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2024 OHSAA Divisions and Predictions

Updated: Feb 16

Navigating Change: Evaluating the OHSAA's Divisional Shifts in High School Sports



The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) has decided to make significant and impacting changes, with recent alterations to its divisional structures sparking debates and discussions across the state. These changes, slated to come into effect in the fall of 2024, particularly impact high school soccer, signaling a significant shift in the competitive landscape.



Under the new proposal, girls and boys soccer will see the introduction of five divisions from the former three division structure. This move comes after months of deliberation and feedback-gathering from stakeholders across Ohio. However, the changes have elicited mixed reactions from the community.


Doug Ute, the Executive Director of OHSAA, has championed the adjustments as a means to level the playing field in high school sports. He emphasizes the need to address the longstanding issue of disparity between schools of different sizes competing within the same division. By increasing the number of divisions, the aim is to provide fairer opportunities for all student-athletes across Ohio.


Despite the intentions behind the changes, critics have voiced concerns about potential drawbacks. Some argue that the addition of divisions may dilute the value of participating in state tournaments. There are fears that the increased number of divisions could lead to a perception of diminished competition and prestige associated with winning a state title.


Moreover, broader issues of socioeconomic disparity in high school sports have been brought to the forefront. While the new divisions aim to address discrepancies based on school size, they may not fully account for differences in resources and support across districts. Calls for separate divisions between private and public schools highlight the need for deeper conversations about equity and fairness in interscholastic soccer.


In the midst of these discussions, speculation arises about the potential impact on powerhouse programs. When reviewing what the new divisions may look like it seems that Seton High School, Ohio's Division I State Champions for 2022 and a program who consistently make a deep run in the tournament will be dropped to Division II.  Similarly the 2023 Girl's State Champions, Walsh Jesuit will also presumably be placed in Division II.  With only 4 private schools remaining in the girl's Division I, the chances are increasing for  a public school taking the Division I title for the first time since 2020 when Strongsville won the OHSAA State Championship.  


Notably on the boys side, Cleveland St. Ignatius will remain in the boys Division I where they have won the OHSAA State Championship 8 out of the last 10 years. 2023's Division II State Champions Tippecanoe will move to Division III and presumably Andrews Osborne Academy out of Willoughby will drop to Division V unless there is some competitive balance rule that places them differently because they are a very small boarding and day school. The question remains, could this shift reshape the competitive landscape and provide new opportunities for emerging contenders?


As the state prepares for the implementation of these changes, there is anticipation and uncertainty about what the future holds for high school soccer. While the revisions signify a significant evolution in the landscape of OHSAA tournaments, there are bound to be challenges and adjustments along the way.


Ultimately, the success of these changes will depend on ongoing dialogue, evaluation, and collaboration among all stakeholders involved. By embracing change with an open mind and a commitment to fairness and inclusivity, Ohio can pave the way towards a more vibrant and equitable future for high school athletics.


As we await further details and announcements from OHSAA, the anticipation and excitement for the upcoming fall season continue to build. These changes represent a new chapter in the rich history of Ohio high school sports, and it is up to us to make it a successful one.



 

Predicting Divisions:

The number one question on everyone's mind is: What division will we be? Based on the information provided by OHSAA to date the top 64 schools based on gender based size will be in Division I, the following schools will be in Division II with the remaining schools split somewhat evenly based on size. Competitive balance is also worked in which is some witchcraft I'm not going to pretend to understand. So what we did was use the 2023 numbers as found on the OHSAA Website and divide them into divisions based on these parameters. The results are below.



