Wednesday vote to decide AHSAA classes

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) - On Wednesday the AHSAA board members will vote on a proposal that could add a seventh classification to the states high school sports. The “7A” class would potentially consist of the thirty-two or thirty-six biggest schools in the state. Using the 2012 numbers used the last time schools were reclassified, that would include Hoover, Vestavia Hills, Pelham, Oak Mountain, Spain Park, Tuscaloosa County, Gadsden City, Mountain Brook, Shades Valley, and Hewitt-Trussville.

For some schools, like Pleasant Grove in 5A, their fate could hinge on the 7A decision. “I know if we’re in the standard system that we’ve been in, we’re going to be 4A,” said Spartans head coach Jim Elgin. “With the 7A [vote], for us its kind of a crap shoot. We don’t know what we’re doing right now.” Right now the largest school in 5A is Russell County, with a 730 student average daily attendance (according to the figures used for the 2012-2014 classifications). Pleasant Grove had 459 students. “At most, we probably have two hundred boys,” said Elgin. “Schools that we play on a regular basis are almost eight hundred students. Lets be conservative, and say the have three hundred and fifty boys. One hundred and fifty boys is a whole lot for football.”

The decision will be announced at 1pm Wednesday at the AHSAA office in Montgomery.

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