Botkins, Jackson Center earn top seeds in Piqua


Sidney voted No. 9 seed in Dayton D-I sectional, Anna 3rd in Dayton D-III

By Bryant Billing - bbilling@sidneydailynews.com



Botkins senior forward Jacob Pleiman dribbles with pressure from Minster’s Justin Nixon during the first half of a nonconference game on Dec. 8 in Botkins. Botkins was voted the No. 1 seed in the Piqua Division IV sectional.

Botkins senior forward Jacob Pleiman dribbles with pressure from Minster’s Justin Nixon during the first half of a nonconference game on Dec. 8 in Botkins. Botkins was voted the No. 1 seed in the Piqua Division IV sectional.


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Botkins was voted the No. 1 seed in the Piqua Division IV sectional, but it likely won’t get out of the sectional without getting a challenge from a Shelby County Athletic League rival.

Fort Loramie jumped into the same bracket as the Trojans to potentially set up a district semifinal rematch between the two SCAL squads. That potential matchup looks to be one of several between SCAL teams this postseason.

Boys tournament draw meetings were held throughout the state on Sunday. Seed voting began online early last week and concluded on Saturday. Results were tallied in preparation for Sunday’s meetings, during which teams placed themselves on their sectionals’ brackets in seed order.

Botkins (17-3), which was ranked No. 8 in D-IV in this week’s Associated Press state poll, will open postseason play on Feb. 19 against No. 11 Bradford. With a win, it’ll face No. 13 Houston (1-20) in a sectional final on Feb. 23. Houston dropped back down to D-IV this season after being D-III the last several years.

Riverside (7-13) was voted the No. 8 seed and will face No. 10 Ansonia in a sectional semifinal on Feb. 19. The winner will advance to face No. 3 Fort Loramie (13-7) on Feb. 23.

If Botkins wins its first two tournament games and Fort Loramie beats the Riverside/Ansonia winner, the Redskins and Trojans will face off in a district semifinal on Feb. 26. Fort Loramie beat Botkins 49-35 in a district semifinal last year.

Jackson Center was voted the No. 2 seed in the sectional and went into the sectional’s bottom bracket. The Tigers (15-5) will open postseason play on Feb. 20 against No. 12 Mississinawa Valley and if victorious will face No. 9 Fairlawn (7-12) on Feb. 25. The winner of the Feb. 25 matchup will advance to a district semifinal on Feb. 27.

Lehman Catholic (14-3) was voted the No. 4 seed and will open against No. 5 Troy Christian on Feb. 20. Russia was voted the No. 6 seed and will open against No. 7 Newton the same day. The winners of those two matchups will face off in a sectional final on Feb. 25. The winner of the sectional final will advance to a district semifinal on Feb. 27 and face Jackson Center, Fairlawn or Mississinawa Valley.

All games will be at Piqua’s Garbry Gymnasium.

Sidney voted No. 9 seed in Dayton D-I sectional

The Yellow Jackets (9-8) were voted the No. 9 seed in the 20-team Dayton Div. I sectional and will open postseason play against No. 14 Beavercreek on Feb. 20.

If victorious, the Yellow Jackets will face a rematch against a Miami Valley League opponent in either No. 8 Vandalia-Butler or No. 11 Troy. A second-round win would advance the Yellow Jackets to a district semifinal, likely against No. 1 seed Centerville.

All of Sidney’s tournament games are scheduled to be at Vandalia-Butler’s Student Activities Center, though if a second-round matchup against Butler happens, that game will likely be moved to Centerville.

Anna 3rd, Versailles 9th in Dayton D-III sectional

Anna was voted the No. 3 seed in the Dayton Div. III sectional while Versailles was voted No. 9.

The Rockets (16-5) will open postseason play on Feb. 19 against No. 17 Mechanicsburg on Feb. 19 and if victorious will face No. 15 Springfield Northeastern on Feb. 23. A second-round win will advance the squad to a district semifinal on Feb. 27 against either No. 5 Dayton Meadowdale, No. 16 Carlisle or No. 20 Triad.

Versailles will open postseason play on Feb. 18 against No. 6 Arcanum and if victorious will face No. 8 Dayton Christian on Feb. 25. A second-round win will advance the squad to a district semifinal on Feb. 27 against either No. 2 Preble Shawnee or No. 18 Covington.

All games are scheduled to be at Northmont High School’s Thunderdome.

Minster 2nd, New Bremen 4th in Wapakoneta D-IV district

Minster was voted the No. 2 seed in the Wapakoneta Div. IV district while New Bremen was voted No. 4.

The Wildcats (16-4) will open postseason play against No. 8 Parkway or No. 9 Ridgemont on Feb. 26 in Minster.

New Bremen (12-7) will open postseason play on Feb. 24 by hosting No. 13 Ada and if victorious will host No. 5 Marion Local or No. 12 Waynesfield-Goshen in a sectional final on Feb. 26.

Botkins senior forward Jacob Pleiman dribbles with pressure from Minster’s Justin Nixon during the first half of a nonconference game on Dec. 8 in Botkins. Botkins was voted the No. 1 seed in the Piqua Division IV sectional.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2021/02/web1_BPB_3778-Edit-2-print.jpgBotkins senior forward Jacob Pleiman dribbles with pressure from Minster’s Justin Nixon during the first half of a nonconference game on Dec. 8 in Botkins. Botkins was voted the No. 1 seed in the Piqua Division IV sectional. Bryant Billing | Sidney Daily News
Sidney voted No. 9 seed in Dayton D-I sectional, Anna 3rd in Dayton D-III

By Bryant Billing

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Reach Bryant Billing at 937-538-4818, or follow @SidneyOHSports on Twitter and @BryantBillingSDN on Facebook.

Reach Bryant Billing at 937-538-4818, or follow @SidneyOHSports on Twitter and @BryantBillingSDN on Facebook.