State returns Hillsboro High to Class 3A

Hillsboro High School is back in Class 3A with the announcement Friday from the Kansas State High School Activities Associa?tion of the new classification rosters for 2014-15.

Five of the 64 schools in 3A have smaller enrollments than Hillsboro?s 163 students. The cutoff this year was 154 students.

A year ago, with an enrollment of 153 students, Hillsboro was assigned to Class 2A for all activities except football, where it remained 3A. Prior to last year, HHS had been a 3A school in all activities for nearly four decades.

?We are back in familiar territory, competing in the post-season against the great 3A schools and athletes of central Kansas and beyond,? Superintendent Steve Noble said of KSHSAA?s announcement.

Hillsboro made an impact during its year in 2A. At the state level, Trojan teams won the volleyball title, finished as the runnerup in softball, and qualified in both girls? and boys? basketball.

Individually, Emily Sechrist won the state cross-country title and earned three of Hillsboro?s five state medals in track and field. Allison Weber placed sixth at the Class 3-2-1A tennis tournament.

With Friday?s announcement, Noble said Trojan teams and individuals can now focus on adding to Hills?boro?s legacy in 3A.

?Hillsboro has a great tradition in 3A competition,? Noble said. ?All of our team sports have qualified for state 3A playoffs or tournaments many times. We?ve won numerous 3A state championships in a variety of team sports and individual competitions.

?Returning to 3A just feels right,? Noble added. ?Of course, we never left 3A in football.?

Familiar territory

Meanwhile the five other high schools in the Free Press distribution area will remain in their current classifications.

Marion, with 160 students, remains in 3A for all activities except football, where it will compete for another year as a 2A school.

Peabody-Burns, with 96 students, is the smallest school in 2A. Canton-Galva remains comfortably in 2A with 108 students.

Centre and Goessel will continue as 1A schools with enrollments of 83 and 82, respectively.

The classifications were calculated on enrollment numbers for ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th-grade students as of Sept. 22.