High school athletes prepare for postseason

With the high school winter sports season at about the halfway point, it’s time to take a look at the impending postseason.

Before that, a quick note about basketball records and statistics. The Tribune Chronicle sports staff has endeavored this season to keep track of team and league records. This is more difficult than it sounds since we cover more than 30 schools and, with boys and girls basketball, that means more than 60 teams.

Since not all scores are reported, we spend a significant amount of time looking up scores of games that may not even have been played. The records that appeared in the Tribune last Monday, and will appear again this week, are unofficial and, in the case of some leagues, incomplete.

The records we publish are meant to provide information to our readers and are as close to accurate as we can get. If any coaches, athletic directors or school officials note something that is incorrect, please email me at dchapin@tribtoday.com or call me at 330-841-1712 and we can go through the season game by game and see what we may have missed.

We will begin publishing individual statistical leaders next week (Monday, Jan. 22). Statisticians and-or coaches should get their team’s stats to us by the previous Thursday at 6 p.m. The statistics we publish each Monday will include games through the previous Wednesday. Send statistics to sports@tribtoday.com or fax them to 330-841-1717.

Parents and grandparents, these statistics, like the records, are meant to provide information, they are not a ranking of the best players in the area. Please do not call and tell us that your son or daughter is averaging 22.3 points per game, not 21.4. We will only accept statistics from official school sources.

We plan to run the stats weekly through the end of the regular season. If a particular team is not included, that indicates that we did not receive that team’s stats that week. Since not every coach may see this column, parents and grandparents, you can inform coaches and-or athletic directors that we are printing weekly statistical leaders and let them know how to submit them.

We plan to contact school athletic directors to let them know about the statistics also, and to urge them to make sure their school’s stats are sent.

Meanwhile, on to the postseason.

The wrestling team tournament is the first postseason action in Ohio, beginning on Jan. 24. Regional round of 16 and quarterfinal matches will be held on that Wednesday. The following Wednesday, Jan. 31, will be the regional semifinals and finals.

Eight regional champions in each of the three divisions will advance to the state tournament on Feb. 11 at St. John Arena in Columbus where the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals will be held on the same day.

On the 24th, local Division II teams (Howland, Girard, Hubbard, Canfield) will compete at Girard; Division I teams (Austintown Fitch, Boardman) will wrestle at Austintown; and Division III schools (Girard, Grand Valley, Garfield) will wrestle at Garrettsville and at Newbury (Pymatuning Valley).

In the wrestling individual tournaments, which begin with sectional meets on Feb. 24, area Division I schools (Fitch, Boardman) compete at Massillon Perry; Division II schools (Howland, Girard, Hubbard, Canfield, Poland) wrestled at West Branch; and Division III schools are at Beachwood (Brookfield, Garfield, Grand Valley, Pymatuning Valley) and at Rootstown (Liberty, Western Reserve).

Individual wrestling district meets are March 2-3 at North Canton Hoover (Division I), Alliance (D-II) and Garfield Heights (D-III). The state meet is March 8-10 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus.

Swimming sectional meets are scheduled the weekend of Feb. 10. In Division I, Warren G. Harding competes at the University of Akron and Austintown Fitch and Boardman, plus the Canfield girls, swim at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.

In Division II, area schools all compete at Akron except for Pymatuning Valley which goes to the Spire Institute in Geneva.

District meets are the following weekend at Cleveland State with Division II on Feb. 16 and Division I on Feb. 17. The state meet is Feb. 21-24 at Canton.

The bowling postseason gets started Feb. 11 with the Division II sectional at Holiday Bowl in Struthers. That sectional includes John F. Kennedy, LaBrae, Girard, Liberty, Hubbard, Brookfield, Lordstown, McDonald, Ursuline and Cardinal Mooney.

Division II teams from Lakeview, Champion, Maplewood and Bloomfield compete on Feb. 17 in the sectional at Wickliffe Lanes in Wickliffe. Garfield competes in the sectional at Eastbury Lanes in Akron on Feb. 10.

The Division II district is Feb. 24 at Wedgewood Lanes in Austintown.

In Division I, area schools (Harding, Howland, Niles, Fitch, Boardman, Canfield) roll at Boardman Lanes on Feb. 18. The D-I district is Feb. 25 at Wedgewood.

The state tournaments are at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl with Division II competing March 2-3 and Division I on March 9-10.

Girls basketball sectional tournaments in Northeast Ohio get started the weekend of Feb. 17, while boys basketball tournaments begin play on Feb. 27.

The girls state meet is March 15-17 and the boys is March 22-24, both at the Schottenstein Center.