Region 5 in Division II football figures to be interesting with Hoban and Massillon. St. V-M and Copley move down to Division II in boys basketball.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced the football regional assignments by division on Thursday for the 2019 season.
Region 5 in Division II figures to be interesting with Archbishop Hoban and Massillon in the mix along with several other area schools.
Hoban and Massillon made it to Week 15 in 2018 when the Knights beat the Tigers 42-28 in the Division II state championship game in Canton. The victory gave Hoban its fourth state title in a row — two in Division II and two Division III.
If the Knights and Tigers meet in the playoffs this upcoming season, it will be either in Week 11 (regional quarterfinal), 12 (regional semifinal) or 13 (regional final).
Region 5 in Division II also includes Alliance, Cuyahoga Falls, Ellet, Firestone, Hudson, Kenmore-Garfield, Kent Roosevelt, Lake, Nordonia, North, North Canton Hoover, Perry, Twinsburg, and Walsh Jesuit. Perennial playoff contenders Austintown Fitch, Bedford, Boardman and Warren Harding are also slotted in Region 5.
Region 6 in Division II is set to include local schools Barberton, Brecksville, Green, Highland, North Royalton, Wadsworth and Wooster. Perennial playoff contenders Avon, Cleveland Benedictine, Garfield Heights and Maple Heights are also in Region 6.
In Division I, area schools Stow, Brunswick, Canton McKinley, GlenOak, Jackson, Medina and Strongsville have all been placed in Region 1. Region 1 also includes Mentor, Cleveland Heights, Cleveland St. Ignatius and defending Division I state champion Lakewood St. Edward.
Buchtel, Copley and Woodridge will move into Division III in 2019.
Buchtel and Woodridge are being slotted in Region 9 along with Aurora, Coventry, East, Ravenna, Springfield, St. Vincent-St. Mary, Streetsboro and Tallmadge. Region 9 also includes defending Division III state champion Chagrin Falls Kenston, and programs such as Canfield, Chardon, Louisville, Marlington, Steubenville that have playoff pedigrees.
Copley, Norton, Ravenna and Revere are being placed in Region 10 along with perennial playoff contenders Buckeye, Cleveland Glenville and Mansfield.
The Division IV list of teams includes Canton South, CVCA and Field in Region 13 and Northwest in Region 14. Girard, the Division IV state runnerup last season to Cincinnati Wyoming, is also in Region 13.
Manchester and Rootstown will be in Division V Region 17 along with schools such as Canton Central Catholic and Kirtland, the Division VI state champ in 2018.
Region 18 in Division V is set to include defending Division V state champion Orrville and Chippewa; and Mogadore is slotted in Division VI Region 21.
The OHSAA also announced the divisional alignment for basketball, soccer and volleyball, based on enrollment and taking into account competitive balance.
In boys basketball, St. V-M and Copley are moving down from Division I to Division II. The girls teams from St. V-M and Copley are also pegged for Division II.
The following schools are Division I in both boys and girls basketball: Barberton, Brecksville, Brunswick, Canton McKinley, Cuyahoga Falls, Ellet, Firestone, GlenOak, Green, Highland, Hoban, Hoover, Hudson, Jackson, Kenmore-Garfield, Kent Roosevelt, Lake, Massillon, Medina, Nordonia, North, North Royalton, Perry, Stow, Strongsville, Twinsburg, Wadsworth, Walsh Jesuit and Wooster.
Buchtel and East are Division II in each gender of basketball along with Coventry, CVCA, Field, Norton, Ravenna, Revere, Springfield, Streetsboro, Tallmadge, Northwest and Woodridge.
Alliance is Division I in boys and Division II in girls basketball; and Aurora is Division I in girls and Division II in boys.
In Division III in both boys and girls basketball are Manchester, Orrville, Rootstown and Chippewa. Our Lady of the Elms and Mogadore are in Division IV.
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