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Playoff teams brace for ‘crunch time’

Jim Walker

jim.walker@irontontribune.com

 

It’s crunch time in league play and playoff play.

Several local teams are in position to win or tie for league titles and earn playoff berths but it all comes down to winning and — in some cases — getting a little help from other teams.

Rock Hill (4-3) dropped one spot to No. 6 in Region 17 of Division V, but the Redmen can still qualify for the postseason with wins against South Point (2-6) and Fairland (0-8) to end the regular season.

The Ironton Fighting Tigers (4-4) made a big jump from No. 16 to No. 11 in Region 17 with their win over Rock Hill last week.

Ironton can clinch the Ohio Valley Conference title and probably qualify for the postseason by winning their final two games against the Chesapeake Panthers (7-1) and South Point Pointers.

To date in Region 17, Zane Trace and Wheelersburg have clinched playoff spots.

Alexander (7-1) is third and plays Trimble (7-1) and Meigs (5-3) its final two games. The Spartans lost 9-3 at Chesapeake in week two.

Harrison Central (7-1) is fourth and plays Indian Creek (5-3) and winless Buckeye Local. West Lafayette Ridgewood (7-1) has Malvern (4-4) and Newcomerstown (2-6) left.

No. 7 Coshocton (5-3) has Claymont and River View left. Both are 1-7.

River Valley (6-2) is eighth and plays Athens (5-3) and Shadyside (2-6) to close the season. No. 9 Oak Hill (4-4) as Eastern (3-5) and Green (2-6) remaining.

Northwest (5-3) is 10th and plays Green and Symmes Valley (5-3).

Point averages this week show Zane Trace 18,0125, Wheelersburg 16.8875, Harrison Central 13.5064, Ridgewood 12.1125, Rock Hill 11.2222, Coshocton 10.4747, Oak Hill 8.8447, Northwest 7.4640 and Ironton 7.0865.

Moving to Region 21 of Division VI, Chesapeake has a simple path: win and you’re in.

The Panthers host Ironton on Friday and visit the Coal Grove Hornets (4-4) to end the regular season. They will need to win both games to clinch a berth and earn at least a share of the OVC. If they win one game, they may have to get some help.

Coal Grove Hornets is sitting at No. 15 due to their win last week over winless Fairland. The Hornets — who have a 6.8304 average — must beat Portsmouth (3-5) this week and Chesapeake in order to have a chance at the playoffs.

Lucasville Valley (7-0) leads the region at 16.8413 and faces Wheelersburg this week.

Fort Frye (8-0) is second at 16.25, Grandview Heights (7-1) is third at 13.9735, Paint Valley (7-1) is fourth at 13.8875, Chesapeake has a 12.7254 average, Hannibal River (7-1) is sixth at 12.5799, Bishop Ready (5-3) is seventh at 11.3838 and Newark Catholic (6-2) is eighth at 10.2857.

In Region 25 of Division VII, the Symmes Valley Vikings (5-3) Southern Ohio Conference title hopes are slim, but the playoffs are within reach if they beat Scitoville East and Northwest to finish the season.

The Vikings are currently No. 9 in the region with a 6.6097 average. Lancaster Fisher Catholic (6-2) is eighth with a 6.7519 average but has Harvest Prep (6-2) and Whitehall-Yearling (4-4) to close the season, both possible losses.

Trimble has clinched a playoff spot and leads the region with a 12.8625 average.

Danville (8-0) is next at 11.4250 followed by Caldwell (7-1) at 10.5875, Belpre (6-2) at 8.6351, Sciotoville East (5-3) at 7.3916, Harvest Prep at 7.3409 and Corning Miller (6-2) at 7.0128.

The top eight teams in each region in each division qualify for the postseason.

 

Division I

(top 16 from both Division I regions will qualify for the playoffs)

Region 1 – 1. Lakewood St. Edward (7-1) 28.0108, 2. Westerville Central (8-0) 20.55, 3. Canton GlenOak (6-2) 20.4625, 4. Powell Olentangy Liberty (6-2) 20.375, 5. Mentor (6-2) 20.3681, 6. Lewis Center Olentangy (7-1) 19.4875, 7. Euclid (6-2) 19.4792, 8. Stow-Munroe Falls (8-0) 19.4625, 9. Solon (6-2) 18.5754, 10. Tol. Whitmer (6-2) 16.8625, 11. Austintown-Fitch (6-2) 16.0271, 12. Canton McKinley (5-3) 14.9981, 13. Berea-Midpark (6-2) 14.7125, 14. Tol. Start (7-1) 13.3559, 15. Strongsville (4-4) 11.775, 16. Lorain (5-3) 11.6125, 17. Massillon Jackson (4-4) 11.2125, 18. Elyria (4-4) 10.9625, 19. Findlay (5-3) 10.4125, 20. Medina (4-4) 9.2375

