Friday, February 18, 2011

OHSAA Division 2: Tournament Outlook

Division 2 Tournament Breakdown:

Canton Fieldhouse Regional:

Districts- Canton Fieldhouse, Stow High School, Lakeland Community College, and Boardman High School.

Canton Fieldhouse District:

-Teams we love: Akron SVSM
-Teams we like: Akron Hoban and Louisville

Best 1st Round Sectional Game: Louisville vs. Alliance

Possible 2nd Round Sectional Games: Akron SVSM vs. Fairless, Akron Hoban vs. Akron Kenmore, and Canal Fulton NW vs. Louisville


District Championship Game: Akron SVSM over Akron Hoban

Stow High School District:

-Teams we love: Akron Buchtel and Walsh Jesuit
-Teams we like: Cleveland Benedictine and Chagrin Falls Kenston
-Teams we want to like: University School

Best 1st Round Sectional Game: Aurora vs. Warrensville Heights

Possible 2nd Round Sectional Games: Woodridge vs. Benedictine, Buchtel vs. Orange, Kenston vs. University School, and Walsh Jesuit vs. Aurora

District Championship Game Prediction: Akron Buchtel over Chagrin Falls Kenston

Lakeland Community College District:

-Teams we love: Cleveland John Hay
-Teams we like: Mentor Lake Catholic and Cleveland Collinwood

Best 1st Round Sectional Game: Edgewood vs. Beachwood

Possible 2nd Round Sectional Games: Mentor Lake Catholic vs. Conneaut, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin vs. Cleveland Collinwood, Cleveland John Hay vs. Perry, and Beachwood vs. Harvey

District Championship Game Prediction: Mentor Lake Catholic over Cleveland John Hay

Youngstown Boardman High School District:

-Teams we love: Struthers
-Teams we like: Mooney
-Teams we want to like: Poland and Steetsboro

Best 1st Round Sectional Game: Mogadore Field vs. Ravenna Southeast

Possible 2nd Round Sectional Games: Mooney vs. Crestwood, Salem vs. Struthers, Streetsboro vs. Ravenna Southeast, and Poland vs. Hubbard

District Championship Game Prediction: Struthers over Poland

Regional Outlook:
This region has been dominated in recent history by Akron SVSM, Cleveland Benedictine, and Poland with Akron Buchtel continuously knocking on the door. There are plenty of good teams in this region with the likes of SVSM, Buchtel, Benny, Walsh Jesuit, Kenston, Struthers, John Hay, Hoban, and Mentor Lake Catholic. It would be no surprise to us if any of the above mentioned teams make a run at the regional title. To us, SVSM is still the most talented “basketball” team despite losing to Buchtel a few weeks ago. Keep an eye on Struthers as the Wildcats can flat out knock down shots. They could steal the show here.

Regional Semis: Akron SVSM over Akron Buchtel and Struthers over Mentor Lake Catholic

Regional Winner: Struthers over Akron SVSM

Bowling Green State University Regional:

Districts-Westlake High School, Ohio Northern University, Ashland University, and Bowling Green State University.

Westlake High School District:

-Teams we like: Bay, Avon, and Rocky River
-Team we want to like: Holy Name and Vermilion

Best 1st Round Sectional Game: Holy Name vs. Sheffield Brookside

Possible 2nd Round Sectional Games: Rocky River vs. Medina Buckeye, Bay vs. Vermilion, Avon vs. Padua, and Clearview vs. Holy Name

District Championship Game Prediction: Avon over Rocky River

Ohio Northern University District:

-Teams we like: Celina and Van Wert
-Teams we want to like: Elida and Kenton

Best 1st Round Sectional Game: Elida vs. Lima Shawnee

Possible 2nd Round Sectional Games: Van Wert vs. Elida, Kenton vs. Tiffin Columbian, Celina vs. St. Mary’s Memorial, and Lima Bath vs. Fostoria

District Championship Game Prediction: Celina over Elida

Ashland University District:

-Teams we like: Sandusky Perkins, Milan Edison, Shelby, and Norwalk
-Teams we want to like: Madison, Lexington, and Willard

Best 1st Round Sectional Game: Mansfield Madison vs. Willard and Clyde vs. Port Clinton

Possible 2nd Round Sectional Games: Sandusky Perkins vs. Norwalk, Shelby vs. Clear Fork, Lexington vs. Mansfield Madison, and Milan Edison vs. Clyde

District Championship Game Prediction: Sandusky Perkins over Milan Edison

Bowling Green State University District:

-Teams we love: Toledo Rogers
-Teams we like: Napoleon, Defiance, and Toledo Scott
-Teams we want to like: Toledo Waite and Maumee

Best 1st Round Sectional Game: Napoleon vs. Maumee

Possible 2nd Round Sectional Games: Toledo Waite vs. Eastwood, Toledo Rogers vs. Napoleon, Defiance vs. Bryan, and Toledo Scott vs. Rossford

District Championship Game Prediction: Toledo Rogers over Defiance

Regional Outlook:
Port Clinton came out of this region a year ago and made it all the way to the state finals, but what does this year hold? We really like Toledo Rogers who dropped down from D1. Sandusky Perkins is another team we feel good about out of the Sandusky Bay Conference, which is the same place of residence as Port Clinton. There are about 10 to 15 teams in this region that are very similar. This is a very hard region to forecast.

Regional Semis: Avon over Celina and Toledo Rogers over Sandusky Perkins

Regional Winner: Toledo Rogers over Avon

Ohio University Regional:

Districts- Ohio University, Ohio University Eastern 2, Ohio University Eastern 1, and Columbus Fairgrounds Coliseum.

