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Goodwill Drive to Victory

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 1:47 PM

Click here to find your community’s Arby’s location!

The Goodwill Stores Drive to Victory is in its 11th season with WHIO-TV. Drive to Victory is a friendly competition each week between two local high schools that battle off the field in a donation drive benefiting Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley. 

Since 2007, the Goodwill Stores Drive to Victory campaign has generated more than one million pounds of clothing and household items along with more than 75 vehicles from around the Miami Valley. These items are sold in stores and at the auto auction, with proceeds supporting the mission of helping people with disabilities and other needs here in the community. 

NEW THIS YEAR: Arby’s is partnering with the Goodwill Drive to Victory. Each week a Goodwill Store donation trailer will be placed at that areas Arby’s location beginning Monday prior to that week’s game on Friday. During the week, Goodwill attendants will accept donations of clothing, household items and computers. Receipts for the tax deductible donation will be available from the attendant and coupons from Arby’s will also be given when you make your donation. 

Cars, trucks, boats and RVs can also be donated and counted toward the school’s weekly total. Call 228-AUTO to donate or find out more details on how a vehicle donation can be made. 

On Friday, the trailers will be picked up and weighed. The school that has collected the most weight will be announced on Friday night during Touchdown 7 and will receive a $300 scholarship from Arby’s. 

At the conclusion of the season the school that has collected the most weight during their Drive to Victory week has the chance to win up to $1,300 total for their scholarship funds. 

Learn more about Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley programs and services that are supported by your donations by visiting www.gesmv.org

Here’s how you can help your school win: 

  • Each week a Goodwill Store donation trailer will be placed at each of the selected Arby’s locations beginning Monday prior to that week’s game on Friday. 
  • During the week, Goodwill attendants will accept your donations of clothing, household items and computers that you dropped off at your school’s donation trailer. 
  • Receipts for your tax deductible donation will be available.  

Drive to Victory tips: 

  • Computers and book donations are a great way to add weight to your schools total. 
  • You can also help your school weight total by donating your old vehicle during the Drive to Victory contest. Just call 228-AUTO to donate or find out more details on how donation will add 1,000 pounds to your school. 
  • On Friday, the trailers will be picked up and weighed. The school that has collected the most weight will be announced on Friday night during Touchdown 7 and will receive a $300 scholarship from Arby’s. 

At the conclusion of the season the school that has collected the most weight during their Drive to Victory week has the chance to win up to $1,300 total for their scholarship funds. 

Help your school win by making your donation today!

College Basketball: Dayton Flyers freshman declared ineligible by NCAA

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 4:16 PM
Updated: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 4:50 PM


            Dayton freshmen (from left to right) Obadiah Toppin, Jalen Crutcher, Jordan Pierce, Jordan Davis and Matej Svoboda pose with Chris King at a basketball camp on July 20, 2017, at UD’s Frericks Center. Photo courtesy of Chris King
Dayton freshmen (from left to right) Obadiah Toppin, Jalen Crutcher, Jordan Pierce, Jordan Davis and Matej Svoboda pose with Chris King at a basketball camp on July 20, 2017, at UD’s Frericks Center. Photo courtesy of Chris King

The Dayton Flyers basketball team lost another one of its taller players for the coming season when the NCAA Clearinghouse sidelined 6-foot-9 freshman Obadiah “Obi” Toppin for not meeting initial academic eligibility standards.

It’s the same scenario that played out for Flyer big man Steve McElvene three years ago and Kostas Anteokounmpo last year when they was grounded by the Clearinghouse until they improved their academic qualifications. Similarly, Toppin will remain a member of the UD team and will be able to practice, but he will not be permitted to play this season.

»RELATED: An updated look at UD’s 2017-18 roster

As an academic redshirt, he will have four years of eligibility remaining.

For more than a month Flyers coaches had known of the possibility that Toppin would be ruled ineligible, but they held out hope and awaited the final ruling.

