GCL South (X, Elder, Moeller, LaSalle) 2012-2019 (including poll)

Which school will win the GCL South title in 2019?


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St.X fan2

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The four GCL south schools have combined to win 10 state football championships since 2002 – with each school winning at least two during that span. La Salle (2014, 2015 and 2016 in DII) and St. Xavier (2006, 2007 and 2016 in DI) have each won three state titles, while Elder (2002 and 2003) and Moeller (2012 and 2013) have both won a pair of DI state crowns. St. Xavier became the first team in OHSAA playoff history to finish the regular season at 5-5 and go on to win a state title, reeling off five consecutive postseason victories in 2016.

Very impressive!!!
St.X won state in 2005 not 2006. The three titles were in 2005, 2007, and 2016.
 

Pope Francis 1

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Twice in four years?????

For the second time in the past 4 years, GCL teams will look to get greedy and capture both the D1 and D2 state titles.
St X and LaSalle captured both in 2016 while Elder and LaSalle will look to duplicate this feat next weekend. If successful, it would make for a dozen D1/D2 GCL state titles since 2002. Very impressive!

Go Panthers!
Go Lancers!

GCL football rules! Northeast Ohio drools!
 
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Pope Francis 1

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from GCL website.....


GCL South Teams Look To Win State’s Top Two Divisional Titles

The Greater Catholic League South Division has long been regarded as one of the top high school football conferences in the state, region and the country – evidenced by the four member schools combining to win 10 state football championships since 2002. Next week, the league will have an opportunity to win two divisional state titles in the same year for the second time in four years, after Elder and La Salle each recorded victories in their respective state semifinals of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Football State Tournament Friday night.

Elder (12-2) earned a trip to the Division I state championship game with its third consecutive come-from-behind win, a 31-24 thriller Friday night against Springfield at Piqua’s Alexander Stadium. The Panthers, who trailed 14-7 in the first half before scoring a pair of touchdowns in just over two minutes early in the fourth quarter to snap a 17-17 tie and hold off a late Springfield drive to emerge victorious, will face Pickerington Central (13-1) at 8 p.m. next Friday at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton. Pickerington Central defeated previously unbeaten Mentor, the state’s No. 1-ranked team all season,27-21, in its semifinal Friday at Canton GlenOak to advance. Pickerington Central is vying for its second DI state title in three years, also beating Mentor to win the 2017 crown, while Elder is looking for its third state championship overall after winning in 2002 and 2004. The Panthers last played in the state final in 2009, falling to Cleveland St. Ignatius, 28-20.

La Salle (12-2), which entered its state semifinal game having outscored its three state playoff opponents by a combined score of 122-15, got off to another quick start – taking a 14-point lead twice in the first half – and went on to post a 35-21 victory against previously undefeated Toledo Central Catholic Friday at Sidney Memorial Stadium. The Lancers advance to face Massillon Washington (14-0) in the state final at 7 p.m. next Thursday in Canton. Massillon defeated Avon, 35-0, in its state semifinal game at Byers Field in Parma. La Salle is making its fourth DII state title appearance in six years, having won three straight state titles from 2014 to 2016. La Salle is 21-1 in the postseason the last six years, the lone setback coming to Winton Woods, 16-14, in the 2017 regional final.

La Salle and St. Xavier, GCL South rivals both located on North Bend Road, each won state football championships in 2016. That year, St. Xavier also became the first team in OHSAA history to enter the state playoffs with a 5-5 record and go on to win the state title. During its improbable postseason run, engineered by then senior quarterback Sean Clifford (now starting at Penn State University), St. Xavier reeled off five impressive wins – including a come-from-behind victory against previously undefeated Colerain and a 27-20, double-overtime thrilled against Cleveland St. Ignatius in the state final at Ohio Stadium. The titles that year were the third for both La Salle and St. Xavier, which also won in 2005 and 2007.

Defending DIV state winner Wyoming is vying tonight to make it a perfect 3-for-3 for Cincinnati schools when it meets Clyde in its state semifinal at Marysville Impact Stadium, looking to extend its winning streak to 29 games and join Elder and La Salle in Canton next week. The DIV state final will be held next Saturday.

