Changes come to area football ranks

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September 28, 2011 - 12:00 AM

Eight-man football games will be in the majority among Iola Register area high schools next fall. Five of the seven schools will field eight-man football teams in 2012.
Iola High’s Mustangs and Humboldt High’s Cubs continue to play 11-man football. Kansas football classifications for 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 were released by the Kansas State High School Activities Association Tuesday.
Two sets of figures released Tuesday by KSHSAA shifts area high school activities a bit for the next couple of years. It also released the 2011-2012 classifications and enrollment figures Monday.
School classifications for the 2011-12 school year are based on enrollment figures for 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th grades. Football classifications are for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years and are based on ninth, 10th & 11th grades only.
Iola remains in the 64-school, Class 4A classification. Enrollment ranges — for every activity for this school year except football — from 717 to 258 students. Pittsburg High School is the largest 4A school in the state at 717. Iola’s reported enrollment as of Sept. 20 was 386.
This year’s enrollment figures affect postseason play in volleyball, girls’ golf, girls’ tennis and cross country this fall for area schools, and basketball and wrestling in the winter and all the spring sports.
Humboldt High has bounced into Class 3A from Class 2A. Humboldt has been in Class 2A for several years now but had played in the 3A ranks for years.
Humboldt’s reported enrollment for all four grades was 168. The Class 3A schools range from 254 to 162 students. Joining Humboldt in the 63-school 3A field is Pittsburg’s St. Mary’s-Colgan High, which has been a perennial powerhouse at Class 2A.
Uniontown (138), Marmaton Valley (107) and Yates Center (125) high schools are in the Class 2A classification. Enrollment range is 158 to 99 students.
Crest High (60) and Southern Coffey High (74) are in Class 1A. Enrollment range for 1A is 99 to 14 students.
Every two years the state uses enrollment figures to determine classifications and district assignments for football. Those assignments are locked in for two years.
Iola High’s Mustangs (296) remain Class 4A in football district play. As does every school in the Southeast Kansas League except Pittsburg. Pittsburg (565)  is one of the smallest Class 5A schools in the football classifications.
Uniontown High’s Eagles are finishing up a two-year stint in Class 3A football district play this season. Starting next year, the Eagles move to Eight-Man Division I football.
“Uniontown has never played eight-man football. We’ve looked at it several times throughout the years but stay with 11-man,” said Jim Mason, UHS athletic director.
“This year we looked over our enrollment numbers and the projections for the next three cycles. We researched by calling other schools that had made the move and got a lot of positive feedback.”
Mason said six of the 10 schools in the Three Rivers League already play eight-man football. It does leave scheduling problems for the other 11-man teams in the league, he said.
“But this is a good thing for our kids and our kids are excited about playing eight-man,” Mason said.
The Three Rivers League area teams include Marmaton Valley and Crest.
Marmaton Valley High’s Wildcats (79) and Yates Center High’s Wildcats (97) remain in Eight-Man Division I.  Crest High’s Lancers (47) and Southern Coffey County High’s Titans (54) shift into Eight-Man Division II from Division I next year.
Humboldt High’s Cubs return to Class 3A competition in football next year. The Cubs had been in Class 2-1A for several years following a long stretch at Class 3A.
Pittsburg-Colgan also moves into Class 3A in football.
Districts for each football classification will be announced next week by the KSHSAA. Assignments for fall regional and substate competition are expected out soon also.
Following is a list of the football classifications for Class 4A, 3A and Eight-Man to determine two-year cycles in district and state play. To see the school classification enrollment list go to kshsaa.org.