»RELATED: A look at UD’s five-man recruiting class

“We knew this was a possible scenario for Obi early on in the recruiting process,” Dayton head coach Anthony Grant said. “And if it came to pass, we saw this as a chance for him to utilize this year acclimate as a student and enhance his strength and skill as an academic redshirt. This is a great opportunity for Obi to develop as a player and student over the next 12 months, and prepare himself for a very successful college career.”

The team already was shorthanded for the coming season with the loss of 6-foot-7 Ryan Mikesell, who is recovering from two hip surgeries in the offseason , and 6-foot-9 Sam Miller’s dismissal from the team after he was suspended from the university for a semester and his scholarship was revoked following a highly publicized incident at the Greene County Jail this summer following his arrest at a Beavercreek bar.

Initially charged with disorderly conduct by intoxication amd underage consumption, Miller was taken to the jail, where he got into a scuffle with a fellow inmate that was caught on video cameras and ended up a much-viewed clip on the internet. Charged with assault in that incident, he accepted a plea deal to disorderly conduct .

Toppin averaged 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists last season while playing at Mt. Zion Prep in Baltimore .

Prior to that, he played just one season of varsity basketball — his senior year at Ossing High School in New York — and averaged 20.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3 steals. He was selected to the Lower Hudson High Schools Basketball Coaches Association Conference 1 All Section Team and was named all-league.

»RELATED: Where does Dayton rank on list of top 144 teams?

As for the impact of Toppin’s loss to the team, Grant recently said: “He’s one of just 11 (scholarship players). Nobody on the roster is expendable. We need everybody.”

Dayton Flyers: An updated look at 2017-18 roster

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 4:39 PM

Dayton sophomores Ryan Mikesell, Xeyrius Williams, John Crosby and Sam Miller pose for a photo after a victory against Virginia Commonwealth on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff
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Dayton sophomores Ryan Mikesell, Xeyrius Williams, John Crosby and Sam Miller pose for a photo after a victory against Virginia Commonwealth on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff(columnist)

At two different points this year, the Dayton Flyers had a full roster of 13 available scholarship players for the 2017-18 season.

Before Archie Miller left Dayton for Indiana, he had a five-man freshman class. Two of those recruits went elsewhere after Anthony Grant took over the program. Grant found two new recruits to replace them. Since then, the Flyers have lost three scholarship players — all for different reasons.

Ryan Mikesell will sit out the season and earn a medical redshirt after undergoing two hip surgeries. He’ll return to action next year with two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Sam Miller will miss at least the first semester after being suspended for an off-court incident and won’t get his scholarship back this academic year. His status with the program after that is uncertain.

The latest news broke Tuesday when Anthony Grant revealed one of the team’s five freshman, 6-foot-9 forward Obadiah Toppin, was declared academically ineligible by the NCAA Clearinghouse and will not play this season.

RELATED: A look at UD’s five-man recruiting class

That means Dayton will have 10 players for the first semester and possibly the whole season, depending on whether Miller returns to the team. Here’s a quick glance at the 10:

Potential starters

Darrell Davis, 6-5, Sr., G: Davis made tremendous strides as a defender this season. He also regained his outside shooting touch. He shot 29.1 percent from 3-point range as a sophomore and 38.5 percent as a junior. He struggled to finish shots at the rim, however, shooting 23.8 percent from 2-point range.

John Crosby, 6-2, Jr., PG: Crosby averaged 13.3 minutes as a sophomore. He appeared in all 32 games and averaged 2.8 points and 1.2 assists. His turnover average jumped from 0.8 as a freshman to 1.1 as a sophomore. However, he had only one turnover in his final six games (32 total minutes). He initially decided to transfer but changed his mind and was allowed to return.

OFFSEASON FEATURES: Josh Cunningham;Xeyrius Williams;Ryan Mikesell;John Crosby

Josh Cunningham, 6-7, R-Jr., F: Cunningham spent most of the season working hard to get back on the court after tearing a ligament in his ankle in the second game. He wasn’t the same player when he returned as he was at the start, but without him, the Flyers likely would have fallen short of winning their first Atlantic 10 outright championship. With a full offseason of work, he should develop into a solid starter.

