The Ohio High School Athletic Association is changing its Division 1 playoff format for the upcoming season. The OHSAA Board of Directors voted 9-0 on Wednesday to change the Division 1 two-region format to a four-region system like the one used by the other six football divisions.
In a news release, the OHSAA said the change will place a greater emphasis on the regional championship games and decreased travel.
Here’s how the new regions for the 72 teams will breakdown:
Region 1: Brunswick, Dublin Jerome, Elyria, Findlay, Lorain, Marysville, Medina, Newark, North Royalton, Olentangy, Olentangy Liberty, Olentangy Orange, Parma, Strongsville, Toledo Start, Toledo Whitmer, Westerville Central, Westerville South.
Region 2: Austintown-Fitch, Berea-Midpark, Canton GlenOak, Canton McKinley, Cleveland Heights, Cleveland John Marshall, Cleveland Rhodes, Cleveland St. Ignatius, Cuyahoga Falls, Euclid, Lakewood, Lakewood St. Edward, Massillon Jackson, Mentor, North Canton Hoover, Shaker Heights, Solon, Stow-Munroe Falls.
Region 3: Beavercreek, Central Crossing, Dublin Coffman, Gahanna, Grove City, Hilliard Bradley, Hilliard Darby, Hilliard Davidson, Huber Heights Wayne, Kettering Fairmont, Lancaster, Pickerington Central, Pickerington North, Reynoldsburg, Springfield, Thomas Worthington, Upper Arlington, Westland.
Region 4: Centerville, Cincinnati Colerain, Cincinnati Elder, Cincinnati Moeller, Cincinnati Oak Hills, Cincinnati St. Xavier, Cincinnati Sycamore, Cincinnati Western Hills, Clayton Northmont, Fairfield, Hamilton, Lebanon, Lakota East, Lakota West, Mason, Middletown, Milford, Springboro.