Tri-Village boys basketball team enters the AP state rankings


By Kyle Shaner - kshaner@aimmedianetwork.com



Tri-Village’s Gavin Richards drives to the basket during a Flyin’ to the Hoop boys basketball game against Versailles on Jan. 16 at Fairmont’s Trent Arena in Kettering.


Dale Barger|For The Daily Advocate

COLUMBUS – For the first time this season the Tri-Village boys basketball team is ranked in the Associated Press’ state poll.

Tri-Village received 24 points and is ranked 12th in Division IV in the fifth poll of the 2016-17 season. The Patriots are ranked behind Defiance Ayersville, McDonald, Mansfield St. Peter’s, South Charleston Southeastern, Bristol, Cornerstone Christian, Canal Winchester Harvest Prep, Grove City Christian, Fort Loramie, Waterford and West Unity Hilltop.

Also, the Versailles boys moved up to a season-best ranking of No. 2 in Division III. The Tigers, who received one first-place vote for a second consecutive week, remain ranked behind Leavittsburg Labrae. Versailles bypassed Cincinnati Summit Country Day and Oak Hill in the Division III rankings. The Tigers have been ranked in all five polls this season, ranging from No. 2 to No. 7 in Division III.

A number of other schools with local connections are ranked this week. Springfield from the Greater Western Ohio Conference is ranked No. 12 in Division I, Trotwood-Madison from the GWOC is ranked No. 3 in Division II, and Bethel from the Cross County Conference is ranked 12th in Division III.

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

DIVISION I
1, Cin. Moeller (19) 18-0 199
2, Massillon Jackson (1) 16-1 158
3, Wooster 16-0 146
4, Pickerington Cent. 17-2 121
5, Newark 18-1 104
6, Tol. St. John’s 15-2 92
7, Upper Arlington 16-2 54
8, Lorain 14-2 52
9, Tol. St. Francis 15-2 47
10, N. Can. Hoover 16-1 29

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Hilliard Bradley 21. 12, Springfield 18. 13, Lakewood St. Edward 16.

DIVISION II
1, Cols. South (5) 19-0 172
2, Upper Sandusky (11) 18-0 168
3, Trotwood-Madison (2) 16-2 132
4, Day. Dunbar 16-3 126
5, Ottawa-Glandorf 16-2 75
6, McArthur Vinton County 16-1 74
7, Kettering Alter (1) 16-2 73
8, Wapakoneta 17-1 63
9, Cin. Wyoming 17-1 42
10, Franklin 15-3 34

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Wauseon (1) 29. 12, Vermilion 18. 13, Akr. SVSM 16. 14, Cin. Taft 13. 15, Lancaster Fairfield Union 12.

DIVISION III
1, Leavittsburg Labrae (11) 17-0 177
2, Versailles (1) 17-1 148
3, Proctorville Fairland (1) 17-1 120
(tie) Cin. Summit Country Day (6) 18-0 120
5, Oak Hill 19-1 97
6, Berlin Hiland 16-2 90
7, Haviland Wayne Trace 16-2 77
8, Cle. VASJ 11-5 59
9, N. Lima S. Range (1) 18-0 49
10, Brookville 16-2 48

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, St. Bernard Roger Bacon 23. 12, Tipp City Bethel 13. 12, Worthington Christian 13.

DIVISION IV
1, Defiance Ayersville (15) 16-0 183
2, McDonald (2) 17-1 141
3, Mansfield St. Peter’s (1) 17-2 134
4, S. Charleston SE 15-1 119
5, Bristol 17-1 101
6, Cornerstone Christian (2) 13-4 73
7, Canal Winchester Harvest Prep 15-3 53
8, Grove City Christian 16-3 49
9, Ft. Loramie 15-3 48
10, Waterford 13-3 44

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, W. Unity Hilltop 30. 12, New Madison Tri-Village 24. 13, Holgate 15. 14, Old Fort 14.

Tri-Village’s Gavin Richards drives to the basket during a Flyin’ to the Hoop boys basketball game against Versailles on Jan. 16 at Fairmont’s Trent Arena in Kettering.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2017/02/web1_Gavin-Richards-WEB.jpgTri-Village’s Gavin Richards drives to the basket during a Flyin’ to the Hoop boys basketball game against Versailles on Jan. 16 at Fairmont’s Trent Arena in Kettering. 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.