Xeyrius Williams, 6-8, Jr., F: The Wayne grad was Dayton’s most improved player and one of most improved players in the A-10. His scoring average jumped from 2.0 to 8.2. He shot 41.5 percent from 3-point range.

Matej Svoboda, 6-7, Fr, F: He’ll be the ninth foreign-born player to play at UD, the fourth from Europe and the first from the Czech Republic. Svoboda averaged 19.0 points at the FIBA U-20 European Championships in Helsinki, Finland.

Other returners

Trey Landers, 6-4, So., G: The Wayne grad never got a chance to show what he can do as a freshman. He saw brief action in nine games, none after Feb. 14. He has the physical tools to contribute and should get a chance to play as a sophomore.

Newcomers

Kostas Antetokounmpo, 6-10, R-Fr., F: Antetokounmpo’s debut will be one of the most anticipated in recent UD history, assuming he’s healthy at the start of the season. He suffered a bone bruise in his knee in the summer and was expected to beging practicing with the team sometime this month. He sat out last season as a NCAA partial qualifier. Former assistant coach Tom Ostrom said he made major strides after starting to practice with the team in the second semester.

Jordan Davis, 6-4, Fr., G: The first player in the class of 2017 to commit to the Flyers, Davis was the Class 5A Player of the Year in South Carolina. He averaged 19 points and six rebounds for Dutch Fork High School in Irmo, S.C. He was also the first player to announce he was sticking with Dayton after the hiring of Grant.

Jordan Pierce, 7-0, Fr., C: The center from Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, N.J., will bring size to a team that lacked it last season. He averaged 11.2 points in 23 games. Grant announced Monday Pierce told him he was staying with Dayton. Pierce confirmed the same on Tuesday but said he has not announced anything publicly.

Jalen Crutcher, 6-3, Fr., PG: Grant’s first recruit originally signed with Chattanooga. He had some big games at an AAU event in Atlanta in April. He averaged 19.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists in five games.

High School Football computer ratings: Is your team in playoff position?

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 1:37 PM
Updated: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 1:45 PM

Highlights: Centerville beats Springfield

Below are the first Ohio High School Athletic Association Football Computer Ratings (entering Week 5). The top eight teams from each region will qualify for the state playoffs.

Division I

Region 1 - 1. Cle. St. Ignatius (4-0) 12.775, 2. Stow-Munroe Falls (4-0) 10.825, 3. Canton McKinley (4-0) 10.0587, 4. Lakewood St. Edward (4-0) 9.6629, 5. Massillon Jackson (3-1) 9.0, 6. Mentor (3-1) 8.0, 7. Solon (3-1) 6.8, 8. Massillon Perry (3-1) 6.2, 9. Euclid (3-1) 6.175, 10. Canton GlenOak (2-2) 4.9617, 11. Strongsville (2-2) 4.9, 12. Shaker Hts. (3-1) 4.7

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Region 2 - 1. Tol. Whitmer (4-0) 10.45, 2. Lewis Center Olentangy Orange (4-0) 9.05, 3. Lewis Center Olentangy (3-1) 7.875, 4. Gahanna Lincoln (3-1) 7.725, 5. Worthington Thomas Worthington (3-1) 7.025, 6. Brunswick (3-1) 7.0038, 7. Powell Olentangy Liberty (3-1) 6.575, 8. Dublin Coffman (3-1) 6.0587, 9. Lorain (3-1) 5.65, 10. Findlay (2-2) 5.375, 11. Westerville Central (2-2) 5.35, 12. Delaware Hayes (2-2) 5.175

Region 3 - 1. Centerville (4-0) 12.25, 2. Fairmont (4-0) 11.15, 3. Hilliard Bradley (4-0) 10.175, 4. Wayne (3-1) 9.5, 5. Beavercreek (4-0) 8.425, 6. Pickerington North (3-1) 8.35, 7. Springfield (3-1) 7.8, 8. Reynoldsburg (3-1) 7.35, 9. Clayton Northmont (3-1) 7.325, 10. Miamisburg (3-1) 7.05, 11. Pickerington Central (3-1) 6.6692, 12. Hilliard Darby (2-2) 5.025

