Patriots still ranked 2nd in state poll

By Kyle Shaner kshaner@civitasmedia.com

February 12, 2014

DARKE COUNTY — Tri-Village maintained its No. 2 ranking in the latest Associated Press boys basketball state poll, but the Patriots didn’t receive any first-place votes this week after receiving three a week ago.

Despite its first loss of the season to Franklin Monroe, Tri-Village still is ranked second in Division IV by the AP. The Patriots remain behind Convoy Crestview in the rankings.

This is the third consecutive week that Tri-Village has been ranked second in the state. The Patriots were ranked sixth, fifth and third in the first three polls of the season.

However, the Patriots didn’t receive a first-place vote after receiving at least one in each of the past three polls.

Tri-Village is the lone Darke County team ranked in this week’s poll.

Franklin Monroe, which beat Tri-Village and has only lost once (a 64-58 loss to No. 6 Troy Christian on Jan. 11), remained unranked for the fourth consecutive week. The Jets were ranked in the first two polls of the season.

Versailles, which was ranked in the season’s first three polls, also is unranked.

A number of teams with local connections also are ranked in this week’s poll. Greater Western Ohio Conference member Trotwood-Madison is ranked fifth in Division I, Cross County Conference member Bethel is seventh in Division IV, and Midwest Athletic Conference member Marion Local is 11th in Division IV.

Below is how a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school boys basketball teams in the sixth weekly Associated Press polls, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses):

1, Lakewood St. Edward (15)16-1228
2, Cin. Moeller (5)17-1208
3, Zanesville (4)18-0199
4, Massillon Jackson15-2132
5, Trotwood-Madison17-2121
6, Perrysburg17-1112
7, Cols. Northland16-382
8, Berea-Midpark16-269
9, Uniontown Lake16-236
10, Tol. Bowsher16-226

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Shaker Hts. 17.

1, Cols. Watterson (15)16-1224
2, Mansfield Ontario (6)19-0196
3, Day. Dunbar (3)16-3187
4, Norwalk17-1155
5, Circleville Logan Elm17-1122
6, Day. Thurgood Marshall14-486
7, Franklin16-380
8, Millbury Lake17-173
9, Cle. Cent. Cath.13-443
10, Defiance15-340

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Athens 22. 12, Akr. SVSM 19.

1, Belmont Union Local (18)19-0229
2, Beachwood (1)16-2188
3, St. Bernard Roger Bacon (2)15-3150
4, Cle. VASJ (3)12-6132
5, Chillicothe Zane Trace16-2125
6, Lucasville Valley18-2112
7, Gates Mills Gilmour15-2100
8, Lima Cent. Cath.14-397
9, Cols. Ready13-546
10, Warrensville Hts.10-721

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Creston Norwayne 19. 12, Portsmouth 17. 13, Archbold 16.

1, Convoy Crestview (21)18-0225
2, New Madison Tri-Village18-1196
3, Berlin Hiland (1)17-2166
4, Canal Winchester Harvest Prep (1)20-1145
5, Tol. Ottawa Hills14-1134
6, Troy Christian17-295
7, Tipp City Bethel14-379
8, New Washington Buckeye Cent.16-278
9, Haviland Wayne Trace14-231
10, Peebles16-223

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Maria Stein Marion Local 16.