Thursday, November 25, 2010
Byhalia dropping to 3A; Potts Camp going up to 2A
By BARRY BURLESON
A couple of high schools in Marshall County will see athletic schedule changes due to the reclassification released last week by the Mississippi High School Activities Association.
The new classifications will be for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years and are based on enrollment figures provided to the State Department of Education at the end of October.
Byhalia is dropping from 4A to 3A.
Byhalia and Jefferson County are the third largest schools in Class 3A with an enrollment of 469. Byhalia’s student population figures trail only Ripley (483) and Pass Christian (474) in Class 3A.
Holly Springs remains a 3A school, with an enrollment of 460. It is the seventh largest school in 3A.
New district alignments have not been released, but most likely, the Indians and Hawks will return to being district rivals as well as county rivals.
The smallest school in 3A is St. Patrick with 305 students.
Potts Camp is rising from 1A to 2A. Its enrollment is 228, identical to its neighbor in Benton County, Hickory Flat.
There are 10 schools in Class 2A with smaller enrollment than Potts Camp. The largest 2A school is South Delta (302). The smallest is Pelahatchie (197).
H.W. Byers is staying in Class 1A, but barely.
Byers and South Leake are the largest schools in the state’s smallest classification with an enrollment of 196.
Ashland, a Benton County school, is dropping from Class 2A to 1A. With an enrollment of 148, it is in the middle of the pack in Class 1A.
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