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