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Fall-sports championship attendance numbers for football, soccer and volleyball show an increase in 2011 over 2010.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Board of Directors of the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) met last Thursday (Dec. 8) in Columbus for its regularly scheduled December meeting.
The Board heard reviews of the fall sports tournaments from OHSAA staff. The soccer state championships set a new attendance record (6-game total of 13,535) at Columbus Crew Stadium, the volleyball state tournament attendance was up about 2,000 fans (total of approximately 13,500) at Wright State University in Dayton and the football state championships attendance was up almost 13,000 (6-game total of 48,695) with three title games at Fawcett Stadium in Canton and three title games at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon.
An increase in the soccer attendance might have been expected with the increase in championship games from five to six. For the first time in 2011, there were three divisions for girls soccer.
At Crew Stadium on Friday in the boys soccer finals: Div. I- Cleveland St. Ignatius def. Powell Olentangy Liberty, Div. II- Dayton Carroll def. Richfield Revere, Div. III- Worthington Christian def. Gates Mills Hawken. In the girls finals on Saturday: DIv. I- Strongsville def. Dublin Jerome, Div. II- Cols. St. Francis DeSales def. Toledo St. Ursula Academy, Div. III- Cin. Summit Country Day def. Shaker Heights Laurel.
Volleyball finals results at the Nutter Center were as follows: Div. I- Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame def. Toledo St. Ursula Academy, Div. II- Columbus Bishop Hartley def. Kettering Archbishop Alter, Div. III- Casstown Miami East def. Gates Mills Gilmour Academy, and Div. IV- St. Henry def. New Philadelphia Tuscarawas Central Catholic.
In July, 2010, the OHSAA Board of Directors approved a four-year plan that beginning next year will split the football championship playoff location from 2012 through 2015. Stark County will continue to utilize Paul Brown Tiger Stadium and Fawcett Stadium as the home of the OHSAA championships through 2013. Columbus and Ohio State University’s Ohio Stadium will host all six championship games in 2014 and 2015.
2011 Football Championship Results
Div. I- Cleveland St. Ignatius 34, Pickerington North 13
Div. II- Trotwood-Madison 42, Avon 28
Div. III- Cardinal Mooney 21, Springfield Shawnee 14
Div. IV- Norwayne 48, Kenton 42
Div. V- Kirtland 28, Coldwater 7
Div. VI- Marion Local 61, Buckeye Local 21