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Plenty of movement in new OHSAA football regional assignments

Jim Walker

It’s just like Elvis sang, “I’m all shook up.”
And there’s nothing more shook up than the new Ohio High School Athletic Association football division assignments for area teams, mainly in Division 6.
The Symmes Valley Vikings for the first time will move up from Division 7 to D6 where they join the Coal Grove Hornets who are regular members of D6.
However, the Vikings and Hornets will welcome the Rock Hill Redmen and surprisingly the Fairland Dragons.
Staying in place will be the Ironton Fighting Tigers who finished at the Division 5 state runners-up. Ironton will be in Region 19 again while defending state champion Kirtland is in Region 17.
Also in Region 19 will be the Chesapeake Panthers and the South Point Pointers.
Making the jump from Division 7 to Division 5 and joining Region 19 is Canal Winchester World Harvest.
The rest of Region 19 has Wheelersburg, Minford, Meigs, Oak Hill, Portsmouth, Portsmouth West, River Valley, Wellston, Zane Trace, Amanda-Clearcreek, Columbus Academy, Johnstown-Monroe, Liberty Union, Coshocton, Alexander, Morgan, Northwest, West Lafayette Ridgewood, Utica and West Muskingum.
Joining Symmes Valley, Coal Grove, Rock Hill and Fairland in Region 23 of D6 are Lucasville Valley, Nelsonville-York, Chillicothe Huntington Ross, Africentric, Barnesville, Belpre, Buckeye Trail, Centerburg, Crooksville, Marion Elgin, Fort Frye, Fredericktown, Grandview Heights, Columbus KIPP, Loudonville, Mount Gilead, Newcomerstown, Northmor, Johnstown Northridge, Shenandoah and Worthington Christian.
Green remains in D7 in Region 27 along with Portsmouth Notre Dame, Sciotoville East, South Gallia, Southern, Trimble, Miller, Waterford, Shadyside, Hannibal River, Ridgedale, Newark Catholic, Woodsfield Monroe, Grove City Christian, Frontier, Fisher Catholic, Fairfield Christian, Beaver Eastern, Reedsville Eastern, East Knox, Danville, Cardington-Lincoln, Caldwell, Bridgeport, Berne Union and Beallsville.
Gallipolis is D4 in Region 15 while Waverly is in D4 Region 16.