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June 22, 2009
Preseason Rankings: Ohio DII-DIII
The 2009 Division II-III Preseason Rankings have new, but familiar faces atop the poll, the Winton Woods Warriors.
The Anderson Redskins went 25-5 with a state championship and runner-up added to their resume over the past two seasons, but they have moved to Division I.
It opens the door for the Warriors to take their high-powered offensive machine to the next level.
Those aren't the only changes to the Division II-III this season. Also gone are Withrow, which joins Anderson in Division I, and Taft, who moves down to Division IV.
Moving down from Division I are Harrison and Amelia. Harrison sneaks in at #10 in our poll.
Moving up to Division III from Division V are Bethel-Tate, Roger Bacon, Wyoming and Taylor.
Wyoming checks in at #7 in our poll and Roger Bacon is at #8. They make a strong statement about their depth and talent-level in 2009.
Kings and Turpin are neck and neck for #2 in our poll. Despite losing 21 starters, Kings gets the nod over the Spartans.
The Knights still have Jonny Brewster at quarterback and the addition Little Miami transfer Jamire Westbrook at running back they look sharp again.
Until Turpin can prove they can beat Kings, both their losses in '08 were to the Knights, the Spartans will take a back seat.
Indian Hill, Edgewood and Little Miami check in at # 4,5 & 6 respectively. All three schools return a veteran core of varsity players who are capable of helping to take their squads to the next level.
Keep your eyes on the 9th-ranked Northwest Knights. They could give Edgewood a run for their money in FAVC Scarlet.
Winton Woods is the class of Division II despite the loss of most of their defense from a year ago.
Maintaining the top spot in the poll will be a tall order for the Warriors, who play seven of their 10 contests against Division I schools. A season-opening match-up against Moeller will be a good measuring stick of just how good Troy Everhart's team will be in 2009.