Area schools change hoop divisions

COLUMBUS – While most are getting geared up for fall sports, the Ohio High School Athletic Association announced the new divisional assignments for the winter and spring sports – minus track and field – during Thursday’s Board of Directors meeting at the OHSAA headquarters in Columbus.

The majority of area teams remained in the same division in which they’ve played the last two years.

However, three schools are changing divisions for at least one sport.

Barnesville is on the move up in boys and girls’ sports.

The Shamrocks’ latest enrollment count for boys was at 135, which places them inside Division III for boys basketball and baseball. Both had spent the last two years in Division IV.

The Lady Shamrocks’ enrollment stands at 123 students in the upper three grades, meaning they’ll bump up to Division III in both basketball and softball.

Harrison Central will be in a new division for every boys’ sport announced on Thursday.

The Huskies have dropped to an enrollment of 204 boys, which means the Huskies will play in Division III in boys basketball, baseball and wrestling.

None of the Huskies’ sports had ever competed in Division III prior to the latest numbers.

Harrison Central qualified for the Division II state baseball tournament in June and had previously qualified for a Division II Sweet 16 in basketball.

The Huskies will also be in Division III for wrestling in both the team and individual tournaments.

The St. Clairsville Red Devils have been going back-and-forth between Division II and III in boys’ basketball.

After bumping up to Division II in 2011, the Red Devils qualified for their first trip to the state tournament. They advanced to the regional in Athens last year.

The road to the regional for this year’s Red Devils’ squad will come in Division III. There are currently 209 male students in the upper three grades.

The addition of three teams to the Division III Eastern District field will be off-set by Tuscarawas Valley and Indian Valley bumping up to Division II.

New Philadelphia, which knocked out St. Clairsville in the regional tournament last season, has bumped up to Division I boys basketball.

Also of note, Steubenville Catholic Central, which advanced to the Division III regional in softball, will compete in Division IV in 2014 and 2015.

All other area schools will compete in the same division they competed in for the last two years.

The divisions for track and field will be set during the Sept. 5 Board of Directors meeting.

In other OHSAA news, the Board of Directors voted to keep the regional cross country sites as they’ve been, meaning area teams will head to Pickerington North High School.

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