The Shelby County League now has its own official website, it was announced this week.
The site — www.scalsports.com — has been under construction since mid-June by Matt Zircher, the long-time part-time writer for the Sidney Daily News sports department.
However, the website was just officially approved by the league at a meeting on Monday of this week.
Zircher is a Russia High School graduate and well-known around the county through his work covering games for this newspaper. He is employed full time in the Sports Information Department at Wright State University, where he is association sports information director.
He is in his 24th year at WSU and part of his duties include maintaining the school’s sports website. He also puts the annual media guides together for all the different sports.
Zircher said Karen Bensman, the recently-retired principal at Russia High School, contacted him last April about the possibility of creating and running a website for the league, one of the few in Ohio without one at the time. That led to Zircher attending a league meeting in April that included athletic directors and principals, who Zircher said wanted to check out the cost involved.
Zircher had past experience at constructing websites, doing so for both the Sidney and St. Marys Legion baseball programs, in addition to his own site, www.mattzircher.com, which tracks all the County girls and boys basketball scores.
But as he said, “it’s the first time in a while.”
“I did some research, looked at other websites,” he said. “And shared the figures with the group. And they asked if I would do it. I started in mid-June and went live on July 1, but it wasn’t officially approved until Monday.”
Zircher already has the schedules for fall, winter and spring sports on the site, as well as a link to the standings in each sport. There is also a list of the league’s state champions, both team and individual.
In addition, there are already results posted from early fall activities, namely golf. The coaches of each sport will be required to turn the results of each event in to Zircher.
Zircher said there won’t be any team or individual statistics on the site. His personal wish list for the the future is to add a history-of-the-league page to the site, as well as photos. But for now, the site will be a welcome addition for fans of the league.
Zircher said there is also a Twitter feed at SCALsportsSID. It already has 192 followers and is growing by the day.
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