Region 2 – 1. Cin. Colerain (7-1) 27.3875, 2. Hilliard Davidson (7-1) 27.2875, 3. Lancaster (6-2) 22.875, 4. Huber Hts. Wayne (8-0) 20.9485, 5. Gahanna Lincoln (6-2) 19.801, 6. Mason (6-2) 19.75, 7. Cin. St. Xavier (5-3) 19.375, 8. Cin. Elder (5-3) 18.81, 9. Hilliard Darby (8-0) 18.7125, 10. Springboro (7-1) 18.2538, 11. Upper Arlington (6-2) 17.9247, 12. Pickerington Central (6-2) 17.2875, 13. Fairfield (6-2) 17.2125, 14. Reynoldsburg (5-3) 16.4122, 15. Centerville (5-3) 14.6375, 16. Cin. Archbishop Moeller (4-4) 14.4515, 17. Grove City Central Crossing (5-3) 14.3801, 18. West Chester Lakota West (5-3) 13.85, 19. Beavercreek (6-2) 13.8314, 20. Pickerington North (4-4) 11.2375

Division II

(top 8 from all regions in Divisions II through VII will qualify for the playoffs)

Region 3 – 1. Aurora (7-1) 23.3875, 2. Madison (7-1) 19.8814, 3. Mayfield (7-1) 18.2125, 4. Copley (7-1) 16.0125, 5. Chardon (6-2) 15.9287, 6. Hudson (6-2) 13.9, 7. Warren G. Harding (5-3) 13.6084, 8. Maple Hts. (6-2) 13.5164, 9. Macedonia Nordonia (5-3) 13.5125, 10. Green (3-5) 11.8875, 11. Brecksville-Broadview Hts. (7-1) 11.575, 12. Painesville Riverside (4-4) 9.7052

Region 4 – 1. Grafton Midview (8-0) 23.8375, 2. Perrysburg (8-0) 23.2, 3. Cle. Glenville (7-1) 17.5587, 4. Avon (7-1) 16.475, 5. Holland Springfield (7-1) 16.4, 6. North Ridgeville (6-2) 14.5125, 7. Medina Highland (5-3) 13.35, 8. Olmsted Falls (6-2) 12.6875, 9. Tol. St. John’s (6-2) 12.3125, 10. Sylvania Northview (3-5) 6.05, 11. Fremont Ross (3-5) 5.8375, 12. Whitehouse Anthony Wayne (3-5) 5.075

Region 5 – 1. Massillon Perry (6-2) 19.125, 2. Wooster (6-2) 17.425, 3. Pataskala Licking Hts. (7-1) 17.1709, 4. Worthington Kilbourne (7-1) 16.8, 5. Uniontown Lake (5-3) 15.6375, 6. Boardman (4-4) 14.7292, 7. Logan (6-2) 14.2875, 8. Dresden Tri-Valley (7-1) 13.7125, 9. Massillon Washington (4-4) 13.3681, 10. Cols. Walnut Ridge (5-3) 12.8625, 11. Mansfield Senior (6-2) 12.4125, 12. Cols. Northland (6-2) 11.8801

Region 6 – 1. Cin. La Salle (7-1) 29.6875, 2. Cin. Turpin (8-0) 22.6875, 3. Lima Senior (7-1) 20.4625, 4. Kings Mills Kings (7-1) 19.0875, 5. Vandalia Butler (6-2) 18.2875, 6. Cin. Winton Woods (5-2) 18.0, 7. Cin. Glen Este (7-1) 17.6742, 8. Trenton Edgewood (7-1) 16.925, 9. Miamisburg (7-1) 15.625, 10. Ashville Teays Valley (6-2) 12.6875, 11. Riverside Stebbins (6-2) 9.4665, 12. Harrison (5-3) 9.0625

