This fall, Class AAA and Class AA will look different from years past.
Class AAA saw Jamestown and Devils Lake drop down to Class AA… Which dropped the number of the teams from 10 teams to eight.
“The activities association is going to make the decision they think is in the best interest of each school,” Legacy coach Chris Clements said. “We’re at the mercy of what they want to do.”
With two, seven-teams regions, each school will get play now play three non-conference game, instead of two.
“Playing that conference game outside of the first two in your scheudle gives you an opportunity to look at different kids or rest up,” Century coach Ron Wingenback said.
“What you hate to see is what’s going on in Class AA,” Mark Gibson said. “You’re down to one conference. When you’re in one conference, you open with a conference game which is incredibly difficult.”
Class AA also saw their numbers decline. They dropped from 16 teams down to 10. Eight schools moved to Class A, while the Blue Jays and Firebirds are the newest members. With 10-team class, the non-region games have been eliminated.
“A little more difficult,” St. Mary’s coach Dan Smrekar said. “The first game you have to come right out of the gates ready to play. I like the competitiveness. I wish it could have worked out where we could have had more teams in our division.”
Travel is also a concern. However for St. Mary’s it’ll be more of an issue next season.
“I suppose it’s a concern,” Smrekar said, “but we’ll have to just make it work.”
Class remain in place for two seasons before they are reassessed.