A Region-by-Region breakdown of Ohio’s top games, teams, players,
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school girls basketball season by the best experts in the business.
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National Guard OGBR JJH Girls Basketball D-IV Preseason Power Poll
Division IV Pre-Season Final 4 Predictions:
Berlin Hiland, Fort Loramie, Newark Catholic & Ottoville
Division IV Pre-Season Top 10 Team In-State Match-Ups:
@ Classic in the Country X January 19-21, 2013
Reedsville Eastern vs Orrville (D-III)
Berlin Hiland vs Damascus (MD)
Other Notable In-State D-IV Games between Top 10 Teams (all divisions):
Nov 23 Berlin Hiland @ Twinsburg (D-I)
Mansfield St. Peter’s @ St. Joseph’s (WV)
Nov 24 Fort Loramie @ Marion Local
Nov 27 St. Wendelin @ Liberty Benton (D-III)
New Knoxville @ Fort Loramie
Dec 8 Fort Loramie @ Miami East (D-III)
Dec 27 Anna (D-III) @ Fort Loramie
Dec 29 Reedsville Eastern @ Fort Frye (D-III)
Ottoville @ Liberty Benton (D-III)
Jan 3 Zanesville Rosecrans @ Fort Frye (D-III)
Jan 8 Ottoville @ Lima Bath (D-II)
Jan 10 Marion Local @ New Knoxville
Feb 5 West Holmes (D-II) @ Berlin Hiland
Feb 7 Fort Loramie @ Anna (D-III)
There are literally 21 quality teams that have a legit shot at filling the four D-IV State Final Four slots (and don’t be surprised to see a few teams not listed here rise up as well). No question the D-IV field is the most crowded and most competitive across the board of the four divisions this year.
At the Division IV level there are generally two types of teams. One where the sum is greater than its parts and the other, where there are one or two dominant players on the roster that have the talent and ability to carry their team.
Division IV Southwest Region Overview:
The stage is set for this regional to come down to Fort Loramie and New Knoxville for the next few years. Both programs entered a youth movement last year and both were in the regional final four. Both also lost to eventual State Final Four representative Madison Tri Village…New Knoxville in OT (43-45) and Fort Loramie (48-69)
Upset alert is all over this region as 7 of the 21 legit D-IV contenders are in the Southwest: Marion Local, Minster, Covington, Cincinnati Country Day and the Shaye Thomas (sr PG) led Tri-Village Patriots who return four starters and six of their top seven from last year’s State Final Four team.
Division IV Central / Eastern Region Overview:
This is the second most crowded D-IV region in the state with five teams who have an equal shot at representing this region and rolling into State Final Four.
No Division IV Region has the number of dominant players that this one does. Last year’s State Final Four rep Mansfield St. Peter’s returns the program’s all-time leading scorer in senior Randa Payne (All-State 2nd Team). Reedsville Eastern has Top 25 junior guard Jenna Burdette (All-State 1st team). Waterford returns two all state recognized performers in seniors Brooke Drayer (All-State 1st Team) and Chelsea Paxton.
However, with Ashleigh Parkinson, the 6’1 versatile multi talented Top 25 sophomore joining the already established 6’1 talents of super soph and all state performer Jill Blacksten, Newark Catholic is hard to pick against in this region.
Division IV Northeast Region Overview:
13 of the last 14 champions in the Gnadenhutten District were the eventual State Final Four representative from this region. This trend is not going to change.
This Gnadenhutten District has been dominated by three teams: Berlin Hiland, Shadyside & Zanesville Rosecrans. Last year a fourth joined the Gnadenhutten Dance when Sugarcreek Garaway dropped from Division III to Division IV.
Garaway, Shadyside and Rosecrans all have a dominant player that can carry their team all the way to Columbus: the 6’0 senior lefty Anya Misko (Tiffin) from Garaway; the 5’10 versatile multi talented junior Molly Nash from Rosecrans; and senior sharpshooter Karli Bonar (Findlay) from Shadyside (Note: Bonar has a shot at setting the Ohio record for most 3-pointers made in a career this year).
However, Berlin Hiland with its sum being greater than its parts coupled with its challenging non-conference schedule (not counting two conference games with Garaway) is our pre-season choice to be the most prepared and escape the Gnadenhutten District. Should Hiland return to Columbus it would be its 13th State Final Four. Here’s the Hawks non-conference schedule: D-Is Twinsburg, Wooster, Uniontown Lake, Wadworth; D-II West Holmes; and out of state Damascus, MD).
Division IV Northwest Region Overview:
Expect the two teams (Ottoville & New Riegel) who lost in the regional last year to eventual State Champion Arlington and its senior laden roster to be the last two standing this season.
No question Ottoville has the most imposing dominant player in this region in Bowling Green bound 6’3 All State performer junior Abby Seifker.
It will not be a cake walk for either Ottoville or New Riegel as Fostoria St. Wendelin and Arcadia (with its scoring machine and all state performing guard Miranda Palmer) will pose a challenge.
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