Teams adjust Friday schedule to avoid OSU football in Cotton Bowl


Many area high school sports teams have adjusted their schedules on Friday to avoid a conflict with the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic. Ohio State (11-2) will play Southern Cal (11-2) at 8:30 p.m. at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas (ESPN).

That’s usually prime Friday night time for high school basketball. Ohio school officials learned long ago to avoid scheduling against OSU football or risk a wee gate.

If you’re planning on adjusting or already have altered your Friday game schedule because of the Cotton Bowl, we want to hear from you. Forward your information by email at sports@coxohio.com and we’ll post all changes to this story.

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Trotwood-Madison adjusted its tripleheader boys basketball schedule against visiting Wayne on Friday. The opening freshman game is now at 3 p.m., followed by the JV at 4:30 p.m. and a great varsity showdown at 6 p.m. Trotwood (5-1) is averaging 94.8 points and has lost only at Akron St.-Vincent St. Mary’s, 81-71. The Irish also beat the Rams in last season’s D-II state title game.

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Wayne (7-0) is perfect in Nate Martindale’s debut as the Warriors’ coach. The teams last played in January 2016, with Wayne winning 82-61.

Trotwood also will award D-III football state championship medals to team members at halftime of the varsity game. Trotwood defeated Dresden Tri-Valley 27-19 to complete a 15-0 season and win its second state title in program history earlier this month at Canton.

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Tripleheader tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students and doors will open at 2:15 p.m. Friday. Presale tickets also will be sold at the high school’s main office from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

Friday’s affected events:

• Beavercreek at Xenia boys basketball: 2 p.m. freshmen; 3:30 p.m. JV; 5 p.m. varsity.

• Bellefontaine at Northmont boys basketball: rescheduled for Sat., Feb. 10.

• Botkins at Anna boys basketball: 5 p.m. JV; varsity 15 minutes after JV ends.

• Catholic Central at West Liberty-Salem boys basketball: 5 p.m. JV; 6:30 p.m. varsity.

• Dayton Christian at Carlisle boys basketball: 5 p.m. JV; 6:15 p.m. varsity.

• Dixie at National Trail boys basketball: 5 p.m. JV; 6:30 p.m. varsity.

• Houston at Minster boys basketball: 5 p.m. JV; 6:30 p.m. varsity.

• Indian Lake at New Bremen boys basketball: 6 p.m. JV; varsity to follow.

• Legacy Christian at Northeastern boys basketball: 4:30 p.m. JV; 6 p.m. varsity.

• Ponitz at Springfield boys basketball: 3 p.m. freshmen; 4:30 p.m. JV; 6 p.m. varsity.

• Sidney at Urbana boys basketball: 2 p.m. freshmen; 3:30 p.m. JV; 5 p.m. varsity.

• Southeastern at Mechanicsburg boys basketball: 4 p.m. JV; 5:30 p.m. varsity.

• Wayne at Trotwood-Madison boys basketball: 3 p.m. freshmen; 4:30 p.m. JV; 6 p.m. varsity.

• West Clermont at Fairfield boys basketball: 6 p.m. varsity.

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