Bi-annual AHSAA reclassification mixes up Dallas County athletics

Published 6:17 pm Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Alabama High School Athletics Association announced the new classifications for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school years on Thursday morning.

This year, for the first time, “non-traditional students were included in the average daily membership figures reported for member public schools by the Alabama State Department Education and a competitive balance factor was approved for AHSAA member private schools based on the recommendation of the AHSAA Classification Task Force,” according to the AHSAA press release.

The new alignments send Dallas County from 5A Region 3 down to 4A Region 3 and Keith from 2A Region 4 down to 1A Region 3.

Selma High remained in 6A, but switched from Region 4 to Region 3.

Southside and Ellwood Christian weren’t moved at all.

The class realignment will mix-up area competition, and each team will face new teams beginning in the fall of 2018.

“Being an ex-coach, it really doesn’t matter what class you’re in,” Dallas County principal Willie Moore said. “The competition is still going to be the same. Your preparation is still going to be the same as far as that’s concerned.”
DALLAS COUNTY

CLASS: 4A

FOOTBALL:

The Dallas County Hornets have been moved into a region with American Christian Academy, Greensboro Public, Montevallo High, Sipsey Valley High, Sumter Central and West Blocton High School. Sumter Central is the only school from the Hornets old region that also moved down to 4A Region 3.

BASKETBALL:

Dallas County will play in area 6 with Greensboro Public and Sumter Central High School.

BASEBALL:

Dallas County will play in area 6 with Greensboro Public and Sumter Central High School.

VOLLEYBALL:

Dallas County will play in area 6 with Greensboro Public and Sumter Central High School.

SOFTBALL:

Dallas County will play in area 6 with Greensboro Public and Sumter Central High School.

TRACK & FIELD:

Dallas County will play in section 2 with American Christian Academy, Childersburg, Cordova, Elmore County, Greensboro Public, Handley, Holtville, Indian Springs. Leeds, Montevallo, Northside, Oak Grove, Sipsey Valley, Sumter Central, Talladega, and Washington B.T. High School.
KEITH

CLASS: 1A

FOOTBALL:

Keith is returning from 1A after having been moved up to 2A during the 2016 re-classification.

The Bears have been moved to the same region as Ellwood Christian Academy. Francis Marion, Holy Spirit Catholic, Isabella, A.L. Johnson, Linden and Maplesville High School are also in this region.

BASKETBALL:

Keith will compete in area 4 with A.L. Johnson, Linden, Marengo and Sweet Water High School.

BASEBALL:

Keith will be in area 4 with Ellwood Christian Academy and Sweet Water High School.

VOLLEYBALL:

Keith will be in area 4 with Ellwood Christian, Linden and Sweet Water High School.

TRACK & FIELD:

Keith will compete in section 2 with Autaugaville, Brilliant, Cornerstone Schools of Alabama, Ellwood Christian, Francis Marion, Heritage Christian, Holy Spirit Catholic, Isabella, Linden, Maplesville, Marion County, Pickens County and South Lamar High School.
SOUTHSIDE

CLASS: 3A

FOOTBALL:

Southside remained in the same class and region, but Pike County, B.B. Comer and Central Coosa were replaced by Bullock County, Pike Road Historical, Dadeville, and Saint James High. The Montgomery Academy, Prattville Christian and Beulah High remained in the region with the Panthers. BASKETBALL:

Southside will compete in area 6 with Prattville Christian Academy and Booker T. Washington Magnet School.

BASEBALL:

Southside will compete in area 5 with Pike Road Historical, Prattville Christian Academy, Saint James High School, and The Montgomery Academy.

VOLLEYBALL:

Southside will compete in area 5 with Pike Road Historical, Prattville Christian Academy and The Montgomery Academy.

SOFTBALL:

Southside will compete in area 6 with Prattville Christian Academy, Saint James High, and The Montgomery Academy.

TRACK & FIELD:

Southside will compete in section 2 with Beulah, B.B. Comer, Dadeville, Fultondale, Greene County, Hale County, Holt County, Holt High, Holy Family Catholic, Midfield, Prattville Christian Academy and Thomasville High School.
SELMA HIGH

CLASS: 6A

FOOTBALL:

Selma High remained in the same class, but switched from Region 4 to Region 3. None of the teams from Region 4 moved with the Saints. Selma High joins Benjamin Russell, Calera, Opelika, Stanhope Elmore and Wetumpka High School in its new region.

BASKETBALL:

Selma will compete in area 5 with Stanhope Elmore and Wetumpka High School.

BASEBALL:

Selma will compete in area 5 with Stanhope Elmore and Wetumpka High School.

VOLLEYBALL:

Selma will compete in area 5 with Stanhope Elmore and Wetumpka High School.

SOFTBALL:

Selma will compete in area 5 with Stanhope Elmore and Wetumpka High School.

TRACK & FIELD:

Selma will compete in section 2 with Bessemer City, Brookwood, Calera, G.W. Carver, Chelsea, Helena, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, Hueytown, Sideny Lanier, McAdory, Northridge, Park Crossing, Paul Bryant, Pelham, Stanhope Elmore and Wetumpka High School.
ELLWOOD CHRISTIAN

CLASS: 1A

FOOTBALL:

Ellwood Christian kept its spot in 1A Region 3, but Highland Home, Notasulga, Loachapoka and Autaugaville have been removed from the region. New additions to the region include Keith, Francis Marion, Holy Spirit Catholic, A.L. Johnson and Linden High. Maplesville and Isabella High are the only other two schools that remained.

BASKETBALL:

Ellwood will compete in area 5 with Autaugaville, Billingsley, and Verbena High School.

BASEBALL:

Ellwood will compete in area 4 with Keith and Sweet Water High School.

VOLLEYBALL

Ellwood will compete in area 4 with Keith, Linden and Sweet Water High School.

SOFTBALL:

Ellwood will compete in area 4 with Billingsley, Isabella and Maplesville High School.

TRACK & FIELD

Ellwood will compete in section 2 with Autaugaville, Brilliant, Cornerstone Schools of Alabama, Francis Marion, Heritage Christian, Holy Spirit Catholic, Isabella, Keith, Linden, Maplesville, Marion County, Pickens County and South Lamar High School.