AP boys basketball poll: Defiance, WT move up

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Defiance and Wayne Trace moved up a spot as the only Defiance six-county area teams ranked in the fifth weekly Associated Press Ohio high school boys state basketball poll.

Defiance, now 14-2 on the season, is sixth this week in Division II after losses by Cleveland Central Catholic and Millbury Lake helped boost the Bulldogs from eighth last week.

Meanwhile, the Raiders (13-1) are now tied for seventh in Division IV with Troy Christian.

How a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school boys basketball teams in the fifth weekly Associated Press polls, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses):

DIVISION I

1, Lake. St. Ed. (15) 15-1 202

2, Cin. Moeller (3) 15-1 176

3, Zanesville (3) 16-0 171

4, Massillon Jackson 13-2 100

5, Berea-Midpark 14-1 97

6, Trotwood-Madison 13-2 85

7, Perrysburg 15-1 81

8, Uniontown Lake 15-1 57

9, Cols. Northland 16-3 55

10, Pick. Cent. 14-3 36

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Tol. Bowsher 20. 12, Shaker Hts. 15. 13, Can. Timken 14.

DIVISION II

1, Cols. Watterson (11) 14-1 182

2, Mansfield Ontario (4) 17-0 173

3, Day. Dunbar (6) 16-3 171

4, Norwalk 15-1 123

5, Circle. Logan Elm 15-1 107

6, Defiance 14-2 90

7, Day. Thur. Marshall 12-4 74

8, Franklin 15-3 61

9, Millbury Lake 14-1 58

10, Cle. Cent. Cath. 12-4 35

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Athens 17. 12, Akr. SVSM 15.

DIVISION III

1, Union Local (15) 15-0 189

2, Beachwood 14-2 159

3, Cle. VASJ (5) 10-5 146

4, Lima Cent. Cath. 12-2 119

5, Chill. Zane Trace 14-2 116

6, Roger Bacon (1) 13-3 111

7, Lucasville Valley 16-2 90

8, Gilmour 13-2 84

9, Cols. Ready 12-5 25

10, Warrensville Hts. 9-7 21

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Creston Norwayne 14. 12, Cols. Hartley 13.

DIVISION IV

1, Con. Crestview (18) 15-0 204

2, N. Mad. Tri-Village (3) 15-0 173

3, Berlin Hiland 15-2 148

4, Harvest Prep 18-1 121

5, Tol. Ottawa Hills 11-1 111

6, Tipp City Bethel 13-2 88

7, Troy Christian 14-2 79

(tie) Wayne Trace 13-1 79

9, Buckeye Cent. 14-2 44

10, Marion Local 11-3 33

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Peebles 15. 12, Cornerstone Christian 12.

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