COLUMBUS — If a group of schools gets its way, Danville will never again have to face Newark Catholic in any playoff.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association will hold a critical vote in May to decide whether private schools will branch off into their own postseason tournaments, separate from public schools.
Beginning May 1, principals of OHSAA member schools will vote on whether to allow the creation of private tournaments. A simple majority is needed to pass the measure, which would prevent public and private schools from meeting in the postseason.
“I don’t know how good it would or wouldn’t be, to be honest,” said Ed Honabarger, principal of Danville High School as well as head football coach. “We don’t have the problem here, but when you go to places like Youngstown, there can be a real issue.”
Honabarger, like dozens of coaches and principals, has a lot invested in the upcoming vote. Honabarger’s Blue Devils lost to Newark Catholic, 48-46, in this season’s regional championship. Newark Catholic went on to lose the Division VI state championship game. In all sports, Danville has lost in the postseason to public schools just twice in over three years. The Division VI Central District is dominated by private schools — in this fall’s volleyball tournament, 80 percent of the teams were from either Christian or charter schools.
Honabarger admits he’s up in the air right now with how he plans to vote.
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