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OHSAA unveils boys postseason brackets

The Irish are top dogs.

Ursuline was the lone local team to earn a No. 1 seed in the boys basketball postseason brackets that were released on Sunday by the OHSAA.

“(We) feel privileged to receive the No. 1 seed,” Ursuline head coach Keith Gunther said Sunday. “It puts us in a great position I think.”

The Irish currently sit at 16-1 with five games left in the regular season. Ursuline is the No. 1 seed in the Northeast 2 district of Division II and since it has a first-round bye, it will host the winner of No. 23 Streetsboro and No. 25 Painesville Harvey on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m.

Also in Division II, Canfield has secured the No. 2 seed in its district, while Chaney and Girard have earned the Nos. 4 and 5 seeds, respectively.

Cardinal Mooney is a No. 5 seed in Division III, with Newton Falls picking up a No. 7 seed. In the deep Division IV field, Warren JFK is the No. 2 seed in its district, with Lowellville being placed on the No. 4 line. Badger earned a No. 6 seed and Mathews is a No. 8 seed.

In the Division I bracket, Howland, a No. 26 seed, will face No. 27 seed Cuyahoga Falls in the Northeast 1 district, while No. 16 seed Austintown Fitch will play the winner of No. 18 Uniontown Lake and No. 7 Canton GlenOak. In the Northeast 2 district, No. 19 seed Warren G. Harding will host No. 28 seed Boardman in the sectional semifinal.

Canfield and Chaney are both in the Northeast 1 district of Division II. The Cardinals open the tournament against No. 26 seed Hubbard, while the Cowboys will face No. 28 seed Kenston. In the same district, No. 19 Niles will face No. 7 Ravenna, while No. 16 Poland will face No. 24 Orange. In Ursuline’s Northeast 2 district, No. 18 West Branch will face No. 13 Ashtabula Edgewood, Girard will play the winner of No. 15 East and No. 12 Gates Mills Hawken and No. 20 Salem will face No. 11 Struthers.

In the Division III field, No. 20 seed Garfield will open up with No. 23 Crestwood in the Northeast 1 district. Sixth-seeded Pymatuning Valley will play No. 10 seed LaBrae. Newton Falls will face the winner of No. 13 Waterloo and No. 17 Crestview. In the Northeast 3 district, No. 29 Champion will play the winner of No. 3 Lake Catholic and No. 30 Mineral Ridge, while Mooney will host No. 27 seed Lakeview. In the Northeast 2 district, No. 26 Liberty will open at No. 25 Conneaut, while No. 16 Valley Christian will face No. 14 Columbiana. No. 9 Brookfield will face the winner of No. 15 Campbell and No. 22 Southeast, while No. 11 South Range will host No. 21 seed United.

In Division IV, everyone is chasing top seed and undefeated Richmond Heights, widely regarded as one of the best teams in the state. The earliest any local team might have to face the Spartans would be in the regional bracket.

Kennedy will face the winner of No. 30 McDonald and No. 33 Chalker in the Northeast 2 district. Lordstown is a No. 36 seed and will face No. 10 Wellsville and No. 29 Grand Valley will face No. 12 Windham. Lowellville also has a bye and will face the winner of No. 17 Lake Center Christian and No. 32 Andrews Osborne. In the Northeast 3 district, No. 39 Bloomfield will face the winner of No. 3 Cornerstone Christian and No. 38 Academy for Urban Scholars. No. 28 Maplewood will face No. 11 Lisbon. No. 27 Jackson-Milton will face No. 13 Heartland Christian. Mathews will then play the winner of No. 14 Bristol and No. 31 Loudonville, with No. 16 seed Springfield awaiting the winner of Badger and No. 25 Fairport Harding. In the Northeast 1 district, No. 19 Sebring plays No. 21 Mapleton, while No. 23 Western Reserve faces No. 11 Central Christian and No. 37 Leetonia faces No. 15 Mogadore.

The sectional semis begin Feb. 21 for Divisions II, III and IV, while Divison I will open sectional play on Feb. 22.

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