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Football and tennis see competition changes for 2017-18
There will be a few changes of Sections for the Tri-City United athletic teams the next two seasons.
Every two years the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) reclassifies teams into new competitive sections.
In most cases, schools don't see much of a change. Due to the enrollment at Tri-City United, the local school district sits in the middle of most enrollment ranges. TCU's enrollment is 485 students for the top four grades.
Changes will be made starting in the 2017-18 school year.
Tri-City United will change classes in tennis and change Sections in football.
Tri-City United/Cleveland will compete in Section 2AA in girls tennis. Some of the teams in this Section include Chanhassen, Chaska, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Orono, Shakopee, New Prague, Worthington, and the Mankato Schools. Titan Coach Phil Murry said the change is going to hurt the TCU team. He said they had played one of the schools from that section a couple of years ago and lost 7-0 in under an hour.
“This absolutely kills us. There is no way we have the numbers to compete at that level. We're not even the biggest school in our old section (2A), so this really doesn't make any sense,” he said. “I understand that they changed the way they figure cooperatives, but that they dropped the number of students you had to count from the additional schools (Cleveland in this case), so I really am at a loss to explain it.”
Activities Director Jason Myhre agreed that the new realignment hurts the TCU team and that there is a new formula for schools with sports coops, like the TCU/Cleveland team. He said MSHSL is looking into the situation.
The TCU football team will play in Section 3AAA the next two years. Teams in this Section include Fairmont, Jackson County Central, Luverne, St. Peter, Sibley East, and Worthington.
According to the MSHSL, class assignments are determined by enrollment. Schools can appeal to drop down to a lower class or can opt up to a higher class.
Section placement is determined by geography. It is not determined by competitive success.
Fall sports, other than tennis and football, will remain the same for TCU.
Cross country will remain in Section 2A, Volleyball will remain in Section 2AA.
Winter sports will not change at all. Girls and boys basketball remain in Section 2AA. The wrestling team remains in Section 2AA. The dance team will compete in Section 1AA.
The spring season will see the softball team stay in Section 2AA.
Track and field teams and the baseball team will remain in Section 2A and Section 2AA, respectively.