Division III

Region 7 – 1. Akron Archbishop Hoban (8-0) 23.975, 2. Poland Seminary (8-0) 20.6625, 3. Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (7-1) 19.3674, 4. Medina Buckeye (8-0) 19.2125, 5. Louisville (7-1) 16.9625, 6. Chesterland West Geauga (7-1) 15.6736, 7. Akron Buchtel (6-2) 15.4981, 8. New Philadelphia (6-2) 13.7, 9. Painesville Harvey (6-2) 12.3479, 10. Warren Howland (6-2) 11.95, 11. Ravenna (6-2) 11.9375, 12. Canfield (6-2) 11.35

Region 8 – 1. Cle. Benedictine (8-0) 25.1125, 2. Clyde (7-1) 19.5875, 3. Sandusky Perkins (7-1) 17.9625, 4. Tol. Central Cath. (6-2) 17.9018, 5. Bay Village Bay (7-1) 17.8875, 6. Ashland (7-1) 17.0, 7. Rocky River (7-1) 15.9, 8. Bowling Green (7-1) 14.725, 9. Cle. John Hay (7-1) 12.8375, 10. Mansfield Madison Comp. (5-3) 11.525, 11. Lexington (6-2) 10.85, 12. Elida (5-3) 8.525

Region 9 – 1. Jackson (7-1) 17.1, 2. Zanesville (7-1) 17.0586, 3. Cols. Hamilton Township (6-2) 16.525, 4. Cols. St. Francis DeSales (7-1) 15.9621, 5. Bexley (7-1) 14.9476, 6. Cols. Independence (6-2) 12.7125, 7. Cols. Eastmoor Acad. (5-3) 11.525, 8. Granville (4-4) 10.8958, 9. Cols. Marion-Franklin (5-3) 10.875, 10. Cols. Beechcroft (5-2) 10.1083, 11. Thornville Sheridan (5-3) 9.525, 12. Cols. Bishop Watterson (4-4) 9.4433

Region 10 – 1. Wapakoneta (8-0) 18.7625, 2. Tipp City Tippecanoe (7-1) 18.5125, 3. Trotwood-Madison (5-3) 16.975, 4. Celina (5-3) 15.1625, 5. New Richmond (6-2) 15.0991, 6. Piqua (5-3) 13.45, 7. St. Marys Memorial (6-2) 13.2125, 9. Goshen (6-2) 11.7997, 10. Wilmington (7-1) 11.425, 11. Cin. Mount Healthy (5-3) 11.0875, 12. Franklin (5-3) 10.7375

Division IV

Region 11 – 1. Perry (7-0) 19.3571, 2. Peninsula Woodridge (8-0) 18.5375, 3. Mantua Crestwood (6-2) 16.3125, 4. Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin (6-2) 14.0125, 5. Youngstown Ursuline (4-4) 11.7254, 6. Youngstown Cardinal Mooney (4-3) 11.1404, 7. Hubbard (5-3) 10.875, 8. Oberlin Firelands (6-2) 10.5, 9. Mogadore Field (5-3) 10.275, 10. Cortland Lakeview (5-3) 10.0375, 11. Streetsboro (5-3) 9.9125, 12. Struthers (4-4) 9.6862

Region 12 – 1. Wauseon (7-1) 14.6831, 2. Cols. Bishop Hartley (4-3) 14.3254, 3. Plain City Jonathan Alder (7-1) 14.149, 4. Springfield Kenton Ridge (7-1) 13.4659, 5. Ottawa-Glandorf (6-2) 11.825, 6. Napoleon (6-2) 11.3625, 7. Caledonia River Valley (6-2) 11.0878, 8. Port Clinton (6-2) 10.5875, 9. Lewistown Indian Lake (6-2) 9.9912, 10. Bellevue (6-2) 9.725, 11. Lima Bath (5-3) 9.325, 12. London (5-3) 8.2717

Region 13 – 1. Steubenville (7-0) 23.886, 2. Johnstown-Monroe (8-0) 23.675, 3. St. Clairsville (7-0) 19.9799, 4. Salem (8-0) 13.7375, 5. Gnadenhutten Indian Valley (7-1) 11.975, 6. Zanesville Maysville (7-1) 11.0, 7. Newark Licking Valley (5-3) 10.7753, 8. Carroll Bloom-Carroll (5-3) 10.775, 9. Byesville Meadowbrook (7-1) 9.9375, 10. Heath (4-4) 9.4072, 11. Shelby (5-3) 9.2375, 12. Wintersville Indian Creek (5-3) 8.7436