Region 4 - 1. Cin. St. Xavier (4-0) 10.775, 2. Cin. Archbishop Moeller (3-1) 8.125, 3. Cin. Sycamore (3-1) 7.6, 4. Cin. Elder (3-1) 7.375, tie-5. Lakota East (3-1) 6.6, tie-5. Mason (3-1) 6.6, 7. Milford (3-1) 5.875, 8. Fairfield (2-2) 5.8, 9. Cin. Colerain (2-2) 5.05, 10. Batavia West Clermont (2-2) 4.45, 11. Lebanon (2-2) 3.8, 12. Four schools tied

Division II

Region 5 - 1. Hudson (3-1) 8.2, 2. Barberton (4-0) 8.05, 3. Bedford (4-0) 7.875, 4. Cle. Benedictine (3-1) 6.55, 5. Ashtabula Lakeside (3-1) 6.3, 6. Twinsburg (3-1) 6.125, 7. Lyndhurst Brush (3-1) 5.7121, 8. Akron Archbishop Hoban (3-1) 5.1637, 9. Green (2-2) 5.0, 10. Mayfield (2-2) 4.1, 11. Copley (2-2) 4.05, 12. Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit (2-2) 3.9116

Region 6 - 1. Avon (4-0) 11.7311, 2. Grafton Midview (4-0) 10.825, 3. Medina Highland (4-0) 10.3, 4. Sylvania Northview (4-0) 8.825, 5. Wadsworth (4-0) 7.825, 6. Holland Springfield (3-1) 6.525, 7. Amherst Steele (3-1) 5.8, 8. Olmsted Falls (3-1) 5.7, 9. Whitehouse Anthony Wayne (3-1) 5.6, 10. North Olmsted (2-2) 5.5, 11. Fremont Ross (2-2) 5.3, 12. Tol. St. John’s (2-2) 5.075

Region 7 - 1. Cols. Walnut Ridge (4-0) 9.225, 2. Boardman (3-1) 7.35, 3. Cols. Mifflin (3-1) 7.25, 4. Massillon Washington (3-1) 6.2437, 5. Ashland (3-1) 6.1, 6. Canal Winchester (2-2) 5.575, 7. Pataskala Licking Hts. (3-1) 5.55, 8. North Canton Hoover (2-2) 5.225, 9. Worthington Kilbourne (2-2) 4.975, 10. Westerville South (2-2) 4.925, 11. Cols. Franklin Hts. (2-2) 4.875, 12. Whitehall-Yearling (2-2) 4.525

Region 8 - 1. Cin. La Salle (4-0) 12.725, 2. Cin. Anderson (4-0) 11.35, 3. Cin. Winton Woods (4-0) 9.45, 4. Sidney (4-0) 9.375, 5. Belmont (4-0) 7.9773, 6. Harrison (3-1) 7.55, 7. Edgewood (3-1) 7.375, 8. Marion Harding (3-1) 6.475, 9. Chillicothe (2-2) 5.8, 10. Little Miami (3-1) 4.8, 11. Ashville Teays Valley (2-2) 4.7, 12. Lima Senior (2-2) 4.15

Division III

Region 9 - 1. Canfield (4-0) 10.975, 2. Akron St. Vincent-St Mary (4-0) 9.8, 3. Medina Buckeye (4-0) 9.075, 4. Akron East (3-1) 8.35, 5. Chagrin Falls Kenston (4-0) 7.85, 6. Tallmadge (3-1) 7.6, 7. Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin (4-0) 7.5, 8. Alliance (3-1) 5.925, 9. Chardon (3-1) 5.225, 10. Peninsula Woodridge (3-1) 5.175, 11. Akron Coventry (3-1) 4.625, 12. Richfield Revere (2-2) 4.15

