3 OVP teams to change Ohio hoops divisions


By Paul Boggs - pboggs@civitasmedia.com



Meigs’ Zach Bartrum handles the ball during the Marauders’ non-league boys basketball game at Point Pleasant last season.


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Meigs’ Madison Fields (right) battles River Valley’s Beth Gillman (left) for possession of the ball during their Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division girls basketball game last season.


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Meigs moves down, the Lady Raiders move up — and everybody else simply stayed the same.

That’s because the Meigs Marauders, both the boys AND girls programs along with the River Valley girls, are changing basketball divisions for the next two seasons — as announced last Thursday by the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

Both boys and girls teams from Gallia Academy in Division II — along with River Valley’s boys in Division III and Eastern, Southern and South Gallia in Division IV — will remain in those same divisions for the next two years.

The divisional breakdowns in wrestling and basketball were approved by the OHSAA Board of Directors on June 1 during their June meeting.

The 2017‐18 academic year is the opening year of the OHSAA’s new two-year enrollment and divisional alignment cycle.

Which means, for Meigs, both the Marauder men and women will be competing as a Division III basketball program —with both dropping down from Division II.

For the Meigs boys, their adjusted basketball enrollment is 209 — and actually squeezes them into Division III by only a mere two men.

Boys enrollments for Division II clubs will range — for the next two years — from 211 to 361, while Division III teams will range from 128 boys to 210.

Gallia Academy’s enrollment is 239, which keeps it in Division II — while River Valley’s is 204 for Division III.

On the girls side, the Lady Marauders — with an enrollment of 185 —moved down to Division III from Division II.

Both programs at Meigs — in the recent past and within the past decade —have been on or around the cutoff number for those two different divisions (II and III).

River Valley’s girls, however, have never been Division II —until now.

The Raiders’ girls enrollment is 212 for the next two years, as they will join New Lexington as the only other Division III program to bump up to Division II.

Gallia Academy’s enrollment is 209, as the Division II range will be from 197 to 336 —with Division III set for 118 to 196.

For the first time, Competitive Balance roster data was used in determining divisional assignments in basketball, which is the only OHSAA winter sport affected by the Competitive Balance regulation — that OHSAA member schools adopted by referendum vote in 2014.

Division assignments are based on gender-specific enrollment numbers provided to the OHSAA by the Ohio Department of Education.

Enrollment figures are then modified in the sports of football, volleyball, soccer, basketball, softball and baseball based on Competitive Balance roster data submitted by each school.

Eastern (107 girls and 104 boys), Southern (92 girls and 95 boys) and South Gallia (86 girls and 90 boys) will remain in Division IV in both boys and girls basketball.

The enrollments of Division IV schools are 127 and fewer for the boys and 117 or less for the girls, while Division I schools include 362 or more boys and 337 or greater girls.

For the boys, there are exactly 200 teams in Divisions II, III and IV, while Division I has 199.

For the girls, the three largest divisions all have 196 teams — while the smallest Division IV features 198.

In addition to Logan, the only Southeast District programs that moved from Division II to Division I were the Chillicothe boys and the Marietta girls.

On the boys side, Fairland — last year’s Division III regional champion and member of the Ohio Valley Conference along with Gallia Academy — returns to Division II.

Also jumping up a division with the Dragons are Westfall and Zane Trace.

Pike Eastern and Western will be the only Division IV programs going up to Division III, while Meigs is the only one that drops down to a III from a II — both boys and girls.

Speaking of dropping down, Coal Grove goes from III to IV — the only one to do such.

The other girls changes are Pike Eastern and Leesburg Fairfield going from IV to III, and Peebles and Valley going from III to IV.

Information provided by the Ohio High School Athletic Association was used in this story.

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

Meigs’ Zach Bartrum handles the ball during the Marauders’ non-league boys basketball game at Point Pleasant last season.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2017/06/web1_6.14-MHS-Bartrum.jpgMeigs’ Zach Bartrum handles the ball during the Marauders’ non-league boys basketball game at Point Pleasant last season. Paul Boggs/OVP Sports

Meigs’ Madison Fields (right) battles River Valley’s Beth Gillman (left) for possession of the ball during their Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division girls basketball game last season.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2017/06/web1_6.14-RV-Gillman.jpgMeigs’ Madison Fields (right) battles River Valley’s Beth Gillman (left) for possession of the ball during their Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division girls basketball game last season. Paul Boggs/OVP Sports

By Paul Boggs

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