Boys Division I

 MASON MASON

 ST XAVIER CINCINNATI

 ST IGNATIUS CLEVELAND

 FAIRFIELD FAIRFIELD

 HAMILTON HAMILTON

 LAKOTA WEST WEST CHESTER

 CENTERVILLE CENTERVILLE

 LAKOTA EAST LIBERTY TOWNSHIP

 GAHANNA LINCOLN GAHANNA

 CANTON McKINLEY SENIOR CANTON

 REYNOLDSBURG eSTEM REYNOLDSBURG

 OAK HILLS CINCINNATI

 WEST CLERMONT Cincinnati

 BEAVERCREEK BEAVERCREEK

 MENTOR MENTOR

 KETTERING FAIRMONT KETTERING

 WHITMER TOLEDO

 LORAIN LORAIN

 MILFORD MILFORD

 BRUNSWICK BRUNSWICK

 MEDINA MEDINA

 ST EDWARD LAKEWOOD

 PRINCETON CINCINNATI

 PICKERINGTON HIGH SCHOOL CENTRAL PICKERINGTON

 SPRINGFIELD SPRINGFIELD

 GROVEPORT MADISON GROVEPORT

 WESTERN HILLS CINCINNATI

 SPRINGBORO SPRINGBORO

 HILLIARD DAVIDSON HILLIARD

 OLENTANGY ORANGE Lewis Center

 GLENOAK CANTON

 ARCHBISHOP MOELLER CINCINNATI

 DUBLIN JEROME DUBLIN

 GROVE CITY GROVE CITY

 WESTLAND GALLOWAY

 UPPER ARLINGTON Columbus

 DUBLIN COFFMAN DUBLIN

 OLENTANGY LIBERTY POWELL

 WALNUT HILLS CINCINNATI

 JACKSON MASSILLON

 ELYRIA ELYRIA

 MIDDLETOWN MIDDLETOWN

 WAYNE HUBER HEIGHTS

 STRONGSVILLE STRONGSVILLE

 HILLIARD BRADLEY Hilliard

 NEWARK Newark

 WESTERVILLE CENTRAL WESTERVILLE

 MARYSVILLE MARYSVILLE

 LANCASTER LANCASTER

 LEBANON LEBANON

 BEREAMIDPARK BEREA

 COLERAIN CINCINNATI

 THOMAS WORTHINGTON WORTHINGTON

 EUCLID EUCLID

 OLENTANGY LEWIS CENTER

 CLEVELAND HEIGHTS Cleveland Heights

 JOHN MARSHALL SCHOOL OF ENGINEERINGCLEVELAND

 PERRYSBURG PERRYSBURG

 STOWMUNROE FALLS Stow

 DELAWARE HAYES DELAWARE

 FINDLAY FINDLAY

 NEW ALBANY NEW ALBANY

 HILLIARD DARBY HILLIARD

 PICKERINGTON HIGH SCHOOL NORTH PICKERINGTON


Boys Division II

 WADSWORTH WADSWORTH

 MIAMISBURG

 OLENTANGY BERLIN

 NORTHMONT CLAYTON

 SYCAMORE CINCINNATI

 CENTRAL CROSSING GROVE CITY

 WESTERVILLE NORTH WESTERVILLE

 WESTERVILLE SOUTH Westerville

 RIVERSIDE Painesville

 LITTLE MIAMI MORROW

 ELDER CINCINNATI

 AVON AVON

 BOWSHER TOLEDO

 SHAKER HEIGHTS SHAKER HEIGHTS

 SOLON SOLON

 LICKING HEIGHTS PATASKALA

 HUDSON HUDSON

 PERRY MASSILLON

 ANTHONY WAYNE WHITEHOUSE

 CANAL WINCHESTER CANAL WINCHESTER

 NORTH ROYALTON NORTH ROYALTON

 NORTH RIDGEVILLE N RIDGEVILLE

 WATKINS MEMORIAL PATASKALA

 WINTON WOODS CINCINNATI

 WORTHINGTON KILBOURNE COLUMBUS

 LOVELAND LOVELAND

 LAKEWOOD LAKEWOOD

 KINGS Kings Mills

 NORTH EASTLAKE

 HOOVER NORTH CANTON

 DUBLIN SCIOTO DUBLIN

 TROY TROY

 BOARDMAN YOUNGSTOWN

 GREEN Uniontown

 ST JOHN'S JESUIT TOLEDO

 BRIGGS COLUMBUS

 SYLVANIA NORTHVIEW SYLVANIA

 WHETSTONE COLUMBUS

 TEAYS VALLEY ASHVILLE

 WARREN G HARDING WARREN

