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Journal-News | Friday, January 8, 2021 C SPORTS INDIANS TRADE STARS LINDOR, CARRASCOTO METS C2 News: Delivery: More local sports coverage. sports@coxinc.comor 937- 610- 7555 | journal-news.com/subscribe or (877) 267-0018 | OHIOSTATEB­UCKEYES HIGHSCHOOL­S NFL ONLINE Get the latest on theBuckeye­s’ recruiting efffffffff­ffforts at Keep upwith the latest high school sports updates, including analysis andphotos at Get the latest on the Bengals, Browns andNFLnews at EXTRAS Journal-News.com. Journal-News.com. Journal-News.com. OSUBUCKEYE­S HIGHSCHOOL­BASKETBALL Cincinnati Christian transfer leadsGMCle­ading team in scoring. from coaching CCS and now is an assistant at Fairfifiel­d. “Coming to Fairfifiel­d, we felt it was a great opportunit­y to leave CCS and come to a bigger school with tougher competitio­n and be able togetmorer­ecognition­asaplayer, and so far it’s been working out.” Woodswent toFairfifi­eld through grade before leaving for CCS and now plans to his high school career with Fairfifiel­d. At CCS, Woods knewhe had to play a big role to his team be successful. He led the Cougars with 15.3 and 5.1 assists per game as they advanced to a regional semififina­l last year. Transition­ingtoFairf­ifield, Woodsdidn’t feel like his teammates had any expectatio­ns for himtomeet, but he said he felt outside pressure to prove he could “play at any level adapt to any situation.” Woods said the biggest diffffffff­fffference playing Division I competitio­nis thephysica­lity andspeedof ByLaurelPf­ahler Contributi­ngWriter LoganWoods­knewtherew­ould be some outsidepre­ssure to show he could compete at the higher level. After transferri­ng fromCincin­nati Christian School (Division IV) to Fairfifiel­d High School (Division I) year, junior guard has proven up to that challenge. Woods leads theFairfif­ield (5-4, 4-0Greater MiamiConfe­rence) in scoring at 16.8 per game — just like he did for CCS the last two seasons— and been a key addition to a young squad that sits atop theGMC. Fairfifiel­d faces an test tonight at twotimedef­ending champion Lakota East (3-1 overall, 3-0 GMC). “It’s been great,” saidWoods, whose father, Carl, stepped down fififth fifinish help points this the Ohio State quarterbac­k Justin Fields takes a punishing hit fromClemso­n linebacker James Skalski in the half of the Sugar Bowl. Fields on Thursday told reporters he’ll be ready to playMonday night. points fifirst AP has and important Woodsconti­nued onC6 No offifficia­l update from coach, but QB indicates he plans to face ’Bama. reports bymultiple outlets because of positive cases at Ohio State. Saban spoke in the past tense as far as discussion­s, though, Day expressed confifiden­ce the game will be played. The coach of the acknowledg­ed is no to relax between now and then. “The way this has gone, the minute you want to feel good and take a deep breath and count your blessings andfeel the reward ofwhat you’ve done, something new comes at you and you just got to handle it. So, I know this the line is coming onMonday. We got to this thing strong, no matter what comes Tuesday) MONDAY’S GAME Oh hioState vs. abama, 8p.m., SPN, 1410 Al ES and ByMarcusHa­rtman StaffffWri­ter Buckeyes there time also Ohio State football coach Ryan Day did not have an update on his quarterbac­k Thursday when he met with reporters via video conference. He did confifirm the Buckeyes are still on target to play Alabama in College Football Playoff National Championsh­ip Game on Monday night but offfffffff­fffered little informatio­n in regards to the state of his roster. “We’ll have plenty of players,” he said when asked how would be available. The Buckeyes have had to go into action down multiple players — be it from positive COVID19 tests, contact tracing or injury — the last three games but have not confifirme­d who would be in uniform until hours before each kickofffff­fffffff. Earlier in the day, Alabama coach Nick had seemed to confifirmd­iscussions about postponing the gamehadocc­urred(as LoganWoods is excelling at Fairfifiel­d— and attracting interest fromNCAADi­vision I teams— after playing his two seasons at Cincinnati Christian. the fifirst CHRIS VOGT / BUTLER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS REPORT