October 26, 2014

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Boys basketball: Tournament draws on tap this Sunday

Seed meetings for the state sectional/district tournaments will take place Sunday afternoon, and Medina County teams could fall into a variety of spots.

Buckeye’s Nick Wilson, Ben Checkelsky and Ryan Ackim, left to right, are potentially one win away from clinching a share of the Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division championship. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY AARON JOSEFCZYK)

Buckeye’s Nick Wilson, Ben Checkelsky and Ryan Ackim, left to right, are potentially one win away from clinching a share of the Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division championship. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY AARON JOSEFCZYK)

The most interesting storyline is which of the area’s top three teams — Wadsworth, Brunswick and Medina — will garner the highest seed at their respective tournaments.

The red-hot Grizzlies (11-4) will likely battle Green (11-3) and Firestone (11-5) for the Copley Division I District’s second seed behind expected top dog Stow (13-2), while the much-improved Blue Devils (11-5) and underrated Bees (8-7) could fall anywhere between Nos. 2-6 at the Midview D-I District.

The Midview District is especially deep. Defending champion Avon Lake (15-0) returns most of its lineup from a year ago, and defending runner-up Medina can never be counted out thanks to a rugged schedule.

Meanwhile, Brunswick, which has won five of its last six games, and Strongsville (11-5), winner in eight of its last nine, are riding waves of momentum.

Don’t count out pesky Brecksville (11-4), either, as the Bees have played in a handful of invaluable nail-biters.

Cloverleaf (4-11) will likely receive one of the lower seeds.

Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division leader Buckeye (8-7) will have a chance to secure a high seed at the very balanced Westlake D-II District.

Rocky River (13-2) appears to be the favorite for the top spot, with Avon (11-5) following. From there, it’s a crap shoot. Buckeye beat Brookside and Keystone and lost to Rocky River and Clearview, but is one of just four teams with a winning record entering the weekend, making the next 48 hours important for Sunday’s discussion.

Highland (4-11) and Black River (6-11) will compete in the Brecksville D-I and Wooster D-II Districts, respectively. St. Edward, North Royalton and Revere are the top teams at Brecksville, while Wayne County Athletic League kingpins Hillsdale and Northwestern are notables at Wooster.

Contact Albert Grindle at (330) 721-4043 or agrindle@medina-gazette.com.