Scouting area boys basketball district tournaments – Morning Journal

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A preview of upcoming high school boys’ basketball sectional district tournaments involving teams in the area:

Premier League

Northeast 4 —Copley

Best seeds: 2 Brecksville Broadview Heights, 4 Cleveland Heights, 5 Shaker Heights

Other zone teams: 30 Lake Avon, 39 North Olmsted

Following: District champion advances to Kent State Regional

Northeast 5 — Catholic Elyria

Best seeds: 3 St. Ignatius, 10 Westlake, 7 Olmsted Falls, 9 Copley, 6 Brunswick

Other zone teams: 27 Lorain, 19 Elyria, 26 North Ridgeville

Following: District champion advances to Kent State Regional

Outlook: Westlake will make a return trip to the SWC as the Demons host North Ridgeville in the first round and face the winner of Elyria and Highland in a section final. The District Semi-Finals and Finals will be played at Elyria Catholic High School, meaning the Pioneers could have home-court advantage if they can survive and get past the first two rounds. However, whoever comes out of the section will most likely face last year‘s state semifinalist St. Ignatius in the semifinals. Lorain will hit the road to take on Copley. The winner will travel to Olmsted Falls for a section final.

Northeast 6 —Lakewood

Best seeds: 1 St. Edward, 8 Medina

Other zone teams: 11 Amherst, 14 Midview, 34 Avon

Following: District champion moves to Copley Regional

Outlook: The bad news for Amherst and Midview is that two defending district champions are in that bracket. Medina no longer has Corey Trip, but is still favored to advance to the district semifinals to face Amherst if the Comets can defeat the winner of 20th seed Maple Heights and 28th seed North Royalton. Midview is at the other end of the bracket. The Middies will face Avon, who are known to give some SWC teams problems in the regular season, even though they failed to win. The winner will face 22nd seed Garfield Heights or 16th seed Valley Forge in a sectional final. Meanwhile the winner of this match will most likely be St. Edward, who played in last year’s regional semi-final. The Eagles will face the winner of Berea-Midpark and Barberton in a section final.

Section II

Northeast 3 — Guangzhou

Best seeds: 5 Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, 6 Padua, 7 Tallmadge, 4 Glenville

Other zone teams: 24 keystone

Following: District champion advances to regional township

Northeast 4 —North Ridgeville

Best seeds: 2 Buchtel, 10 Brookside, 11 Shaw, 3 Gilmour Academy

Other zone teams: 26 Bay, 10 Brookside, 34 Firelands

Following: District champion moves to Bowling Green Regional

Northeast 5 — Storage

Best seeds: 1 Saint-Vincent-St. Mary, 9 Buckeye, 8 West Lutheran

Other zone teams: 37 Clearview, 20 Rocky River

Following: District champion advances to regional township

Outlook: Keystone travels to the 14th seeded Canal Fulton Northwest on February 22. The winner will play seventh-seeded Tallmadge on February 25. Firelands host Ceveland JFK on February 22, with the winner traveling to Buchtel on February 25. Brookside on February 22 for the right to face the winner of Akron East and Akron Springfield three days later. Clearview hosts Warrensville Heights on Feb. 22 and the winner travels to the No. 1 ranked SVSM in Akron on Feb. 25. Rocky River will travel to Cloverleaf for a first round match on February 22.

Section III

Northeast 3 —Richmond Heights

Best seeds: 2 Lutheran East, 5 Smithville, 8 Canton Central Catholic, 4 Columbia,

Other zone teams: 16 wellingtons

Following: District champion advances to regional township

Northeast 4 —Wooster

Best seeds: 1 Norwayne, 7 Elyria Catholic, 3 Fairview, 10 Tuslaw, 5 Oberlin, 9 Manchester

Following: District champion advances to regional township

Outlook: Elyria Catholic will face 22nd seed Orrville on February 21. The winner will face the 15th seed Chippewa on February 25 to see who will play in the district semifinals. The Panthers are on the same side of the group as Norwayne, last year’s regional finalist and top seed in the region. Fairview and Oberlin are seated on the other side of the stand. The only way the Warriors and Phoenix can play is in the district semifinals. Fairview will face the winner of 10th seed Tuslaw and 20th seed East Canton, Oberlin will face the winner of ninth seed Manchester and 17th seed Northwestern.

Section IV

Northeast 3 —Norton

Best seeds: 1 Richmond Heights, 2 Dalton, 3 Cornerstone Christian, 4 Cuyahoga Heights

Other zone teams: 12 Open Door Christian, 13 Lake Ridge Academy.

Following: District champion advances to regional township

Outlook: Open Door Christian will host Lake Ridge Academy in the first round on February 22. The winner will go to seeded Richmond Heights, which is favored to win the district, along with Dalton.

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