High school basketball fans might find themselves driving to different venues than normal during the upcoming sectional and district tournaments.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association has altered the make up of the districts and that means some of the usual tournament sites will host different schools or none at all.
"We do not do it for competitive-balance purposes," said OHSAA Northeast Ohio Director Jim Borchik. "I think some people get it in their minds that we're trying to put it to one school or another or trying to favor somebody here or there."
Borchik says tournament sites are based on geography, so it only makes sense that the central part of a district shifts if the lines are drawn differently - and they have been.
For example, Green will travel to Alliance instead of Copley for tournaments. Barberton will go to Canton rather than Medina.
Why did they make any changes at all? It's similar to the reason governments redraw various political boundaries following a census. Schools are placed into divisions based on student populations, which change. Geography becomes the key factor for tournament purposes. Borchik says the analysis is conducted every two years.