PDT Sports Writer
For the second time in three weeks Wheelersburg sits atop the Division V mountain while another area school has cracked the Top 10 according to the latest Associated Press poll released Monday night.
The Pirates gained 41 points, including eight first-place votes after last week’s 49-14 win at Jackson. Behind Wheelersburg in the polls is St. Clairsville, which finished with seven first-place votes and 239 points. However, the Red Devils are first in the latest Region 17 computer projections from JoeEitel.com after their 21-0 victory over Wintersville Indian Creek.
Columbus Bishop Hartley is second in the computer points for the region while the Pirates are third. The AP selected Coldwater, Findlay Liberty-Benton, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, Hamilton Badin, Dayton Chaminade Julienne, Baltimore Liberty Union, Loudonville and Martins Ferry to round out the Division V poll.
Wheelersburg (6-0) begins SOC II play Friday with a trip to Northwest.
For the first time this year, a second team from the SOC has reached the Top 10 in another divisional poll as Valley finds itself at No. 9 in the Division VI poll. It’s the first time since finishing last year as the eighth-ranked team in Division V.
The Indians make their initial appearance into this year’s Division VI 10 best after last week’s 62-29 home win over previously-unbeaten South Point. A week ago, Valley was voted in a tie for 17th in Division VI.
The Indians find themselves above Cincinnati Summit Country Day in the poll but looking up at Kirtland, Columbus Bishop Ready, Haviland Wayne Trace, Lewisburg Tri-County North, Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph, Canfield South Range, Mogadore and Delphos Jefferson. While the Silver Knights are second in this week’s poll, they are a spot in front of Valley in the Region 21 computer projections.
The Indians (6-0) will look to 1-0 in SOC II play when they travel Friday to Waverly.
A third SOC II team is also receiving votes as Minford is tied for 14th in Division IV, 16 points behind Gnadenhutten Indian Valley for 10th. The Falcons remained unbeaten after last Friday’s 30-16 win at Oak Hill (4-1).
The first nine in the Division IV are Kenton, Bryan, Genoa Area, Caledonia River Valley, Clarksville Clinton-Massie, Wauseon, Fairview Park, Stubenville and Urbana. Also in between Minford and a spot in the first 10 spots are Germantown Valley View, Galion, Kettering Alter and Zanesville Maysville, which occupies the 14th spot with the Falcons.
The previously-mentioned Oaks, who were 16th in last week’s Division VI poll, did not receive the minimum 12 points for recognition. They host East Friday in the SOC I opener.
Minford (5-0) ventures to West Friday in the SOC II opener for both squads.
The Southeast District also scattered a number of teams on a variety of polls. Athens (fifth) and Chillicothe (eighth) are in Division III while Trimble (fourth), Paint Valley (10th) and Racine Southern (11th) are recognized in Division VII. Lakewood St. Edward (Division I), Massillon Washington (Division II), Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (Division III) and Maria Stein Marion Local (Division VII) were voted first in their respective divisional polls.
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