Northeast Ohio high school basketball tournaments change format

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There will be a different format for the boys ‘and girls’ section and district basketball tournaments this season following the recent approval of the Northeast District Sports Council.

Under the new system, the tournament will take on a more regional feel, with schools assigned to either an East Division or a West Division. Ranking of teams by vote will take place once again, there will be multiple support options and all Section and District competitions will be held in the gymnasium of the highest ranked team.

Therefore, the neutral sites for the district semi-finals and the district championships has been eliminated.

“I’ve been around for a long time and have seen a lot of changes, so I’m looking at those changes from an objective point of view,” said Walt DeShields, West Branch women’s coach, 16th year. “I saw both positive and negative aspects.”

West Branch has played district games at Austintown Fitch for the past decade and won the most recent championship last season. The Warriors also won the Regional Division II …

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