Prep football breakdowns announced

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 9, 2002

The numbers are in and the breakdown is out.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association has announced the breakdown by divisions for the 2002 football season postseason playoffs.

Division I schools will be comprised of schools with a male enrollment of 518 or more in grades 10-12. Division II will be for schools with 355-517 boys, Division III 259-354, Division IV 187-258, Division V 133-186, and Division VI 132 or less.

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Ironton (200 boys), Rock Hill (230), South Point (209), and Fairland (205) will be in Division IV, Coal Grove (160), Chesapeake (163), and Wheelersburg (165) are Div. V, and Symmes Valley (120) and Green (75) are Div. VI.

Portsmouth just squeezed into Div. IV with 256 boys, two under the limit. Other area teams in Div. IV are Minford (191), Portsmouth West (211), Northwest (228), and Waverly (243).

Lucasville Valley (155) will be Div. V. Among the Div. VI teams are Oak Hill (122), Portsmouth Notre Dame (33), South Gallia (124), and East (76).

Other notables had Gallipolis (325) and Columbus St. Francis DeSales (349) in Div. III.


Tiger film on DVD

For years, Sam and Penny Heighton have made the Ironton Fighting Tigers highlight film available on video cassette. The 2001 highlight film is on video tape, but it is also being offered on DVD for the first time.

A video tape is $25 while the DVD is $35. Interested people should contact Sam or Penny at 532-7951.


Lewis enjoys strong season

Heidelberg College junior softball standout Seka Lewis stole the show this season.

Lewis, the former Fairland Lady Dragons star, led Heidelberg with 13 stolen bases, good enough to place her second in the Ohio Athletic Conference.

For the season, Lewis started all 25 games and led the team in hitting with a .316 batting average. She had two doubles, a triple, and scored nine runs.

Despite Lewis' efforts, the team struggled to a 2-30 record and 0-18 in the OAC.


OHSAA board meeting

The OHSAA recent board meeting had several items of importance.

One, the Ohio High School basketball coaches have proposed that the state permit teams to play a 20-game schedule or an 18-game schedule plus a tournament not to exceed four games.

Two, emphasis was placed on not permitting mandatory attendance at open gymnasiums or facilities.

And third, 7th and 8th grade students may not practice with, participate on the same team with, or compete against 9th through 12th grade students, and students below 7th grade may not practice with or participate on the same team with 7th through 12th grade students.

Jim Walker is sports editor of The Ironton Tribune.