Last week the Ohio High School Athletic Association made official its state tournament locations for both boys and girls soccer and girls volleyball.

As it has every season since 1999, MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, home of Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew SC, will host state championship games for all divisions. Girls championship games will take place Nov. 13, while boys games will be played Nov. 14. To maintain sanitization standards, the stadium will be cleared and cleaned following each game.

“We would like to thank the Crew SC for being such a great partner during these uncertain times,” OHSAA Director of Sport Management and soccer administrator Kathleen Coughlin said in a statement. “Due to the attendance restrictions this year, we didn’t know if it would be possible to have our finals in such an outstanding venue, but the Crew SC made it happen and we couldn’t be happier to once again crown our soccer state champions at MAPFRE Stadium.”

Volleyball state championships, previously played at Wright State University’s Nutter Center, will now be hosted by Vandalia Butler High School over a three-day span, Nov. 13-15.

The gym will be cleared out and cleaned after each match. On Nov. 13, Division II semifinals will be played at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., followed by Division I semis at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. On Nov. 14, Division IV semifinals will be played at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., with Division III semifinals at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, the Division II final will be played at 9 a.m., followed by Division I (12:30 p.m.), Division IV (4 p.m.) and Division III (7:30 p.m.)

“We are very thankful that Butler High School stepped forward to host our volleyball state tournament,” OHSAA Director of Sport Management and volleyball administrator Emily Gates said in the organization’s statement. “We look forward to our return to Wright State Univeristy in the future, but with the small number of fans who can attend this year, we needed to find a smaller venue that was still an exceptional site.”

All-league teams announced

Last Thursday, the Southwestern Conference announced its All-league girls golf and cross country teams.

Among the golfers, Olmsted Falls’ Alyson Veverka was named Player of the Year, while Bulldogs coach Emily Nagle was named Coach of the Year. Locally, Avon Lake’s Maggie Masterson, Lauren Hawkinson and Keely McGinty, Avon’s Aubrie Rush and Westlake’s Kayla Schuemann all made first team, while Ainsley Gillcrist (Avon), Kavita Nanda (Avon), Sarah Skaggs (Avon Lake) and Aryana Edgell (North Ridgeville) were named to the second team.

In cross country Katie Clute (Olmsted Falls) and Ty Perez (Amherst) were crowned the girls and boys Most Valuable Runner, respectively. Westlake’s Travis Haselswerdt (girls) and Amherst’s Rob Glatz (boys) were named SWC Coaches of the Year.

The girls first team included Sarah and Sydney Peer, Ellie Irwin and Stephanie Nivellini of Westlake. Madelyn Palcic (North Ridgeville), Maggie Jantz (Avon Lake), Sierra Simon (North Olmsted) and the Avon trio of Maddie Harrington, Liz White and Jane Roach all made the second team.

The All-SWC boys cross country first team featured Jett Wieber (Avon), K.J. Mueller (Westlake), and the Avon Lake duo of Matt Henry and Domonick Houdeshell. North Ridgeville’s Matthew Bowman and Alex Serna, Avon’s Brandon Wiedl, Evan Haemmerle and Cole Emerine and Avon Lake’s Nick Schulz made the second team.

Contact this reporter at sports@westlifenews.com or 440-871-5797.

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