After trailing GCL South rival St. Xavier, 24-21, in the regional finals before scoring on a 70-yard TD run by senior quarterback Matthew Luebbe with 1:20 left to record a 28-24 win, and then falling behind Colerain by seven points twice in the first half of the regional final before rallying for a 28-21 win, Elder trailed Springfield, which entered riding an 11-game winning streak, 14-7, midway through the second quarter. But the Panthers were able to tie the game, 14-14, when senior quarterback Matthew Luebbe hooked up with senior receiver and Ohio State University verbal commit Joe Royer on a 7-yard TD pass with just 12 second remaining before halftime.

Both teams added field goals in the third quarter, and then Elder scored on a 3-yard run by senior Joseph Catania with 10:58 remaining in the fourth quarter. Then, on the ensuing kickoff, Royer recovered a kick that bounced off a Springfield receiver and set Elder up in plus territory, with junior Cooper Johnson going in from 5 yards out with 9:21 left in the game to give Elder a 31-17 advantage. Springfield, however, managed to cut the deficit to 31-24 on a 15-yard scoring strike from sophomore quarterback Te’Sean Smoot to senior Larry Stephens with 6:46 left in the game. The Wildcats had a final chance to mount a potential game-winning drive, but the Panthers’ defense came up big with a final stop to preserve the thrilling victory.

Like he has done all season, Luebbe led Elder in rushing with 114 yards on 25 carries – the seventh straight 100-yard plus game for the GCL South’s leading rusher. He also completed 20-of-27 passes for 221 yards, two TDs and one interception. Royer came up with a number of big catches, finishing with six receptions for 78 yards and a TD, while senior Evan Vollmer led the Panthers – hauling in 11 passes for 117 yards, including a 5-yard TD to give Elder an early 7-0 lead. Vollmer set up the Panthers; first TD after taking a short Luebbe pass and scampering 55 yards to the Springfield 7 with just over two minutes left in the opening quarter.

Vollmer’s big game was especially helpful since Elder was without versatile sophomore Drew Ramsey, who was sidelined with any injury. Ramsey had 54 receptions for 563 yards and five TDS, while also rushing for 245 yards in the Panthers’ first 13 games. The Elder defense also played solid, forcing four Springfield turnovers and putting pressure on the talented Smoot all game. Ben Deters, Nicholas Colton Sandhas and Nicholas Seger each had interceptions for Elder while Sandhas – the GCL South leading tackler – led the Panthers with eight total tackles.

For the fifth straight game, La Salle wasted no time putting up points to take an early lead against Toledo Central Catholic – scoring on its first two drives and then adding a third TD to lead 21-7 in the second quarter. The trend started in the final game of the regular season against Elder in a winner-take-all matchup against Elder for the GCL South championship. That night, the Lancers scored three first-quarter TDs and built a 27-6 halftime lead before holding on for a 27-25 victory. In the opening round of the OHSAA state playoffs, La Salle led Little Miami 21-0 in seven minutes and 35-0 after one quarter of a 42-0 victory, before scoring four second-quarters TDs to lead 46-0 at halftime of a 35-7 win against Columbus Walnut Ridge in the regional semifinals, and then roll to a 24-0 lead after one quarter and 45-0 advantage at halftime against Harrison in the 45-8 victory in the regional final eight days earlier.

Junior quarterback Zach Branam had a big game for the Lancers, accounting for four of his team’s scores – three on the ground and one through the air. Branam capped the Lancers’ first two drives with TD runs of 8 and 38 yards, respectively, to give the Lancers a 14-lead. He then connected with sophomore speedster Gi’Bran Payne on a 59-yard pass to put La Salle up 21-7. Toledo Central Catholic managed to put together a scoring drive before halftime to cut the deficit to 21-14.

