(11-25-20) 2020 has been a Challenging year in high school sports, but Ohio has been able to survive and continue with basketball…even against the pandemic.

SSN’s Mercer County League hopes to be able to complete a full third year, that will depend on numerous factors as the basketball season moves forward.

Why the MCL?

To add a little extra excitement to the boys and girls high school basketball season SSN again will bring you the Mercer County League.

The first year SSN introduced the (mythical) MCL was in 2018-19.

All six Mercer County high schools are included, actual head to head match-ups between the schools that will determine a MCL champion in both boys and girls basketball.

SSN’s Mercer County League Champions –

Boys
2019-20 – Ft. Recovery 4-0
2018-19 – St. Henry 6-1

Girls
2019-20 – Ft. Recovery 5-0
2018-19 – Coldwater (5-2), Marion Local (5-2) and St. Henry (5-2)

Related

2019-20 CHAMPIONS CROWNEDFt. Recovery Sweeps 2020 Mercer County League Boys & Girls Basketball Titles

2019-20 All-Mercer County League Girls Basketball Team Named

2018-19 CHAMPIONS CROWNEDMercer County League Basketball FINAL Standings 2018-19

2020-21 MCL Girls Basketball Schedules

Celina

Dec. 5 St. Henry at Celina 1:30 PM

Dec. 21 Parkway at Celina 7:30 PM

Dec. 28 Holiday Tournament at Celina 1 PM

Dec. 29 Holiday Tournament at Celina 6 PM

Jan. 5 Marion Local at Celina 7:30 PM

Jan. 9 Celina at Coldwater 4 PM

Feb. 9 Fort Recovery at Celina 7:30 PM

Coldwater

Dec. 17 Coldwater at Marion Local 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 28 Coldwater vs. St. Henry at Ovisco Holiday Invitational 1 p.m.

Dec. 29 at Ovisco Holiday Invitational TBD

Jan. 7 St. Henry Coldwater7:30 p.m.

Jan. 9 vs. Celina at Coldwater Hoosier Gym, Knightstown, Indiana, 4 p.m.

Jan. 28 Fort Recovery Coldwater 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 4 Coldwater at Parkway 7:30 p.m.

Fort Recovery

Dec. 17 Fort Recovery at Parkway 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 14 Fort Recovery at Marion Local 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 21 St. Henry Fort Recovery 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 28 at Coldwater Fort Recovery 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 9 Fort Recovery at Celina 7:30 p.m.

Marion Local

Dec. 10 St. Henry Marion Local 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 17 Coldwater Marion Local 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 28 Marion Local at Celina Ovisco Classic 1 p.m.

Dec. 29 at Ovisco Classic TBD

Jan. 5 Marion Local at Celina 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 14 Fort Recovery Marion Local 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 11 Marion Local at Parkway 7:30 p.m.

Parkway

Dec. 3 Parkway at St. Henry 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 17 Fort Recovery Parkway 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 21 Parkway at Celina 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 4 Coldwater Parkway 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 11 Marion Local Parkway 7:30 p.m.

St. Henry

Dec. 3 Parkway St. Henry 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 5 St. Henry at Celina 1:30 p.m.

Dec. 10 St. Henry at Marion Local 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 28 at Celina Ovisco Holiday Invitational 1 p.m.

Dec. 29 at Celina Ovisco Holiday Invitational TBD

Jan. 7 St. Henry at Coldwater 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 12 St. Henry at Fort Recovery 7:30 p.m.

A look back….

In the 1920’s Ohio had girls basketball before it was eliminated. This article is from the Mercer Co. Chronicle February 26, 1926 edition.

(Courtesy OHSAA web site) The history of girls interscholastic basketball in Ohio begins long before that.  Ohio’s high school girls have been playing organized basketball since at least the early 1920s.  However, it was a major question of that day as to whether or not any kind of interscholastic athletic activity was good for our young ladies.  Some saw it as simply unlady-like. 

In 1937 the OHSAA sent out a questionnaire to its member schools, part of which dealt with the participation of girls in interscholastic basketball.  As regards to both interscholastic and intramural basketball for girls, 563 schools (55%) said that they did provide this activity for their girl students.  However, when asked “Do you favor dropping girls’ basketball as an interscholastic sport?” just over half of the schools, 519, responded that they were in favor of discontinuing this activity. 

In September of 1939 a referendum was submitted to the schools to decide whether or not basketball would be continued as a girls sport.  By a margin of 2-1, the voting schools opted to discontinue interscholastic basketball for girls as of September 1, 1940.  This, in turn, led to the discontinuation of all interscholastic athletics for girls in Ohio.