Lo­rain Ti­tans lead post sea­son seed­ing at 17-1

The OHSAA first-round matchups Feb. 10 place Lo­rain as No. 1 seed in Div. I Elyria District in bas­ket­ball.

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - FRONT PAGE - By Marissa McNees mmc­[email protected]­ingjour­nal.com @Maris­saNM on Twit­ter

The OHSAA an­nounced the seed­ing and first-round matchups for the 2018-19 boys bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment Feb. 10. The ma­jor­ity of The Morn­ing Jour­nal area teams are fea­tured in the Di­vi­sion I Elyria District. Lo­rain (17-1), the heavy fa­vorite in the district, re­ceived the No. 1 seed, fol­lowed by No. 2 Olm­sted Falls (17-2) and No. 3 Lake­wood (11-6). Lo­rain was ranked sixth in the most re­cent AP state poll and clinched its fourth Lake Erie League ti­tle in five sea­sons on Feb. 8 with a win over Cleve­land Heights. The Ti­tans are the reign­ing Elyria District and Akron/Toledo Re­gion cham­pi­ons, and were knocked out of the state semi­fi­nals last sea­son by even­tual D-I cham­pion Cincin­nati Moeller. Olm­sted Falls re­ceived the No. 2 seed last sea­son and was up­set in a sec­tional fi­nal by then-No. 10 Berea-Mid­park. The Bull­dogs con­trol their des­tiny the rest of the reg­u­lar sea­son and can se­cure the out­right South­west­ern Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship if they win at least two of their fi­nal three games be­fore the tour­na­ment be­gins.

Avon (12-6) was seeded fourth in the Elyria District and will face No. 13 North Olm­sted (1-17) in the first round. Elyria (8-11) is fifth and will face Greater Cleve­land Con­fer­ence foe Strongsville, No. 6 North Ridgeville (11-8) will take on No. 11 Amherst (2-13), No. 7 Avon Lake (11-8) will face No. 10 Westlake (7-12), and No. 8 Midview (9-8) will face No. 9 Berea-Mid­park (8-8). In the D-II Mans­field District, Ver­mil­ion earned the third seed and the district’s only first-round bye. The Sailors will face the win­ner of No. 6 San­dusky and No. 10 Shelby. Ver­mil­ion (16-3) was the No. 1 seed in the district last sea­son and was up­set by the even­tual re­gional cham­pion, third-seeded Lexington, in the district semi­fi­nal. The Sailors clinched at least a share of the San­dusky Bay Con­fer­ence ti­tle Feb. 9 with a win over Mar­garetta. In the D-II North Ridgeville District, Bay re­ceived the area’s high­est seed­ing at No. 3. Cleve­land Cen­tral Catholic is No. 1 fol­lowed by Holy Name at No. 2. The Rock­ets are the reign­ing North Ridgeville District cham­pi­ons af­ter down­ing ri­val and topseeded Holy Name in the fi­nal be­fore los­ing in a one­point heart breaker to Lexington in the re­gional fi­nal. Bay is 14-4 with four games left on their reg­u­lar-sea­son sched­ule and has gone 2-2 in its last four games. Fairview (17-2) is seeded fourth and will face crosstown ri­val No. 13 Lutheran West (5-12) in the first round. The War­riors have three games left in the reg­u­lar sea­son and can claim their first con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship in nearly 60 years with a win over Clearview on Feb. 15. No. 5 Buck­eye, leader in the PAC Stars Di­vi­sion, will face No. 12 Brook­side (6-12), No. 6 Rocky River (12-4) will face No. 11 Fire­lands (5-15), No. 7 Clearview (14-4) will take on No. 10 Padua (9-10), and No. 8 Clover­leaf (13-7) will face No. 9 Key­stone (9-10). Elyria Catholic (10-7) will once again play in the D-III Garfield Heights District. The district fea­tures reign­ing re­gional cham­pion Lutheran East as well as top seeds Kirt­land, Beach­wood and War­rensville Heights. The Pan­thers re­ceived a first-round bye and will face the win­ner of Crest­wood-Brook­lyn in a sec­tional fi­nal. Last sea­son, Elyria Catholic lost, 68-63, to Beach­wood in the district semi­fi­nal. Welling­ton (7-9) will play in the D-III Wooster District. The Dukes open the post­sea­son at home with a first-round matchup with Smithville. Last sea­son, Welling­ton earned the No. 1 seed and was up­set by No. 4 Manch­ester in a district semi­fi­nal. The fi­nal four area teams are fea­tured in the D-IV Nor­ton District. Rich­mond Heights (155) earned the district’s top seed, fol­lowed by No. 2 Columbia (13-5) and No. 3 Open Door (15-2). Columbia is in third place be­hind Fairview and Clearview in the PAC Stripes Di­vi­sion and will face the win­ner of No. 7 Dal­ton-No. 10 In­de­pen­dence in a sec­tional fi­nal, while Open Door will face the win­ner of No. 6 Lake Cen­ter Chris­tian-No. 11 Kidron Cen­tral Chris­tian in a sec­tional fi­nal. No. 9 Ober­lin (6-12) will open with No. 8 Corner­stone Chris­tian, last sea­son’s D-IV state run­ner up, while No. 13 Lake Ridge will face No. 4 Rittman in the first round.

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