But La Salle scored on a pair of 1-yard runs in the third quarter, the first from senior back Cam Porter and the second from Branam to take an insurmountable 21-point lead after three quarters, 35-14. The road doesn’t get any easier for La Salle in the state final, as the Lancers will face their third undefeated team in the last four weeks in Massillon – which is coached for former La Salle leader Nate Moore, who guided La Salle to its first state title back in 2014 before taking over at Massillon, one of the state’s most storied programs and a team that has been considered one of the DII favorites all season along with defending state champion Akron Archbishop Hoban, the defending state champion that it beat, 17-14, in the regional final, and La Salle.
 

LS92

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Was reading our game thread, and saw that MaxPreps lists Joe Royer of Elder as 6'5" 225# and Marshall Lang of St X as 6'4" 225#. I did not see the height and weight of Liam Clifford from St X. Anyone have that info? Thanks.
 

Pope Francis 1

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Was reading our game thread, and saw that MaxPreps lists Joe Royer of Elder as 6'5" 225# and Marshall Lang of St X as 6'4" 225#. I did not see the height and weight of Liam Clifford from St X. Anyone have that info? Thanks.
from 247 Sports......

"One of the top 2021 wide receiver prospects in the state of Ohio is Cincinnati St. Xavier three-star Liam Clifford and he is having an excellent junior season for one of the top teams in the state.

Clifford, 6-foot-1, 195-pounds, has great hands and is very versatile. He can be used on the outside or in the slot and is equally as good at either position. He is also able to make yards after the catch, running by defenders or making them miss in the open field."
 

LS92

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from 247 Sports......

"One of the top 2021 wide receiver prospects in the state of Ohio is Cincinnati St. Xavier three-star Liam Clifford and he is having an excellent junior season for one of the top teams in the state.

Clifford, 6-foot-1, 195-pounds, has great hands and is very versatile. He can be used on the outside or in the slot and is equally as good at either position. He is also able to make yards after the catch, running by defenders or making them miss in the open field."
Thank you for your service, Pope. :)
 

MoeDude

Roll Me Away!
Best wishes to our Lancers!

Let’s keep Massillon a “titleless town”


"...
Quit beatin' your chest and actin'like you're gonna bite a big hole out of me
Quit messin' and testin' 'cause this ain't at all impressin' to me
Paper tiger, paper tiger, you paper tigers are all alike
Your roar is much worse than your bite
Quit spyin' and sighin'and lyin'and tryin' to be so mean
'Cause you ain't scarin' nobody, baby, you're just makin' a scene
Paper tiger, paper tiger, you're just a flutterin'in the tree
Ain't shakin' no one but the leaves ..."
 

Pope Francis 1

Well-known member
LaSalle takes down Massillon Washington 34-17

Paper Tigers still searching for their first real state championship!


Quit beatin' your chest and actin'like you're gonna bite a big hole out of me
Quit messin' and testin' 'cause this ain't at all impressin' to me
Paper tiger, paper tiger, you paper tigers are all alike
Your roar is much worse than your bite
Quit spyin' and sighin'and lyin'and tryin' to be so mean
'Cause you ain't scarin' nobody, baby, you're just makin' a scene
Paper tiger, paper tiger, you're just a flutterin'in the tree
Ain't shakin' no one but the leaves
Oh how you try to be so brave
Thinkin' that Ill run back to ya and be afraid
And so you try to come on strong
Thinkin' that I will go along, but you're wrong
Paper tiger, paper tiger, you paper tigers are all alike
Your roar is much worse than your bite
Your roar is much worse than your bite
Cmere, kitty. Here, kitty, kitty, kitty ah ha ha ha
 

Pope Francis 1

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Final Score.....
LaSalle Lancers - 34
Mass. Washington - 17

And the GCL picks up their 11th state title (D1/D2) since 2002.
Looking to make it a dozen state titles (since 2002) tomorrow with the Elder Panthers!

Final score guaranteed
(my picks are nearly perfect this season)

Elder - 27
Pick Central - 17
 

Pope Francis 1

Well-known member
from GCL website....


Another Fast Start Leads Lancers To Fourth Crown In Six Years

It started the final week of the regular season, when La Salle jumped out to a 27-6 halftime lead and held on for a 27-25 victory against Greater Catholic League rival Elder in a winner-take-all matchup to determine the prestigious league championship. Fast starts have been the norm for the Lancers ever since that early November victory, and Thursday night in the biggest game of the season was no exception as La Salle held leads of 14-3 and 21-10 in the first half before eventually emerging with a 34-17 win against previously undefeated Massillon Washington in the Division II state championship of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Football State Tournament before a crowd of 11,286 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton.

