Selection Sunday Preview: D4 Struthers

The Blue Devils had trouble early, but were able to get the win at home against Crestview
The Blue Devils had trouble early, but were able to get the win at home against Crestview

High School Boys’ Basketball: Selection Sunday Preview
Sunday, February 15 at 2 PM

Division IV: Struthers District
Recent Struthers District Championship Games
2014: St. Thomas Aquinas 90 McDonald 48
2013: Youngstown Christian 75 Wellsville 73
2012: Mogadore 63 Wellsville 50
2011: McDonald 85 Wellsville 53
2010: McDonald 46 Youngstown Christian 44
2009: Youngstown Christian 61 McDonald 59
2008: Columbiana 73 McDonald 67
2007: McDonald 70 Heritage Christian 61
2006: Mineral Ridge 58 McDonald 55
2005: Sebring 67 McDonald 45
2004: Sebring 53 McDonald 41
2003: Sebring 51 Heritage Christian 47
2002: Sebring 54 Mineral Ridge 52
2001: East Canton 54 South Range 53
2000: Jackson-Milton 52 McDonald 48

Last year’s District champ St. Thomas Aquinas outscored the Struthers’ field 349-155 in their four contests at the Fieldhouse. The Knights have been victorious in 14 playoff games over the last three years.

McDonald has won more Sectional Championships than any other area school since 2000 (14 times). The Blue Devils have compiled multiple playoff wins in 10 of their last 11 years.

Dating back to 2009, Youngstown Christian has done extremely well in odd-year numbered tournaments. The Eagles have flown to the Elite 8 twice over that three-year stretch and have won 11 post-season matchups.

The Tigers have won multiple playoff games in each of the last five years since Wellsville moved from Byesville to Struthers.

Western Reserve is seeking their first Sectional title since 2007.

Lowellville has won at least one playoff matchup since 2009. The Rockets have also advanced to the Districts four times in the last five years.

Last year, Sebring failed to win a playoff game for the first time since 2010.

While Leetonia is still in search of a playoff win. That elusive victory has been out of the Bears’ grasp since 2009 when they eliminated Heritage Christian (48-40).

Mineral Ridge has not won a Sectional Championship since 2006 when the Rams made their way to the Division IV Sweet 16.
Since advancing to the Regional Semifinal round in 2010, East Canton has won just one game in their last four playoff trips (2011-2014).

Lordstown has won just once over the course of the last four seasons in the playoffs.

Making their sixth playoff appearance in school history, Heartland Christian is looking for win #1.

Participants
East Canton Hornets
State Championships: None
Regional Championships: None
Since 2000, Post-Season W-L: 12-15 (44.4%)
Since 2000, Regional Titles: None
Since 2000, District Titles: 2
Since 2000, Sectional Title: 3

Heartland Christian Lions
State Championships: None
Regional Championships: None
Since 2008, Post-Season W-L: 0-5
Since 2008, Regional Titles: None
Since 2008, District Titles: None
Since 2008, Sectional Title: None

Leetonia Bears
State Championships: None
Regional Championships: None
Since 2000, Post-Season W-L: 2-15 (11.8%)
Since 2000, Regional Titles: None
Since 2000, District Titles: None
Since 2000, Sectional Title: 1

Lordstown Red Devils
State Championships: None
Regional Championships: None
Since 2000, Post-Season W-L: 8-15 (34.8%)
Since 2000, Regional Titles: None
Since 2000, District Titles: None
Since 2000, Sectional Title: 1

Lowellville Rockets
State Championships: None
Regional Championships: 2 (1936, 1934)
Since 2000, Post-Season W-L: 12-15 (44.4%)
Since 2000, Regional Titles: None
Since 2000, District Titles: None
Since 2000, Sectional Title: 5

McDonald Blue Devils
State Championships: None
Regional Championships: None
Since 2000, Post-Season W-L: 37-15 (71.2%)
Since 2000, Regional Titles: None
Since 2000, District Titles: 3
Since 2000, Sectional Title: 14

Mineral Ridge Rams
State Championships: None
Regional Championships: None
Since 2000, Post-Season W-L: 12-15 (44.4%)
Since 2000, Regional Titles: None
Since 2000, District Titles: 1
Since 2000, Sectional Title: 4

Sebring Trojans
State Championships: None
Regional Championships: 3 (2004, 1973, 1970)
Since 2000, Post-Season W-L: 21-15 (58.3%)
Since 2000, Regional Titles: 1
Since 2000, District Titles: 4
Since 2000, Sectional Title: 6

St. Thomas Aquinas Knights
State Championships: None
Regional Championships: 2 (2014, 1975)
Since 2000, Post-Season W-L: 32-15 (68.1%)
Since 2000, Regional Titles: 1
Since 2000, District Titles: 4
Since 2000, Sectional Title: 10

Wellsville Tigers
State Championships: None
Regional Championships: 3 (1983, 1976, 1923)
Since 2000, Post-Season W-L: 16-15 (51.6%)
Since 2000, Regional Titles: None
Since 2000, District Titles: None
Since 2000, Sectional Title: 8

Western Reserve Blue Devils
State Championships: None
Regional Championships: 1 (1989)
Since 2000, Post-Season W-L: 11-15 (42.3%)
Since 2000, Regional Titles: None
Since 2000, District Titles: None
Since 2000, Sectional Title: 4

Youngstown Christian Eagles
State Championships: None
Regional Championships: None
Since 2004, Post-Season W-L: 15-11 (57.7%)
Since 2004, Regional Titles: None
Since 2004, District Titles: 2
Since 2004, Sectional Title: 4

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