OHSAA Announces Boys, Girls Basketball Divisional Assignments, Extends 2019 Baseball Season, Says Playoff Football Attendance Down

Staff Writer

The defending state champion Minster girls and Marion Local boys basketball teams will get a shot at defending those Division IV crowns.

Divisional assignment for next year’s tournament were announced on Thursday.

In boys  and girls basketball, all of the Midwest Athletic Conference teams except for Coldwater and Versailles will compete in  Division IV. Fort Loramie will also compete in Division IV. That means Marion Local will be looking to defend its Division IV boys basketball title and Minster will hope to defend its Division IV girls crown.

Another Week of Baseball
The high school baseball season will be a week longer the OHSAA decided at its recent board of directors meeting.

The 2019 season will be extended by a week, meaning the state tournament in Columbus will be contested June 6-8 instead of May 30-31 and June 1.

The OHSAA stated in a release that the number of regular season games allowed won’t be affected. Teams can currently play up to 27 regular season games.

Playoff Football Attendance Down, State Attendance Up

The OHSAA moved all football playoff games to Friday nights this past fall. Previously, games were held on both Friday and Saturday nights.

The OHSAA announced attendance figures for the Friday-night-only postseason for the 2018 postseason, and the numbers were down overall. There were 34,106 fewer tickets sold in 2018 compared to 2017’s playoffs.

The attendance for the state championship games were up, though. The finals, which moved back to Canton after a few years in Columbus, drew 61,312 fans to newly-renovated Tom Benson Stadium, compared to the 55,412 tickets sold at Ohio Stadium in 2016.

The area had two state champions last fall. Marion Local defeated Kirtland 34-11 in the Division VI state title game, with an attendance of 8,062. Minster won the Division VII state title with a 32-7 win over Cuyahoga Heights in front of 6,542 for the Friday morning game.

The Division I title game between Pickerington Central and Mentor drew 12,711, the best of the seven championship games.