The win earned La Salle its fourth state title in six seasons and fourth overall for a program that won three straight from 2014 to 2016. In the process, the Lancers also earned state title No. 11 for GCL South schools since Elder won back-to-back DI state crowns in 2002 and 2003. Elder (12-2) the Panthers play Pickerington Central (13-1) for the DI state championship in Canton. An Elder win would give the GCL South its second state crown in four years, as La Salle and St. Xavier both won state titles back in 2016.

La Salle is now 4-for-4 in state finals.

The win, La Salle’s sixth straight, capped an impressive postseason run for coach Pat McLaughlin’s team – which outscored its five state playoff opponents by a combined score of 191-53 that included a 164-31 edge in the first half of the those games. The win against Massillon, one of the state’s most storied programs, came against former La Salle coach Nate Moore who left the Lancers’ program to take the Massillon job after leading the Lancers to their first state crown in 2014. La Salle finishes the season 13-2 and is now 22-1 in the state playoffs since 2014. Massillon suffers its first defeat and finishes 14-1 overall.

It was La Salle’s rushing attack that made the difference against Massillon, as the Lancers’ trio of junior quarterback Zach Branam, sophomore speedster Gi’Bran Payne and senior standout Cam Porter combined to run for 337 yards and four touchdowns. Massillon finished with 82 yards on the ground. Branam finished with a team-high 166 yards on 22 carries, while Payne ran for 133 and a 5-yard TD, and Porter racked up 57 yards and three scores in his final prep game. Porter, who was named GCL South Co-Player of the Year with Elder senior quarterback Matthew Luebbe, has verbally committed to Northwestern University.

La Salle also got a strong performance from its defense and special teams, led by senior and Ohio State University commit Jake Seibert – who kicked field goals of 43 and 38 yards, respectively. Seibert’s 43-yarder set a state record for the longest field goal in a DII title game. The Lanceres’ defense – as it has been all season – turned in an impressive effort against a high-scoring Massillon offense that had put up 40 or more points nine times this season. However, with La Salle leading 21-17 at halftime, the Lancers shut out Massillon in the final two quarters, with Porter’s 3-yard TD run in the third quarter and extra point giving La Salle a 28-17 lead – making the Lancer faithful who traveled nearly 230 miles to Northeast Ohio able to celebrate another state title.

You can expect to see plenty of purple in the stadium overlooking the Pro Football Hall of Fame tonight, as a large continent from Elder is expected to make the trek to Canton in support of Elder’s first appearance in the state final since 2009. It should be noted that Pickerington Central’s primary school color also is purple. The Panthers have won four straight since the loss at La Salle and nine of their last 10 since falling at La Salle. Elder’s only other loss this season was in NE Ohio to defending state champion Lakewood St. Edward back in week four. Pickerington Central, which defeated No. 1-ranked Mentor in last week’s state semifinals, won the DI state title two years ago;. Elder and Pickerington Central last met in 2014, with the Tigers posting a 20-14 victory in the season opener that year as part of the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown at University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium.
 

IRISH_11

Member
The GCL South is one of the more competitive high school football conferences in the country.
All 4 teams have won at least 2 state titles in the past 17 years, and all but the LaSalle titles were D1. Since 2012, GCL South teams have brought home 6 state titles, 3 in D1 and 3 in D2.
Finally, note that 3 of the 6 most recent GCL South state championships were won by teams which didn’t even win the GCL South title!

No idea what to expect in 2019 after Moeller surprised everyone by running the table in 2018.
And your thoughts??????

Please note, a little bit of college football (UC, OSU, ND) may also be discussed on this thread from time to time.
We will also include Iggy and Eds in some of the conversation because no one likes them!

Weekly Scores & Standings 2019

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Week 12......

Elder - 28
St X - 24

LaSalle - 35
Walnut Ridge - 7

Week 11......

