The Revere boys soccer team and the Twinsburg girls soccer teams finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in their respective divisions, according to the state coaches poll.
Revere is in Division II under coach Sandor Jakab, and Twinsburg is in Division I under coach Chris Gentille.
Both teams earned No. 1 seeds in their respective sectional districts, and have hopes of winning the state championship next month at Columbus Crew Stadium.
Walsh Jesuit remained at No. 2 in the final Division I girls rankings.
The Archbishop Hoban girls climbed to No. 2 in the final Division II girls rankings. Manchester is tied for eighth with Grandview Heights in the Division III girls poll.
Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy is fourth in the Division II boys poll,, and Hoban is No. 11. Jackson’s boys are No. 5 in Division I, and Copley is 12th. Chippewa is tied for ninth in the Division III poll with Cincinnati Country Day.
The Hudson girls are tied for seventh in Division I with Dublin Coffman. Brunswick is 10th, and Medina is 12th. Revere is 12th in Division II, and Rootstown is 16th in Division III.
Top seed Manchester
The Manchester girls soccer team is a No. 1 seed in a Division III sectional district and enters the postseason riding a four-game winning streak.
Manchester hosts Northwestern tonight in its playoff opener and won an earlier meeting between the two schools 3-2.
“We knew going into this season that we had a talented freshman class coming in,” Manchester coach Eddie Kissner said. “It was important to mesh the talented returning upperclassmen with the freshmen. We started out the season 6-0. ...We have built on what we have learned from the wins and the losses. We have high expectations as we enter the tournament. Our goal this year is to be playing into November.”
The Panthers are 12-3-1 overall and are riding a four-game winning streak. Senior forward Kaylee Ferguson leads the team with 19 goals and 14 assists.
“Kaylee has definitely been our top offensive weapon,” Kissner said. “[Junior] Morgan Schaber is our defensive leader and our center back. She is our organizer in the back.”
Freshman Kelly Mirman is an impact player at forward. Ferguson, Schaber and senior midfielder Karley Dougherty are tri-captains.
Kissner also starts freshman Morgan Starcher, sophomore Aubrey Podnar and freshman Michaela Schaber at midfield with Dougherty. Senior Monica Tannhof is the goalkeeper and the defenders are Morgan Schaber, freshman Grace Boss, junior Brittni Porter and junior Sarah Steurer.
Football poll update
The Associated Press released its fourth state football poll as the season enters Week 8, and St. Vincent-St. Mary continues to be ranked No. 1 in Division III.
St. V-M is seeking to win its second consecutive Division III state championship.
Massillon dropped to No. 6 in the Division II poll after its loss to Austintown Fitch.
Two area schools continue to be ranked in the top 10 in Division I, Canton McKinley at No. 5 and Hudson at No. 6.
Suburban League teams Highland and Nordonia are ranked No. 7 and No. 9, respectively, in Division II.
Mogadore is No. 8 in Division VI, and Manchester is No. 10 in Division V.
Aurora (12th), Louisville (13th) and Marlington (18th) are just outside the top 10 in Division III.
What the computer says
Three area football teams would be No. 1 seeds if the playoffs started today, based on the computer ratings, which take into account wins, losses and strength of schedule.
The three schools are Hudson in Division I, Region 1; St. V-M in Division III, Region 7 and Manchester in Division V, Region 15.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association approved having playoff participants among seven divisions and 26 regions this football season.
The area schools in as of right now are:
Division I: Hudson, Canton McKinley, Stow, Wadsworth, Solon, Strongsville and Jackson.
Division II: Highland, Nordonia, Ellet, Massillon, Brecksville and Kent Roosevelt.
Division III: St. V-M, Marlington, Louisville, Aurora.
Division IV: Woodridge, Minerva and Triway.
Division V: Manchester, Fairless, Black River, Northwestern and Chippewa.
Division VI: Mogadore and St. Thomas Aquinas.
Division VII: None.
Area undefeated teams
Seven football teams in the Akron Beacon Journal coverage area enter Week 8 undefeated. The teams are Ellet, St. V-M, Hudson, Nordonia, Highland, Canton McKinley and Louisville.
Tennis poll update
The North Canton Hoover girls tennis team finished at No. 3 in the Division I state tennis coaches poll behind only No. 1 Mason and No. 2 Upper Arlington in the rankings.
Hoover defeated host Walsh Jesuit 3-2 Tuesday in the Division I Northeast Ohio regional final in Ohio Tennis Coaches Association team tournament.
Vikings coach Ryan Shaffer said the team upped its record to 22-0 and will face Notre Dame Academy from Toledo in a state semifinal at 9 a.m. Sunday at Reynoldsburg High School. The other state semifinal features Upper Arlington and Cincinnati Mason. The championship match and third-place match is also Sunday.
Volleyball poll update
The Jackson girls volleyball team finished the regular season ranked No. 5 in the Division I coaches state poll. Wadsworth is No. 14 in Division I.
Canton Central Catholic finished second in Division III.
Triway (fourth), Orrville (11th), Waynedale (12th) and Tusky Valley (16th) are also in the top 20 in Division III.
Dramatic McKinley win
Canton McKinley football coach Todd Filtz went for the win last week in the closing seconds and got exactly that against visiting GlenOak.
The Bulldogs defeated the Golden Eagles 13-10 Saturday in dramatic fashion at Fawcett Stadium to remain undefeated at 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the Federal League.
Down 10-7, McKinley executed a fake field goal to win a thriller. Senior holder Chris Prowell-White rolled to his right and tossed a 16-yard touchdown pass to junior Nick Faulkner as time expired. Prowell-White usually plays wide receiver, and Faulkner is generally a defensive end.
GlenOak (3-4, 1-2) took its fourth loss of the season, all of which have been by a combined eight points to Massillon, Jackson, Canton Central Catholic and McKinley.
The Golden Eagles led 10-0 and had the ball with less than four minutes to go in the fourth quarter. Bulldogs senior Tre’Von Richardson forced a fumble that senior Darius Smothers picked up and ran 95 yards for a touchdown. Austin Shaheen kicked the point after touchdown to cut the deficit to 10-7 with 3:09 left.
McKinley then forced a GlenOak three-and-out and got the ball back at its own 35 with 2:04 remaining. McKinley drove to the GlenOak 16 with eight seconds left to set up the game-winning touchdown pass.
GlenOak built the 10-0 lead on an Andrew George 28-yard field goal in the second quarter and an 11-yard touchdown run by Austin White in the third quarter. Kyle Hall intercepted a McKinley pass at the 11 and returned it 70 yards to set up the George field goal. GlenOak’s Zack Meronoff blocked a field-goal attempt in the third quarter, and teammate Jason Simon rushed for 55-yards to set up the White touchdown.
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