Paul McMillan IV has been BALLING out for Woodward this season. They sit in the top 10 of the Division II rankings.

Posted On: 01/18/21 10:59 AM

The OHSAA season is in full swing as almost every team has played at least a couple games. This seemed like a perfect time to update our state rankings in each division. This article will highlight divisions I and II, there will be a second article with rankings on divisions III and IV. These rankings are based on what you have achieved on the court, not who the best teams exactly are. With that being said, let’s hop into the rankings.

Division I

  1. Gahanna Lincoln (7-0)
  2. Hilliard Bradley (7-0)
  3. Westerville Central (8-0)
  4. Cincinnati Elder (12-1)
  5. Archbishop Moeller (10-3)
  6. Mentor (3-0)
  7. Saint Edward (6-0)
  8. Centerville (7-2)
  9. Huber Heights Wayne (9-1)
  10. Massillon Jackson (11-1)

Watch list (no order) 

Olentangy Liberty (8-2) Dublin Coffman (6-2) Canton McKinley (8-3) Lima Sr (8-1) Saint Xavier (8-1) Medina (8-2) Saint Ignatius (8-4)  Lorain (4-0) Wooster (7-0) Archbishop Hoban (9-1)

Notes: A trio of unbeaten Columbus teams atop the rankings. Gahanna and Hilliard Bradley have been on quarantine recently, but Gahanna is set to play Westerville Central on Wednesday in a huge battle. Elder pulled off a shocking upset of Moeller and handed the Crusaders their first loss to a SW Ohio team after 88 tries. Mentor and Saint Edward seem to be the class of NEO, both teams are unbeaten and seem to be rolling. The top teams in the GWOC stand at 8 and 9, as Centerville squeaked out a tight one over Wayne recently. Massillon Jackson took their first loss of the year to Canton McKinley, but three losses to Columbus teams, including two to Olentangy Liberty keep the Pups out of the top 10. Speaking of Olentangy Liberty, both the Patriots and Shamrocks of Dublin Coffman are teams to keep an eye out for in the brutal OCC division that also includes Hilliard Bradley. Lima Sr is the favorite to win the TRAC, Quincey Simpson doesn’t have the top end talent he had last season, but his team plays super hard on both ends. Saint Xavier has only lost to Elder so far but doesn’t have any marquee victories to warrant a top 10 slot. The rest of the teams to watch come from northeast Ohio, Medina lost against Mentor to knock them out of the top 10. Ignatius is starting to bounce back after a brutal stretch of games that included Hilliard Bradley and STVM. Lorain and Wooster are both unbeaten on the young season and Archbishop Hoban has been quietly taking care of business.

Division II

  1. STVM (10-1)
  2. Lima Shawnee (13-0)
  3. Buchtel (6-1)
  4. Warrensville Heights (8-1)
  5. Tippecanoe (10-0)
  6. Woodward (9-1)
  7. Hamilton Ross (12-1)
  8. Shelby (10-1)
  9. Jonathan Alder (9-0)
  10. Rossford (10-0)

Watch list (no order)

Struthers (11-0) Logan Elm (5-0) Buckeye Valley (8-2) Trotwood-Madison (2-1) Dayton Dunbar (4-0) Jackson (8-0) Warren (7-1) Heath (5-1) Columbus DeSales (4-2) Bishop Fenwick (6-1)

Notes: STVM and Lima Shawnee are clearly the class of division II, both teams look very impressive thus far. Buchtel took their first loss since the last rankings update, but losing a close battle in the Eagles Nest of Saint Edward was very impressive. Warrensville Heights keeps on getting impressive victories, have to reward them for that. Tippecanoe has had a couple scares recently but remains unbeaten in the Miami Valley League. Woodward recently dominated Hughes and their win over Whitehall became even more impressive after Whitehall took down Trotwood-Madison at home. Hamilton Ross has won three of their last four games by 12 points or less. Shelby continues to win as TJ PughTJPugh6'6" | SFShelby | 2021StateOH has been on a tear recently. Finally, Jonathan Alder and Rossford round out the top 10, both teams don’t have much for quality wins but I think their schedules have been a little tougher than Struthers and Logan Elm who sit on the cusp. Buckeye Valley falling to Bishop Hartley drops them out of the top 10, but the Barons have been impressive this year. Trotwood-Madison is trying to shake off a late start, a loss to Whitehall was surprising as this is a top 10 team talent wise. Dayton Dunbar is unbeaten and scoring a lot of points. Jackson and Warren look like the class of Southeast Ohio in Division II outside of Logan Elm. Heath has bounced back strong after an early season loss to Johnstown. DeSales has a big opportunity today when they host Pick Central. Bishop Fenwick is one of three impressive GCL-Co ed squads, Roger Bacon and McNicholas each have only two losses and both could make their way into the rankings if they keep winning.