Layne Sarver has Tri-Village unbeaten and ranked in the Division IV rankings.

Posted On: 01/18/21 12:33 PM

The OHSAA season is in full swing with many teams already playing over half of their regular season schedule. With that being said, Prep Hoops Ohio has decided to update the state rankings in each division. These rankings are supposed to reflect what you’ve achieved on the court this season and not project potential team strength. With that being said, let’s hop into the rankings.

Division III

  1. Lutheran East (7-0)
  2. Worthington Christian (12-1)
  3. Colonel Crawford (13-0)
  4. Ottawa-Glandorf (10-1)
  5. Taft (6-2)
  6. Harvest Prep (8-0)
  7. Johnstown (9-3)
  8. Bishop Ready (4-2)
  9. Wheelersburg (11-0)
  10. Fort Frye (8-1)

Watch list (no order)

Fairland (9-3) Eastern Brown (14-1) Adena (13-2) Columbia (5-1) Beachwood (2-0) Fredericktown (12-0) Centerburg (7-1) North Union (10-2) Western Reserve (Collins) (9-1)

Notes: Lutheran East is clearly the top team in division III and a prohibitive favorite to lift a state championship trophy. Worthington Christian finally fell in a pretty stunning result to Dublin Jerome. Colonel Crawford and Ottawa-Glandorf keep winning up in NW Ohio. Taft has only lost to Western Hills and Woodward and the Senators have wins over Hamilton Ross and McNicholas, two solid D2 teams. Harvest Prep is strong again, but a weak conference slate has them down here. I’m not sure how many teams across the state have played more close games than Johnstown, they have a handful of key wins and tough losses. Bishop Ready split with Bishop Hartley and has beaten Columbus DeSales, a loss to D1 St Charles isn’t a huge negative. Wheelersburg, Fort Frye, Fairland, Eastern Brown and Adena are all very close. Wheelersburg being unbeaten puts them ahead of this group. Fort Frye beat Fairland and Fairland beat Eastern Brown so that is reflected here. Columbia scores as many points as anybody in the state, a team to look out for in NEO. Beachwood just got their season started but don’t sleep on the Bison. Fredericktown and Centerburg were supposed to play a little bit ago but that game got moved due to COVID, should be a good one when these teams finally meet up on the court. North Union almost took down unbeaten D2 Jonathan Alder. Western Reserve (Collins) just keeps winning since our last rankings.

Division IV

  1. Richmond Heights (2-3)
  2. Botkins (12-1)
  3. Toledo Christian (8-2)
  4. Columbus Grove (7-1)
  5. Tri-Village (13-0)
  6. Antwerp (10-1)
  7. Ottoville (11-2)
  8. Tiffin Calvert (10-1)
  9. Kalida (11-2)
  10. Dalton (7-3)

Watch list (no order)

McDonald (10-0) Cincinnati College Prep (7-1) Cedarville (10-1) Federal Hocking (5-1) Trimble (6-2) New Boston Glenwood (13-1) Shenandoah (8-1) Jackson Center (10-3) Convoy Crestview (10-3) Lincolnview (8-2)

Notes: Richmond Heights three losses are to some of the top teams in the state, yes they deserve to be number one. Botkins and Toledo Christian recently suffered losses so why did they rise? It’s simple, Botkins has a handful of quality wins and eventually you will lose a game when you continue to play tough opponents. As for Toledo Christian, they lost by six to unbeaten D1 Sylvania Northview. That’s impressive for a D4 school. Columbus Grove is finally healthy and they beat Kalida by 21 points, watch out for the Bulldogs. Tri-Village keeps winning with Layne SarverLayneSarver6'6" | SFTri-Village | 2022StateOH leading the way. Antwerp took a tough loss on a buzzer-beater but I expect the Archers to be tough to handle in the playoffs. Ottoville has beaten Toledo Christian and lost to Antwerp, tough to rank those three teams but two losses to D4 schools has the Big Green just behind. Tiffin Calvert has continued to win since our last update and finds themselves into the rankings. Kalida had a tough loss to a determined Columbus Grove team, but let’s not count them out just yet. Dalton has three losses to Lutheran East, Massillon Washington and Revere those are all not damaging for a D4 team. McDonald can shoot the lights out of the ball. Cincinnati College Prep is the favorite in the other division of the CMAC. Cedarville took a tough loss to knock them out of the top 10, but sitting at 10-1 you shouldn’t forget about them. Fed Hock, Trimble and New Boston Glenwood are the class of SEO in Division IV. Shenandoah keeps winning since our last update. Jackson Center and Convoy Crestview have played brutal schedules that include some tough losses and quality wins. Lincolnview is another NW Ohio team with some big wins on their resume.