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1st and 7th Heaven

Greetings readers,

The Ohio High School Athletic Association is considering adding a seventh division for football for 2013. If the change goes through, this would be the first change to the divisions since 1994, when the OHSAA added a sixth division.

The plan is to shave some of the smaller Division I schools and keep about seventy-two in the top level. The rest would be spread throughout the other divisions. Each other division would have about 108 schools. Thirty-two schools would still make the playoffs cut, meaning Division I schools will get in easier (with less schools to compete with for a spot.)

If that’s not enough, the OHSAA is also voting on the Competitive Balance Proposal in May. This issue was narrowly squatted away, by about 29 votes. If passed, the numbers would be shifted even more.

The posters on the Yappi boards are a bit mixed on this issue, with some saying seven divisions are way too many. One post suggests that six divisions are fine, but the schools will need reshuffled.

Other sports would not be affected by the seven divisions in other sports.

To me, I’m not a big fan of seven divisions in football. If they were fairly equal in terms of teams in those divisions, it wouldn’t be so bad. I’m also not the biggest fan of having different amounts of divisions for different sports. Granted, there’s a few high schools around here that don’t play under those Friday Night Lights, but it’s a small number of schools. Then again, different sports require different amounts of players, so never mind on that last thought.

Time will tell how teams will be split and how the competitiveness will flow. Don’t be surprised to see seven divisions after the 2012 season.

Sources of information from the Dayton Daily News, Yappi’s boards, and the Canton Rep. Pictures found via Google.

Until next time,

-Lee

The Eagle Needs to Land

Greetings readers,

There’s a project going on in Eaton. The Eaton Eagles are looking to fly away from their current digs on Park Avenue and make a landing closer to their high school on State Route 732.

The drawings show that a new football stadium would be northeast of the new high school, just south of the city limits. There would also be a new baseball and softball field sitting on the north end of the high school property, with a soccer field topping it off by Camden Road. There are also plans to create a new auditorium and a health center.

As of 2/22/2012, Eaton still needs about $2,000,000. As well as donating, you can even get one of these stadiums/fields/tracks named, for a price of course.

The need for new fields stems from the construction project looming over Park Avenue, which would overtake the field sitting by the road. No matter if this project gets funded or not, Eaton will play their last seasons of sport on Park Avenue for 2012-2013. The interesting part is if this doesn’t get done, where do the Eagles play then? There’s really no other fields around the area.

While going to one football game at Eaton this season, I noticed that parking was a big issue. You have room for about twenty cars on the gravel path heading to the football field, and that’s it. The rest of the visitors must find parking on the streets or somewhere else. With the new stadium, there’s plenty of parking at the high school, behind the building.

At Park Avenue Field, I will say it was a good place to watch a football game. With the new stadium plans, it looks to be one of the best places to see high school football in Preble County.

With that said, will this project go through? It’ll be interesting to see, that’s for sure.

Source of information from http://buildingongreatraditions.com, a site from the Eaton Community School District.

Until next time,

-Lee