Ohio University District:

-Teams we love: Chillicothe
-Teams we like: Thornville Sheridan and Vincent Warren
-Teams we want to like: Logan Elm, Fairfield Union, Waverly, Marietta, Washington CH, and Marietta

Best 1st Round Sectional Game: Logan Elm vs. Fairfield Union, Washington CH vs. Unioto, Vinton County vs. Marietta, and Miami Trace vs. Waverly

Possible 2nd Round Sectional Games: Chillicothe vs. Washington CH, Sheridan vs. Logan Elm, Vincent Warren vs. Marietta, and Waverly vs. Hillsboro

District Championship Game Prediction: Chillicothe over Vincent Warren

Ohio University Eastern 2 District:

-Teams we love: Carrollton and John Glenn

Best 1st Round Sectional Game: Meadowbrook vs. Steubenville

Possible 2nd Round Sectional Games: Carrollton vs. Richmond Edison, Harrison Central vs. Steubenville, Dover vs. West Holmes, and John Glenn vs. Minerva

District Championship Game Prediction: Carrollton over John Glenn

Ohio University Eastern 1 District:

-Teams we love: Zanesville
-Teams we like: Maysville and East Liverpool

Best 1st Round Sectional Game: Coshocton vs. Cambridge

Possible 2nd Round Sectional Games: East Liverpool vs. Buckeye Local, Indian Creek vs. Cambridge, Zanesville vs. Philo, and Maysville vs. New Philadelphia

District Championship Game Prediction: Zanesville over East Liverpool

Columbus Fairground Coliseum 1 District:

-Teams we love: Bishop Hartley
-Teams we like: Olentangy, Canal Winchester, and Centennial
-Teams we want to like: Hilliard Bradley

Best 1st Round Sectional Game: Hilliard Bradley vs. Bexley and Olentangy vs. Hamilton Township

Possible 2nd Round Sectional Games: Canal Watterson vs. Bishop Watterson, Centennial vs. Big Walnut, Bishop Hartley vs. Columbus South, and Hilliard Bradley vs. Olentangy

District Championship Game Prediction: Bishop Hartley over Canal Winchester

Regional Outlook:
Chillicothe, Zanesville, and Logan Elm have been the class of this region over the past 5-to-10 years. We look for Chillicothe, Zanesville, Bishop Hartley, and Carrollton to make up this region. Carrollton will be looking for its third straight regional appearance, so could this be the year. Zanesville is the reigning champion and Chilly has the best talent. Hartley has flown under the radar all year. Plus, there are at least four or five other teams lurking.

Regional Semis: Chillicothe over Carrollton and Zanesville over Bishop Hartley

Regional Winner: Chillicothe over Zanesville

Kettering Fairmont Regional:

Districts- Columbus Fairgrounds Coliseum 2, University of Dayton 3, University of Dayton 2, and University of Dayton 3

Columbus Fairgrounds Coliseum 2 District:

-Teams we like: Columbus DeSales, Eastmoor Academy, Buckeye Valley, and Granville
-Teams we want to like: Columbus Mifflin and Jonathan Alder

Best 1st Round Sectional Game: Granville vs. Licking Heights

Possible 2nd Round Sectional Games: Columbus DeSales vs. Licking Valley, Eastmoor vs. Whitehall-Yearling, Buckeye Valley vs. Mifflin, and Granville vs. Jonathan Alder

District Championship Game Prediction: Columbus DeSales over Granville

University of Dayton 3 District:

-Teams we love: Cincinnati Roger Bacon
-Teams we like: St. Paris Graham and Bellefontaine
-Teams we want to like: Cincinnati Wyoming

Best 1st Round Sectional Game: None

Possible 2nd Round Sectional Games: St. Paris Graham vs. Greenville, Benjamin Logan vs. Bellefontaine, New Richmond vs. Roger Bacon, and Wyoming vs. Finneytown

District Championship Game Prediction: Cincinnati Roger Bacon over St. Paris Graham

University of Dayton 2 District:

-Teams we love: Dayton Dunbar
-Teams we like: Urbana and Dayton CJ
-Teams we want to like: Eaton, Tippecanoe, and Franklin

Best 1st Round Sectional Game: Germantown Valley View vs. Dayton CJ

Possible 2nd Round Sectional Games: Urbana vs. Springfield Shawnee, Eaton vs. Tippecanoe, Wilmington vs. Dayton Dunbar, and Franklin vs. Dayton CJ

District Championship Game Prediction: Dayton Dunbar over Urbana

University of Dayton 1 District:

-Teams we love: Thurgood Marshall and Kettering Alter
-Teams we like: Bishop Fenwick and Cincinnati NCH

Best 1st Round Sectional Game: Bishop Fenwick vs. Bellbrook

Possible 2nd Round Sectional Games: Dayton Oakwood vs. Thurgood Marshall, Bishop Fenwick vs. Kettering Alter, Cincinnati NCH vs. Indian Hill, and Goshen vs. Cincinnati McNicholas

District Championship Game Prediction: Dayton Thurgood Marshall over Cincinnati NCH

Regional Outlook:
This region is loaded with quality teams much like the Canton Region. There is no super teams in this district like last year’s Dunbar squad, but there are plenty of solid teams. The Columbus district matched up in this region is not real strong, so the likely state tournament representative will come from one of the Dayton districts. Dunbar, Thurgood Marshall, Roger Bacon, and Kettering Alter appear to be the four best, but you never know with several other teams looking to provide solid challenges.

Regional Semis: Cincinnati Roger Bacon over Columbus DeSales and Dayton Thurgood Marshall over Dayton Dunbar

Regional Winner: Dayton Thurgood Marshall over Cincinnati Roger Bacon

State Tournament Outlook:

State Semis: Chillicothe over Struthers and Dayton Thurgood Marshall over Toledo Rogers

State Champion: Dayton Thurgood Marshall over Chillicothe