The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced the regional assignments for the upcoming 2019 fall football season on Thursday while also announcing the divisional breakdowns for boys and girls soccer, volleyball and boys and girls basketball after all were approved by the OHSAA Board of Directors.
In terms of changes on the area scene for fall sports, only a few changes affect the six-county coverage area. In boys soccer, Ottawa-Glandorf will rise to Division II this season while Swanton will drop down a division and compete as a Division III team.
In volleyball, D-II regional semifinalist Wauseon will compete in Division III in 2019 while Wayne Trace will drop to Division IV.
Looking ahead to the winter sports season, both Montpelier and Wayne Trace will move up a division on the boys hardwood and compete in the Division III postseason.
In girls hoops, no teams moved divisions but Hicksville very nearly did so. The Aces have 113 girls according to the tournament enrollment numbers, putting the program in a tie with Loudonville and Ripley-Union-Lewis-Huntington for the smallest number of players in Division III while Beverly Fort Frye, Rockford Parkway and Newton Falls are the biggest D-IV teams with 112 girls.
Finally, the OHSAA announced its regional assignments for the state’s football schools.
Ottawa-Glandorf moved up to Division IV’s Region 14, joining area schools like Napoleon, Bryan and Wauseon. Region 14 will see plenty of new faces with Clyde, Sandusky Perkins and Toledo Scott moving down from D-III and teams like Wooster Triway, Upper Sandusky, Rossford and Fostoria rising from Division V.
Meanwhile, Division VI, Region 23 will be as much a meatgrinder as any region in the area. D-V Region 18 champion Liberty Center drops to Region 23 this fall, along with NWOAL rival Archbold, joining a bevy of local squads like regional runner-up Fairview, Tinora, Wayne Trace, Columbus Grove, Delta, Evergreen, Hicksville and Montpelier.
2018 playoff squads in St. Henry and Spencerville will compete in Region 23 after playing further south in Region 24 last season with teams like Coldwater, Lima Central Catholic and Marion Local.
Making things doubly hard in Region 23 will be the arrivals of three-time state champion Minster (up from Division VII) and fellow MAC power Anna, which moves down from Division V.