Elder, Woodward, Taft all make Top 10 appearances in first state basketball poll

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The first Ohio Prep Sportswriter's Association boys high school basketball poll was released Monday with three Southwest Ohio teams represented in the Top Ten.

In Division I, 10-2 Elder comes in at No. 9. The Panthers' only losses have come to Carmel (Indiana) and Ashland (Kentucky). They begin Greater Catholic League-South play Friday at The Pit hosting 8-2 Moeller. Undefeated Sycamore (9-0) also received votes. The Aviators are at 9-1 Fairfield Tuesday night.

Defending state champion Centerville is DI Ohio's top team.

Elder's Andrew Harp has the ball knocked away during their game against Carmel (Indiana) during the Ohio Valley Hoops Classic, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2021.
Elder's Andrew Harp has the ball knocked away during their game against Carmel (Indiana) during the Ohio Valley Hoops Classic, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2021.

In Division II, the return of Paul McMillan IV has led the Woodward Bulldogs to an 8-1 record and the No. 5 spot. The Bulldogs won their first Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference title in 23 years in 2021.

Woodward guard Paul McMillan drives to the basket against Beecroft during the Bulldogs win, 88-81, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2021.
Woodward guard Paul McMillan drives to the basket against Beecroft during the Bulldogs win, 88-81, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2021.

Division III state semifinalist Taft (5-2) received a pair of first-place votes but finished ninth overall. The Senators feature junior Rayvon Griffith who recently narrowed his college choices to 10, including the University of Cincinnati and Ohio State.

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Griffith and McMillan will have a showdown at Woodward on Jan. 11.

DIVISION I

1. Centerville (11)

2. Gahanna Lincoln

3. Westerville S.

4. Kettering Fairmont

5. Upper Arlington (2)

6. Pickerington Cent.

7. Green

8. Lakewood St. Edward

9. Elder

10. Sylvania Northview

Others receiving 12 or more points: Lima Sr. 27. Lyndhurst Brush 19. Pickerington N. 14. Sycamore 13. Perrysburg 12.

DIVISION II

1. Akr. SVSM (10)

2. Tol. Cent. Cath.

3. Kettering Alter

4. Bloom-Carroll (2)

5. Woodward

6. Lexington

7. Dresden Tri-Valley

8. Waverly

9. Akr. Buchtel

10. Cols. Beechcroft

Others receiving 12 or more points: Day. Oakwood (1) 25. Delaware Buckeye Valley 19. Cols. Eastmoor 18. Thornville Sheridan 17.

DIVISION III

1. Ottawa-Glandorf (5)

2. Versailles (1)

3. N. Robinson Col. Crawford

(tie) Canal Winchester Harvest Prep (1)

5. Cle. Hts. Lutheran E. (2)

6. Spring. Shawnee (1)

7. W. Lafayette Ridgewood (1)

8. S. Point

9. Cols. Africentric

(tie) Taft (2)

Others receiving 12 or more points: Cols. Ready 32. Haviland Wayne Trace 29. Collins Western Reserve 27. Centerburg 24. Utica 20. Richwood N. Union 14. \

DIVISION IV

1. Botkins (7)

2. Antwerp (2)

3. Glouster Trimble

4. Malvern (2)

5. Cols. Grandview Hts.

6. Lucasville Valley

7. New Madison Tri-Village

8. Toledo Emmanuel Christian

9. Richmond Hts. (2)

10. Spring. Cath. Cent.

Others receiving 12 or more points: Tiffin Calvert 25. Dalton 19. Maria Stein Marion Local 18. Berlin Hiland 14. Monroeville 13

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Which Southwest Ohio boys basketball teams are ranked in 2022 poll?

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