by Samuel Houseworth

(12-13-21) Houseworth’s Ohio Boys Basketball Projections and outlook for 12-13-21.

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D-I


Fairfield (5-0) catapulted into the D-I top 10 this past week with a pair of monstrous wins over Hamilton and Princeton. The Indians opened the season with a win over D-IV favorite, Richmond Heights. That 8-point win was their closest contest so far this season. Pickerington Central and Lakota East also made strong moves up the rankings.


D-II


Averaging 85.8 points per game, Cincinnati Woodward leapfrogs Lima Shawnee to enter the D-II top 5. The Indians fall to #6, despite another win over Bath this past week. The only other northwest team in the D-II top 10 is Rossford, who was idle this past week.

D-III


With a 10-point loss to South Webster, Wheelersburg falls from their #1 spot in the D-III rankings. Replacing them is Cincinnati Taft, who outscored their two opponents this week by a total of 193-88. Right behind them are Ottawa-Glandorf and Wayne Trace, rounding out the top 3.


D-IV

Tons of western Ohio teams making the top 10 their home in the D-IV rankings. Antwerp holds the top spot after blowout wins over Ottoville and Continental this past week. Defending state champion Botkins moves up a spot to #3. Russia is our biggest mover, jumping all the week into the top 5 with wins over Fairlawn and Bradford. Fort Loramie, New Bremen, Old Fort, and Jackson Center all hold places in the D-IV top 10.