Region 10 - 1. Clyde (4-0) 10.775, 2. Tol. Central Cath. (4-0) 10.0985, 3. Sandusky (4-0) 9.3, 4. Parma Padua Franciscan (4-0) 9.175, 5. Bay Village Bay (4-0) 8.125, 6. Mansfield Senior (3-1) 5.4, 7. Rocky River (3-1) 4.55, 8. Bowling Green (2-2) 4.3, 9. Hunting Valley University School (2-2) 4.15, 10. Maple Hts. (2-2) 3.6, 11. Maumee (2-2) 3.0, 12. Norwalk (2-2) 2.825

Region 11 - 1. Jackson (4-0) 8.875, 2. Cols. Marion-Franklin (4-0) 8.3, 3. Cols. Independence (3-0) 8.0, 4. Granville (3-1) 7.2, 5. New Philadelphia (4-0) 7.175, 6. Cols. Bishop Hartley (3-1) 6.8, 7. Bellefontaine (3-1) 6.725, 8. Delaware Buckeye Valley (3-1) 6.25, 9. Dover (3-1) 6.025, 10. Cols. St. Francis DeSales (3-1) 5.6, 11. Zanesville Maysville (3-1) 5.15, tie-12. Hillsboro (3-1) 5.075, tie-12. Dresdon Tri-Valley (3-1) 5.075

Region 12 - 1. Trotwood-Madison (4-0) 11.075, 2. Franklin (4-0) 10.6, 3. Goshen (4-0) 7.525, 4. Elida (4-0) 6.9, 5. Cin. Archbishop Mcnicholas (3-1) 6.8, tie-6. Bellbrook (3-1) 6.025, tie-6. Wilmington (3-1) 6.025, 8. Alter (3-1) 5.625, 9. Dunbar (3-1) 5.4, 10. Tippecanoe (2-2) 5.275, 11. New Richmond (3-1) 4.575, 12. Badin (3-1) 4.5

Division IV

Region 13 - 1. Steubenville (4-0) 10.9, 2. Perry (4-0) 8.725, 3. Poland Seminary (4-0) 7.275, 4. Struthers (4-0) 7.15, 5. Salem (4-0) 7.1, 6. Girard (4-0) 7.075, 7. Canton South (4-0) 6.425, 8. Cortland Lakeview (3-1) 6.175, 9. Ravenna Southeast (3-1) 4.575, 10. Lisbon Beaver (3-1) 4.325, tie-11. Hubbard (2-2) 3.7, tie-11. Streetsboro (2-2) 3.7

Region 14 - 1. Bellville Clear Fork (4-0) 8.75, 3. Shelby (4-0) 6.925, 4. St. Marys Memorial (3-1) 6.7, 5. Sparta Highland (3-1) 6.625, 6. Van Wert (3-1) 6.3, 7. Wauseon (3-1) 5.5, 8. Port Clinton (3-1) 5.475, 9. Galion (3-1) 4.8422, 10. Pepper Pike Orange (3-1) 4.7045, 11. Vermilion (3-1) 4.675, 12. Lorain Clearview (3-1) 4.3295

Region 15 - 1. Newark Licking Valley (4-0) 7.175, 2. New Concord John Glenn (3-1) 6.775, 3. Carroll Bloom-Carroll (3-1) 6.425, 4. Lancaster Fairfield Union (3-1) 6.2, 5. Gnadenhutten Indian Valley (4-0) 6.025, 6. St. Clairsville (3-1) 5.875, 7. Duncan Falls Philo (3-1) 5.275, 8. Chillicothe Zane Trace (3-1) 4.8, 9. Chillicothe Unioto (3-1) 4.45, tie-10. Gallipolis Gallia Acad. (2-2) 4.3, tie-10. Amanda-Clearcreek (3-1) 4.3, 12. Uhrichsville Claymont (3-1) 4.175

