Class 1 • Class 2 • Class 3 • Class 4
Two major changes to how districts are determined are in effect this year:
1) This is the first year enrollment numbers do NOT include seniors. This is similar to how Iowa's athletics associations (yes, plural) handle their populations.
2) This is also the first year where district assignments are applicable for one year, as opposed to two.
As such, some notable changes that Jeff & I have found at first glance:
- Perennial Class 1 power Thomas Jefferson Independent is now in Class 2, in the same district as their neighbors College Heights Christian.
- Moberly and Kirksville have moved up to Class 4, creating a ripple effect across Northern Missouri. As a result…
- MSHSAA is utilizing I-70 as a scaffold for affected sectional assignments. Class 3's toughest-yet-still-seemingly-easy-to-predict district stretches west to Knob Noster instead of north, and their sectional opponent will be from a selection of MRVC West schools.
- We could say the same for I-44. Instead of Rolla going west for sectionals in Class 4, they could go east to Washington… provided they get past Springfield Central.
- Nevada and Fatima could still be in line for one of the most distant sectionals matchups, as they headline Districts 9 & 10. It could have been easier to swap Districts 10 & 11 to decrease driving distances on that Wednesday before Easter.