Breaking Down the Brackets: Northeast District predictions, sleepers, potential match ups and favorites


One of the best days of the year is Selection Sunday for the OHSAA Boy’s Basketball State Tournament, and recently drawings took place around the Buckeye state. Today, we continue our look around the state in the Northeast District. We will break down the brackets, look at top match ups and intriguing potential games, and of course our predictions.

The Northeast District is comprised of four divisions (I, II, III, and IV). NE Ohio is the monster of the Buckeye state having six Division I districts, five Division II, four Division III, and three Division IV. The NE District won two of the four state championships a season ago with Mentor capturing its first DI state crown and Cleveland VASJ winning title number five, but its first in DIV.


Division I

Division I consists of six districts.The Grafton and Broadview Heights Districts will head to the Akron Regional, while the Solon, Euclid, Canton, and Copley winners will makeup the Cleveland State Regional. The other two participants of the Akron Regional will be from Toledo and Bowling Green.

stubbs_colGrafton District

District Favorites: Berea-Midpark, North Royalton, and Cleveland St. Ignatius
Sleepers: Brecksville-Broadview Heights, Lakewood, Olmsted Falls, and Elyria
Top Matchup: Broadview Heights vs. Lakewood
Top Potential Matchup: Berea-Midpark vs. Cleveland St. Ignatius
Our Pick: Cleveland St. Ignatius

Broadview Heights District

District Favorites: Lakewood St. Edward
Sleepers: Brunswick and Westlake
Top Matchup: North Olmsted vs. Grafton Midview
Top Potential Matchup: Westlake vs. Brunswick
Our Pick: Lakewood St. Edward

Solon District

District Favorites: Shaker Heights and Garfield Heights
Sleepers: Cleveland Heights and Bedford
Top Matchup: Willoughby South vs. Twinsburg
Top Potential Matchup: Shaker Heights vs. Garfield Heights
Our Pick: Shaker Heights

Euclid District

District Favorites: Mentor and Cleveland East Tech
Sleepers: Cleveland Glenville and Lyndhurst Brush
Top Matchup: Kenston vs. Maple Heights
Top Potential Matchup: Mentor vs. Cleveland East Tech
Our Pick: Mentor

Canton District

District Favorites: Massillon Jackson
Sleepers: Akron Ellet, Canton Timken, Stow, Cuyahoga Falls, and New Philadelphia
Top Matchup: New Philadelphia vs. Massillon Washington
Top Potential Matchup: Massillon Jackson vs. Stow
Our Pick: Massillon Jackson

Copley District

District Favorites: Uniontown Lake and Medina
Sleepers: Walsh Jesuit, Wadsworth, and Akron Green
Top Matchup: Medina Highland vs. Walsh Jesuit
Top Potential Matchup: Uniontown Lake vs. Medina
Our Pick: Medina

Division II

Division II is comprised of five districts with the quartet making up the Canton Regional, while the Westlake District will head to the Bowling Green Regional. The four districts in the Canton Regional are Stow, Warren, Ashtabula, and Canton.

Westlake District

District Favorites: Medina Buckeye and Holy Name
Sleepers: LaGrange Keystone and Lorain Clearview
Top Matchup: Brookside vs. Bay Village Bay
Top Potential Matchup: Medina Buckeye vs. Holy Name
Our Pick: Holy Name

Stow District

District Favorites: Cleveland Central Catholic, and Akron Hoban
Sleepers: Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, Cleveland John Hay, and Clev. Benedictine
Top Matchup: Cleveland John Hay vs. Akron East
Top Potential Matchup: Cleveland Central Catholic vs. Akron Hoban
Our Pick: Cleveland Central Catholic

Warren District

District Favorites: Poland Seminary and Canfield
Sleepers: Youngstown Mooney
Top Matchup: Ravenna Southeast vs. Salem
Top Potential Matchup: Poland Seminary vs. Canfield
Our Pick: Poland Seminary

Ashtabula District

District Favorites: Mentor Lake Catholic
Sleepers: Chagrin Falls, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin, and University School
Top Matchup: Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin vs. Painesville Harvey
Top Potential Matchup: Mentor Lake Catholic vs. Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin
Our Pick: Mentor Lake Catholic

Canton District

District Favorites: Akron SVSM
Sleepers: Alliance and Akron Buchtel
Top Matchup: Akron Buchtel vs. Akron Kenmore
Top Potential Matchup: Akron SVSM vs. Alliance
Our Pick: Akron SVSM

Division III

Division III has four districts making up the Canton Regional (Garfield Heights, Salem, Wooster, and Warren). Cleveland Central Catholic (2009) was the last team from this regional to win a state championship in DIII.

Garfield Heights District

District Favorites: Cleveland VASJ, Warrensville Heights, and Beachwood
Sleepers: Gilmour Academy
Top Matchup: Lutheran West vs. Elyria Catholic
Top Potential Matchup: Cleveland VASJ vs. Warrensville Heights
Our Pick: Cleveland VASJ

Salem District

District Favorites: Campbell Memorial and Canton Central Catholic
Sleepers: New Middletown Springfield, Lisbon David Anderson, and Salineville Southern
Top Matchup: Akron Manchester vs. South Range
Top Potential Matchup: Campbell Memorial vs. Canton Central Catholic
Our Pick: Canton Central Catholic

Wooster District

District Favorites: Creston Norwayne and Orrville
Sleepers: Dalton, Navarre Fairless, Waynedale, Chippewa, and Northwestern
Top Matchup: Tuslaw vs. Northwestern
Top Potential Matchup: Creston Norwayne vs. Orrville
Our Pick: Orrville

Warren District

District Favorites: Leavittsburg LaBrae and Youngstown Ursuline
Sleepers: Girard, Youngstown Liberty, and Newton Falls
Top Matchup: Pymatuning Valley vs. Orwell Grand Valley
Top Potential Matchup: Leavittsburg LaBrae vs. Youngstown Ursuline
Our Pick: Youngstown Ursuline

Division IV

Division IV is NE Ohio’s small sector with just a trio of districts (Orwell, Struthers, and Barberton). The three will join the Byesville District out of the East for regional play at the Canton Fieldhouse. The past three state champions (Berlin Hiland twice and Cleveland VASJ) have come from this regional.

Orwell District

District Favorites: Cornerstone Christian and Windham
Sleepers: Cortland Maplewood, Bristol, and Warren JFK
Top Matchup: Bristol vs. Vienna Mathews
Top Potential Matchup: Cornerstone Christian vs. Windham
Our Pick: Cornerstone Christian

Struthers District

District Favorites: Wellsville, McDonald, Lowellville, and Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas
Sleepers: Youngstown Christian and Mineral Ridge
Top Matchup: Lordstown vs. Berlin Center Western Reserve
Top Potential Matchup: Wellsville vs. Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas
Our Pick: Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas

Barberton District

District Favorites: Richmond Heights and Mogadore
Sleepers: Kidron Central Catholic, Cuyahoga Heights, and Garfield Heights Trinity
Top Matchup: Lake Center Christian vs. Ashland Mapleton
Top Potential Matchup: Richmond Heights vs. Mogadore
Our Pick: Richmond Heights


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