by joanna chadwick
Class 4A’s proposal to drop its football numbers from 64 to 48 (and go to 6-team districts) was voted down by Class 3A, 2A and 1A. 4A had hoped to create some more equality because of the vast difference in school sizes — Cheney and Goodland have 197 students in grades 9-11, while Maize South has 564.
But the proposal had to be passed by not only 4A, but 3A, 2A and 1A because those classes would be affected if the proposal passed.
Here’s my question — should the KSHSAA change classifications? Should 4A divide into two classes? 6A and 5A combine?
I would love to see 6A and 5A combine for all sports because I think Kansas, for the size of this state, has too many championships. I also think 4A should not divide into two divisions and 1A should go back to not having divisions for basketball and volleyball.
But I also understand how people feel when their school of less than 200 goes up against much larger schools.
So what do you think should be done? Should changes be made? Does it matter?
I often hear — it’s for the kids. But is it really necessary that we make it easier for more to win titles? I don’t think it should be. I think it dilutes the meaning of winning a state title when there are more chances of winning one created.