The Ohio High School Athletic Association isn't issuing any COVID-19 mandates for fall sports, but it is encouraging masks and vaccines for coaches and student-athletes.

High school athletes and marching bands are taking the field across central Ohio as the fall sports season begins — and many are leaving their masks behind.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has encouraged athletes to get vaccinated against COVID-19, saying it’s the “ticket” to allowing athletes to live up to their dreams and compete.

The state is allowing individual school districts to decide what COVID-19 protocols to put in place when it comes to

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