The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


December 27, 2013

Tourney trails...

While 2013-14 postseason will be one of change, the big news locally is what will not be taking place at PV

When it comes to high school basketball, the postseason variety, the 2013-14 sectional tournaments will have a dramatically different look for both girls and boys.

For the first time, all sectional games will be played on the home floor of the higher-seeded team. After the sectional champions are crowned, the contests will move on to neutral-floor locations for the district tournament.

That system has been utilized in girls and boys soccer in the fall and softball and baseball in the spring for years, now. With basketball going to the same format this winter, it would be a complete surprise of the Ohio High School Athletic Association didn’t shift volleyball to the same format next fall.

For sectional wrestling, it will remain status-quo this winter.

Following is a look at what schools are where for the winter-sports postseason.

Girls basketball

The big news here is what will not be happening this winter.

For the first time in more than three decades, there will not be a district tournament contested at Pymatuning Valley High School.

The Lakers’ home floor in Andover Township hosted the Class AA sectional-district in 1980-81, having been held at Champion from 1975-76 when the first girls basketball state championship tournaments were held through the 1979-80 campaign.

In 1980-81, it moved to PV. However, the tournament went back to Champion in 1981-82, but returned to PV in 1982-83. When the OHSAA moved basketball from three divisions to four in time for the 1987-88 season, PV took over the Division III district, with the Division II tournament holding sectionals at Edgewood and Chardon, with the district being staged at Chardon through the 1990-91 season. In 1991-92, the entire D-II district was shifted to Edgewood.

The OHSAA decided after the 2005-06 season that girls and boys teams could not play postseason games on its home floor. That send PV and GV to LaBrae through the 2010-11 season, then to Mineral Ridge for the past two seasons.

The decision by the OHSAA resulted in the D-II sectional-district being moved from Edgewood to PV, leaving Edgewood without a tournament for the first time since hosting its first in 1987-88.

Now, the OHSAA has reversed its policy on teams being forbidden from playing postseason games on its home hardwood... a policy, thanks to the most recent shift, that lasted only seven seasons.

While a full tournament will not be held at PV for the first time in 32 years this winter, the way coach Jeff Compan’s undefeated Lakers are pillaging their opposition this winter, you can bet PV will play at least one, possibly two, games at home.

Here’s the complete breakdown for area teams:

Division I — Perry and Kenston are staging a “blended” district tournament, meaning 24 teams will make up the district. Included in this field at Lakeside, Madison and Riverside.

Division II — The teams that previously played at PV — Conneaut, Edgewood, Geneva, Jefferson and Perry — will now be part of a 12-team tournament that will stage its district games at Lakeside. Of note, highly touted squads Lakeview and Chagrin Falls — which played for the district championship last winter at PV, the Tigers prevailing, 53-38 — are no longer part of this field. It now also includes perennial heavyweight Lake Catholic, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin, Collinwood, East Tech, Glenville, Harvey, St. Martin-DePorres and West Geauga, in addition to the aforementioned five teams from the area.

Division III — PV and Grand Valley will not be playing for the right to move on to district-tournament play at Ravenna.

Division IV — Though there are no area teams in this division, Grand Valley will serve as the host for the district tournament. The 14-team field includes Badger, Bristol, Chalker, Maplewood, Mathews, Warren JFK and Windham in the south sectional and Cornerstone Christian, Cuyahoga Heights, Fairport, Ledgemont, Lutheran East, Newbury and Villa Angela-St. Joseph in the north sectional.

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