Jackson Center 6th, Russia 11th in state rankings


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Staff report

The Associated Press came out with its first state rankings for boys basketball, and the 11-1 Jackson Center Tigers are ranked No. 6 in Division 4.

The rankings are compiled from votes by a panel of sports writers and broadcasters from around Ohio.

“I’m appreciative of the fact that our program is to the point where we have some respect,” said Jackson head coach Scott Elchert.

The Russia Raiders, meanwhile, are just one spot and seven voting points out of the top 10, standing in 11th place this week. They are 11-2 on the season.

In Division 3, the Versailles Tigers are the No. 7-ranked team in Ohio this week. They are 10-2 so far this season.

At the top of Division 1 are two schools from the area. The Wayne Warriors of the Greater Western Ohio Conference are the No. 1-ranked team in the state and Lima Senior is right behind them in second spot. Wayne is the defending big-school state champion.

And in Division 2, Trotwood-Madison, also a GWOC school, is ranked 12th.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Here’s how a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school boys basketball teams in the second weekly Associated Press poll of 2015-16. With won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses).

DIVISION I

1. Wayne (10) 11-0 54

2. Lima Sr. (5) 8-0 148

3. Garfield Hts. 11-1 99

4. Cin. Moeller (2) 9-1 94

5. Westerville S. 10-2 63

6. Wilmington 10-0 62

7. Gahanna Lincoln 12-1 59

8. Dublin Coffman 10-1 57

9. St. Ignatius (1) 7-2 50

10. Cin. Elder 10-0 48

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11. Lorain 36, 12. Cols. St. Charles (1) 32, 13. Dublin Jerome 21, 13. Cin. La Salle 21, 13. Massillon Jackson 21, 16. Can. McKinley 19, 17. Warren Harding 15, 18. Mason 12.

DIVISION II

1. Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (7) 9-2 127

2. New Concord John Glenn (3) 11-1 116

3. Napoleon (1) 9-0 98

4. Day. Chaminade (1) 10-2 95

5. Lexington (3) 12-1 89

6. Chillicothe Unioto (2) 10-0 88

7. Ottawa-Glandorf 10-2 57

8. Defiance (1) 8-3 54

9. McArthur Vinton County 11-1 39

(tie) Franklin (1) 8-0 39

10. Cle. Cent. Cath. 7-3 33

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11. Pomeroy Meigs 32, 12. Trotwood-Madison 30, 13. East Tech 21, 14. Cin. Taft 20, 15. Day. Dunbar 14.

DIVISION III

1. Lima Cent. Cath. (14) 11-0 181

2. Cleve. Villa Angela-St. Joseph (3) 7-2 140

3. Massillon Tuslaw (1) 12-0 103

4. Day. Northridge 11-1 84

5. Berlin Hiland 11-2 76

6. Cols. Grandview Hts. (1) 11-1 63

7. Versailles 10-2 60

8. Beachwood 10-1 53

9. Worthington Christian 9-3 44

10. Miami East 10-1 36

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11. Van Buren 30, 12. Apple Creek Waynedale 24, 13. Milan Edison 22, 14. Findlay Liberty-Benton 17, 15. Martins Ferry 14, 15. Can. Cent. Cath. 14, 17. Chesapeake 12.

DIVISION IV

1. Lincolnview (6) 12-0 143

2. Tri-Village (6) 10-1 99

3. Cols. Africentric (1) 7-4 81

4. Mogadore (1) 7-0 72

5. Convoy Crestview (2) 9-2 66

6. Jackson Center (2) 11-1 63

7. Sandusky St. Mary 10-1 60

(tie) Gorham Fayette 9-0 60

9. Glouster Trimble 9-1 47

10. Defiance Ayersville 9-1 42

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11. Russia 35, 12. Waterford 34, 13. McComb (1) 33, 14. Southeastern 31, 15. Hicksville 26, 16. Cols. Wellington 25, 16. Lutheran E. 25, 18. Mansfield St. Peter’s 15, 19. Ft. Recovery 14, 19. Caldwell 14.

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