Although Monday’s release by the OSSAA of average daily membership numbers of member schools in all sports other than football caused little stir among area schools, Tuesday’s release of football classifications and districts for the 2012 and 2013 will have a profound impact on area teams, most notably the Jay Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs will move down to Class 3A in 2012 for football, a move that leaves Jay football dealing with a whole new group of opponents.
Gone are district opponents Wagoner, Vinita and Miami, replaced by new foes Hilldale, Locust Grove and Sequoyah Tahlequah, among others. A list of the teams in each district is printed below.
All other area schools stayed in the same class as in previous years. The Grove Ridgerunners will remain in 5A, though they will have one new district opponent in 2012, with Tulsa Edison moving up to 6A. The Eagles will be replaced by Collinsville.
The Eagles, along with 2010 5A state champ Tulsa Washington, are both moving up to 6A, thanks in large part to Tulsa Public Schools’ Project Schoolhouse consolidation effort.
Colcord, Kansas, Ketchum and Wyandotte not only stayed in Class 2A but also remained members of District 2A-8, along with, Commerce, Chouteau and Salina. The only change in the district will be the Hulbert Riders replacing the Adair Warriors. The Riders were winless in Class A last season, competing in the same district as Fairland and Afton.
Both Afton and Fairland will also remain in District A-8, which the Eagles won last season and are favored to do so again this year.
The districts, set by the state’s coaches, will have to be approved by the OSSAA’s board during their next meeting on August 10.
Look for more on this story in Friday’s edition of The Grove Sun.