MSHSAA Releases Next 2 Years Football, Basketball Districts

By Jim Wieners

The Missouri State High School Activities Association has released the new classification and district assignments for the next two years (2014-15 and 2015-16) of Football and Basketball (Boys and Girls) within the last two weeks.

Classifications are based on student enrollment with private co-ed schools adjusted using a 1.35 multiplier and single-gender schools (all boys or all girls), usually private, have their enrollments doubled before adding the 1.35 multiplier. There are six classes of 11-man Football and five classes of Boys Basketball and five classes of Girls Basketball.

According to the MSHSAA the largest 32 schools will be in Class Six Football, eight per district. Then the lowest four classes of Football are determined with the smallest 64 schools assigned to Class One and the next 64 schools each determine the next three classes, eight per district. Class Five gets whatever is left and MSHSAA has determined that Class Five has 53 schools in seven- or six-team districts.

In Basketball, according to the MSHSAA the smallest 129 schools are in Class One, the next smallest 127 are in Class Two, the next smallest 129 in Class Three and the next smallest 96 are in Class Four (actually there are 100 with at least four more girls teams). The remaining number of schools is assigned to Class Five and there are 79 of the largest schools in state.

District assignments and classification in each sport are based on geographical location, according to the MSHSAA.

FOOTBALL — Hazelwood Central (MSHSAA enrollment 1,986) and Hazelwood West (2,164) will remain in Class Six, District Two along with Ritenour (1,897), CBC (actual 957, adjusted 2584), DeSmet (actual 797, adjusted 2,152), St. Louis University High (actual 1,095, adjusted 2,957) and Francis Howell North (1,877). The only change was the addition of Francis Howell Central (1,901) moving from District Three and replaces Pattonville (1,785) which drops to Class Five, District Two.

Hazelwood East (1,390), McCluer (1,274) and McCluer North (1,790) remains in Class Five, District Two along with Webster Groves (1,328) and Chaminade (actual 515, adjusted 1,391) Pattonville replaces Riverview Gardens (978) which drops to Class Four while Ladue-Horton Watkins (1,281) moves up from Class Four and replaces Kirkwood (1,824) which moves to Class Six, District One.

Riverview Gardens and St. Dominic (actual 694, adjusted 937) joins Clayton (871), Jennings (688), Mary Institute-Country Day School (actual 626, actual 846), St. Charles High (848), St. Charles West (736) and University City (826) to form Class Four, District Three. Riverview Gardens replaces Normandy (588) which drops to Class Three while St. Dominic replaces Gateway STEM (1,158) as each swapped Class Four districts. All district returnees competed last year in District Five.

The new Class Three, District Two includes Normandy, McCluer South-Berkeley (590), Bishop DuBourg (actual 434, adjusted 586), Confluence Prep Academy Charter (actual 475, adjusted 642), John Burroughs (actual 409, adjusted 553), Lift for Life Academy Charter (actual 326, adjusted 441), Soldan-International Studies (559) and Sumner (579). Confluence Prep Academy Charter did not compete last year and all others except Normandy competed in other Class Three districts

In Class Two Trinity Catholic (actual 286, adjusted 387) dropped from Class Three, District Five and will join Lutheran North (actual 297, adjusted 401), Lutheran St. Charles County (actual 310, adjusted 419), Brentwood (235), Hermann (345), Maplewood-Richmond Heights (349), Principia (actual; 247, adjusted 334) and Northwest Academy of Law (357) to compete in District Five. All but Trinity was in Class Two.

BASKETBALL, BRIEFLY — In Class Five Hazelwood Central, Hazelwood West, DeSmet, Pattonville and Parkway North will compete in District Six while Hazelwood East, McCluer North, Chaminade, St Joseph’s Academy, Ritenour and Ladue-Horton Watkins will compete in District Seven. In Class Four Incarnate Word Academy (actual 353, adjusted 954) will compete in District Six against McCluer South-Berkeley,

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