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Monroeville, Plymouth girls hoops up to Div. III; Edison boys to Div. II

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Apr 12, 2018 at 11:45 PM

COLUMBUS — The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors held its regularly scheduled April meeting Thursday morning at the OHSAA office.

The following are highlights from the meeting:

n The board approved the girls and boys basketball divisional breakdowns for the 2018-19 season, which include adjustments related to competitive balance roster data for the 2017-18 season.

Three area programs, two girls and one boys team, will be moving up one division next winter. In girls, Firelands Conference foes Monroeville and Plymouth are up to Division III by the slimmest of margins.

Monroeville's enrollment total was 119, just two over the limit to remain Div. IV.

Meanwhile, Plymouth is at 118, one over the limit. The Big Red will be tied with five others as the smallest out of 198 Div. III schools next winter, while Monroeville is tied with one other school as the second-smallest.

The remaining area teams will stay the same, with Norwalk, Bellevue and Willard in Div. III; Edison, Monroeville and Western Reserve remain in Div. III, and St. Paul and South Central are in Div. IV.

Meanwhile, Edison will be moving back up to Div. II in boys basketball, also by the slimmest of margins. The competitive balance figure for school was 19, bumping the enrollment from 197 to 216 — pushing the Chargers over the Div. III limit by just four kids. Edison will be the fifth-smallest Div. II boys team in the state.

Norwalk and Bellevue remain Div. III; New London, Willard and Western Reserve are Div. III, and FC foes St. Paul, Monroeville, Plymouth and South Central are still Div. IV.

The base enrollment data provided by the Ohio Department of Education does not change for 2018-19.

n By a 7-2 vote, the board approved a proposal from the baseball coaches association to extend the season one week, beginning with the 2019 season. The number of regular-season games permitted (27) will not be affected, but the regular season will be one week longer. The 2019 state tournament will be June 6, 7 and 8 instead of May 30, 31 and June 1. A year ago, the proposal was voted down, 7-2.

n The board received the attendance and financial reports from the 2017 football playoffs. The overall attendance for the five rounds of the playoffs decreased by 34,106 tickets. The announced total attendance for the seven state championship games in Canton was 61,312, which was up from 55,421 in 2016 in Columbus.

n The board received the attendance and financial reports from the 2017 cross country regional and state tournaments. The state tournament attendance at National Trail Raceway was 12,054, which marked the second-highest in OHSAA history.

n Since the board’s last meeting, 12 member schools were penalized for committing infractions of OHSAA bylaws or sports regulations.

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