So, Saturday was the day Missouri high school football and basketball coaches have been looking forward to this offseason. And in mid-Missouri, there was a bit of a shakeup in the district assignments for the two sports.
Since it’s next in line, let’s start with football.
Class 1 District 6 just got tougher, and winning that district championship is going to be the equivalent of reaching the state championship game. There were some changes. Here’s the new look of the district, with the additions in bold.
- Santa Fe
- Sweet Springs
So Milan won’t be the No. 1 seed this fall in the district, but man, with Westran in the mix, winning the Lewis & Clark Conference championship is going to be a consolation to winning the district championship.
Speaking of the Lewis & Clark, the Columbia Daily Tribune’s Rus Baer pointed out that five of the six conference schools are in this district, which creates more evidence that Harrisburg should be in the conference. It’s beginning to make more and more sense, people. I give Harrisburg being an independent for two more years, tops, before the Bulldogs finally land in a conference.
I’m 99 percent positive that the top three seeds are going to be Marceline, Salisbury and Westran, but I have no idea was the order is going to be. Aside from that dog fight, the other fight in this district is going to be for the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds, and for two reasons. First, getting one of those seeds will assure a team it won’t face those top three powerhouses in the first round. Second, it gives them the best chance of a district win. And just an FYI, Fayette has been in that 4-5 game each of the past two years.
The part I like best about this is that, for the next two years, I know I won’t have to travel as far as Princeton or Putnam County for a district game. Those were some long road trips.
And now, on to basketball.
Class 2 District 7, also known as “The District of Doom,” lost a key member with the district reassignment, but it’s still going to be pretty brutal. Here’s the district’s new look, and new teams are in bold.
- Douglass (although the Bulldogs haven’t fielded a team the past two seasons)
- New Franklin
- Sweet Springs
OK, I think it’s going to be noticeable that two teams will be missing the next two seasons: Sturgeon and Tolton. Sturgeon has been a threat — boys AND girls — year after year in this district, but now they’ll be up north with Cairo, Canton and Louisiana in another tough district. Tolton moved up to Class 3, but its brief two-year stint to the “District of Doom” made for some exciting times.
Westran returns to the district after heading north for a couple of seasons, and a new addition is Sweet Springs. Now I’ll get to see the Greyhounds twice a year, including the New Franklin Tournament. Slater literally was on the edge of dropping down to Class 1 for the next two seasons. The cut-off for Class 1 was an enrollment of 118. Slater tallied in at 119. New Franklin was also relatively close to the cut-off line at 122.
Glasgow and Higbee also saw extreme makeovers to their basketball districts, but a lot of that is because they are now in Class 1 District 10, not District 9, for the next two years. Here is a look at their district assignment.
- Malta Bend
District championships for the next two seasons look very, very possible for Glasgow. No more Chamois girls. No more Community boys.
I did notice a few other class changes in both sports that will make a difference.
- Penney stayed in Class 1 in football. That was unexpected to me, since they’ve been the biggest Class 1 school the past two seasons. I really thought the addition of Harrisburg would bump them up a class. Guess not.
- Scott County Central is no longer a Class 1 basketball powerhouse. The Braves are now in Class 2. I had a feeling this was going to happen when I saw the school had an enrollment of 120. After dominating Class 1 for years and years, it’ll be interesting to see what Scott County Central will do in a tougher Class 2 bracket.
- For those who will continue to follow Tolton basketball, we’ll find out just what the Trailblazers are made of the next two seasons in Class 3 District 8. California, Hallsville, Hermann, Montgomery County, North Callaway and Southern Boone are also in that district. We may have the Class 3 “District of Doom” in the making here.
And there you have it. That’s the district breakdown for my coverage area the next two years. Feel free to leave comments.