LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s Board of Control accepted a brand new alignment plan for football Wednesday however selected to make use of it solely for the subsequent two seasons as a substitute of the subsequent 4.
The alignment accepted Wednesday will likely be in impact for the 2023 and 2024 seasons, and the KHSAA will realign once more for 2025.
The KHSAA makes use of enrollment numbers from the Kentucky Department of Education to divide groups into its six football courses.
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“Our (enrollment) numbers are out of whack,” KHSAA commissioner Julian Tackett instructed the board. “Blame it on COVID, no matter the reasoning. … Let’s come again subsequent 12 months with this 12 months’s (enrollment) numbers and subsequent 12 months’s and see what that appears like.”
Tackett stated future scheduling may very well be affected with the two-year cycle however “each different factor proper now most likely favors two years.”
Approximately 25% of Kentucky’s 222 football-playing colleges will likely be altering courses as a part of the realignment plan.
Here are a few of the most notable strikes:
- Eight-time state champion Covington Catholic will drop from Class 5A to Class 4A.
- Bardstown, the Class 3A runner-up final season, will bounce to Class 4A.
- Franklin-Simpson, the Class 4A champion in 2017 and 2018, will drop to Class 3A.
- Ashland Blazer, the Class 3A champion in 2020, will bounce to Class 4A.
Central is one in every of seven colleges in Louisville that will likely be altering courses. Moore strikes up from Class 4A to Class 5A whereas Doss (5A to 4A), Jeffersontown (5A to 4A), Western (5A to 4A) and Butler (6A to 5A) will all drop in school.
DeSales selected to maneuver up from 3A to 4A. Athletic director Don Bowers stated that call was made after a dialogue with Central and Christian Academy officers.
“None of us needed to be in the identical district,” Bowers stated. “We all acquired collectively, and we determined it was our flip to make a transfer.”
Central and CAL will play in Class 3A, District Three with Elizabethtown and LaRue County. CAL and Central final performed one another in 2016, with the Centurions successful 44-14.
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In Class A, Louisville powers Holy Cross and Kentucky Country Day will turn out to be District Two companions with Bethlehem and Campbellsville. KCD was the Class A state runner-up in 2020, and Holy Cross reached the Class A state semifinals final season.
The Louisville-area Class 6A districts noticed little change. With Butler dropping to Class 5A, Meade County will be a part of Manual, Pleasure Ridge Park and St. Xavier in District Three. Oldham County rejoined Ballard, Eastern and Trinity in District Five. There was no change in District Four (Bullitt East, Fern Creek, Male and Southern).
The board additionally voted on a number of last-minute requests for district/class adjustments:
- Harlan’s request to maneuver from Class A, District Eight to Class A, District Seven was accepted.
- Rockcastle County’s request to maneuver from Class 3A, District Four to Class 3A, District Seven was accepted.
- Grayson County’s request to maneuver from Class 5A, District Two to Class 5A, District Four was accepted.
- The following colleges had been denied of their requests to change courses or districts — Fort Knox, Madisonville-North Hopkins, West Carter, Leslie County and South Oldham.
South Oldham requested to maneuver from Class 5A, District Five (Anderson County, Collins, Scott County, Woodford County) to Class 5A, District Three (Atherton, Butler, Fairdale, Iroquois).
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KHSAA football alignment
Here is the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s football alignment for the 2023 and 2024 seasons:
District One – Christian County, Daviess County, Henderson County, McCracken County
District Two – Barren County, Central Hardin, North Hardin, Warren Central
District Three – Manual, Meade County, Pleasure Ridge Park, St. Xavier
District Four – Bullitt East, Fern Creek, Male, Southern
District Five – Ballard, Eastern, Oldham County, Trinity
District Six – Campbell County, Great Crossing, Ryle, Simon Kenton
District Seven – Henry Clay, Lafayette, Paul Dunbar, Tates Creek
District Eight – Bryan Station, Frederick Douglass, George Rogers Clark, Madison Central
District One – Apollo, Graves County, Madisonville-North Hopkins, Marshall County, Muhlenberg County, Owensboro
District Two – Bowling Green, Greenwood, Ohio County, South Warren
District Three – Atherton, Butler, Fairdale, Iroquois
District Four – Bullitt Central, Grayson County, Moore, North Bullitt, Seneca
District Five – Anderson County, Collins, Scott County, South Oldham, Woodford County
District Six – Boone County, Conner, Cooper, Dixie Heights, Highlands, Scott
District Seven – East Jessamine, Madison Southern, Montgomery County, West Jessamine
District Eight – Harlan County, North Laurel, Pulaski County, South Laurel, Southwestern
District One – Allen County-Scottsville, Calloway County, Hopkinsville, Logan County, Paducah Tilghman, Warren East
District Two – Bardstown, Breckinridge County, John Hardin, Nelson County, Thomas Nelson
District Three – DeSales, Doss, Jeffersontown, Valley, Waggener, Western
District Four – Franklin County, Henry County, North Oldham, Shelby County, Spencer County, Western Hills
District Five – Covington Catholic, Grant County, Harrison County, Holmes, Mason County
District Six – Ashland Blazer, Boyd County, Greenup County, Johnson Central, Rowan County
District Seven – Boyle County, Lincoln County, Russell County, Taylor County, Wayne County
District Eight – Corbin, Letcher County Central, Perry County Central, Whitley County
District One – Hancock County, Hopkins County Central, McLean County, Trigg County, Union County, Webster County
District Two – Adair County, Butler County, Franklin-Simpson, Glasgow, Hart County
District Three – Central, Christian Academy, Elizabethtown, LaRue County
District Four – Casey County, Garrard County, Marion County, Mercer County
District Five – Bourbon County, Lexington Catholic, Lloyd Memorial, Pendleton County
District Six – Bath County, East Carter, Fleming County, Lewis County, Russell, West Carter
District Seven – Bell County, Clay County, Knox Central, McCreary Central, Rockcastle County
District Eight – Belfry, Estill County, Lawrence County, Magoffin County, Morgan County, Powell County
District One – Caldwell County, Crittenden County, Mayfield, Murray
District Two – Edmonson County, Fort Campbell, Owensboro Catholic, Todd County Central
District Three – Clinton County, Green County, Metcalfe County, Monroe County
District Four – Fort Knox, Lexington Christian, Shawnee, Washington County, WEB DuBois (eligible in 2024)
District Five – Beechwood, Bracken County, Carroll County, Gallatin County, Owen County, Walton-Verona
District Six – Breathitt County, Danville, Leslie County, Somerset
District Seven – Floyd Central, Knott County Central, Martin County, Prestonsburg
District Eight – Betsy Layne, East Ridge, Pike County Central, Shelby Valley
District One – Ballard Memorial, Caverna, Fulton County, Russellville
District Two – Bethlehem, Campbellsville, Kentucky Country Day, Louisville Holy Cross
District Three – Bellevue, Dayton, Newport, Newport Central Catholic
District Four – Bishop Brossart, Covington Holy Cross, Ludlow, Trimble County
District Five – His, Eminence, Frankfort, Sayre
District Six – Fairview, Nicholas County, Paris, Raceland
District Seven – Harlan, Lynn Camp, Middlesboro, Pineville, Williamsburg
District Eight – Hazard, Paintsville, Pikeville
Not competing in district play – Jackson County (Class 2A), Phelps (Class A)