Thirteen area football teams were among 117 state-wide that were reassigned divisional status Thursday by the Ohio High School Athletic Association.
The change goes into effect this fall and last for two seasons. The OHSAA reassesses divisions every two years, based on male enrollment from grades 9-11. The latest revision was made from 2008 figures.
• Changing from D-IV to D-III: Oakwood, Ben Logan.
• From D-V to D-IV: Waynesville.
• From D-II to D-III: Bellbrook and Dunbar.
• From D-II to D-IV: Marshall.
• From D-III to D-IV: Valley View and Indian Lake.
• From D-IV to D-V: Coldwater and Greeneview.
• From: D-V to D-VI: Marion Local, National Trail and Arcanum.
• Defending D-IV state champion Alter stays put. But its playoff path was considerably cleared with Steubenville and Youngstown Cardinal Mooney both bumping up to D-III and Coldwater moving down to D-IV.
• After a two-year run in D-V that produced a state title in ‘07, Marion Local returns to D-VI. That means the MAC’s two best current powers — Local and Coldwater — still can run the table in separate divisions.
• Valley View’s drop to D-IV didn’t hurt its playoff fortunes. Of course, now the Spartans must go through Alter at some point.
• That population explosion at Bellbrook and Sugar Creek Twp. is officially suspended. The Golden Eagles’ drop to D-III brings it more in line with its SWBL brethren and should help its postseason return.
• Just two schools throughout the state made a two-division jump; Marshall and Cincinnati Taft both dropping from D-II to D-IV.
“The fun part is finding out who’s coming with you or leaving you. … Oh, that’s great. I look a little more short sided, at the local stuff first.”
— Oakwood coach Paul Stone, whose Lumberjacks dodge Alter but are now lumped with state heavyweights Steubenville, Mooney and Parma Padua Franciscan.
There are 718 schools that field football programs. Those teams are divided into six divisions:
• D-I: 120 schools (518 boys or more);
• D-II: 118 schools (348-517 boys);
• D-III: 120 schools (252-347 boys);
• D-IV: 119 schools (177-251 boys);
• D-V: 120 schools (125-176 boys);
• D-VI: 121 schools (124 boys or less).Tweet