Local trio stands pat in TSSAA

Local trio stands pat in TSSAA
By KEVIN WEAKS
Messenger Sports
As classification readies for change in the TSSAA, things will stay the same in Obion County.
Obion County Central, South Fulton and Union City are all set to remain where they are when the new classification is finalized over the next month.
So, for four more years, the Rebels will be 4A in football and double-A in all other sports, while both the Red Devils and Golden Tornadoes will stay at 1A and single-A.
The enrollment numbers to be used for classification in all sanctioned sports for 2013-2017 were published by the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association on Oct. 3, and member schools were then given two weeks to declare their intentions to participate in Division II, the private school division.
That deadline passed at noon on Tuesday.
The TSSAA then divided schools into Divisions I and II, applied the multiplier for private schools declaring D-I (public school) status and then set classes and enrollment breakpoints.
As a result of the TSSAA’s latest actions, all three local schools are staying where they are. OC’s enrollment is listed at 935, SF has 265 students and UC is now the largest 1A football school with an enrollment of 361.
While there are a few more steps to be taken by the TSSAA and its members, the classification of all three local schools seems to be set.
Schools now have until Oct. 24 to declare a move up in classification.
The following day, the TSSAA staff will then prepare districts and regions in all sports, which will be sent to the TSSAA Board of Control members and all member schools while also being posted on the organization’s website.
At the Board of Control meeting on Nov. 15 at the DoubleTree Motel in Murfreesboro, district and regions will be set for the next four athletic years. Member schools will then begin the process of finalizing their football schedules for the 2013 season. Most schools are already working on their ’13 schedules.
Across the area, Humboldt (301) and Dresden (349) will drop to 1A in football, while Halls will play 2A in football. Gibson County (495) will be 2A and A. Gleason (145) and Greenfield (162) remain set in Class 1A for football and A for all other sports, while Westview (633) is still a 3A football program and classified in AA for all other sports. Huntingdon’s 375 enrollment puts the Mustangs in 2A for football.
Jackson Christian is dropping out of Division II and returning to D-I. Meanwhile, defending Division I-Class 2A football state champion Friendship Christian is moving to Division II. Published in The Messenger 10.18.12

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