(2-11-22) Jon Everhart of Westerville was an Ohio High School athletic official for over 50 years. Then an incident in January of 2017 at a Ridgedale Middle School basketball game would end his career when the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) suspended his license.

Everhart will now have his say in court after five years of waiting for the initial legal process to be completed.

The civil jury trial will start in Franklin County Common Pleas Court on Valentine’s Day (Monday). The trial will focus on Everhart’s claim that the OHSAA violated his due process rights, interference with contract and business relationships, negligent infliction of emotional distress, intentional infliction of emotional distress and conspiracy.

Former OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass, along with Beau Rugg (OHSAA Director of Officiating and Sports Management) have been listed to testify. Celina resident, Pat Houseworth, another official that was suspended in another situation, will also testify during the trial.

CASE SCHEDULE

Date — Description

  • 11/01/18 CASE FILED
  • 08/07/19 INITIAL STATUS CONFERENCE
  • 03/21/19 INITIAL JOINT DISCLOSURE OF ALL WITNESSES
  • 05/16/19 SUPPLEMENTAL JOINT DISCLOSURE OF ALL WITNESSES
  • 09/13/19 DISPOSITIVE MOTIONS
  • 09/13/19 DISCOVERY CUT-OFF
  • 10/03/19 DECISIONS ON MOTIONS
  • 01/20/22 FINAL PRE-TRIAL CONFERENCE/ORDER (OR BOTH)
  • 02/14/22 TRIAL ASSIGNMENT

The trial will start – 02/14/22 (Monday)
TIME – COURTROOM: 09:00 AM
COURTROOM LOCATN: COURTROOM 4F
345 SOUTH HIGH STREET, 4TH FLOOR, COLUMBUS, OH 43215
HEARING TYPE DESC: JURY TRIAL

Pre-trial Statements