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Spring postseason gets started soon

The high school spring sports postseason is just around the corner as April ends, with seed / drawing meetings scheduled on Sunday for softball and boys tennis. Those sports will begin competition during the week of May 10-15.

Seed / drawing meetings for baseball and boys and girls lacrosse are scheduled May 9. Baseball will begin its postseason the week of May 17-22. Both boys and girls lacrosse start their postseason May 15-20.

Track and field already has schools / teams assigned to district locations so a seed / drawing meeting is not necessary. Competition gets started in track May 17-22.

In softball and baseball, tournaments in the Northeast District will be conducted as they were in basketball, soccer and volleyball. The teams in the district are divided into an East and West alignment and teams can chose which of two (three in Division I) district tournaments they want to enter. The district tournaments no longer are aligned by geography, however district title game sites have been predetermined. All games before that are played at the site of the better-seeded team.

The tennis postseason is much like it has been with area Division I teams playing their sectional tournaments at Jackson Park in Canton (Fitch, Boardman, Canfield) and at Solon Community Park (Harding, Howland).

In Division II, all area teams (Cardinal Mooney, Ursuline, Poland, Struthers, Kennedy, Lakeview, West Branch, Salem, Lordstown, East Palestine) will compete at Boardman and Struthers.

In both boys and girls lacrosse, area teams include Boardman in Division I and Canfield, Poland and Cardinal Mooney in Division II. Regional qualifying takes place May 15-20, with the regional quarterfinals set May 19-22. The regional semifinals and final will be held May 24-28 and the state final four will be played June 1-5.

BASEBALL

Division I

Area teams out of 35: Fitch, Boardman, Harding.

District final sites: Euclid, Hudson, Canton.

Dates: Sectional first round, May 18; sectional bracket final, May 20; district semifinals, May 25; district final, May 27.

Division II

Area teams out of 25: Canfield, Howland, Chaney, East, Poland, Struthers, Lakeview, Niles, Hubbard, Girard, West Branch, Salem.

District final sites: Cene Park, Louisville.

Dates: Sectional first round, May 17; sectional bracket final, May 19; district semifinals, May 24; district final, May 26.

Division III

Area teams out of 23: Cardinal Mooney, Ursuline, South Range, Champion, Springfield, Liberty, Campbell, LaBrae, Newton Falls, Columbiana, Garfield, Grand Valley, Pymatuning Valley, Crestview, East Palestine.

District final sites: Cene Park, Niles.

Dates: Sectional first round, May 17; sectional bracket final, May 19; district semifinals, May 24; district final, May 26.

Division IV

Area teams out of 24: Kennedy, McDonald, Valley Christian, Mathews, Mineral Ridge, Brookfield, Western Reserve, Jackson-Milton, Lordstown, Maplewood, Badger, Bristol, Chalker, Lowellville, Sebring, Windham, Leetonia.

District final sites: Cene Park, Fairport Harbor.

Dates: Sectional first round, May 18; sectional bracket final, May 20; district semifinals, May 25; district final, May 27.

SOFTBALL

Division I

Area teams out of 33: Fitch, Boardman, Harding, Howland.

District final sites: Austintown, Massillon, Mentor.

Dates: Sectional first round, May 10; sectional bracket final, May 12; district semifinals, May 17; district final, May 19.

Division II

Area teams out of 26: Canfield, Chaney, East, Poland, Struthers, Lakeview, Niles, Hubbard, Girard, West Branch, Salem.

District final sites: Hubbard, Jefferson.

Dates: Sectional first round, May 11; sectional bracket final, May 13; district semifinals, May 18; district final, May 20.

Division III

Area teams out of 23: Cardinal Mooney, Ursuline, South Range, Champion, Springfield, Liberty, Campbell, LaBrae, Newton Falls, Columbiana, Garfield, Grand Valley, Pymatuning Valley, Crestview, East Palestine.

District final sites: LaBrae, South Range.

Dates: Sectional first round, May 11; sectional bracket final, May 13; district semifinals, May 18; district final, May 20.

Division IV

Area teams out of 24: Kennedy, McDonald, Mineral Ridge, Mathews, Brookfield, Western Reserve, Jackson-Milton, Lordstown, Maplewood, Badger, Bristol, Bloomfield, Chalker, Lowellville, Sebring, Windham, Leetonia.

District final sites: Jackson-Milton, Candlelite Knolls.

Dates: Sectional first round, May 10; sectional bracket final, May 12; district semifinals, May 17; district final, May 19.

TRACK & FIELD

Division I

At Fitch: Fitch, Boardman, Harding, Canfield, Chaney, East boys, Howland, Niles boys.

Dates: May 19, May 21

Top 4 in each event to regional at TBA.

Division II

At Salem: Poland, Struthers, Ursuline boys, South Range, West Branch, Salem.

At Lakeview: Lakeview, Champion, Hubbard, Girard, Garfield, Grand Valley boys.

At Bedford (all girls teams): Cardinal Mooney, East, Niles, Crestview.

Dates: May 20, May 22

Top 4 in each event to regional at Fitch, except Beford qualifiers go to regional at Lexington.

Division III

At Springfield: Cardinal Mooney boys, Ursuline girls, Kennedy, McDonald, Valley Christian, Springfield, Liberty, Mineral Ridge, Western Reserve, Brookfield, Jackson-Milton, Lowellville, Campbell, Sebring, Columbiana, Crestview boys, East Palestine, Leetonia, Heartland Christian, Pymatuning Valleyf.

At Cuyahoga Heights: LaBrae, Newton Falls, Mathews, Maplewood, Lordstown, Chalker, Bristol, Badger, Bloomfield, Grand Valley girls.

At Creston Norwayne: Windham.

Dates: May 19, May 21

Top 4 in each event to regional at TBA

BOYS TENNIS

Division I

At Jackson Park, Canton: Fitch, Boardman, Canfield. Dates: May 11, May 13, May 15.

At Solon Community Park: Harding, Howland. Dates: May 10, May 11, May 13.

Top 4 singles players and top 4 doubles teams to district at Springside Racquet & Fitness Club, Akron.

Division II

At Boardman / Struthers: Cardinal Mooney, Ursuline, Kennedy, Poland, Lakeview, Struthers, West Branch, Salem, East Palestine, Lordstown. Dates: May 12, May 13, May 15.

Top 4 singles players and top 4 doubles teams to district at Springside Racquet & Fitness Club, Akron.

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