With the start of next week’s state baseball playoffs, the OHSAA announced the weights and brackets for the state tournament on Sunday.
Canfield, South Range and JFK won 1st holders in their districts.
The Cardinals have played a national schedule this season, including facing some of the best teams in Ohio as they race for the state championship.
The Raiders have become strong lately and, along with their softball counterparts, are the only school in the Mahoning Valley to win first place in baseball and softball.
The Eagles, meanwhile, have had a season burdened by layoffs due to bad weather, but are still hoping to re-emerge as state champions in Division IV after last time last year.
In Division I, Austintown Fitch was the best-placed local team with a 4th seed in Canton County. The Falcons will face winner 16th seed Boardman and 21st seed Hudson. Warren G. Harding was the 34th holder in the county.
Together with the cardinals in Division II, Niles will travel as the 11th holder to the 9th holder of Hubbard in the Struther District. In Louisville County, Salem is the 3rd holder and West Branch is the 7th holder. Also, the 23rd Girard will face the 19th seed Struthers.
Then, in Niles Division III, Columbiana is the 2nd holder, with Crestview as the 5th and Champion as the 9th holder. All four of these teams have gaps in the first round in segments. In the Struthers District of Division III, Grand Valley earned 2nd place and Ursuline won 4th place. The others in the county are 11th seed Cardinal Mooney, 10th seed Garfield and 12th seed LaBrae.
Finally, in Division IV, McDonald is the 2nd seed in JFK’s Struthers County. Meanwhile, the Fairport Harbor District is packed with local teams, including 4th seed Mathews, who has goodbye in the first round, 7th seed Bristol and 10th seed Windham, along with fifth seed Jackson-Milton and No. Mineral ridge with 3 seeds on the other side of the bracket.
The playoffs begin on Monday, May 16th.