Ironton opens 7th in AP poll

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Maybe it'll be a lucky 7.

The Ironton Fighting Tigers opened the Associated Press Division IV poll this season ranked seventh.

Ironton (3-0) may need some luck right away. The Fighting Tigers will be put to the test Friday night as they host the rival Portsmouth Trojans in a key showdown at Tanks Memorial Stadium.

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The Fighting Tigers have 118 points and five first-place votes. Top-ranked Coldwater has 11 first-place votes and runner-up Youngstown Cardinal Mooney also have five first-place votes.

Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary's is third, Coshocton fourth, Versailles and Huron are tied for fifth with 129 points, followed by Ironton. Clinton-Massie had 81 points to hold down eighth place, while Delta and Perry round out the top 10.

Cleveland St. Ignatius is back on top in Division I with 247 points, 23 more than Warren Harding. Macedonia Nordonia leads Avon Lake by 13 points in Division II.

Cleveland Benedictine has a commanding lead in Division III over Germantown Valley View. Delphos St. John's has a 22 points lead over Marion Pleasant in Division V. Dola Hardin Northern leads Columbus Grove by 18 points in Division VI.

The final poll vote will be Oct. 28. Ironton has won four poll championships including its last title in 2001.