Elder - 42
Lakota West - 17

LaSalle - 42
Little Miami - 0

Week 10.......

Moeller - 53
Canada Prep - 14

St Xavier - 35
Louisville St X - 30

LaSalle - 27
Elder - 25

Week 9............

Elder - 31
FB North Canada - 20

Winton Woods - 26
La Salle - 21

St Xavier - 13
St Iggy - 10

St Eds - 34
Moeller - 7

Week 8...........

St Iggy - 38
Moeller - 7

La Salle - 22
St Xavier - 15

Elder - 42
Winton Woods - 37

Week 7.............

Elder - 42
Moeller - 6

Cov Cath - 28
La Salle - 7

St Xavier - 44
FB North Canada - 6

Week 6............

Elder - 31
St Xavier - 28

La Salle - 41
Moeller - 20

Week 5............

La Salle - 48
St Joe NY - 0

St Xavier - 27
Moeller - 24

Elder - 49
Ryle - 7

Week 4............

St Eds - 42
Elder - 25

LaSalle - 37
Dunbar - 7

St Xavier - 41
Cathedral - 37

Winton Woods - 34
Moeller - 0


Week 3...............

LaSalle - 38
Mansfield - 16

Elder - 60
Clearwater - 54

Moeller - 68
Lafayette - 7

St X - 37
Penn - 7

Week 2.............

St Xavier - 21
Colerain - 14

Trinity - 41
Moeller - 0

Overtime
Elder - 38
Indy Cathedral - 31

LaSalle - 31
Mason - 0

(GCL South now 3-0 vs GMC)

Week 1.............

Elder 41
Gahanna Lincoln 6

LaSalle 31
Lakota West 7

St Xavier 38
Indy Brownsburg 17

Moeller 0
Indy Cathedral 28

Final GCL South Standings 2018

............GCL W-L....Overall W-L

Moeller......... 3-0 .............6-5

Elder............ 2-1 ............. 7-4

St. Xavier...... 1-2 ............. 5-6

LaSalle......... 0-3.............. 4-5

Final GCL South Standings 2017

............GCL W - L .......Overall W - L

St. Xavier..... 3 - 0 ................. 11 - 2

LaSalle......... 2 - 1 ................ 10 - 3

Elder............ 1 - 2 ................. 6 - 4

Moeller......... 0 - 3 ................. 4 - 7


Final GCL South Standings 2016

LaSalle........ 3 - 0 ................. 13 - 2 (D2 State Champs)

St Xavier...... 2 - 1 ................. 10 - 5 (D1 State Champs)

Elder........... 1 - 2 .................. 6 - 5

Moeller........ 0 - 3 .................. 4 - 6


Final GCL South Standings 2015

Elder........... 2 - 1 .................. 9 - 4

St Xavier..... 2 - 1 .................. 7 - 5

LaSalle....... 1 - 2 ................. 13 - 2 (D2 State Champs)

Moeller....... 1 - 2 ................... 5 - 5


Final GCL South Standings 2014

LaSalle........ 2 - 1 ................... 14 - 1 (D2 State Champs)

Moeller........ 2 - 1 ................... 10 - 4

St Xavier..... 2 - 1 ................... 10 - 3

Elder........... 0 - 3 .................... 6 - 5


Final GCL South Standings 2013

Moeller........ 3 - 0 ................... 14 - 1 (D1 State Champs)

Elder........... 2 - 1 .................... 9 - 3

St Xavier...... 1 - 2 ................... 5 - 6

LaSalle........ 0 - 3 ................... 3 - 7


Final GCL South Standings 2012

St Xavier..... 3 - 0 ................... 6 - 5

Elder........... 2 - 1 ................... 8 - 4

Moeller........ 1 - 2 .................. 12 - 3 (D1 State Champs)

