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High School Notebook: OHSAA adopts MaxPreps RPI rating for tourney seedings

High School Notebook: OHSAA adopts MaxPreps RPI rating for tourney seedings


The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced a series of tournament updates following approval at the organizations’ recent board meeting.

Here are the notes:



The board approved a proposal from OHSAA staff to utilize a ratings percentage index (RPI) by MaxPreps for the purpose of seeding the girls and boys basketball district tournaments. The exact formula is being developed with input from the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association. Last season, the OHSAA Northwest District Athletic Board piloted an RPI formula to test the process of having RPI determine seeding instead of a vote by the coaches in the district. Schools will be required to enter scores into MaxPreps.

“The Northwest District piloted using an RPI last year and the process was successful,” said Executive Director Doug Ute. “The coaches association has wanted to use an RPI for seeding for some time and we are working with them and MaxPreps on the formula now. This will take some work and our schools will need to input scores, but we are pleased to move in this direction for seeding.”



The OHSAA girls tennis state tournament will be hosted by the College of Wooster on Oct. 19-20. Wooster recently built 12 new outdoor tennis courts, while six indoor courts will be available at the nearby Aspen Racquet Club, which includes tennis-specific LED lights, locker rooms, a pro shop and a total of 48,000 square feet.

“The College of Wooster is thrilled to open its courts to the best and brightest tennis talent from across the state,” said Jeff Bricker, Wooster athletics facilities manager. “We’re ready to serve up an unforgettable experience at this year’s state tennis tournaments.”

Wooster will also host the 2024 boys tennis state tournament May 23-24.

“Wooster has fantastic new outdoor tennis courts and our student-athletes will enjoy playing there for a state championship,” said Ute. “If there are weather issues, the Aspen Racquet Club is one of the nicest indoor facilities that we have ever had the opportunity to use.”



The OHSAA soccer state championships will take place in Columbus on Friday, Nov. 10 (girls) and Saturday, Nov. 11 (boys). The matches are currently scheduled to return to Lower.com Field, which has hosted the finals since 2021, however the championships will be moved to nearby Historic Crew Stadium if the Crew is playing in the MLS Playoffs. Historic Crew Stadium hosted the OHSAA soccer finals from 2000-2020.

“The Haslam Sports Group has been a terrific partner and we are very fortunate to have two great options in Columbus to host our soccer state championships,” said Ute. “We wish the Crew the best of luck the rest of the season and hope they make a deep playoff run.”

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