Ohio boys basketball state poll: Elder, Fairfield, Woodward, Taylor, Taft all voted top 10

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The fourth Ohio Prep Sportswriter's Association high school boys basketball rankings of 2022 were released Monday afternoon with no dramatic changes. The Ohio High School Athletic Association tournament begins in less than a month.

In Division I, defending state champion Centerville garnered all of the first-place votes. The undefeated Elks knocked out Elder last season in the tournament. This year's Panthers squad is at No. 7 after a 59-38 win over St. Xavier Friday night.

Elder guard Sean Keller (1) drives to the basket against St. Xavier's  Robert Houston during their basketball game, Friday, Jan. 21, 2022.
Elder guard Sean Keller (1) drives to the basket against St. Xavier's Robert Houston during their basketball game, Friday, Jan. 21, 2022.

Right behind 14-3 Elder is 14-2 Fairfield. The Indians have only lost to St. Xavier and to Division II No. 2 Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary. They travel to Princeton Friday night.

Moeller at 13-3 finished just outside of the top 10 at No. 11. The Crusaders will try to avenge an early January loss when they host No. 7 Elder Friday night.

In Division II, Woodward keeps a No. 5 ranking having just won at Western Hills. They did lose on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to Kettering Fairmont who is ranked No. 4 in Division I. The Bulldogs host Aiken on Tuesday.

Taylor guard Danny Austing starts a fast break in the game between Taylor and Mariemont high school Jan. 14, 2022.
Taylor guard Danny Austing starts a fast break in the game between Taylor and Mariemont high school Jan. 14, 2022.

Making their first appearance in the 2022 rankings is Taylor at No. 10. The 13-2 Yellowjackets have won six straight games and host Finneytown Tuesday night.

Taft's Rayvon Griffith drives to the basket during their basketball game against Woodward Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022.
Taft's Rayvon Griffith drives to the basket during their basketball game against Woodward Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022.

Taft drops to No. 8 in Division III. The Senators are 8-5 after losing Saturday night on the road to Division I No. 2 Pickerington Central. Many of Taft's games have come against bigger schools. Featuring the top junior in Ohio according to 247Sports.com, Rayvon Griffith, the Senators will be at Shroder Tuesday night.

DIVISION I

1. Centerville (17)

2. Pickerington Cent.

3. Westerville S.

4. Kettering Fairmont

5. Gahanna Lincoln

6. Lakewood St. Edward

7. Elder

8. Fairfield

9. Sylvania Northview

10. Lyndhurst Brush

Others receiving 12 or more points: Moeller 18. Brecksville-Broadview Hts. 16. Lima Sr. 12.

DIVISION II

1. Kettering Alter (6)

2. Akr. SVSM (11)

3. Tol. Cent. Cath.

4. Bloom-Carroll

5. Woodward

6. Dresden Tri-Valley

7. Waverly

8. Cols. Beechcroft

9. Akr. Buchtel

10. Taylor

Others receiving 12 or more points: Day. Oakwood 23. Huron 22. Gates Mills Gilmour 19. Delaware Buckeye Valley 18. Heath 16. Day. Dunbar 14.

DIVISION III

1. Versailles (15)

2. N. Robinson Col. Crawford

3. Collins Western Reserve

4. Canal Winchester Harvest Prep

5. Ottawa-Glandorf (1)

6. Haviland Wayne Trace

7. Cols. Africentric (1)

8. Taft

9. Swanton

10. Cle. Hts. Lutheran E.

Others receiving 12 or more points: Camden Preble Shawnee 21. Cols. Ready 16. Richwood N. Union 12

DIVISION IV

1. Botkins (13)

2. Antwerp

3. Glouster Trimble (1)

4. Tiffin Calvert

5. New Madison Tri-Village

6. Spring. Cath. Cent.

7. Richmond Hts. (1)

8. Berlin Hiland (1)

9. Malvern

10. Lucasville Valley

Others receiving 12 or more points: New Bremen 15.

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Which Southwest Ohio high school boys basketball teams made Top 10?

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