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Class 4A to split into 2 divisions in 2013-14

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 6/5/2013

The votes are in. The 4A classification in the Kansas State High School Activities Association will be split in five sports starting in the 2013-14 school year, except football (2014).

The vote was 42-22 in favor of the split with the top 32 schools in Division I and the bottom 32 in Division II in football, basketball, volleyball, softball and baseball only.

The votes are in. The 4A classification in the Kansas State High School Activities Association will be split in five sports starting in the 2013-14 school year, except football (2014).

The vote was 42-22 in favor of the split with the top 32 schools in Division I and the bottom 32 in Division II in football, basketball, volleyball, softball and baseball only.

All the other sports and activities will have all 64 schools together in the same class.

The proposal was passed by the KSHSAA board of directors in April and sent to the 4A member schools.

“We knew it was coming,” Ottawa Athletic Director Brad Graf. “I don’t know if it was the best split possible. There will be some growing pains and public confusion.”

Ottawa baseball coach Shawn Herrmann said the format for him would be the same when Ottawa was in 5A during the mid-2000s.

“You have to win two games to get to state,” he said.

Graf said the Frontier League was not in favor of the proposal. Eudora and Baldwin are the only two schools in the league that could change from year to year.

Last year’s enrollment would have Eudora in Division II and Baldwin in Division I.

The Pioneer League 4A schools would all be in Division II, while schools such as Coffeyville, Chanute, Fort Scott and Parsons would be in Division I.

“It is going to create some travel in the postseason,” Graf said.

There is a possibility Ottawa could travel west or south for sub-state or regional competition depending on enrollments each September.

What it means is there will be separate state tournaments in Division I and Division II in those five sports. Similar to 1A the past few seasons.

Football will still have a four-team district format with the top two teams advancing to the playoffs. It would eliminate the first-round playoff games on Tuesday.

Volleyball’s sub-state format has each site with two tourneys like the 5-6A basketball format. The winner of each four-team sub-state would advance to state.

Basketball, baseball and softball sub-states and regionals would be four-team bracket affairs, eliminating the first-round games.

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