Other area teams join Ironton in pursuit of postseason

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 8, 2003

OK, we know the Ironton Fighting Tigers are in. So what's new. But what about the rest of us?

Ironton has qualified for its 22nd berth in the Ohio High School Athletic Association postseason playoffs.

All that's left for Ironton (7-0) is to clinch a first-round home field game, then win out to finish first in the computer and unbeaten for the 15th time in school history.

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But other area teams are looking to make the postseason. Those teams are also locked in league championship races that are overshadowing their playoff chances.

Ironton leads Region 15 of Division IV with a 16.7237 average. Westfall is second at 12.4285, Coshocton third at 11.1428 and Bellaire fourth with a 10.9517 average.

The Rock Hill Redmen, 6-1, have moved up to fifth place and could clinch a playoff spot by winning two out of their final three games. If Rock Hill wins its final three games and Bellaire loses to Martins Ferry and Coshocton to New Philadelphia, the Redmen could possibly get a home game.

The Fairland Dragons, 4-3, are currently 11th with a 5.9890 average. The Dragons' chances are flickering. They must win out and hope their schedule can add to their point total by winning.

Martins Ferry is sixth at 8.6357, River Valley (6-1) is seventh at 7.7214 and Granville eighth at 7.0642. River Valley's chances could hinge on beating Rock Hill this week.

In Region 19 of Division V, the Chesapeake Panthers (5-2) have climbed to fourth with an 11.4758 average.

Shenandoah is first at 16.7244, the Minford Falcons are second with a 12.5142 average and Amanda-Clearcreek is third at 11.9857.

The Wheelersburg Pirates (5-2) are seventh with a 10.1455 average.

Making a climb in Region 23 of Division VI are the Symmes Valley Vikings, who are seventh with a 7.7142 average.

The top eight teams in each region of the six divisions qualify for the postseason playoffs. First round games are scheduled to begin Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.