The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) has released its playoff regional assignments for the upcoming season and the Tigers will remain in Division II, Region 7. The region is dominated by Columbus-area teams, but also features several local ones.
Last year Region 7 had 25 teams. But this year, the number has been increased to 28. Whereas Regions 5 and 6 remain at 28, Region 8 has been reduced from 25 to 22.
Upgraded to Division I from last season’s Region 7 are Olentangy Berlin and Olentangy. Downgraded to Division III are Columbus Whitehall and Logan. Meanwhile, Columbus Briggs, Columbus Franklin Heights, Teays Valley and Columbus West have transferred in from Region 8. Newcomers include to Division II are Dover and Columbus DeSales.
Region 7 is not considered a challenging division top-to-bottom, but it still has several teams capable of taking the crown, including Massillon, which won the region four straight times from 2017 to 2020, and Green, which upset the Tigers in last year’s regional finals. Others in contention include Perry, Lake, North Canton, Big Walnut, Dublin Scioto, Westerville South and Worthington Kilbourne, plus newcomers Dover and Columbus DeSales.
Changes in the other divisions:
- Region 5: Solon, Shaker Heights and Cleveland John Adams have entered from Division I, Akron St. Vincent has entered from Division III, Barberton and Cleveland Rhodes have transferred in, Cleveland Benedictine, Bedford, Kent Roosevelt, Madison and University School have dropped to Division III, and Cleveland John Marshall has moved up to Division I. Akron Hoban and Walsh remain.
- Region 6: Toledo Start has entered from Division I, Ashland and Sylvania Southview have entered from Division III, Barberton and Cleveland Rhodes have transferred out, and Wadsworth has moved up to Division I. Avon and Toledo Central Catholic remain.
- Region 8: Cincinnati Aiken, Cincinnati Northwest and Hamilton Ross have moved in from Division III, Columbus Briggs, Columbus West, Columbus Franklin Heights and Teays Valley have transferred out, and Tecumseh and West Carrollton have dropped to Division III. Cincinnati LaSalle and Cincinnati Winton Woods remain.