COLUMBUS — It looks like the new competitive balance rules aren’t going to play too much into local high school teams after all.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association released the 2017 fall sports divisional breakdowns on Thursday. As expected, the sport most affected is football, where nearly one quarter of all teams will shift to a different division.
Two of those are local teams. Fredericktown will move up to Division V next season, after spending the past four years in Division VI. Utica is also moving up — the Redskins will play in Division IV, instead of Division V.
However, both schools are climbing not because of competitive balance, but because of enrollment increases.