Big Changes for SWOHSHL! by Tony Morris posted 06/02/2014
A. The League will consist of 2 divisions with 5 teams in each division.
The divisions will be based on previous season’s league winners and league records of the past 5 seasons. With that in mind:
B. The SWOHSHL League Playoffs will have 2 different tournaments.
C. There will be a mandatory shift in the leagues every season.
The first place Gold division regular season winner – the team that moves up for the League tournament – will move up to the Red division for the following season.
As a result of this change, the new SWOHSHL divisions are shown below:
|The SWOHSHL will hold an end-of-season league tournament to determine the League Champion. The league tournament will be held immediately prior to the beginning of District tournament play. The tournament will be contested using a single-elimination format to determine each Division Champion and then the Division Champions will play one game to determine the SWOHSHL League Champion.
|The Southwest Ohio High School Hockey League (SWOHSHL) was founded in the 1985-1986 season with the intention of strengthening hockey in Southern Ohio. Centerville (1972), Moeller (1982), and Upper Arlington (1977) were among the established teams. Sycamore and Talawanda were in the SWOHSHL in the 1990’s. Beavercreek and Troy joined in 1997 to expand the league to seven teams. Thomas Worthington and Worthington Kilbourne were admitted to the league in 1998 and St Charles followed in 1999.A major expansion occurred in 2002, Dublin Coffman (2002), Dublin Scioto (2002) and Gahanna Lincoln (2002) High Schools decided to field OSHAA varsity teams and depart the GCHSCHL. These three schools joined with St. Charles Preparatory, Thomas Worthington, Worthington Kilbourne, and Upper Arlington High Schools to form the North Division of the Southwest Ohio High School Hockey League (SWOHSHL).In 2003-2004, the Columbus area schools then seceded from the SWOHSHL to form their own seven team high school conference, the Capital Hockey Conference (CHC). The six remaining teams: Beavercreek, Moeller, Sycamore, Centerville, Talawanda, Troy invited Springboro and St Xavier to join the SWOHSHL to form an eight team league.The league took on a new appearance beginning in the 2005 – 2006 hockey season. The eight existing SWOHSHL members unanimously accepted the Alter Knights’ petition to enter the league. As a result of the change, the SWOHSHL was reorganized into one 4-team and one 5-team based upon North and South geographic regions.Changes occurred again in the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 seasons. Moeller exited the league to join the Capital Hockey Conference in 2009-2010. Springboro moved into the South Division to balance the two divisions at four teams each. In 2010-2011, The Elder High School Panthers made the jump from a Club team to the Ohio High School Varsity level. Elder was added to the South division of the SWOHSHL. For the 2014-15 season, the league changed to the divisional format and team alignment as described above and the LaSalle Lancers joined SWOHSHL.