A Nov. 15 TSSAA Board meeting in Murfreesboro will set districts and regions for the next four school years.
While Blount County schools stayed put with the numbers released Wednesday, there could be some shake up in the district alignment.
William Blount (enrollment 1,722), Heritage (1,570) and Maryville (1,445) stay in Class 6A and District 4-AAA (made up of area Class 5A and 6A schools).
Knoxville West (1,244) and Lenoir City (1,242) would remain in 4-AAA as 5A schools, but based on Wednesday’s figures, Knoxville Catholic would make a move down to 4A.
Catholic’s enrollment, 1,251 based on Wednesday’s release, would be the largest in 4A, 245 more than the next highest in the class, Livingston Academy (1,006).
Private schools, such as Catholic, use an enrollment multiplier of 1.8 in TSSAA classifications. Catholic lists it’s actual enrollment, minus the multiplier, for the 2012-2013 school year at 698 on its website.
With the move, Catholic would drop off the 4-AAA schedules of Maryville, Heritage, and William Blount, making it a seven-team district unless the TSSAA replaces the Irish with a 5A or 6A team from another distrcit.
“I’d like to see them make it eight teams,” Maryville coach George Quarles said of his team’s district, “so we’d just have to schedule three (non-district games) instead of four.”
Quarles mentioned Hardin Valley Academy and Karns High School as replacement possibilites from the current nine-school District 3-AAA, depending on how the TSSAA announces the districts after the Nov. 15 meeting.
The Irish could still be making trips to Blount County, though.
The move down for Catholic could possibly mean joining the likes of Alcoa (546) and CAK (770) in District 4-AA (made up of area 3A and 4A schools).
“It’s look like they could possibly be in our region,” Alcoa coach Gary Rankin said of Catholic. “Stone (Memorial) would probably come out and they’d probably come in. If they come up into this region.
“But they haven’t drawn up the regions. I would say that’s a possibility.”
Stone Memorial, currently one of two Class 4A schools in 4-AA, would move up based on it’s enrollment of 1,087 in Wednesday’s release to Class 5A, and likely out of Alcoa’s district. Scott (807) would remain in 4A.
Loudon (769), currently a 3A school, would also make a move up, to 4A.
Other area schools on the move would include Gibbs moving up to 5A and Powell and Morristown East moving up to 6A. Powell would be the smallest school in the state’s largest class, with an enrollment of 1,415. Morristown East isn’t far ahead, at 1,445.
While two classes combine to make districts across the state, the six classes each have their own playoff bracket when it comes time for the football playoffs — representing a major potential playoff change for the likes of Catholic, Loudon, Powell, Gibbs and Morristown East as the schools change class.
Alcoa is the fifth-smallest school in 3A, with an enrollment of only 13 more students than the smallest school in the class, Cascade High School.
“We’re still one of the smallest 3A schools, number wise,” Rankin said, “so it’s good thing we have a good number out (for football).”