Division 2 becoming interesting in the region
By Jim Dabbelt
Whoever comes out of the Dayton Division 2 regional tournament this spring will definitely have earned it.
Nobody knows yet who, if anyone, will get switched around from the two sectional sites (Tecumseh and Lebanon), but if you can figure out who will be heading to the state final four…. please let me know.
First of all, Wilmington moves from the Lebanon D2 sectional up to Division 1, and they would have challenged to get to D2 districts. Also leaving the Tecumseh D2 sectionals are Urbana, Greenon and Ben Logan who dropped to Division 3.
But what about the Division 2 teams who are still there? If will be a royal battle to escape.
-Chaminade Julienne has a new coach in Randy Duff, who has seen a lot of success at Miami Valley School for the past several years. They have added 6-1 junior Mali Morgan Elliott from Wayne to go along with their talented seniors back and a strong sophomore class.
-Carroll has added Elisabeth Bush, who transferred over from Miami Valley School. She is a playmaking guard who will bring skill to the backcourt. Also, they have 2 talented sophomores (Allie Stefanek and Julia Keller) and a transfer freshman Ava Lickliter from Fairmont who will be an impact.
-Tippecanoe will have four of their five starters back from their back-to-back regional final appearance, and they have added move-in senior Maddie Frederick from Arizona, one of the top 75 seniors in the country. She is headed to Iowa State, and will join Cedarville recruit Allison Mader and a very good returning cast for the Red Devils.
-Trotwood Madison landed one of the state’s top seniors, as Shai McGruder has moved to Trotwood from Wayne, making them immediate contenders to make a huge run. Also moving from Miamisburg is Shamya Leigh.
-Bellbrook didn’t add anyone that I know of…they are just very good! They return the great backcourt of Cassie Hofacker and Bekah Vine along with some talented younger players. They will be right there when it comes to challenging for that trip to regionals.
And then you have to throw in the usual cast of characters who will compete when it counts. Alter is three-time defending state champs, Oakwood has some very good younger players, Valley View also has a great senior leader and some talent coming up.
Throw them into a hat and take your best guess……..