You are right, both Minster and FL will have anywhere from 24-30 girls in their high school program. Both graduate 65-75 kids in a grade, so they are in DV because of the school size. It is more than those two schools in this region, most girls sports are competitive in all sports. I just dont get how you say they should not be in D4? Just because of their success? Their successful because of the young ladies desire to be successful, they find good quality coaches who know how to communicate to the young women. Success does not mean they should not be in that Div. I believe heart ache in this thread is that AF has a much larger area of young girls to choose from than most D3 schools. Where as FL, Minster, Ottoville and other successful girls basketball programs have for the most part, the same area/population to pull athletes from. So because of that, they should be in D4.Dayton area I think Fort Loramie and Minster probably would have beat up on everyone in D1 seeded below the top-6 in the sectional draw this year, and they probably would have been very competitive at worst and likely would have beaten most of the teams seeded 3-6. The only teams I'm confident would beat them and probably decisively were Centerville and Wayne, who were both loaded with D1 talent.
In terms of level of play, both should probably not be in D4. An average D4 public school is not working with anywhere near the caliber of athlete or the quantity in numbers that they have. Somebody can correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe both of those schools typically have enough numbers to field freshmen teams, the same as most of the other better D3 and D4 programs in the northern Miami Valley and stretching north to around Lima. There are a lot of D2-D4 public schools that are fortunate if they can get 15-16 girls to play in a normal year .