fifinish fifinish Saban COLLEGEFOO­TBALL many Buckeyesco­ntinued onC3 Ex-Fairfifiel­d standout declares for NFL Draft BROWNS Fill-in head coach’s promise: ‘Try to be an extension’ of Stefanski Offfffffff­fffensive tackle Carman leaves Clemson with 2019 national title. played 70 snaps in that game. S t ate defeated Clemson49-28. Itwas the sixth consecutiv­e College Football Playoffff for the Tigers. Carman was second-team All-AtlanticCo­ast Conference and second-teamall-conference­bythe Associated Press. He played 63 snaps as Clemson produced 541 yards of offfffffff­fffense intheACCCh­ampionship­Gameagains­tNo. 2Notre Dame. Carman also helped the Tigers win the 2019 national title. The 2021 NFL Draft is April 29 - May 1 in Cleveland. The draftwill be broadcast on ESPN. Carman, a five- star player at Fairfield, signed with Clemson in December 2017 andcomplet­ed one of themost publicized­college football recruiting journeys ever in Greater Cincinnati. Withover40­scholarshi­poffffffff­ffffers, Carman was also selected as a 2018U.S. Army All-American. He was also a USA Today All-American selection. He was ranked the nation’s No. 1 offfffffff­fffensive lineman by the 247 SportsComp­osite rankings and the No. 1-ranked player in Ohio regardless of position. Ohio Cleveland-area native Priefer has been here before — inMinnesot­a. ByMikeDyer SUNDAY’S GAME WCPO.com Jackson Browns Br at teelers, 15p.m., NBC, 290,95.7 Clemson junior offensive tackle and former Fairfifiel­d High School standout Jackson Carman announcedW­ednesdayni­ght that he’s declared for the NFL Draft. said is his Carman St 8: ByMarlaRid­enour 12 Akron BeaconJour­nal Carman the NFL Browns special teams coordinato­r Mike Priefer made it clear that this is still coach Kevin Stefanski’s team. Prieferwil­l serve as acting head coach after Stefanski tested positive for COVID-19, forcing miss Sunday night’s AFC game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. The Browns will also be without passing game coordinato­r/ defensive backs coach Jeffff Howard, tight ends coach Drew Petzing, receiverKh­aDarelHodg­e left guard Joel Bitonio, whowith Stefanski tested positive Tuesday. Offfffffff­fffensive coordinato­r Van Pelt will call plays in Stefanski’s absence. “My thoughts and prayers are our players coaches that have tested positive for this virus. I’m both honored dream. “My timeat Clemson was nothing short of Carman tweeted. “From playing on thebiggest stage, winningmul­tiple conference championsh­ips, competing for, and winning a national championsh­ip — I’ve had my fair share of incredible moments.” Carman, who is 6 feet 5 and 335 pounds, was a second-team All-American in 2020, according to CBS Sports. “Just super proudofhim,” Fairfield head football coach Jason Krause toldWCPO. “The guy that become. The maturity that he’s shown and how he’s developedh­asbeenamaz­ing as a young man.” Hehelpedto­leadClemso­n(10-2) totheColle­geFootball­Playoffffs­emififinal in the Sugar Bowl. Carman help the Cleveland Browns win on Sunday night. I do love this city. I think you guys know that. Our fans deserve our best efffffffff­fffort, and that’swhat we plan on giving them on Sunday night.” Stefanski and Priefer worked together from 2011-18 with the Vikings, so Priefer iswell aware of howStefans­ki likes to run things. “Everybody’s different, but I’m going to try to be an of Kevin,” Priefer said. “You guys know my background with him. We’ve learned a lot of footballov­er the years together. We’ve talkedsitu­ational football throughout the year. We’ve talked about it week even on game day.” extraordin­ary,” himto wildcard Browns special teams coordinato­r Mike Priefer has been thrust to the forefront, in for head coach Kevin Stefanski, who is sidelined by COVID-19. fifilling extension and ASSOCIATED PRESS Alex and humbled to have this opportunit­y, butmakenom­istake— this is Kevin’s team,” Priefer said on Zoom Thursday. “He’s laid foundation of a smart, tough, accountabl­e, resilient team, and I’ll do whatever’s asked ofme to he’s during the and the withKevin andall and Brownscont­inued onC3 YOUR TRUSTED SOURCE FOR SAVINGS THE FIRST PLACE TO LOOK FOR DEALS AND VALUE. PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­r.com +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW