As per the last several years, Centerville continues to play the part as the top team as they stand 5-0 in conference play nearing the end of 2023. The Elks have already beaten the likes of Beavercreek, Northmont and Springboro early in the year. Centerville is all over the stat leaders too. Jonathan Powell (Sr) leads the conference with 23 ppg early and Baboucarr Njie (Sr) leads in FG % and Rebounding and is Top 5 in Blocks.
Beavercreek stands with a lone loss to the Elks, but has beaten Springboro and Wayne early in the year. Isaiah Williams (Jr) has been off to a great start averaging 18 points and 4 assists per game.
Springboro has been the surprise team with two close losses to Beavercreek and Centerville and has won some close victories over Fairmont, Wayne and Northmont. Will Yates (Sr) is having himself a year with 16 points and 5 assists per game. Yates is also averaging 3 steals per game.
While their record may be deceiving, Wayne still looks the part as they’ve lost to some of the bigger players right now, but they too are all over the stat sheet with leaders. Juan Cranford Jr (Sr) is averaging 18 points and 6 rebounds per game and shooting 43% from 3PT range. Myles Perkins (Jr) and Isaiah Thompson (So) are some of the better defenders currently in the conference.
Miami- Tippecanoe has been a bit of a surprise with a 6-1 record in the league. The lone loss comes to Stebbins on the road, but the Red Devils have won every MVL game by double digits. Jackson Smith (Sr) is having himself a year with 17 points and 8 rebounds per game for the Red Devils.
Butler lost to West Carrollton to start the year, but have won their last 5 league games and stands 5-1. The Aviators are allowing a league low 36 points per game and have one of the better interior players in Julius Rusk (So) who is averaging 8 rebounds and 1 block per game.
Valley- Sidney and Stebbins stand tied at 4-2 each in the league, with West Carrollton and Fairborn both a half game back at 3-2 each.
Sidney has already beaten Stebbins and West Carrollton, but recently lost a tight one to Fairborn. The Yellow Jackets are getting nearly 35 points per game in offense from the guard combo of Julius Spradling (Jr) and A’Zon Steele (Jr).
Stebbins has won 4 straight since losing to Sidney early in the year, which has included victories over Tippecanoe and Troy in the process. The Indians don’t have any major stat stuffers on the offensive end, but they’ve found a way to beat one of the better teams in the league in Tipp and are playing exceptional basketball.
West Carrollton has respectable losses to Sidney and Tippecanoe and has been led by Chylan Ingram (Jr) who leads the MVL in Rebounds (10 rpg) and Blocks (3 bpg) so far.
Fairborn is the dark horse as they are up-and-down with wins over Sidney and Stebbins, but big losses to Butler and Tippecanoe. The Skyhawks have a plethora of guys leading them with Taiyou Williams (Sr) averaging 14 points per game, William Perry III (So) leading with 5 assists per game, and Divine Olinger (Jr) with 2 blocks per game.
Alter stands alone atop the league at 3-0 in league play and already beating McNicholas and Fenwick once. The Knights have looked solid on both ends of the floor and are being led by RJ Greer (Jr) with 18 point per game.
McNicholas and Fenwick are both right behind with a 2-1 record and both losing to Alter so far. McNick has been led by freshman Grant Waters who is sitting in 4th in scoring at 13 points per game.
Fenwick is getting production from multiple seniors and look to be one of the better teams currently from a district standpoint as well. Bailey Temming (Sr) is averaging a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds per game.
Buckeye- The Buckeye division is still working itself out with Oakwood atop at 4-1 and Valley View right behind at 3-1. Brookville, Carlisle, and Waynesville all stand 2-2 and in a 3-way tie.
The Lumberjacks lone league loss is to Carlisle, but has beaten Valley View and Waynesville already once. Luke Rubin (Jr) is averaging 17 points per game and is currently Top 5 in scoring in the league.
Valley View got a late start due to their football team’s success but has already picked up wins over Carlisle and Waynesville. A tough loss at Oakwood holds them back currently. But the Spartans have the top scorer in Brody Denny (Fr) with 23 points per game and top interior player in Ty Fritz (Fr) with 13 rebounds and 2 blocks per game.
Southwestern- This division is smaller and a little simpler. Franklin is ahead at 3-0 but Bellbrook is right behind at 2-1 as is Edgewood at 1-1.
Franklin has already beaten Bellbrook head-to-head and has one of the best scorers in the league in Kai Cook (Jr) with 18 points per game.
