KSHSAA classifications affect three area schools

Three of the six schools in the Free Press coverage area will be affected by the newly released Kansas State High School Activi­ties Associ­ation school and football classifications based on September enrollment figures.

The most dramatic change occurred in football, which is based on enrollment for grades nine through 11. Both Hillsboro and Marion will drop from Class 3A to Class 1A next season.

The enrollment range for Class 1A football is 115-64 students. Hillsboro reported 106 students and Marion 108.

Canton-Galva (87), Goes­sel (77) and Peabody-Burns (64) will remain in 8-man-Div. I, with a range of 99-63 students.

Centre (45) will compete again in 8-man-Div. II with a range of 62-34 students.

For all other activities and sports, class assignments are based on enrollment from grades nine through 12.

Schools affected by those results are Goessel (97), who will move from Class 1A to Class 2A, and Marion (154) who will move from 3A to 2A.

Hillsboro (152) and Can­ton-Galva (108) will remain in 2A. Centre (68) and Peabody-Burns (81) will remain in Class 1A.

Because of advance scheduling, football classifications will go into effect for the 2018 season. Class­ifi­­cations for other sports and activities apply immediately.

The Goessel volleyball team, ranked No. 1 in Class 1A the past few weeks, has been assigned to the Class 2A regional tournament hosted by Marion. Teams include Northern Heights, Canton-Galva, Herington, Hills­boro, Marion, Olpe and Wabaun­see.

How the undefeated Bluebirds will rank among Class 2A teams the rest of the regular season will be determined by the voting of Kansas Volleyball Associa­tion coaches.