In September of 1965, Lyndon B. Johnson was president of the USA, The Beatles held the No. 1 music and album within the nation (Assist!), the price of each a postage stamp and a Hershey’s bar was 5 cents, and Invoice Bohren logged his first win as a highschool soccer coach.
The nation has since skilled 10 presidential modifications — roughly the identical variety of teaching modifications in Bohren’s profession. And whereas presidents, The Beatles and cheap chocolate have come and gone, Bohren stays very a lot a fixture on the sidelines.
On Saturday, Bohren will look to earn his three hundredth win as a head coach when his Mathews Mustangs journey to SPIRE Institute in Geneva to tackle St. John.
This previous Friday Mathews (4-2) defeated Fairport Harding 36-0, giving Bohren his 299th profession victory. Primarily based on data compiled by the Ohio Excessive Faculty Athletic Affiliation, Bohren would grow to be the sixteenth coach in state historical past to succeed in the 300-win milestone.
Bohren, 87 years outdated, started his teaching profession at Ohio Excessive Faculty in Ohio, Illinois. In his first season he led Ohio Excessive to an 8-2 end. He made a number of different stops in Illinois, then made his approach to Ottawa-Glandorf. He adopted that up with a three-year stint at Steubenville earlier than making himself a fixture within the Mahoning Valley.
Bohren’s 1976 Steubenville staff completed 7-1-2, Huge Purple’s greatest exhibiting within the All American Convention. At Lakeview, Bohren compiled a 32-18 mark. At Boardman, his Spartans had been 59-26 with two Metal Valley Convention titles and a visit to the Division I state title recreation.
Salem received its first league title in 104 years underneath Bohren, and at Niles he received a pair of league titles and made two journeys to the playoffs — together with Niles’ solely regional last look in 2000.
Bohren compiled a 46-46 document at LaBrae, together with two journeys to the postseason. Within the three years previous to Bohren’s arrival, the Vikings had been 3-27.
In 2007 Bohren was inducted into the Ohio Excessive Faculty Soccer Coaches Affiliation Corridor of Fame.
The lights had been on Friday on the Joe Lane Sports activities Complicated in Mineral Ridge. The Rams marching band and cheerleaders entertained the gang, spectators crammed the stands.
From a climate standpoint, it was an ideal night time for soccer.
The one factor lacking was a soccer recreation.
This previous Friday, Mineral Ridge had its homecoming recreation canceled due to COVID points throughout the Jackson-Milton program. The cancellation initially meant that a number of the homecoming festivities can be delayed till this coming Friday when the Rams host Sebring.
Then, members of the homecoming courtroom approached Weathersfield Native Colleges Superintendent Damon Dohar with the concept of holding the ceremonies this previous Friday and not using a soccer recreation.
“I’d wish to take credit score for the concept nevertheless it was the scholars who got here to me and identified that some had members of the family in from out of city, all of them had their hearts set on Friday,” Dohar mentioned. “Ultimately we need to do what’s greatest for the scholars, and on this case the ladies had been proper, this was greatest for all concerned.”
“We made one of the best of a foul state of affairs and it actually was a particular night time.”
Consistent with custom, the homecoming courtroom was paraded into the stadium from the college’s car parking zone. The women had been launched to the gang and a homecoming queen was named. It was the standard Mineral Ridge homecoming soccer recreation with out an opponent.
“Mainly we performed in opposition to COVID and we received,” Dohar mentioned. “We didn’t permit COVID to get in the best way of a really particular night time for lots of our college students.”
INDIANS NO MORE
On Sunday, Cleveland’s skilled baseball staff performed its final recreation because the Indians. The franchise will now be generally known as the Cleveland Guardians.
In August, a pair of Ohio lawmakers launched a decision within the Ohio Home calling for college districts all through the state to retire Native American mascots and nicknames. The decision at present solely acts as a advice.
A number of states have already banned using such mascots. Most just lately, Colorado signed into regulation a invoice prohibiting using Native American-themed mascots, nicknames or likenesses at its public colleges. Any faculty which at present makes use of such a mascot should change them by June 1, 2022 or face a $25,000-per-month wonderful.
Domestically, six space faculty districts can be affected ought to such a ban be put in place in Ohio. They embrace; Girard (Indians), Southern Native (Indians), Brookfield (Warriors), West Department (Warriors), Badger (Braves) and Warren G. Harding (Raiders).
All through Ohio, 78 faculty districts — greater than every other state within the nation — use a Native American-themed nickname, mascot or emblem.
By the way, quite a few colleges all through the nation have additionally just lately dropped the “Rebels” nickname due to an affiliation with the American Confederacy. Such is just not the case at Crestview Excessive. College students at Crestview had been put in control of selecting a faculty nickname and mascot at a time when the film “Insurgent With out A Trigger” was making James Dean a family title. With the film in thoughts, the Rebels had been born.
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