Tri-Village boys basketball team drops to No. 7 in AP state rankings


By Kyle Shaner - kshaner@aimmedianetwork.com



Tri-Village’s Knox Morris goes for a layup during a Cross County Conference boys basketball game against Covington on Friday in New Madison.


Dale Barger|For The Daily Advocate

COLUMBUS – For a second consecutive week Tri-Village fell in the Associated Press’ boys basketball state rankings.

Tri-Village is ranked seventh in Division IV in the fourth state poll of the 2015-16 season. The Patriots were ranked fourth last week after being ranked second in the first two polls of the season.

Van Wert Lincolnview, Defiance Ayersville and Sandusky St. Mary remain the top three teams in the Division IV state rankings this week. Jackson Center, Mogadore and Gorham Fayette also moved ahead of the defending state champion Patriots following their loss last week to state-ranked Miami East.

Tri-Village is the only Darke County boys basketball team included in this week’s boys basketball state rankings. Versailles was ranked in the first two polls of the season but fell out of the rankings last week.

A number of other schools with local connections are ranked this week. Wayne from the Greater Western Ohio Conference is ranked No. 1 in Division I, Trotwood-Madison from the GWOC is ranked No. 5 in Division II, and Miami East from the Cross County Conference is ranked No. 8 in Division III.

Below are the top 10 teams in the Associated Press Ohio high school basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses, won-loss record, and total points.

DIVISION I
1, Huber Hts. Wayne (11) 17-0 233
2, Lima Sr. (10) 15-0 230
3, Cin. Moeller (2) 16-1 182
4, Gahanna Lincoln 18-1 134
5, Wilmington 17-1 124
6, Garfield Hts. 14-3 120
7, Warren Harding (2) 14-1 90
8, Cols. Northland 16-1 64
9, Westerville S. 16-3 63
10, Cin. Elder 15-3 25

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Dublin Coffman 21. 12, Mason 19. 13, Cols. St. Charles 14.

DIVISION II
1, New Concord John Glenn (21) 17-1 236
2, Chillicothe Unioto (4) 16-0 214
3, Akr. SVSM 12-3 177
4, Defiance 15-3 116
5, Trotwood-Madison 15-2 114
6, Upper Sandusky 16-0 111
7, Napoleon 12-2 102
8, Lexington 16-2 73
9, Poland Seminary 13-3 29
10, McArthur Vinton County 13-3 19

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, McConnelsville Morgan 15. 11, Johnstown-Monroe 15. 11, Cle. E. Tech 15. 14, Alliance 14. 15, Franklin 13. 16, Cle. Cent. Cath. 12. 16, Byesville Meadowbrook 12.

DIVISION III
1, Lima Cent. Cath. (16) 16-1 232
2, Massillon Tuslaw (8) 16-0 210
3, Day. Northridge 17-1 164
4, Berlin Hiland 16-2 140
5, Worthington Christian 15-3 114
6, Cin. Purcell Marian 15-3 95
7, Cle. VASJ 12-4 92
8, Beachwood 14-2 89
(tie), Casstown Miami E. 15-2 89
10, Milan Edison 14-2 33

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Proctorville Fairland (1) 24. 12, Leavittsburg Labrae 17. 13, Van Buren 12.

DIVISION IV
1, Van Wert Lincolnview (23) 18-0 245
2, Defiance Ayersville 15-1 204
3, Sandusky St. Mary 15-1 192
4, Jackson Center 16-2 142
5, Mogadore 14-1 117
6, Gorham Fayette 15-1 109
7, New Madison Tri-Village 15-3 84
8, Cols. Africentric 14-5 60
9, Waterford 11-3 38
10, Glouster Trimble 13-3 31

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Russia 20. 12, McDonald 19. 13, Cols. Wellington 18. 13, Bristol (1) 18. 15, S. Charleston SE 14. 16, Cle. Hts. Lutheran E. 13. 17, Lisbon David Anderson (1) 12.

Tri-Village’s Knox Morris goes for a layup during a Cross County Conference boys basketball game against Covington on Friday in New Madison.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2016/02/web1_Knox-Morris-WEB.jpgTri-Village’s Knox Morris goes for a layup during a Cross County Conference boys basketball game against Covington on Friday in New Madison. Dale Barger|For The Daily Advocate

By Kyle Shaner

kshaner@aimmedianetwork.com

Kyle Shaner may be reached at 937-569-4316. Follow me on Twitter @KShanerAdvocate or get updates on Facebook by searching Darke County Sports or Advocate 360. For more features online go to dailyadvocate.com.

Kyle Shaner may be reached at 937-569-4316. Follow me on Twitter @KShanerAdvocate or get updates on Facebook by searching Darke County Sports or Advocate 360. For more features online go to dailyadvocate.com.