Region 16 - 1. Valley View (4-0) 8.6, 2. London (4-0) 8.55, 3. Waverly (4-0) 8.5, 4. Plain City Jonathan Alder (3-1) 8.175, 5. Cin. Indian Hill (3-1) 7.55, tie-6. Clinton-Massie (4-0) 7.15, tie-6. Cin. Wyoming (4-0) 7.15, 8. Oakwood (3-1) 6.475, 9. Batavia (3-1) 5.4, 10. Cin. Aiken (3-1) 5.375, 11. Cin. Taft (2-2) 4.775, tie-12. Shawnee (2-2) 4.35, tie-12. Kenton Ridge (3-1) 4.35

Division V

Region 17 - 1. North Lima South Range (4-0) 7.95, 2. Gates Mills Gilmour Acad. (4-0) 6.1, 3. Navarre Fairless (3-1) 6.05, 4. Orwell Grand Valley (4-0) 5.85, 5. Sullivan Black River (4-0) 5.75, 6. Wickliffe (3-1) 4.35, 7. Zoarville Tuscarawas Valley (3-1) 4.2, 8. Garrettsville Garfield (3-1) 3.8826, 9. Wooster Triway (3-1) 3.375, 10. Columbiana Crestview (2-2) 3.25, 11. Leavittsburg LaBrae (2-2) 3.15, tie-12. Beachwood (2-2) 3.1, tie-12. Akron Manchester (2-2) 3.1

Region 18 - 1. Pemberville Eastwood (4-0) 7.825, 2. Liberty Center (4-0) 7.125, 3. Marion Pleasant (3-0) 6.6111, 4. Genoa Area (4-0) 6.6, 5. Archbold (3-1) 6.225, 6. Tontogany Otsego (3-1) 5.95, 7. Milan Edison (3-1) 5.325, 8. Lewistown Indian Lake (3-1) 5.25, 9. Huron (3-1) 5.1, 10. Fostoria (3-1) 4.25, 11. West Lafayette Ridgewood (3-1) 3.925, 12. Millbury Lake (2-2) 3.575

Region 19 - 1. Portsmouth West (4-0) 7.725, 2. Wheelersburg (4-0) 6.3, 3. Johnstown Northridge (4-0) 6.025, 4. Gahanna Cols. Acad. (3-1) 5.8497, 5. Belmont Union Local (4-0) 5.825, 6. Chesapeake (3-1) 5.475, 7. Oak Hill (3-1) 5.175, 8. Baltimore Liberty Union (3-1) 5.125, 9. Cols. Bishop Ready (3-1) 4.7, 10. Johnstown-Monroe (2-2) 4.5922, 11. Cheshire River Valley (2-2) 3.8, 12. Bellaire (2-2) 3.125

Region 20 - 1. Anna (4-0) 6.4, 2. Greeneview (4-0) 6.325, 3. Bethel-Tate (4-0) 6.3, 4. Reading (3-1) 6.275, 5. Casstown Miami East (3-1) 5.25, 6. Carlisle (3-1) 5.2, 7. West Jefferson (3-0) 4.9551, 8. Preble Shawnee (3-1) 4.675, 9. Cin. Mariemont (3-1) 4.35, 10. Cin. Madeira (2-2) 4.175, 11. Madison (2-2) 3.975, 12. Batavia Clermont Northeastern (3-1) 3.825

Division VI

Region 21 - 1. Mogadore (4-0) 7.675, 2. Creston Norwayne (4-0) 7.4, 3. Smithville (4-0) 6.7, 4. Rootstown (4-0) 6.65, 5. Kirtland (4-0) 6.5, 6. Independence (3-1) 5.875, 7. Columbia Station Columbia (3-1) 5.775, 8. Cle. Hts. Lutheran East (4-0) 5.45, 9. Berlin Center Western Reserve (3-1) 4.475, 10. Mineral Ridge (3-1) 4.45, 11. McDonald (3-1) 3.875, 12. East Palestine (2-2) 3.2