The City League might be the most surprising start so far this year with Belmont currently at the top at 3-1. Afterwards, a 3-way tie at 2-2 between Dunbar, Thurgood Marshall and Ponitz.
Belmont’s lone loss comes to Dunbar, but wins over Thurgood and Ponitz have helped cancel this out. The Bison have a good senior combo leading them in Judah Baldwin and Da’Marion Calahan.
Dunbar has struggled out the gate with loses to Meadowdale and Thurgood, but they did beat Belmont to start the year. Baron White (Jr) is averaging 17 points per game for the Wolverines and currently stands in 4th in scoring.
Thurgood has lost one possession games to Belmont and Ponitz and have the win at home against Dunbar. Darius Williams (Sr) is averaging 10 points and 9 rebounds for the Cougars.
Ponitz beat Thurgood but lost a one possession game to Belmont. They have one of the better defenders in the league in Chris Warner (Sr) who is averaging 16 points and 10 rebounds already early in the year.
Troy Christian stands alone and is the only undefeated team in the conference currently at 5-0. Lehman Catholic and Northridge both are 4-1 and Miami East is still well within striking distance at 3-2.
The Eagles have looked solid early on in conference play behind their senior trio of Parker Penrod, Alex Free, and Frank Rupnik. Victories over Miami East and Northridge have been key wins.
Lehman has been a bit of a surprise as they’ve only lost to Miami East, but have yet to face Troy Christian or Northridge yet. The Cavs have been paced by Donovan O’Leary (Sr) with 15 points and 8 rebounds per game.
Northridge meanwhile has beaten Miami East early in the year and their lone loss comes to Troy Christian. Jadyn Martin (Jr) is averaging 16 points and 8 rebounds per game for the Polar Bears.
Miami East has fallen to Northridge and Troy Christian, but did pick up a win over Lehman Catholic. They have the leading scorer in the conference in Jacob Roeth at 19 points per game.
Currently we have a 3-way tie at the top of the conference with Preble Shawnee, Tri-Village, and Bradford all standing at 4-0. Franklin Monroe is right behind at 3-1.
Preble is fresh off a double digit win over Franklin Monroe, and is winning by an average of 39 points per game against WOAC opponents. Mason Shrout (Sr) is putting up 20 points, 5 assists and 8 rebounds per game for the Arrows. The Arrows have one of the best low-post players as well in Logan Hawley (Sr) who has 10 points and 8 rebounds per game.
Tri-Village has also been winning by a large margin, with an average victory by 51 points per game. The Patriots have yet to allow more than 45 point to a WOAC opponent this season. Trey Sagester (So) and Tanner Printz (Sr) are combining for 38 points per game early on.
Bradford has won some tight ones early on, but still have yet to take a loss in conference play. The Railroaders have senior leadership in Hudson Hill and Landon Wills as well as good guard play from Owen Canan (Jr).
Botkins and Russia are currently both 4-0 in league play while Anna and Jackson Center both stand at 2-2.
Botkins has already beaten Jackson Center to start the year off and are winning at a large margin with 5 of their 6 wins being by double figures.
Russia has also beaten Jackson Center but also beat Anna right before the holidays. The Raiders have surrendered more than 45 points just once and are again looking like a defensive nightmare for teams.
Anna has already fallen to Jackson Center and Russia, but the Rockets have had some non-league success with wins against MAC opponents, including Marion Local right before Christmas.
Jackson Center is continuing to adjust to post-Scott Elchert life and has been up-and-down early on. Closely contested losses to Russia and Botkins jump out, but a 1-point victory over Anna and convincing non-league victories have optimism building for the Tigers.
Dayton Christian has surprised us with a 3-0 start early in conference play, with Legacy Christian and Miami Valley School not far on their tails with 2-1 records.
Dayton Christian has already beaten Legacy Christian once this season and have shown they can replace two 1,000 point scorers with confidence. Seth Edgerton (Sr) is leading in scoring with 19 points per game.
Legacy Christian’s lone loss is to Dayton Christian on the road, but the Knights beat MVS earlier. Parker Burke (Sr) has been filling out the stat sheet with 15 points and 5 assists per game. Jacob Thompson (So) is averaging a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds per game.
Miami Valley School has been impressive minus the loss to Legacy Christian. Jacob Barnard (Sr) is averaging 19 points and 6 rebounds for the Rams and has already went for 20+ points 5 times this year.