COLUMBUS – The Ohio High School Athletic Association board of directors approved new divisional assignments Thursday based on updated school enrollment figures that do not include charter school, community school and STEM school students in the public schools where they reside.
The Blanchester football team was just six boys short of moving up but remain in Div. V.
The Wilmington boys soccer team was one boy over the line for Div. II, so the Hurricane will compete in the Div. I tournament.
Other fall tournament assignments for the county:
• Football: Wilmington Div III, Clinton-Massie Div. IV, Blanchester Div. V, East Clinton Div. V
• Volleyball: Wilmington, Blanchester, Clinton-Massie Div. II; East Clinton Div. III
• Boys golf: Wilmington Div. I, Blanchester, Clinton-Massie, East Clinton Div. II
• Girls golf: Wilmington Div. I, Clinton-Massie, East Clinton Div. II
• Cross Country: Wilmington Div. I, Blanchester, Clinton-Massie Div. II, East Clinton Div. III
• Boys soccer: Wilmington Div. I, Blanchester, Clinton-Massie Div. II
• Girls soccer: Wilmington, Blanchester, Clinton-Massie Div. II
In the winter, the Wilmington boys basketball team was three boys over the line and are in Div. I rather than Div. II. Like the boys soccer team, the WHS baseball team is at the cutoff and competes in Div. I
Divisional assignments for the next two-year cycle had originally been approved in June, but at its meeting last Thursday the board reversed an earlier decision to include those students in public school enrollment counts, resulting in recalculation of divisional dividing lines based on the updated enrollment figures.
The new divisional breakdowns are posted at: http://www.ohsaa.org/members/sptdivis15.htm
The new enrollment figures are posted at: http://www.ohsaa.org/members/hsenroll15.htm
FOOTBALL: The new regional maps and lists of schools in each division are posted on the OHSAA’s football page at: http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/ft/boys/default.asp.
The OHSAA’s six District Athletic Boards are to have fall tournament information reposted in their respective web sites by September 1. This includes all tournament sites, managers, contact information and assigned schools.
The OHSAA is in the process of forming a committee to study the issue of determining the best way to include charter school, community school and STEM school students in enrollment counts in the future.
In June, the OHSAA issued a release explaining why charter school and STEM school students were included in enrollment counts. The release is posted at: http://www.ohsaa.org/members/Memos/20150626.pdf