New AISA Classifications shake up regions

Published 6:07 pm Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Alabama Independent School Association announced its 2014-2016 sports classifications Wednesday, leading to new matchups for Meadowview Christian and Morgan Academy.

The Trojans will remain in Class A, Region 2 for all sports, but their opponents are very different. In football, Meadowview will now face Lowndes, Patrician, South Choctaw and Southern — all teams that moved down a classification from Class AA, Region 2.

“There were a lot of changes this year. I think we are in by far the toughest region that I’ve seen in all three classifications,” Meadowview football coach Lebo Jones said.  “As far as competition goes, we are probably the smallest school in 1A and the biggest 1A schools are probably South Choctaw and Patrician and they are both in our region.”

Although the competition level might have gone up, the Trojans do face two close regional opponents in Lowndes and Southern. Jones said he is excited about starting a series with Lowndes, which is a little over 35 minutes away from Meadowview.

“We used to play [Lowndes] in the past in baseball and basketball up until last year,” Jones said. “We were in the same region. They were always good games so I am looking forward to that.”

With the addition of Lowndes and Southern, Jones said travel will be about the same for the Trojans this year. Jackson Academy and Sumter Academy — two of the longest trips Meadowview could have to make in region play — are still in Class A, Region 2 along with Sparta Academy.

Meadowview’s baseball, basketball and softball region is the same, with one lone exception. South Choctaw moves to Class AA, Region 2 for those sports.  In volleyball, the Trojans will now no longer face East Memorial Christian, Wilcox or Bessemer Academy in region games.

The changes for Morgan Academy are so minor that the Senators might not even notice the difference.

In football, Autauga Academy moves from AA to Class AAA, Region 2 to join Morgan, Escambia, Fort Dale, Hooper, Monroe and Pike Liberal Arts.

The Senators’ baseball, basketball and softball region will look the exact same. In the 2012-2014 alignment, Bessemer Academy, Kingwood Christian and Tuscaloosa Academy were in the Senators region for baseball, softball and basketball but now those three schools have moved to Class AAA, Region 1.

“There weren’t any surprises with us,” Morgan athletic director Bob Taylor said. “In basketball and baseball we were a little surprised that we lost Kingwood, Tuscaloosa and Bessemer in our region. That was probably the biggest surprise for us.”

In volleyball, the Senators will still face Autauga, Coosa Valley, Kingwood, Pickens and Tuscaloosa in Class AA, Region 2.

Bessemer Academy replaces Escambia as the only new team in the Senators’ volleyball region.