T.J. Pugh

Shelby's T.J. Pugh launches a shot over Willard's Myles Pinkston during a regular season game earlier this year.

MADISON TOWNSHIP — The collective résumé may not be as impressive as in years’ past, but there’s no reason to think the Division II Madison district tournament won’t be as competitive as ever.

Only six of the 11 teams in the field own winning records and the combined winning percentage is .522. Last year, the Madison district field included 15 teams and their combined winning percentage was a combined .542. In 2018, the 14 teams in the district field were a combined 152-113 at the time of the draw, good for a .574 winning percentage.

“In terms of wins and losses, it’s not as strong as the past couple of years,” Mansfield Senior coach Marquis Sykes said earlier this season, “but there are a lot of teams that probably feel like they can compete for the (district) title.”

Count Senior High among them.

The Tygers (7-10) earned the No. 7 seed and will open sectional play against No. 11 Vermilion (1-19) at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at Bucyrus High School. A win would send Senior High into a sectional final showdown against No. 1 seed Upper Sandusky (17-1) at 6:15 p.m. Feb. 28 at Bucyrus. The Rams opted for a first-round bye.

No. 5 seed Ontario (13-5) will play No. 6 Lexington (11-8) in the nightcap of the Bucyrus sectional final doubleheader at 8 p.m. Feb. 28.

Second-seeded Huron (14-3) and No. 3 seed Shelby (15-3) both took opening-round byes at the Willard sectional. No. 4 Norwalk (13-6) will play No. 9 Edison (4-14) at 6:15 p.m. Feb. 25 with the winner advancing to take on Huron at 6:15 p.m. Feb. 28 at Willard. No. 8 Clear Fork will play No. 10 Galion at 8 p.m. Feb. 25. The winner will play Shelby at 8 p.m. Feb. 28.

Division I

Madison (7-12) was the No. 17 seed at the Division I University of Toledo district and will play No. 11 Sylvania Northview in the opening round at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at Toledo Start High School. Ashland (7-12) earned the No. 15 seed and will play 13th-seeded Fremont Ross at 1 p.m. Feb. 29 at Fostoria High School.

Division III

Colonel Crawford (17-3) picked up the No. 3 seed in thew 13-team Norwalk district field and will open tournament play against No. 13 Kansas Lakota (1-17) at 6:15 p.m. Feb. 26 at Hopewell-Loudon High School.

No. 11 seed Crestview (4-14) will take on No. 12 Bucyrus (2-17) at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at Hopewell-Loudon. The winner will take on top-seeded Willard (17-2) at 6:15 p.m. Feb. 28 for the sectional title.

In the bottom half of the bracket, No. 5 seed Wynford (13-6) will play No. 6 Fostoria (12-6) at 8 p.m. Feb. 25 in the sectional semifinals at Monroeville High School.

Both Loudonville and Mapleton will be in action at the Wooster district tournament. The 10th-seeded Redbirds (5-14) will play at No. 7 Tuslaw in the sectional semifinals at 7 p.m. Feb. 25. No. 12 Mapleton (2-16) will play at No. 5 Smithville in the sectional semifinals at 7 p.m. Feb. 25.

Division IV

The Willard district is shaping up to be a three-horse race between Lucas, South Central and Norwalk St. Paul and the Cubs have the best post position.

Lucas (17-1) earned the No. 1 seed and will open against No. 13 Mansfield Christian (0-15) at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 in the sectional finals at Shelby High School. No. 10 seed St. Peter’s (5-13) will play No. 4 Sandusky St. Mary (11-8) in the early game of a Shelby sectional semifinal doubleheader at 6:15 p.m. Feb. 26. No. 8 Plymouth (8-12) will play No. 6 Monroeville (11-7) in the nightcap.

In the lower half of the Willard district bracket, No. 9 Crestline (9-10) will play No. 7 New London (8-11) at 6:15 p.m. Feb. 25 at Crestview High School. No. 11 Buckeye Central (2-17) will play No. 3 Norwalk St. Paul (13-6) in the late game Feb. 25 at Crestview.

Hillsdale is the No. 12 seed in the Norton district field and will play at No. 5 Lake Center Christian at 7 p.m. Feb. 25.

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I have covered high school sports in Richland County since 2000. Email him at curt@richlandsource.com or follow him on Twitter: Follow @curtjconrad on twitter.

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