UNION CITY — Mississinawa Valley’s football team will drop down to Division VII, the division for the smallest schools in the Ohio High School Athletic Association, for the 2014 season.
As a result of eight schools adding varsity football teams for the 2014, the OHSAA announced on Thursday that it had realigned regions and divisions for some varsity football teams. Locally the alterations only affect Mississinawa Valley, who had competed in Division VI in 2013.
In dropping down a division, Mississinawa Valley joins Ansonia and Bradford as Darke County teams competing in Division VII Region 26. Arcanum and Versailles remain in Division VI Region 22 while Greenville stays in Division II Region 10.
The OHSAA added a seventh division in football for the 2013 season. With the seventh division the number of teams qualifying for the playoffs increased from 192 to 224, a total of 32 in each division. Of the OHSAA’s 723 varsity football teams, 31 percent will make the playoffs.
The OHSAA’s new football schools are Ashtabula St. John (Division VII), Cincinnati Hillcrest Academy (Division VII), Cincinnati Miami Valley Christian Academy (Division VII), Cleveland Whitney M. Young (Division VII), Dola Hardin Northern (Division VII), Fostoria St. Wendelin (Division VII), Troy Christian (Division VII) and Worthington Christian (Division VI).
Practice for 2014 fall sports — girls tennis, girls and boys golf, girls and boys cross country, field hockey, boys and girls soccer, volleyball and football — are permuted to begin Friday. Darke County varsity football teams will begin their seasons on Aug. 29.