The new state team dual meet tournament is starting to take shape, a little at a time. After
announcing the new tournament last season, the Ohio High School
Athletic Association has recently announced the regional assignments for
their first run at a state dual meet tournament.
The new state team dual meet tournament is starting to take shape, a little at a time.
After announcing the new tournament last season, the Ohio High School Athletic Association has recently announced the regional assignments for their first run at a state dual meet tournament.
The interesting part for the committee was how to break down the regional assignments, especially in Division I.
“The bulk of the Division I teams in the state are in Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus and Cleveland,” Hamilton athletic director – and member of the committee who finalized the tournament – Mike Dellapina said. “That was going to be the hard part was to get Division I figured out because of the density of D-I schools in four areas.”
The end result is there will be at least three schools from Northeast Ohio advance to the final eight in the state tournament. The Southwest will have two, possibly three, and the Central the other two.
Half of Region 1 consists of the teams from Northwest, most notably Oregon Clay. However, the bottom half of the region is made up of Southwest teams, headlined by a strong Beavercreek squad.
Brecksville Broadview Hts and Wadsworth could meet for the Region 2 title with Brecksville being in Region 2-A while Wadsworth is in 2-B. Lakewood St. Edward headline Region 3, competing in 3-B. However, 3-A will be interesting with Maple Heights and Solon among teams in the 10 team sub-region.
Massillon Perry could advance from Region 4, being in Region 4-B while Ashland is the lone Northwest team in Region 5. The rest of Region 5 consists solely of Central teams, with Marysville, Mount Vernon and Olentangy Orange all in Region 5-A. The survivor gets to battle Hilliard Darby, New Albany or one of the Westerville schools in the finals.
While Darby and Bradley are in Region 5, Hilliard Davidson is in Region 6 with Central Crossing. Pickerington, Reynoldsburg and Teays Valley are all in 6-B providing a good dog fight to get to the finals.
Region 7 offers a blend of Dayton and Cincinnati teams with Mason, the Lakotas and surging Fairfield in 7-A while Centerville and Fairmont are placed in 7-B with Miamisburg, Wayne and Butler.
Moeller may have a tough time getting to the regional finals, having Loveland in 8-A with them. Elder and Harrison are in 8-B.
The breakdown in Division II is a little harder with several districts inter-mingled inside each other. Northwest Ohio will have one qualifier get out while Northeast will have at least two and possibly three. East could have between one and three while Southeast and Southwest Ohio each could have between one or two.
Wauseon, Clyde, Pemberville Eastwood, Milan Edison, Oak Harbor and Sandusky Perkins all inhibit Region 9 in D-II. Parma Padua Franciscan, University School, CVCA and Tallmadge are in Region 10 while Perry, ASVSM and Walsh Jesuit handle the second Northeast region (11).
Alliance and Alliance Marlington are both in Region 12 with a mostly East feel that includes Steubenville and Urichsville Claymont. Region 13 is a combination of southeast and east schools while London is the lone central team in Region 15 with the southwest taking up most of the field. Included in Region 15 are Franklin, Miami Trace, Washington Court House, Eaton, and Ross. Graham should dominate Region 16, which stretches from Indian Lake to Dayton and includes Greenville.
The Northwest could take the majority of the spots in Division III. Northwest has two regions all to themselves with a chance to win a third. Northeast has two, Central one and Southwest has one, but mixes in with northwest on a second region. Then, there is one region that has a hodge podge of teams from the east, central and southeast districts.
Region 17 will be a huge 22 team battle with Archbold, Liberty Center, Wayne Trace, Delta, Elmwood and North Baltimore. Region 18 will have 21 teams after the removal of Tiffin Calvert, while LeGrange Keystone will be one of 19 teams in Region 19.
Jackson Milton, Rootstown, Garaway, and Apple Creek Waynedale will all compete for Region 20 honors. Region 21 spans from Nelsonville York in the Southeast to Martins Ferry in the East and Amanda Clearcreek in the Central. Galion Northmor, West Jefferson, and Columbus Bishop Hartley and Bishop Ready highlight Region 22. Dayton Christian and Dixie will make an interesting Region 23-B final with the winner most likely facing off with Carlisle for the title. Lima Bath and Coldwater anchor the top half of Region 24 while 24-B could be interesting with Mechanicsburg, Versailles, Covington and Troy Christian all battling to get out.
State wide tournament brackets will be announced on Jan. 14 with the first round being held on Jan. 30 at the site of the highest seeds. The finals will be held at St. Johns Arena.