Since the supporters of separating the state tournaments into private
and public events are so intent on doing so, in part to “level the
playing field”, they had better pay close attention to the following...
Since the supporters of separating the state tournaments into private and public events are so intent on doing so, in part to “level the playing field”, they had better pay close attention to the following because this dominance of the various state tournaments is really getting out of hand – something must be done!
For openers, what are they going to do about schools like Brecksville-Broadview Heights and Upper Arlington? The last time we checked these were still public institutions. However, in the recently completed girls state gymnastics competition, Brecksville-Broadview Heights won the team tournament for the 10th consecutive year. In fact, there was only one private school (No. 9 Magnificat) in the top 12 finishers. Then in the individual competition the girls from Brecksville-Broadview Heights won every event. How is separation going to “level the playing field” here?
As for Upper Arlington, they finished fourth in the recently completed Girls Division I swim and dive competition. “So what?” you might say, but the Golden Bears had won the previous eight state tournaments. Was this the end of the line for these girls or just an aberration to their outstanding run of success? Better play it safe and find a way to separate them from the rest before they really start to dominate. (By the way, only two of the top 14 teams in this swim tournament were from private schools. These private schools should welcome separation – more swim and gymnastics state titles for them. And how ridiculous would that be – exactly!)
And then there is this season’s state ice hockey tournament. Here is this year’s Final Four: Shaker Heights, Rocky River, Sylvania Northview, Powell Olentangy Liberty. The last time I looked these are all public schools. And how did they get to the Final Four? All they did was defeat St. Edward, Holy Name, University School and Toledo St. John’s! Rocky River also defeated the top ranked St. Ignatius.
Yes, we better proceed with the separation process so that the private schools can earn a championship trophy, too.