Four schools affected by changes in state classifications

Four of the six high schools in the Free Press coverage area are affected by the new classifications released Friday by the Kan?sas State High School Activi?ties Association.

Life on the enrollment see-saw continues for Hills?boro High School for every activity except football, which has remained in Class 3A for more than four decades and will stay there for at least the next two seasons.

But the Trojans find themselves back in Class 2A for all other sports and activities, beginning immediately. Hills?boro is the largest school in 2A with 150 students in grades 9-12, based on Sept. 21 enrollment figures.

Football classifications are based only on the ninth, 10th and 11th grades. Hills?boro?s enrollment indicates 122 students in those three classes, placing it in a three-way tie for second-smallest school in 3A ahead of Marion, the smallest school in 3A football with 121 students.

HHS was classified as a 3A school for more than 40 years in all activities before dropping to 2A for the 2013-14 school year. The school returned to 3A for 2014-15.

Robert Rempel, HHS activities director, said switching classifications doesn?t have much effect on his duties.

?The state places us in our sub-states and regionals and we just have to go and compete,? he said. ?The biggest change is usually the new locations that we get to compete at for sub-state.?

Rempel said Hillsboro may be riding the classification ?bubble? for the next few years.

?Our numbers were lower then last year and I knew it would be close, so it really wasn’t a big surprise,? he said. ?I think we will be riding the 2A/3A line for a few years yet. Our senior class is one of the smaller classes but so is the eighth-grade class.?

Other changes

Meanwhile, Marion High School football will return to Class 3A after competing in Class 2-1A the previous and current seasons. All other activities at MHS will compete in 3A.

Marion?s enrollment was 162 for all four grades, tying Jayhawk Linn for fourth-smallest school in 3A just ahead of Arma-Northeast (161) and Bluestem and Sedgwick (both 160).

Peabody-Burns High School will drop from 2A to 1A in all activities except football, where it will remain an 8-Man-Div. I school.

With an enrollment of 88 students in the four high school classes, Peabody-Burns is tied with Clifton Clyde as the fifth-largest among 96 schools in 1A.

Centre High School football will move up from 8-Man- Div. II to 8-Man-Div. I for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. All other activities compete in Class 1A.

With 61 students in grades 10-12, Centre is tied with two other schools as third smallest school among the 50 in Division I, the larger of the two 8-man divisions.

No change

The classifications for Canton-Galva and Goessel remain unchanged.

Canton-Galva will compete in football as 8-Man-Div. I and in Class 2A for all other activities.

Goessel football will remain 8-Man-Div. I with all other activities competing in Class 1A.

The KSHSAA umbrella of activities covers much more than athletics, to include debate, music, piano, Scholars Bowl, speech and drama, spirit activities, student council and Kansas Association for Youth.

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