Schools know now which classification their athletic teams will compete in during the 2016-17 and 20017-18 school terms.
The Alabama High School Athletic Association released its reclassification numbers as well as sports alignments for the next two years during the Central Board of Control’s Winter Meeting today in Montgomery.
Scottsboro High School is the only local school that will be changing classifications, moving down to Class 5A after spending the last two school terms as a member of 6A.
With the move, SHS goes from being the third-smallest 6A school to the seventh largest 5A school. Classification is based on schools’ average daily membership for grades 10-12 and ninth-grade holdbacks.
“I knew we had a shot at being 5A,” Scottsboro principal/athletic director Brad Dudley said. “I thought we’d either be one of the smallest 6As or largest 5As. As it stands, we were a little lower in 5A than I thought we might be if we did go to 5A. Us going 5A, there will be some traditional [opponents] we’ll playing again like Guntersville…and Etowah and Arab. And it’ll be exciting to go play some different teams in play in different venues.
“But at the end of the day, if you’re going to compete for championships, you’ve still got to beat quality teams and be the best you can be whether it’s in 5A or 6A.”
In football, Scottsboro will compete in Class 5A Region 7 against Alexandria, Arab, Boaz, Crossville, Douglas, Etowah and Guntersville.
Scottsboro will compete in Class 5A Area 14 in baseball, basketball, softball and volleyball against Arab, Crossville and Guntersville. Scottsboro’s wrestling, indoor track and field and swimming and diving teams move down the 1A-5A divisions, while tennis moves to the 4A-5A division. Scottsboro's cross country and outdoor track and field teams will compete in 5A only divisions. Bowling remains in a 1A-7A division.
Meanwhile, all other Jackson County schools stayed in their current classification.
According to AHSAA enrollment figures, North Jackson is the 23rd largest school in 4A while North Sand Mountain is the fourth smallest and Pisgah the 21st smallest schools in 3A. Section is the eight largest school in 2A, while Woodville is 13th largest school in 1A and Skyline is 41st out of 73 schools in 1A. Paint Rock Valley is the state’s smallest school with an average daily attendance of 22.5.
The complete list of classification enrollment figures and all sports alignments are available online at AHSAA.com.
Here are other interesting notes from the AHSAA’s latest round of reclassification:
• North Jackson’s football region won’t feature as much travel as the past two seasons. But it is more competitive with the notable additions of Madison County and Madison Academy, which has won three of the last four Class 3A championships. The new-look region also features holdovers DAR and Westminster Christian and newcomers Randolph and Sardis.
• Jackson County’s three Class 1A team will not be in the same basketball area. Skyline and Woodville will be part of 1A Area 14 with Cedar Bluff, Gaylesville and Valley Head. Meanwhile, Paint Rock Valley will be in 1A Area 15 with private schools Athens Bible, Decatur Heritage, Lindsay Lane Christian and Whitesburg Christian.
• Football regions involving North Jackson, NSM, Pisgah and Woodville are seven-team regions. That means each team will play four non-region games instead of the traditional three.
• Wrestling will have a duals state champion starting next season, and regions have been established to help with that postseason format. Scottsboro and Woodville will be in Class 1A-5A Region 7 with Arab, Lee, Madison County and New Hope.
• Not much changed for NSM and Pisgah. Most of its regions/areas/sectionals remained the same. One difference is Pisgah’s cross country teams will not compete in a sectional held at Scottsboro, instead running at Cold Springs.
• Woodville’s football region did not change. Section’s went from a seven-team to an eight-team region with the addition of Sand Rock, Westbrook Christian and football newcomer Asbury and the subtraction of West End and Cleveland. Class 2A Region 6 also includes holdovers Collinsville, Fyffe, Gaston and Ider.
• North Jackson’s basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball areas, 4A Area 13, will feature just three teams. Joining the Chiefs in those sports’ areas are DAR and Sardis. Scottsboro, NSM and Pisgah (vs. Plainview and Sylvania) and Section (vs. Fyffe, Ider and Asbury) play in four-team areas in these sports while Skyline and Woodville (vs. Cedar Bluff, Gaylesville and Valley Head) play in a five-team area in these sports.