 AUSTINTOWNFITCH AUSTINTOWN

 GARFIELD HEIGHTS GARFIELD HTS

 WALSH JESUIT CUYAHOGA FALLS

 NORTH OLMSTED NORTH OLMSTED

 TWINSBURG TWINSBURG

 STEBBINS RIVERSIDE

 BIG WALNUT Sunbury

 MIFFLIN COLUMBUS

 NORTHLAND COLUMBUS

 AVON LAKE AVON LAKE

 FRANKLIN HEIGHTS COLUMBUS

 WASHINGTON MASSILLON

 FAIRBORN Fairborn

 HARRISON HARRISON

 CUYAHOGA FALLS CUYAHOGA FALLS

 NORDONIA MACEDONIA

 ANDERSON CINCINNATI

 MAYFIELD MAYFIELD VILLAGE

 BRECKSVILLEBROADVIEW HTS BROADVIEW HEIGHTS

 MOUNT VERNON MOUNT VERNON

 BARBERTON BARBERTON

 ST FRANCIS de SALES TOLEDO

 VALLEY FORGE PARMA HEIGHTS

 BELMONT DAYTON


Boys Division III

 SOUTH WILLOUGHBY

 GARFIELD AKRON

 WITHROW CINCINNATI

 WOOSTER WOOSTER

 LA SALLE CINCINNATI

 EDGEWOOD TRENTON

 TURPIN CINCINNATI

 PIQUA PIQUA

 XENIA XENIA

 SIDNEY SIDNEY

 STEELE AMHERST

 OLMSTED FALLS OLMSTED FALLS

 WEST COLUMBUS

 MARION HARDING MARION

 NORMANDY PARMA

 CLAY OREGON

 LAKE Uniontown

 LOGAN LOGAN

 ST CHARLES COLUMBUS

 LIMA SENIOR LIMA

 WESTLAKE WESTLAKE

 SYLVANIA SOUTHVIEW SYLVANIA

 BRUSH LYNDHURST

 ARCHBISHOP HOBAN AKRON

 FREMONT ROSS FREMONT

 PARMA PARMA

 SPRINGFIELD Holland

 LAKESIDE Ashtabula

 HIGHLAND MEDINA

 NORTH AKRON

 CHILLICOTHE CHILLICOTHE

 ELLET AKRON

 TALAWANDA OXFORD

 NORTHWEST CINCINNATI

 INDEPENDENCE COLUMBUS

 ROSS HAMILTON

 MIDVIEW Grafton

 ST FRANCIS DeSALES COLUMBUS

 ASHLAND ASHLAND

 MONROE MONROE

 WEST CARROLLTON WEST CARROLLTON

 CHARDON CHARDON

 WESTERN BROWN MOUNT ORAB

 AURORA AURORA

 DOVER DOVER

 SOUTH COLUMBUS

 THEODORE ROOSEVELT KENT

 BUTLER VANDALIA

 MADISON COMPREHENSIVE MANSFIELD

 LOUISVILLE LOUISVILLE

 GOSHEN Goshen

 SANDUSKY SANDUSKY

 TECUMSEH NEW CARLISLE

 GARRETT MORGAN CLEVELAND

 BOWLING GREEN BOWLING GREEN

 COPLEY COPLEY

 WAPAKONETA WAPAKONETA

 UNIVERSITY SCHOOL HUNTING VALLEY

 BEDFORD BEDFORD

 NEW PHILADELPHIA N PHILADELPHIA

 MT HEALTHY CINCINNATI

 WHITEHALLYEARLING WHITEHALL

 COLUMBIAN TIFFIN

 MANSFIELD SENIOR MANSFIELD

 REVERE RICHFIELD

 HARVEY PAINESVILLE

 NORWALK NORWALK

 SHAWNEE LIMA

 CENTENNIAL COLUMBUS

 TRIVALLEY DRESDEN

 HAMILTON TOWNSHIP COLUMBUS

 MIAMI TRACE WASHINGTON CH

 HOWLAND WARREN

 BELLBROOK BELLBROOK

 PADUA FRANCISCAN PARMA

 MADISON MADISON

 ST VINCENTST MARY AKRON

 FRANKLIN FRANKLIN

 LINDEN MC KINLEY COLUMBUS

 TIPPECANOE TIPP CITY

 BISHOP WATTERSON COLUMBUS

 BUCKEYE MEDINA

 ROCKY RIVER ROCKY RIVER

 GILMOUR ACADEMY GATES MILLS

 CANFIELD CANFIELD

 ALLIANCE ALLIANCE

 LINCOLN WEST SCHOOL OF GLOBAL STUDIECSLEVELAND

 HAWKEN GATES MILLS

 ZANESVILLE ZANESVILLE