produced a most unconventional champion.


Bryson DeChambeau was not the least bit concerned by the narrow fairways or the ankle-deep rough that shape Winged Foot into historically the toughest of all U.S. Opens. With his extra 40 pounds of muscle and mass, he wanted to pound it into submission with his driver, even if his errant shots were buried in deep grass.


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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you are aware by now that there will be a football season in the Big Ten, which means there will be chants of O-H-I-O after all – even if it’s from the confines of your home.


Ohio State, ranked 10th in the Coach’s Poll, will begin the shortened season at the Horseshow on Oct. 24 against Nebraska.


The much-awaited news ends several tense weeks of confusion since the Aug. 11 vote to suspend the fall season was announced.


Each school in the Big Ten conference will designate a Chief Infection Officer to oversee collection and reporting of data. Positivity rates will determine whether teams continue practice and compete. How would you like to have that title?


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By DEL DUDUIT

Southern Ohio Today


WAVERLY – The defense veered to the right, and the pass went left.


The Waverly Tigers sent receiver Will Futhey into the end zone as a decoy, and Wheelersburg defenders followed him to try to stop the two-point conversion and win the SOC showdown in overtime at Raidiger Field on Friday.


But quarterback Haydn’ Shanks had other plans and lofted a pass to Phoenix Wolf, who was all alone in the left side of the end zone for the game-winner as Waverly defeated the Pirates 36-35 in overtime.


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MARCIA WILLIAMS

For Southern Ohio Today


Valley's Ty Perkins (3) makes a move after a hauling in a pass Friday night against Portsmouth West in Southern Ohio Conference Division II action. West defeated the Indians, 28-14.

Brewers rally in seventh to pull out critical win

By JOE KAY 

AP Sports Writer


CINCINNATI — Facing a loss that could have deeply dented their playoff chances, the Milwaukee Brewers pulled one out behind an infielder who hasn't been able to crack the starting lineup lately.


Eric Sogard doubled home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, and Milwaukee rallied Tuesday night for a 3-2 victory over the surging Cincinnati Reds that bolstered the Brewers' sagging playoff hopes.


“A huge game,” said Sogard, who came in batting .186. “Every game is do-or-die for us right now.”


The Brewers have reached the playoffs each of the last two seasons with September surges. They've won four of five and are back to .500 (27-27) for the eighth time this season. They've yet to have a winning record.


Thanks to their late rally, they'll get another chance.


“Every game is seemingly a must-win going forward,” left-hander Brett Anderson said.


Cincinnati (28-28) wasted a chance to solidify its playoff standing and move two games over .500 for the first time in three years. The Reds opened the game in position for one of the NL's wild card spots with the Brewers a game behind.


Tyrone Taylor had a solo shot off Sonny Gray, who went five innings in a solid return from a hip injury. Gray threw 80 pitches, allowed only two hits and fanned eight.


“It was nice to be out there and have that feeling again,” Gray said. “I feel good personally again moving forward. I wish we could have come out on top in this game.”


Milwaukee rallied against Tejay Antone (0-3), who gave up Daniel Vogelbach's single and Jedd Gyorko's double to open the seventh.

Orlando Arcia tied it with a sacifice fly to deep center, and Sogard doubled down the line in left field for a 3-2 lead, getting the Brewers' dugout celebrating.


Anderson (4-3) allowed four hits in six innings, including Nick Castellanos' two-run homer. With his slider as good as it's been all season, he fanned seven.


Devin Williams struck out five in two innings, escaping a threat in the eighth. Josh Hader retired the side in order in the ninth for his 11th save in 13 chances, emerging from his recent slump.


THE HOMESTRETCH


After the three-game series in Cincinnati, the Brewers finish with five games in four days at St. Louis, including a “home” game as part of a doubleheader Friday. The Reds have a day off Thursday followed by a three-game series in Minnesota.


LONG TIME


The Reds haven't been two games over .500 since a 19-17 mark on May 13, 2017. They haven't been to the playoffs since 2013 and are coming off six straight losing seasons.


EYE OPENING


Williams fanned Joey Votto, Eugenio Suárez and Mike Moustakas in the eighth inning, leaving him with 52 strikeouts in 25 innings this season.


“It was a ‘wow’ inning,” manager Craig Counsell said. “He's had a bunch of them, but that was a ‘wow’ inning, no question."


ROOT, ROOT, ROOT


Even though fans aren't allowed, the Reds have had their own cheering section as the grounds crew uses noisemakers supplied by Votto. Anderson noticed their noise.


“I'm not a rah-rah guy but I'm going to cheer my teammates on (Wednesday),” Anderson said. “Going to try to rival the grounds crew for the Reds.”


TRAINER'S ROOM


Brewers: Keston Hiura got a day of rest. He's in a 7-for-49 slump, including only one hit in his last 13 at-bats.


Reds: RH Nate Jones was designated for assignment to open a roster spot for Gray, who was activated off the 10-day injured list.


UP NEXT


Brewers: Adrian Houser (1-5) is 0-5 with a 6.75 ERA in his last eight starts. In six career appearances against the Reds, he's allowed 11 earned runs in 18 innings.


Reds: Trevor Bauer (4-4) starts on three days' rest. He gave up two runs in seven innings of a 5-0 loss to the White Sox on Saturday.