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 conclude our look around the state by featuring all five Districts. Below we 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.
The Northwest District is comprised of four divisions (I, II, III, and IV). Next to the East and Southeast Districts, NW Ohio has the smallest contingent of DI teams, but a large gathering of DIV squads. Since the turn of the decade, only Ottawa-Glandorf (‘13) and Lima Central Catholic (‘10) have won state championships for NW Ohio. Both came in DIII. It’s no secret, Toledo itself hasn’t won a state championship since Toledo Scott in 1990.
The Central District is comprised of four divisions (I, II, III, and IV). A year ago, Bishop Watterson brought home gold for the district. Central Ohio also scored in 2012 when Pickerington Central captured the DI state championship. The Tigers became the fourth school from Central OH to win the D1 championship this century joining Brookhaven (‘02), Newark (‘08), and Northland (‘09).
The Southwest District is comprised of four divisions (I, II, III, and IV). SW Ohio has flexed its muscle over the last 4 years, and could do so again in 2014. The district has won six of the last 16 state championships over the past four seasons winning 6-of-12 between 2010-2012.
The East District is comprised of three divisions (II, III, and IV) and two Division I teams (Zanesville and New Philadelphia). The unbeaten Blue Devils captured the fourth seed in the Central District and New Philadelphia will take its 15th seed to the Northeast District.
The Southeast District is comprised of three divisions (II, III, and IV). However, there are only two Division I teams in Chillicothe and Logan, who will be sent to the Central District.