The Ohio High School Athletic Association board of directors last week approved new divisional alignments using enrollment counts that did not include community school, charter school and STEM school students. Divisional assignments for the next two-year cycle had originally been approved in June, but the board reversed an earlier decision to include the charter, community and STEM school students.
In football, Swanton remained in Division V, Region 16, but there was some change to the region. Three time defending state champion Coldwater remained Division V, but is now in Region 18. Ottawa-Glandorf is also out of the region after moving up to Division IV.
That appears to make the region somewhat more manageable as far as teams earning a playoff berth, but there are still several quality teams present, such as Liberty-Benton, Eastwood, Lake, Genoa, Galion, Marion Pleasant, Elyria Catholic, and Wooster Triway.
Also in the area, Evergreen and Delta remained in Division VI. They are in Region 20, where Tinora is an early favorite. Liberty Center, Patrick Henry and a pair of Swanton non-league opponents – Ottawa Hills and Woodmore, are also in the region.
Divisions remained the same for Swanton soccer, volleyball and golf as well. The Bulldogs were somewhat close to going up a division in boys soccer, coming in at only five boys below the cutoff for Division II.
Swanton girls soccer opens the season on Friday against Van Buren. Swanton boys soccer kicks off the year Monday with a league contest at home against Delta. Volleyball opens the season by hosting Maumee on Aug. 29. Cross country starts Aug. 29 at the St. John’s Invitational in Delphos.