Class 4A
Co-ed Schools 64
Range: 564 – 197
Abilene 373
Altamont-Labette Co. 427
Andale 320
Atchison 355
Augusta 424
Baldwin 337
Basehor-Linwood 439
Baxter Springs 226
Bonner Springs 525
Buhler 494
Carbondale-
Santa Fe Trail 288
Chanute 438
Chapman 256
Cheney 197
Clay Center Comm. 231
Clearwater 281
Coffeyville-Field Kindley 396
Colby 222
Columbus 241
Concordia 230
De Soto 525
El Dorado 427
Eudora 314
Fort Scott 446
Frontenac 199
Garnett-Anderson Co. 240
Girard 264
Goodland 197
Hesston 208
Holton 242
Hoyt-Royal Valley 224
Hugoton 223
Independence 425
Iola 296
Kansas City-Bishop Ward 274
Kansas City-Piper 433
Kansas City-
Sumner Academy 500
LaCygne-Prairie View 233
Larned/Rozel Pawnee Hts. 242
Lenexa-St. James Acad. 524
Lindsborg-Smoky Valley 229
Louisburg 395
Maize South 564
McPherson 524
Meriden-Jefferson West 243
Mulvane 434
Nickerson 201
Osawatomie 254
Ottawa 504
Paola 487
Parsons 285
Perry-Lecompton 240
Pratt 256
Rose Hill 430
Spring Hill 459
Tonganoxie 463
Topeka-Hayden 386
Towanda-Circle 399
Ulysses 347
Wamego 346
Wellington 378
Wichita-Collegiate 204
Wichita-Trinity Acad. 210
Winfield 559
Class 3A
Co-ed Schools 64
Range: 195-120
Anthony/Harper-Chaparral 175
Atchison-Maur Hill-
Mount Academy 126
Belle Plaine 143
Beloit 174
Burlington 195
Caney-Caney Valley 173
Cherokee-Southeast 193
Cherryvale 185
Cimarron 149
Conway Springs 172
Council Grove 166
Douglass 172
Easton-Pleasant Ridge 193
Effingham-Atchison Co
Community 168
Ellsworth 120
Erie 131
Eskridge-Mission Vly. 128
Eureka 124
Fredonia 151
Galena 166
Garden Plain 154
Gypsum-SE of Saline 192
Halstead 174
Haven 192
Hays-TMP-Marian 180
Hiawatha 191
Hillsboro 141
Hoisington 120
Holcomb 191
Horton 138
Humboldt 130
Hutchinson-Trinity Cath. 127
Kingman 191
Kismet-Southwestern Hts. 145
Lakin 132
Leon-Bluestem 136
Lyons 132
Marion 140
Marysville 182
Minneapolis 149
Moundridge 122
Neodesha 173
Norton Community 173
Osage City 163
Phillipsburg 146
Pittsburg-
St. Marys Colgan 120
Pomona-West Franklin 162
Richmond-Central Hts. 144
Riley County 160
Riverton 189
Rossville 149
Russell 185
Sabetha 168
Salina-Sacred Heart 138
Scott Community 193
Sedgwick 131
Seneca-Nemaha Vly. 131
Silver Lake 184
St. George-Rock Creek 184
St. Marys 120
Wathena-Riverside 141
Wellsville 166
Whitewater-Remington 122
Wichita-
The Independent 167
8-Man Division I
Co-ed Schools 52
Range: 99-59
Atwood-Rawlins Co. 80
Burden-Central 69
Burlingame 90
Canton-Galva 81
Cedar Vale/Dexter 68
Claflin-Central Plains 91
Clyde-Clifton Clyde 64
Coldwater-South Central 62
Deerfield 64
Downs-Lakeside 65
Greensburg-Kiowa Co. 99
Hartford 63
Hill City 92
Howard-West Elk 73
Hoxie 63
Jetmore-Hodgeman Co. 82
Kinsley 74
Langdon-Fairfield 74
Lebo 76
Lincoln 81
Linn 60
Little River 78
Lost Springs-Centre 79
Macksville 72
Madison/Hamilton 77
Mankato-Rock Hills 76
Melvern-Marais
Des Cygnes Valley 73
Minneola 61
Montezuma-South Gray 76
Moran-Marmaton Valley 79
Ness City 86
Osborne 71
Oxford 94
Peabody-Burns 80
Pleasanton 88
Pratt-Skyline 81
Pretty Prairie 60
Quinter 80
Rosalia-Flinthills 59
Satanta 65
Scandia-Pike Valley 72
Sedan 77
Solomon 91
South Haven 62
Spearville 65
St. John-Hudson 78
St. Paul 68
Udall 74
Uniontown 99
Wakeeney-
Trego Community 72
Wakefield 72
Yates Center 97
8-Man Division II
Co-ed Schools 52
Range: 58-25
Almena-Northern Vly. 34
Argonia 40
Ashland 54
Attica 34
Axtell 45
Baileyville-B&B 49
Beloit-St. Johns/
Tipton Catholic 43
Bern 28
Bird City-Cheylin 37
Bucklin 53
Buffalo-Altoona Midway 38
Burrton 48
Caldwell 53
Chase 33
Chetopa 51
Colony-Crest 47
Cunningham 44
Dighton 51
Fowler 45
Frankfort 46
Glasco/Miltonvale-
Southern Cloud 57
Goessel 57
Grainfield-
Wheatland/Grinnell 41
Hanover 58
Hope 50
Ingalls 47
Kensington-
Thunder Ridge 57
Kiowa-South Barber 52
Southern Coffey County 54
Logan 51
Longton-Elk Valley 43
Moscow 40
Natoma 42
Norwich 47
Otis-Bison 51
Palco 36
Randolph-Blue Valley 58
Ransom-Western Plains/
Healy 55
Rexford-Golden Plains 52
Rolla 46
Sharon Springs-
Wallace County 44
Stafford 55
Stockton 58
Sylvan Grove-
Sylvan-Lucas Unified 54
Tescott 39
Tribune-Greeley County 42
Victoria 51
Waverly 53
Weskan 25
White City 57
Wilson 37
Winona-Triplains/
Brewster 29

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