AL High School Athletic Assoc. Reclassifies Schools at winter meeting

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ALABAMA (WTVY) The AHSAA Central Board of Control approved the re-classification for the upcoming 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years at its Winter Central Board meeting this morning.

The Central Board of Control approved the 2016-2018 reclassification with Class 7A remaining at 32 teams. In addition in football, Classes 3A-6A all have 59 teams and Classes 1A and 2A have 58 each.

Other major developments include:

-- Every 7A school has at least 1,070 students, which counts 10-12 grades and ninth-grade holdbacks. Hoover is the largest with 2,143.05 and Huffman is the smallest with 1,070.65.

-- All football state champions remained in their current classes -- McGill-Toolen (7A), Spanish Fort (6A), St. Paul's (5A), Leeds (4A), Piedmont (3A), Elba (2A) and Maplesville (1A).

- The longest travel required for region opponents will be Andalusia and UMS-Wright -- approximately 106 miles. Other long commutes include Georgiana vs. Houston County, Aliceville vs. Verbena, Beulah vs. Southside-Selma, Faith Academy vs. Wilcox Central, Dothan vs. Stanhope Elmore and Enterprise vs. Smiths Station.

-- In football, Class 7A finalists will still have an open date the week before the Super 7 when the remainder of classes are playing semifinal games.

-- In football once again, teams will have 11 weeks to play 10 games. They may play a regular-season game or a jamboree in Week Zero.

-- In all, a total of 72 teams changed classifications.

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