Region 22 - 1. Findlay Liberty-Benton (3-1) 6.6, 2. Carey (4-0) 6.15, 3. Jeromesville Hillsdale (4-0) 5.5, 4. Gibsonburg (4-0) 5.2, 5. Ada (3-1) 4.65, 6. Attica Seneca East (3-0) 4.2778, 7. Bucyrus Wynford (3-1) 3.925, 8. Sherwood Fairview (2-2) 3.725, 9. Mt. Blanchard Riverdale (3-1) 3.675, 10. Defiance Tinora (2-2) 3.575, 11. Hamler Patrick Henry (2-2) 3.0, 12. Tol. Ottawa Hills (2-2) 2.8

Region 23 - 1. Nelsonville-York (4-0) 7.175, 2. Sarahsville Shenandoah (4-0) 6.55, 3. Galion Northmor (4-0) 6.525, 4. Chillicothe Southeastern (4-0) 5.55, 5. Shadyside (3-1) 5.15, 6. Howard East Knox (4-0) 5.075, 7. Beverly Fort Frye (3-1) 5.05, 8. Coal Grove Dawson-Bryant (3-1) 5.025, 9. Milford Center Fairbanks (2-2) 3.25, 10. Marion Elgin (3-1) 3.225, 11. Grandview Hts. (2-2) 3.075, 12. Steubenville Cath. Central (2-2) 3.0013

Region 24 - 1. Marion Local (4-0) 8.05, 2. St. Henry (4-0) 6.775, 3. Bethel (4-0) 6.4, 4. West Liberty-Salem (4-0) 6.05, 5. Lima Central Cath. (3-1) 5.35, 6. Day. Christian (3-1) 5.2, 7. Fayetteville-Perry (4-0) 4.55, 8. Cin. Country Day (2-0) 4.3861, 9. Mechanicsburg (3-1) 3.775, 10. Cin. Riverview East Acad. (2-1) 3.6111, 11. Fort Recovery (2-2) 3.575, 12. Coldwater (2-2) 3.55

Division VII

Region 25 - 1. Dalton (4-0) 7.625, 2. Cuyahoga Hts. (3-0) 6.3333, 3. Windham (4-0) 5.6, 4. Warren John F. Kennedy (3-1) 5.375, 5. Lisbon David Anderson (3-1) 4.8, 6. Toronto (3-1) 4.225, 7. East Canton (2-2) 3.725, 8. Vienna Mathews (3-1) 2.975, 9. Lowellville (2-2) 2.2, 10. Newbury (2-2) 2.1035, 11. Strasburg-Franklin (2-2) 2.1, 12. Rittman (2-2) 2.0

Region 26 - 1. Leipsic (4-0) 6.825, 2. Edgerton (4-0) 5.8, 3. Pandora-Gilboa (4-0) 5.525, 4. Sycamore Mohawk (4-0) 4.925, 5. Norwalk St. Paul (4-0) 4.775, 6. Haviland Wayne Trace (3-1) 4.725, 7. Monroeville (3-1) 4.2, 8. McComb (3-1) 4.05, 9. Defiance Ayersville (3-1) 3.925, 10. West Unity Hilltop (3-1) 3.5, 11. North Baltimore (2-2) 3.275, 12. Greenwich South Central (2-2) 3.1641

Region 27 - 1. Danville (3-1) 5.65, 2. Canal Winchester Harvest Prep. (3-1) 5.125, 3. Lucas (3-1) 5.075, 4. Hannibal River (3-1) 5.0, 5. Zanesville Bishop Rosecrans (4-0) 4.6, tie-6. Corning Miller (3-1) 4.425, tie-6. Waterford (3-1) 4.425, 8. Portsmouth Sciotoville (3-1) 4.3902, 9. Sugar Grove Berne Union (3-1) 3.675, 10. Racine Southern (3-1) 3.425, 11. Glouster Trimble (2-2) 3.375, 12. Cardington-Lincoln (2-2) 2.625

