Is there actually any evidence that hockey is getting better south of US 30? It appears that there are more teams, but better?I do understand how the state wants to involve the Columbus/Cincy area in a final four game, the sport needs to grow in those areas. It will take time, but those schools are getting better and more competitive. 25 years ago there were only a couple of teams in the Columbus/Cincy area, now there are more.
How about a seeded 8 team, double elimination tournament in Columbus over two weekends with a guarantee of only one team per region? This year, you would have had Northview, St. John, Ed's, Ignatius, US, Gilmour, Shaker, and the team from Columbus/Cincy? Two from Toledo, two from Kent, three from Brooklyn, one from C-bus.
Put everyone else in a single-elimination statewide tourney.