LaSalle........ 0 - 3 ................... 4 - 6


GCL South State Championships

1975 Moeller 14 St Eds 12
1976 Moeller 43 Gahanna Lincoln 5
1977 Moeller 14 Canton McKinley 2
1979 Moeller 41 Parma Padua 7
1980 Moeller 30 Massillon Washington 7
1982 Moeller 35 Massillon Washington 14
1985 Moeller 35 Canton McKinley 11
2002 Elder 21 Warren Harding 19
2003 Elder 31 St Eds 7
2005 St X 24 Massillon Washington 17
2007 St X 27 Mentor 0
2012 Moeller 20 Toledo Whitmer 12
2013 Moeller 55 Mentor 52
2014* LaSalle 55 Macedonia Nordonia 20
2015* LaSalle 42 Massillon Perry 0
2016 St X 27 St Iggy 20
2016* LaSalle 14 Massillon Perry 7

* designates D2
GCL = Guaranteed Colerain Loss


Note: weekly results and summary of GCL-S games (from GCL website) will be posted on this thread.

And please note the following if you or your family members plan on attending GCL-South games......

1) St X Mothers Club will gather together on Friday mornings at Hyde Park Country Club before St X home games. The ladies will enjoy a group manicure/pedicure to be followed by a quick botox session prior to tailgating.

2) Moeller football fans will once again begin concealed-carry classes in August for all those attending games at Lockland Stadium.
*Note... I understand Moe may not be playing home games at Lockland Stadium this year so I’ll have to find another way to insult them.

3) LaSalle held a ceremony to hang their first-ever solo GCL title banner (won in 2016) at their stadium during the 2017 season. The next GCL football title ceremony at LaSalle is scheduled for 2067.

4) A fundraiser has been set up by the homeless in Haiti to benefit Elder fans living in Price Hill. While the Haitians realize they are living in abject poverty with very little food, shelter, clothing or clean water, Haiti resident Chico summed it up best..... "of course living in Haiti sucks, but it sure beats the hell out of living in Price Hill"

5) A GCL fundraiser has been established to benefit the Colerain Mothers Club. Upon reaching our stated goal of $24,000 we will be gifting the Colerain Mothers Club 12 new, heavy duty treadmills for their own personal use.

6) Rumor has it St. Eds and St. Ignatius recently applied for membership into the GCL South but were turned away on the basis of the "3 strikes and you're out" clause.
Strike 1) burning rivers in Cleveland
Strike 2) miserable weather in Cleveland
Strike 3) the city misspelled it's own name (Moses Cleaveland (January 29, 1754 – November 16, 1806) was a lawyer, politician, soldier and surveyor, from Connecticut who founded the U.S. city of Cleveland, Ohio)

7) And finally.....
St X alums are still marching on school grounds demanding the return of beer at their tailgating.........
Better update number 3.
 

Spille

Well-known member
Wonder if any LaSalle fans stuck around to root for their GCL brothers or if any Elder fans went up a night early to root for LaSalle.
 

Pope Francis 1

Well-known member
Down 14-7, Pickerington Central scores 14 in 4th quarter to defeat Elder 21-14.
Congrats to Pick Central on another D1 state championship and to the Elder Panthers on a great run in 2019!
 
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Pope Francis 1

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“PCS” Pope’s Computer System ranks top region and top league in Ohio D1/D2 football

Computer rankings based on number of teams in D1/D2 state championship games and number of state titles. Accounting firm Dewey, Cheatem and Howe has reviewed and approved the following results:

Best region for Ohio D1/D2: Southwest Ohio
D1/D2 - 1 runner up & 1 champ

Worst region for Ohio D1/D2: Northeast Ohio

Best league for Ohio D1/D2: GCL South
D1/D2 - 1 runner up & 1 champ

Worst league for Ohio D1/D2: GMC
 
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gobluetom

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“PCS” Pope’s Computer System ranks top region and top league in Ohio D1/D2 football

Computer rankings based on number of teams in state championship games and number of state titles. Accounting firm Dewey, Cheatem and Howe has reviewed and approved the following results:

Best region for Ohio D1/D2: Southwest Ohio
D1/D2 - 1 runner up & 1 champ

Worst region for Ohio D1/D2: Northeast Ohio

Best league for Ohio D1/D2: GCL South
D1/D2 - 1 runner up & 1 champ

Worst league for Ohio D1/D2: GMC

NICE!!!!
 
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