Classification shuffle: four of six area schools will face changes next year

When it comes to high school classifications, the times they are a-changin? for four area schools starting immediately.

The Kansas High School Activities Association announced its new classifications Wed?nesday.

Fans of Hillsboro, Marion, Goessel and Centre activities will need to get used to some new nomenclature?at least in some activities.

Hillsboro, a longtime participant in the 3A classification, will drop to 2A for all activities except football, where it will continue to compete as a 3A school. The new classification takes effect with post-season competition this fall for volleyball and cross country; tennis already competes as a combined 3-2-1A class.

Marion, meanwhile, will remain a 3A school for all activities except football, where it will compete for 2A honors starting next season.

Goessel and Centre will continue as 1A schools in all activities, but will be switching divisions when it comes to football. Goessel will move from 8-man Division II to 8-man Division I, while Centre will make the reverse move from Division I to Division II.

All classifications are based on student enrollment. General classifications are based on grades nine through 12 on Sept. 20, but football classifications include only grades nine through 11 since this year’s senior class will have graduated before next season begins and the playoff system covers multiple weeks.

The KSHSAA counts enrollment for general classification each year, but football classifications apply for two seasons.

Since last year, Hillsboro?s enrollment for general classification declined from 180 in 2012-13 to 153 for the current school year. For football classifications, the enrollment decreased from 141 to 117 from the 2011-12 school year to this school year.

At Marion, the enrollment for general classification slipped from 179 to 160 while enrollment for football slipped from 140 to 116.

Goessel?s enrollment for general classification actually increased from 79 to 83, while football enrollment increased from 57 to 68.

Meanwhile, Centre?s enrollment decreased from 91 to 89 for general classification and 79 to 63 for football.

Peabody-Burns and Canton-Galva will continue with their current classifications.

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