Region 28 - 1. Convoy Crestview (4-0) 6.475, 2. Delphos St. John’s (3-1) 5.85, 3. Minster (3-1) 5.4, 4. Lehman Cath. (3-1) 4.8, 5. DeGraff Riverside (2-2) 3.425, 6. Cin. Gamble Montessori (3-1) 3.2285, 7. Fort Loramie (2-2) 2.8826, 8. McGuffey Upper Scioto Valley (2-2) 2.45, tie-9. Catholic Central (2-2) 2.1, tie-9. Cin. Miami Valley Christian Acad. (2-2) 2.1, tie-9. New Bremen (2-2) 2.1, tie-9. Tri-Village (2-2) 2.1

Five area teams No. 1 in first football computer ratings

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 2:39 PM
Updated: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 2:42 PM

Trotwood’s William McDaniel (with ball) is pursued by Troy’s Kobe Feltner (22) and Spencer Klopfenstein. Trotwood-Madison defeated Troy 48-0 in a Week 1 high school football game on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
Trotwood’s William McDaniel (with ball) is pursued by Troy’s Kobe Feltner (22) and Spencer Klopfenstein. Trotwood-Madison defeated Troy 48-0 in a Week 1 high school football game on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF(MARC PENDLETON / STAFF)

Centerville (Division I), Trotwood-Madison (D-II), Valley View (D-IV), Anna (D-V) and Marion Local (D-VI) all were ranked No. 1 in their respective regions of the first high school football computer ratings. The weekly ratings will be released on Tuesdays for the remainder of the regular season.

It was an impressive first-time showing by area teams and included four more that were No. 2.

• D-I, Region 3 was loaded with Greater Western Ohio Conference teams. Centerville and Fairmont were 1-2, with Wayne, coming off a defeat of previously unbeaten Miamisburg, at No. 4. Beavercreek was No. 5 and Springfield No. 7 and Northmont and Miamisburg 9-10.

There should be a major shakeup of those ratings following Week 5 matchups. Centerville hosts Springboro in a on Thursday. On Friday Beavercreek hosts Fairmont and Wayne visits Northmont.

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• D-II, Region 8 was top-loaded with Cincinnati powers, led by three-time defending D-II state champ Cincinnati LaSalle. Sidney was No. 4 and Belmont No. 5.

• Trotwood-Madison, a D-III state runner-up last season, was No. 1 and Franklin No. 2 in D-III, Region 12. Bellbrook was tied for No. 6 with Wilmington. Alter, which has lost only at Fairmont, was No. 8 and Dunbar, which lost only to Belmont, No. 9.

• Valley View was tops in D-IV, Region 16 by a small margin over future Central Buckeye Conference member London. Valley View hosts Franklin in a key Southwestern Buckeye League showdown on Friday. At No. 8 was Oakwood, which hasn’t advanced to the playoffs since 2008.

• Anna and Greeneview were 1-2 in D-V, Region 20. Also in contention in that region are No. 5 Miami East and No. 8 Preble Shawnee.

• Eight area teams are in contention in D-VI, Region 24, but it’s the No. 12 and last spot that is most noteworthy: Coldwater. Marion Local, St. Henry, Bethel and West Liberty-Salem own the top four spots. Dayton Christian is No. 6.

• Minster, last season’s D-VII state runner-up, is No. 3 in D-VII, Region 28. Of note in that small-school region is Tri-Village at No. 12. The Patriots are in only their second season as a varsity program and first in the Cross County Conference.

The top eight teams in each region qualify for the playoffs. Point totals are determined by wins and second-level points are based on wins by a defeated opponent. A final ratings that determines playoff teams will be released by the OHSAA on Sunday, Oct. 29 following the end of the regular season.

There are seven divisions, made up of 28 regions (four each division) in Ohio high school football. There are 719 teams that are OHSAA members, of which 224 will qualify for the postseason. First-round games will be played at the higher seed, then shift to neutral sites. First-round games will be followed by regional semifinals, regional finals, state semifinals and state championships.

The title games return to Stark County after a three-run run at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. The championships all will be played at the new Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton on Nov. 30-Dec. 2.

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