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Posted On: 06/15/17 10:44 AM
OHSAA recently announced the divisional re-alignments for each of the four divisions in the state of Ohio. These decisions are based on gender-based enrollment and competitive balance information among other factors. So what teams in the Cincinnati area are affected by these changes? Prep Hoops is here to answer those questions for you.
There were a few changes at the D-I level as Mt. Healthy and Western Brown move up from the D-I level after spending last season in D-II. Mt. Healthy enjoyed a solid season last school year finishing with a 16-8 record overall. But the Owls must find a way to replace last year’s leading scorer Dominic Brewton who has transferred to Hughes.
An already tough division just much got that much tougher in the Cincinnati area with the additions of Roger Bacon, Summit Country Day, Shroder and Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy. For Bacon it’s a return to the Division were they won their last state title in 2002 when they defeated a LeBron James led Akron SVSM team. Add these four teams to a stacked region that includes Hughes, Wyoming and Taft among others and this might be the toughest region in the state.
Teams in this division had to breathe a sigh of relief upon learning Bacon and Summit Country Day were moving up a division. For the past 7 plus years these have been the two premier D-III programs in Cincinnati with Summit claiming the 2012 state title. But things will not get that much easier as two Cincinnati Hills League schools, Reading and Mariemont, move back to D-III after being D-II last season. Former D-IV schools Georgetown, Cincinnati Christian, Fayetteville and Oyler also are moving up to D-III next season as well.
Besides the move of Oyler up to D-III, there was no other changes in this division.