The Associated Press released its fourth state football poll as the season enters Week 7, and St. Vincent-St. Mary and Massillon continue to be ranked No. 1 in Division III and Division II, respectively.
St. V-M is seeking to win its second consecutive Division III state championship.
Two area schools continue to be ranked in the top 10 in Division I: Canton McKinley at No. 5 and Hudson at No. 8.
Suburban League teams Highland and Nordonia are ranked No. 9 and No. 10, respectively, in Division II.
Aurora is tied for No. 10 in Division III with Mount Orab Western Brown and Clyde.
Mogadore is No. 8 in Division VI.
Other area teams just outside the top 10 are Louisville (14th, Division III), Manchester (11th, Division V) and St. Thomas Aquinas (13th, Division VI).
What the computer says
Five 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 five schools are Hudson in Division I, Region 1; Highland in Division II, Region 4; St. V-M in Division III, Region 7; Manchester in Division V, Region 15 and Mogadore in Division VI, Region 19.
Several other area schools would be playoff participants among the seven divisions and 26 regions that the Ohio High School Athletic Association approved having in football this season.
Area undefeated teams
Six weeks of football are in the history books for 2013 and eight teams are 6-0 in the Akron Beacon Journal coverage area.
The undefeated teams are Ellet, St. V-M, Hudson, Nordonia, Highland, Canton McKinley, Massillon Washington and Louisville.
Aurora and Stow each took their first loss last week and are among several teams at 5-1.
Soccer poll update
The Revere boys soccer team and the Twinsburg girls soccer teams continue to hold down a No. 1 ranking in their respective divisions, according to the state coaches poll.
Walsh Jesuit stayed at No. 2 in the Division I girls rankings.
Both of the soccer teams from Archbishop Hoban are ranked in Division II, with the girls remaining at No. 3 and the boys sitting at No. 9.
Manchester is tied for sixth with Lynchburg-Clay in the Division III girls poll.
Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy is fourth in the Division II boys poll. Jackson’s boys are No. 5 in Division I and Copley is 13th. Chippewa is 10th in the Division III poll.
The Medina girls are 11th in Division I and Hudson is 14th. Rootstown is No. 16 in the Division III girls poll.
Tennis poll update
North Canton Hoover remains at No. 3 in the Division I state tennis coaches poll.
Hoover is behind only No. 1 Mason and No. 2 Upper Arlington in the rankings.
Volleyball poll update
Jackson (No. 5) and Wadsworth (No. 15) continue to be ranked in Division I. Revere is 20th in Division II and Canton Central Catholic is second in Division III.
Triway (fourth), Orrville (11th), Waynedale (12th), Tusky Valley (17th) and Dalton (18th) are also in the mix in Division III. Windham cracked the Division IV poll at 15th.
City Series volleyball
Firestone and Ellet will meet in the City Series volleyball playoff championship match at 6 tonight at Kenmore.
The Falcons, led by senior Sara Davis, posted a 12-0 league record and earned the regular season title. The Orangemen went 10-2.
The teams have combined to win every City Series playoff championship since 1995. Ellet won the title in 2012 after Firestone had won the previous four from 2008-2011. Firestone won the title in 2006, but Ellet won the title in 2007 and had a run of first-place teams from 1995-2005.
Stow golfer shines
Stow senior golfer Ian Holt entered this week in a groove.
Holt, a Kent State University recruit, earned the medalist honor at the Division I boys sectional tournament last week at Windmill Lakes by carding an even-par 70.
The victory allowed Holt to be the medalist for the fifth tournament in a row, giving him six firsts in nine starts.
A total of 13 singles players and 12 doubles units from the area will compete at the district level this weekend with dreams of being a tennis state champion.
The Division I district tournament at Oberlin College is 9 a.m. today and Saturday. The Division II district tournament at Harvard Park in Canton is Friday and Saturday with play scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. each day.
In Division I, Molly Sandberg of Walsh Jesuit and Tessa Hill of Jackson are No. 1 seeds in singles. Emily Dunbar of Cloverleaf and Katherine McCauley of Lake are No. 2 seeds. On the double side, North Canton Hoover’s Abby Warburton and Alivia Arnold are a No. 1 seed along with Walsh’s Emily Hissong and Gina Costanzo. Hudson’s Connie Chen and Grace Graham and Hoover’s Natalie Bourlas and Nicolette Bourlas each have No. 2 seeds.
In Division II, Neya Sterling of St. Thomas Aquinas is a No. 1 seed in singles and AnnaMae Aufrance of Marlington is a No. 2 seed. Field’s Abigail Hellwig and Larissa Douvikas are a No. 1 seed in doubles and Christina Sicard and Danielle Palutsis are a No. 2 seed.
The Archbishop Hoban football team surpassed its win total from last season and equaled its win total from the past two seasons combined following its 17-3 victory over host Mentor Lake Catholic on Saturday.
Hoban is 3-3 in 2013 going into its Week 7 matchup with Parma Padua Franciscan, who is also 3-3. The Knights went 2-8 in 2012 and 1-9 in 2011.
Knights sophomore quarterback Vince Murdocco passed and rushed for a touchdown against the Cougars. Freshman Todd Sibley is continuing to show promise as a running back and senior receivers Jake Tersigni and Anthony Simonetti have been solid.
Mogadore junior excels
Mogadore junior Brandon Berry enters this week with 1,148 rushing yards on 155 carries.
He has scored 15 touchdowns this season and has rushed for more than 300 yards against two opponents, Norton and Streetsboro.
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