Region 14 – 1. Middletown Bishop Fenwick (8-0) 22.3625, 2. Cin. Indian Hill (8-0) 18.8504, 3. Kettering Archbishop Alter (7-1) 16.525, 4. Clarksville Clinton-Massie (7-1) 15.4125, 5. Hamilton Badin (6-2) 15.0991, 6. Cin. Wyoming (7-1) 14.8112, 7. Reading (8-0) 14.5, 8. Monroe (5-3) 12.95, 9. Cin. Taft (5-2) 12.381, 10. Circleville Logan Elm (6-2) 12.0375, 11. Day. Oakwood (4-4) 9.6, 12. Germantown Valley View (4-4) 9.2375

Division V

Region 15 – 1. Columbiana Crestview (7-1) 16.15, 2. Magnolia Sandy Valley (7-1) 14.2125, 3. Canton Central Cath. (6-2) 13.55, 4. Gates Mills Hawken (7-1) 11.6696, 5. Orwell Grand Valley (6-2) 11.1288, 6. Leavittsburg LaBrae (6-2) 9.0375, 7. East Palestine (5-3) 8.975, 8. Massillon Tuslaw (5-3) 8.875, 9. Canfield South Range (5-3) 8.7, 10. Burton Berkshire (4-4) 8.45, 11. Cle. Villa Angela-St. Joseph (5-3) 8.0125, 12. Garrettsville Garfield (5-3) 6.9684

Region 16 – 1. Creston Norwayne (7-1) 15.2625, 2. Milan Edison (7-1) 15.0, 3. Millbury Lake (8-0) 14.925, 4. Swanton (7-1) 12.375, 5. Doylestown Chippewa (6-2) 11.85, 6. Apple Creek Waynedale (5-3) 11.3875, 7. Rossford (6-2) 11.125, 8. Findlay Liberty-Benton (6-2) 10.0, 9. Galion (5-2) 9.9286, 10. Elyria Cath. (5-3) 8.975, 11. West Salem Northwestern (5-3) 8.825, 12. Johnstown Northridge (4-4) 7.654

Region 17 – 1. Chillicothe Zane Trace (8-0) 18.0125, 2. Wheelersburg (8-0) 16.8875, 3. Albany Alexander (7-1) 14.2375, 4. Cadiz Harrison Central (7-1) 13.5064, 5. West Lafayette Ridgewood (7-1) 12.1125, 6. Ironton Rock Hill (4-3) 11.2222, 7. Coshocton (5-3) 10.4747, 8. Bidwell River Valley (6-2) 8.892, 9. Oak Hill (4-4) 8.8447, 10. McDermott Northwest (5-3) 7.464, 11. Ironton (4-4) 7.0865, 12. Minford (4-4) 7.0125

Region 18 – 1. Coldwater (8-0) 18.2875, 2. Brookville (8-0) 17.55, 3. Cin. Hills Christian Acad. (7-1) 14.5066, 4. West Milton Milton-Union (5-3) 11.5125, 5. Jamestown Greeneview (6-2) 10.8625, 6. Bethel-Tate (5-2) 8.6111, 7. Cin. Shroder (4-4) 7.9688, 8. London Madison Plains (4-4) 7.2, 9. Carlisle (4-4) 7.1375, 10. Cin. Madeira (4-4) 6.6559, 11. Richwood North Union (4-4) 6.3625, 12. Camden Preble Shawnee (3-5) 6.225

Division VI

Region 19 – 1. Columbia Station Columbia (8-0) 15.7125, 2. Columbiana (7-1) 13.75, 3. Smithville (6-2) 13.55, 4. Cuyahoga Hts. (7-1) 13.0375, 5. Kirtland (7-1) 12.9125, 6. Lisbon David Anderson (7-1) 12.5, 7. Berlin Center Western Reserve (6-2) 11.5, 8. McDonald (5-3) 10.3625, 9. Jeromesville Hillsdale (5-3) 9.9125, 10. Brookfield (7-1) 9.675, 11. Rittman (5-3) 8.1875, 12-tie. Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas (5-3) 7.35, 12-tie. New Middletown Springfield (3-5) 7.35

