AURORA -- The Greenmen football and boys soccer teams will change Ohio High School Athletic Association divisions for the next two years after the OHSAA announced its every-two-year realignment last week.
In football, AHS drop-ped from Division II to Division III, while in boys soccer, the school drop-ped from Division I to Division II. Volleyball, boys and girls golf, girls tennis and cross country will continue to compete in Division I.
Among schools in the Suburban League American Conference, Aurora, Tallmadge and Revere will compete in Division III, while Barberton, Kent Roosevelt, Medina Highland and Copley will be in Division II.
This is the first time the new divisional breakdowns include competitive balance roster data in football, volleyball and soccer. The OHSAA board of directors approved the realignments at its monthly meeting April 6.
Division assignments are based on school enrollment numbers provided by the Ohio Department of Education, and then modified in football, volleyball and soccer based on competitive balance factors that OHSAA member schools approved in 2014.
Of the 718 schools that play football in Ohio, 75 moved up to higher division because of competitive balance and/or a higher base enrollment number. In volleyball, 51 moved up, in girls soccer 24 moved up and in boys soccer 30 moved up.
"This approval of the fall sports divisional breakdowns is the result of countless hours of work by our staff and our members schools," said OHSAA Commissioner Dan Ross. "But the journey isn't over."
Winter sports divisional breakdowns will be presented to the board at its June meeting and spring sports will be presented in August.