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KHSAA Board Finalizes Re-Alignment

Noah Houk and the Tiger Football team during Spring Practice last week | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Noah Houk and the Tiger Football team during Spring Practice last week | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

The KHSAA Board of Control met today to finalize the football alignment for the 2015-2018 seasons along with a number of other topics. There were some changes made to the draft presented back on April 15th, but as the case was then, there will be no more Super District any longer.

According to Jason Frakes, who was in Lexington for the meeting, the topic of St. Xavier vs. Trinity in the playoffs was a popular subject and there was a discussion that went back and forth for quite some time about whether or not the playoffs should be structured to where the two schools could meet in the State Finals, like it was for many years prior to 2010.

The KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett said that it “calmed a lot of those waters” in the private-public debate when they made sure that the same schools wouldn’t be playing the Tigers or Shamrocks every year in the post season.  Frakes made the remark on Twitter that it was “amazing how much time is spent on who might play St. X and Trinity in the football playoffs.”  We’ll take that as a compliment from the KHSAA.

The board passed a motion to match St. X and Trinity’s districts (3 and 4) in the 2015 6A playoffs, so they can’t meet in the finals.

Here is a look at the newly re-aligned Class 6-A that will go into effect next season:

District 1: Daviess County, Henderson County, McCracken County, Muhlenberg County, Ohio County
District 2: Central Hardin, Meade County, North Hardin
District 3: Butler, Male, Manual, Pleasure Ridge Park, St. Xavier
District 4: Ballard, Eastern, Jeffersontown, Seneca, Trinity
District 5: Conner, Cooper, Ryle
District 6: Boone County, Campbell County, Simon Kenton
District 7: Bryan Station, Henry Clay, Paul Dunbar, Scott County
District 8: Clark County, Lafayette, Madison Central, Tates Creek

No more Super District

Taijon Smith | Photo from Vype.com

Taijon Smith | Photo from Vype.com

Today, the KHSAA’s Board of Control released the football realignment draft for the 2015-2018 seasons.  They still have to give final approval at its meeting on May 12, but if the re-alignment is approved, then the Super District of St. Xavier, Male, Manual and Trinity will no longer exist.  St. X’s and Trinity’s districts would meet in the first round of the playoffs in 2015.  Another interesting note is there would be now 5 teams in our district instead of just four.

Proposed Class 6-A

District 1 – Daviess County, Henderson County, McCracken County, Muhlenberg County, Ohio County
District 2 – Central Hardin, Meade County, North Hardin
District 3 – Butler, DuPont Manual, Male, Pleasure Ridge Park, St. Xavier
District 4 – Ballard, Eastern, Jeffersontown, Seneca, Trinity (Louisville)
District 5 – Conner, Cooper, Ryle
District 6 – Boone County, Campbell County, Simon Kenton
District 7 – Bryan Station, Henry Clay, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Scott County
District 8 – George Rogers Clark, Lafayette, Madison Central, Tates Creek

6A Pairings

5th place from District 1 as the 4th place in District 2 for playoff brackets.
5th place from 3 would become the 4th place in 5 for playoffs in odd numbered years
5th place from 3 would become the 4th place in 6 for playoffs in even numbered years.
5th place from 4 would become the 4th place in 6 for playoffs in odd numbered years
5th place from 4 would become the 4th place in 5 for playoffs in even numbered years.

Playoff pairings rotation would rotate between 3, 4, 5 and 6 for the first 3 years of the 4 year alignment period. Year 1 would have 3 and 4 paired, 5 and 6 paired. Year 2 would have 3 and 5 paired, 4 and 6 paired. Year 3 would have 3 and 6 paired, 4 and 5 paired.  According to Jason Frakes of the Courier-Journal, the board will determine in May the length of time for the rotation of pairings beyond the third year.

Remember, nothing of this is final yet and only for football, but what do you think of this potential re-alignment? Have at it in the comment section.