Thursday, December 4, 2008
MHSAA going to six classifications
By BARRY BURLESON
One Marshall County rivalry inside the same division will likely end next season. Another stands to be renewed.
The Mississippi High School Activities Association released its unofficial realignment for 2009-10 on its website, www.misshsaa.com. There will be six classifications in new format instead of five. The MHSAA went from four to five back in 1984.
Holly Springs and Byhalia have not only been county rivals but district rivals under the former setup. But in the new alignment, the Hawks will remain in Class 3A while the Indians will be a member of Class 4A.
The largest 3A school would be Kossuth with 476 students (grades nine-12). Holly Springs has 453. The smallest 3A school would be Belmont (309), moving up from 2A.
The largest 4A school would be Laurel (738). Byhalia has an enrollment of 576. The smallest 4A school would be Richland (477).
Marshall County schools Byers and Potts Camp, once district rivals, would be back in the same classification in the new format. Byers would drop from 2A to 1A with an enrollment of 188. Potts Camp would remain in 1A with 186 students. The largest 1A school would be West Lincoln (193).
In the re-classification, Benton County schools Hickory Flat and Ashland would be in Class 2A. Coahoma County is the largest 2A school with an enrollment of 305. Hickory Flat has 201 students. Pelahatchie, Mize and Ashland would be the smallest 2A schools (194).
The realignment is tentative and being reviewed. MHSAA is expected to officially release its new alignment this weekend, during the football state championship games in Jackson.
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