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The Ohio High School Athletic Association has released new enrollment numbers, which will determine division assignments for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons.
According to the OHSAA website, the male and female enrollments of member schools are used to determine OHSAA governance classifications (AAA, AA, A) and the OHSAA tournament divisions for each sport. The enrollment figures are based on the number of students in grades 9, 10 and 11 with athletic participation opportunities as of Oct. 31, 2016. These numbers were provided by the Ohio Department of Education through their Education Management Information System.
Northeastern Buckeye Conference
Eastern Buckeye Conference
The Northeastern Buckeye Conference has one more school year (2017-18) of existence, before seven of its members (all except Louisville) form the Eastern Buckeye Conference, along with South Range (2018-19).
The Leopards lead the NBC with 720 boys and girls, 98 more than Alliance (622). Marlington is third with 608, followed by Carrollton with 564, West Branch with 488, Minerva with 487, Canton South with 459, and Salem with 429. South Range has 352.
On the boys side, Louisville has 337, followed by Alliance with 333, Marlington with 321, Carrollton with 261, West Branch with 252, Salem with 237, Canton South with 236, and Minerva with 234. South Range has 188.
Louisville leads the way with 383 girls. It is followed by Carrollton with 303, Alliance with 289, Marlington with 287, Minerva with 253, West Branch with 236, Canton South with 223, and Salem with 192. South Range has 164.
The Inter-Valley Conference expands to 14 teams starting with the 2017 fall season.
The upper division consists of Claymont (446), Indian Valley (420), Ridgewood (300), Garaway (274), Buckeye Trail (258), Newcomerstown (247) and Hiland (243).
The lower division includes Tusky Valley (356), Sandy Valley (338), East Canton (194), Malvern (152), Strasburg (137), Conotton Valley (118) and Tusky Central (72).
For football, two teams will switch divisions (Tusky Valley and Buckeye Trail), and two teams will not compete (Hiland, Conotton Valley).
Breaking down the numbers on the boys side, Claymont leads the way with 244, followed by Indian Valley with 220, Tusky Valley with 175, Sandy Valley with 166, Ridgewood with 163, Garaway with 149, Buckeye Trail with 128, Hiland with 124, Newcomerstown with 123, East Canton with 95, Strasburg with 78, Malvern with 76, Conotton Valley with 68 and Tusky Central with 43.
Claymont leads with 202 girls, followed by Indian Valley with 200, Tusky Valley with 181, Sandy Valley with 172, Ridgewood with 137, Buckeye Trail with 130, Garaway with 125, Newcomerstown with 124, Hiland with 119, East Canton with 99, Malvern with 76, Strasburg with 59, Conotton Valley with 50, and Tusky Central with 29.
After the numbers become final, the enrollment figures will be used to determine OHSAA tournament divisions for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years, which will be announced April 6.