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New KSHSAA rule could mean class change for Bishop Miege, Mill Valley and Leavenworth

Mill Valley's teammates celebrate their win over Kapaun by hoisting the trophy Saturday evening, March 12, 2016, during the KSHSAA Basketball 2016 5A State Championship at the Expocentre in Topeka. Mill Valley won 87-84 after an overtime.
Mill Valley's teammates celebrate their win over Kapaun by hoisting the trophy Saturday evening, March 12, 2016, during the KSHSAA Basketball 2016 5A State Championship at the Expocentre in Topeka. Mill Valley won 87-84 after an overtime. Special to The Star

The Kansas High School Activities Association announced at a Wednesday meeting in Topeka that member schools voted in favor of two proposals reclassifying football and increasing the number of schools in top classifications for non-football activities. The changes will take effect in the fall of 2018.

Using 2016-17 enrollment figures, Mill Valley and Leavenworth would play in Class 6A under the new guidelines for non-football activities. Bishop Miege, Bonner Springs and Basehor-Linwood would move up to Class 5A.

The proposal for non-football activities increases the size of Classes 6A and 5A to 36 schools and decreases the number of schools in 4A to 36. The top four Class 5A schools based on enrollment figures will move up to Class 6A, tipping off a domino effect that will cause the top eight in Class 4A to ascend.

The football proposal will not change the landscape of the top two classes, since Class 6A will retain the schools with the 32 largest enrollments and Class 5A the next 32.

But the proposal eliminates the two divisions adopted by Class 4A in 2014, limiting the class size to the 32 next largest schools. The following 48 will play in Class 3A, the 48 largest after that in Class 2A and the remainder in Class 1A. KSHSAA combined Classes 2A and 1A for the purposes of football championships in 1985.

Only the bottom three classes will play districts in football.

Ballots for the proposals were mailed to schools in May. Of the schools voting for football reclassification, 215 voted in favor and 73 in opposition. For reclassification in all other activities, 207 schools voted yes and 145 voted no. The measures only needed 145 votes and 177 votes, respectively, to pass.

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