Ohio High School Athletic Association
Not much changed when it came to the yearly release of the OHSAA fall sports division assignments, but a few Morning Journal teams are on the move.
Dropping down from Division I to Division II is Rocky River girls soccer. Last season, the Pirates were tied for the smallest Division I soccer school in Ohio. Now after dropping down to Division II, they’re tied for the biggest in their new division.
The Pirates won 15 games last season before falling 1-0 to North Royalton in a tough district semifinal. The move will not only give River some breathing room in the bracket, but it also creates an interesting potential postseason matchup with Bay. The Rockets had a great season of their own with 17 victories and a trip to the Division II semis. In their only meeting last year, Rocky River shut out Bay, 3-0.
The rest of the girls soccer teams stayed in their respective divisions from last year, but Midview is on the verge of dropping from Division I to Division II. The Middies are the third-smallest team this year in the state for Division I.
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In volleyball, both Elyria Catholic and Columbia are switching divisions in opposite directions. Both teams were in Division III last year, but the Panthers will be in Division II, and the Raiders go down to Division IV. Columbia beat EC in the postseason last year, and now both programs are going away from each other.
The Raiders are tied for the largest team in Division IV this season with Springfield (New Middletown). EC will be going up to Division II, where a few Morning Journal teams had big years in 2022. Both Bay and Vermilion won Division II district titles a year ago, and Firelands won the LC8 title.
With this school year ending in the next week or so, it’s already less than three months until fall sports are in full swing once again.
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