After opening at eighth in the first weekly poll on Sept. 11, the Flyers (8-0) have officially reached the No. 1 ranking in Division VII in the sixth weekly poll, released Monday night.
The Flyers were second a week ago, but following a 56-0 win over South Central, they flip-flopped with Dalton (8-0). St. Paul earned 12 first-place votes and 226 points, while the Bulldogs have 215 points and 11 first-place votes.
St. Paul was last AP poll champions in the Class A poll in 1969, giving the school a state championship before the playoff format was adopted in 1972. It has finished No. 2 in the poll on multiple occasions, including last season.
In Div. III, there were big changes as expected in the fallout of Sandusky’s 42-28 win over Clyde in a battle of unbeaten. The win moved the Blue Streaks (8-0) up one spot to No. 4, while the loss dropped the Fliers (7-1) from second all the way down to ninth.
The last of eight weekly polls will be at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 30.
St. Paul No. 4 in Div. IV
Despite not losing, the St. Paul Lady Flyers fell from second to No. 4 in the Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association Poll, released Monday.
St. Paul’s lone regular season loss came on Sept. 30 vs. Ottawa-Glandorf, ranked No. 7 in Div. III. New Bremen remained No. 1 in Div. IV, followed by St. Henry and Ottoville ahead of the Lady Flyers.
St. Paul is the top seed in its district, while No. 6-ranked Buckeye Central is the No. 2 seed.
Two teams in coaches poll
Sandusky Bay Conference Bay division champion Edison is ranked 15th in the OATCC state coaches poll in Div. II.
In Div. III, Firelands Conference runners-up New London is 13th, one spot ahead of Mapleton, which edged out the Wildcats at Saturday’s conference meet.