Trotwood-Madison sophomore Carter Mims (with ball) gets past Andre Gordon of Sidney during the visiting Rams’ 90-69 win on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
Photo: MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
Photo: MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

It’s a first for Trotwood-Madison: Rams No. 1 in final D-II boys poll

Trotwood-Madison (20-2) was crowned the Division II boys high school state basketball poll champion by the Associated Press on Monday. It was the first time the Rams have won a boys poll title in the history of the statewide honor, which began in 1950.

Trotwood had nine first-place votes and 169 points. Runner-up Columbus South (20-1) had eight first-place votes and 156 points. Chaminade Julienne (18-4) was No. 1 in D-II for several weeks following a 16-1 start. The Eagles ended the regular season 2-3 with their last three games going to overtime and faded to No. 7.

Trotwood lost only at Wayne in overtime and to Pickerington Central at Flyin’ to the Hoop. Central was No. 2 in D-I behind unbeaten and defending D-I state champ Cincinnati Moeller. Trotwood also is the defending D-II state runner-up and has qualified to the D-II state final four three times in the last five seasons.

Led by coach Rocky Rockhold, Trotwood finished the regular season on a 10-game win streak and averaged 103.7 points.

Other top 10 area placers were Butler (tied for No. 7) and Centerville (No. 10) in D-I, Anna (No. 8) and Brookville (No. 10) in D-III and St. Henry (No. 3), Springfield Catholic Central (No. 7) and Legacy Christian Academy (No. 10) in D-IV. Other poll champs were Archbold (D-III) and Berlin Hiland (D-IV).

Weekly voting is by media throughout the state and compiled by the Associated Press. Last week Carroll (D-II) and Fort Loramie (D-IV) were named girls basketball state poll champs.

• With the exception of the Midwest Athletic Conference boys basketball, all the winter sports seasons have concluded the regular season. MAC boys basketball often gets a delayed season start because so many of its teams make deep postseason football runs. That pushes the end of the basketball regular season into the start of the playoffs.

Here’s a rundown of what will play out over the next month.

All sectional final winners advance to one-game district finals. D-II district finals will be at Mason on Friday, March 1. Divisions I (Princeton), D-III (Springfield) and D-IV (Troy) will be held on Saturday, March 2.

District final winners advance to regional semifinals. Regional champs qualify to the state final four.

Boys first-round games in all divisions are Friday and Saturday at Centerville, Trotwood and Butler (D-I), Springfield and Fairmont’s Trent Arena (D-II), Northmont and Butler (D-III), and Piqua and Troy (D-IV).

Individuals must place among the top four to qualify for the following weekend’s district meets at Trent Arena (D-I), Wilmington (D-II) and Troy (D-III). Like the sectional, the top four district placers advance to the season-ending state championships at Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center on March 7-9.

Division II girls and boys diving is Wednesday and D-I girls on Thursday. Division II swimming preliminaries are Thursday and finals on Friday. Division I swim prelims are Friday and finals on Saturday. Boys D-I diving also is Saturday.

The girls and boys D-II state tournaments will be held at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl on March 1-2. The girls and boys D-I state tourneys also will be there on March 8-9.

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