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KSHSAA to announce class assignments

Published 9/27/2013

By BRETT MARSHALL

bmarshall@gctelegram.com

At noon today, high schools across Kansas will know what their classification designation will be for the 2013-14 state competitions.

The Kansas State High School Activities Association was expected to release its newest classification assignments with the caveat that Class 4A will now be separated into two divisions, just like Class 1A and 8-man football have been. The two division split in 4A will be for volleyball, basketball, baseball and softball only.

Southwest Kansas area schools had to submit preliminary enrollment numbers for grades 9 through 12 on Sept. 20 to the KSHSAA office in Topeka.

This year, as it has been for a number of years, the 32 largest schools in Kansas will comprise Class 6A, the next 32 in 5A and then two divisions of 32 schools each in Class 4A-I and 4A-II. After that, there are 64 schools in Class 3A and another 64 in Class 2A. The remainder of schools, with enrollments under 100, are assigned to Class 1A-I and 1A-II.

Two things are for certain — Garden City, with a preliminary enrollment of 2,024 students will remain as one of the biggest 6A schools in the state while Healy, with an enrollment of 23 students, will be among the smallest in Class 1A.

In The Telegram's readership area, which includes Greeley County/Tribune, Wichita County/Leoti, Scott City, Dighton, Healy, Syracuse, Lakin, Deerfield, Holcomb, Garden City, Ingalls, Cimarron, South Gray/Montezuma, Sublette, Satanta, Moscow, Hugoton, Ulysses, Stanton County/Johnson, Meade, Southwestern Heights/Plains-Kismet, Rolla and Elkhart, most schools are likely to remain in the same classification they were in for the 2012-13 school year.

Many of the area schools have seen minor increases in enrollment while others have seen minor decreases or have remained nearly the same.

It would appear that Ulysses (475) will be in Class 4A-I, while Hugoton (271) is a likely candidate for Class 4A-II.

Scott City (257) and Holcomb (245), two schools that have switched occasionally between Class 3A and 4A, appear to be on the bubble once again, especially Scott City. The Beavers' four-class enrollment submission was 257 students and last year's biggest 3A school was 256 students. It will be wait and see for the Beavers, who claimed two 3A state championships a year ago in football and boys basketball.

Lakin (179), Cimarron (174) and Southwestern Heights (195) are solidly in the middle of Class 3A.

Numbers also would indicate that Class 2A schools Elkhart (137), Meade (133), South Gray/Montezuma (100), Stanton County/Johnson (124), Sublette (138), Syracuse (134) and Wichita County/Leoti (118) will remain in that classification.

Class 1A schools remaining would likely include Deerfield (73), Dighton (70), Ingalls (68), and Satanta (75) in 1A-I while Greeley County/Tribune (50), Healy (23) and Moscow (58) could be in 1A-II.

The four other Western Athletic Conference schools with Garden City include Dodge City (1,826), Liberal (1,237), Great Bend (958) and Hays High (737). Dodge City is a safe bet for 6A while Liberal and Great Bend are likely to remain in Class 5A. Hays, which was one of the smallest 5A schools last year, is borderline and could drop into 4A-I.

For the latest information, go to www.kshsaa.org after noon today or read Saturday's Telegram for final classification assignments.

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