Originally Posted by Auggie
Agree it's not the end of the world but there are better options if so pursued. What about Bedford? They have no problems hosting football games and are right off the freeway. Warrensville use to host the Div I Districts and always can use the $s. Maple is another gym the right size for Div II, this is one that may be lacking the desire to host but then again a similar demographic in Garfield Hts who hosts a District so I could see Maple doing it. I suspect there may be another motive behind the placement of this District and it is not race.
Years ago, and I'm talking 1960s-early '70s, Bedford hosted the big-school sectional/district. Bedford hasn't hosted a basketball tournament since. Bedford's gym isn't real big for today's crowds, and it's a rather old gym. And I'm not sure Bedford wants to host. If they did, we probably would have seen tournaments there since they last hosted; if not boys, then girls.
While it's true that Warrensville hosted D1 a few years ago, their gym was woefully inadequate for the event. It's really small and run-down. The only reason that Warrensville hosted was that Cleveland South, where the district had been held previously, closed down and the Northeast Board needed another host fast. Solon was hosting a girls' sectional at the time. Solon later dropped the girls' tourney and picked up the boys'.
Maple has a decent sized gym. Back in the 80s, the Mustangs hosted the D1 tourney that is now in Solon. But the Maple Heights Police Department bullied the school district into dropping the tournament. Maple police panicked over fears of gangbangers taking over the gym and turning it into a war zone. I used to go there every year and never had a problem. But the cops over-reacted over groundless fears. That's why Maple won't host the event.
There really aren't any better places than Stow. Shaker's gym is nice, but too small. Twinsburg's is too small. Hudson's is nearly as far as Stow's and not as big. Kenston has a nice gym, but it's harder to reach than Stow's. It's on the edge of dairy farm-ville.