Region 20 – 1. Bucyrus Wynford (7-1) 15.7625, 2. North Robinson Colonel Crawford (7-1) 13.05, 3. Defiance Tinora (6-1) 12.5963, 4. Defiance Ayersville (8-0) 12.3359, 5. Gibsonburg (8-0) 10.8875, 6. Attica Seneca East (6-2) 10.6375, 7. Liberty Center (5-3) 10.1503, 8. Delta (5-3) 9.3927, 9. Van Buren (5-3) 8.35, 10. Bascom Hopewell-Loudon (5-3) 8.325, 11. Hamler Patrick Henry (4-4) 8.0991, 12. Columbus Grove (4-4) 7.0625

Region 21 – 1. Lucasville Valley (7-0) 16.8413, 2. Beverly Fort Frye (8-0) 16.25, 3. Grandview Hts. (7-1) 13.9735, 4. Bainbridge Paint Valley (7-1) 13.8875, 5. Chesapeake (7-1) 12.7254, 6. Hannibal River (7-1) 12.5799, 7. Cols. Bishop Ready (5-3) 11.3838, 8. Newark Cath. (6-2) 10.2857, 9. Fredericktown (6-2) 9.0461, 10. Woodsfield Monroe Central (4-4) 8.0875, 11. Barnesville (5-3) 7.553, 12. Cardington-Lincoln (6-2) 7.55

Region 22 – 1. Maria Stein Marion Local (7-1) 14.5902, 2. West Liberty-Salem (6-2) 13.3125, 3. Cin. Country Day (8-0) 13.3024, 4. Mechanicsburg (8-0) 12.65, 5. Spencerville (8-0) 12.0125, 6. Delphos Jefferson (7-1) 11.3875, 7. Williamsburg (6-2) 10.4732, 8. Casstown Miami East (6-2) 9.125, 9. Harrod Allen East (6-2) 8.7875, 10. Bluffton (5-3) 8.525, 11. West Alexandria Twin Valley South (6-2) 8.4125, 12. St. Henry (5-3) 8.375

Division VII

Region 23 – 1. Mogadore (7-1) 13.911, 2. Warren John F. Kennedy (7-1) 12.725, 3. Norwalk St. Paul (7-1) 9.65, 4. Toronto (7-1) 8.7816, 5. Monroeville (6-2) 7.75, 6. Vienna Mathews (4-2) 7.3718, 7. Sandusky St. Mary Central Cath. (5-3) 6.9125, 8. North Jackson Jackson-Milton (5-3) 6.05, 9. Wellsville (4-4) 5.925, 10. East Canton (3-5) 5.5549, 11. Malvern (4-4) 5.425, 12. Windham (5-3) 5.1408

Region 24 – 1. McComb (7-1) 11.2, 2. Lucas (8-0) 10.8634, 3. Hicksville (6-2) 9.4566, 4. West Unity Hilltop (6-2) 6.7, 5. Leipsic (3-5) 5.9125, 6. Convoy Crestview (3-5) 5.75, 7. Arlington (4-4) 5.7, 8. New Washington Buckeye Central (5-3) 5.3875, 9. Tiffin Calvert (4-4) 5.025, 10. Pandora-Gilboa (4-4) 4.7625, 11. Kansas Lakota (3-5) 3.8865, 12. Rawson Cory-Rawson (3-5) 3.2125

Region 25 – 1. Glouster Trimble (7-1) 12.8625, 2. Danville (8-0) 11.425, 3. Caldwell (7-1) 10.5875, 4. Belpre (6-2) 8.6351, 5. Portsmouth Sciotoville (5-3) 7.3916, 6. Canal Winchester Harvest Prep. (6-2) 7.3409, 7. Corning Miller (6-2) 6.9684, 8. Lancaster Fisher Cath. (6-2) 6.7519, 9. Willow Wood Symmes Valley (5-3) 6.6097, 10. Waterford (4-4) 5.6, 11. Lore City Buckeye Trail (3-5) 4.6698, 12. Crown City South Gallia (4-4) 4.55

Region 26 – 1. Minster (6-2) 12.1125, 2. Covington (6-2) 11.2588, 3. DeGraff Riverside (7-1) 9.825, 4. Ada (5-3) 8.375, 5. Cin. Miami Valley Christian Acad. (6-1) 8.2013, 6. Fort Recovery (6-2) 7.9125, 7. Sidney Lehman Cath. (4-4) 6.9875, 8. McGuffey Upper Scioto Valley (5-3) 6.5375, 9. Fort Loramie (4-4) 5.4, 10. Troy Christian (4-3) 4.9762, 11. Springfield Cath. Central (4-4) 4.1212, 12. Bradford (4-4) 3.6974