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St. Paul ranked No. 1 in Division VII AP poll

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Oct 16, 2017 at 6:30 PM

COLUMBUS — The St. Paul football team’s steady climb up the Associated Press state poll has reached a stopping point: the very top.

After opening at eighth in the first weekly poll on Sept. 11, the Flyers (8-0) have officially reached the No. 1 ranking in Division VII in the sixth weekly poll, released Monday night.

The Flyers were second a week ago, but following a 56-0 win over South Central, they flip-flopped with Dalton (8-0). St. Paul earned 12 first-place votes and 226 points, while the Bulldogs have 215 points and 11 first-place votes.

St. Paul was last AP poll champions in the Class A poll in 1969, giving the school a state championship before the playoff format was adopted in 1972. It has finished No. 2 in the poll on multiple occasions, including last season.

In Div. III, there were big changes as expected in the fallout of Sandusky’s 42-28 win over Clyde in a battle of unbeaten. The win moved the Blue Streaks (8-0) up one spot to No. 4, while the loss dropped the Fliers (7-1) from second all the way down to ninth.

The last of eight weekly polls will be at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 30.

VOLLEYBALL

St. Paul No. 4 in Div. IV

Despite not losing, the St. Paul Lady Flyers fell from second to No. 4 in the Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association Poll, released Monday.

St. Paul’s lone regular season loss came on Sept. 30 vs. Ottawa-Glandorf, ranked No. 7 in Div. III. New Bremen remained No. 1 in Div. IV, followed by St. Henry and Ottoville ahead of the Lady Flyers.

St. Paul is the top seed in its district, while No. 6-ranked Buckeye Central is the No. 2 seed.

CROSS COUNTRY

Two teams in coaches poll

Sandusky Bay Conference Bay division champion Edison is ranked 15th in the OATCC state coaches poll in Div. II.

In Div. III, Firelands Conference runners-up New London is 13th, one spot ahead of Mapleton, which edged out the Wildcats at Saturday’s conference meet.

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