The Tennessee Secondary College Athletics Affiliation is not going to finalize district and area pairings for the brand new classification cycle starting subsequent yr till its Board of Management assembly subsequent week. However the sanctioning physique’s proposed placements had been launched for coaches and college directors to overview on Thursday.
There have been clearly going to be main adjustments for Scott Excessive, as a result of the Highlanders are shifting to Class 3A for basketball and to Class 4A for soccer. However, in one thing of a shock, there may even be important adjustments for Oneida, though the Indians stay in Class 1A for basketball and Class 2A for soccer.
Bear in mind, the proposed districts is not going to be ultimate till they’re voted on by the TSSAA Board of Management, and will change.
Soccer: The Indians are proposed to be in a five-team Area 2-2A, similar as present. However the area make-up can be considerably totally different. Gone (to Area 1-2A) can be Cumberland Hole. Additionally gone, to Area 3-2A, can be Meigs County, which has gained the present Area 2 every of the 4 years because the present area pairings had been set.
Oneida’s new regional opponents would come with York Institute and Monterey, together with Rockwood and Wartburg. Whereas TSSAA historically tries to avoid inserting groups collectively which can be in differing time zones, it’s not an unprecedented transfer.
The brand new area gained’t assist Oneida’s scheduling woes any; the Indians will nonetheless have to seek out six non-region opponents every year. But it surely ought to assist Oneida’s possibilities of successful area championships. Whereas York Institute’s power ebbs and flows as graduations are held and new expertise is available in, Oneida and Rockwood would doubtless be favored to be on the entrance of the pack within the new area on a reasonably constant foundation.
Basketball, Baseball, Softball: There are main adjustments coming for basketball in District 3-A. Gone are the Roane County groups, except for Oliver Springs, and again is Jellico.
Meaning the brand new District 3-1A will look very very similar to the outdated District 4-A, previous to 2017. The budding Oneida-Harriman rivalry that has been so thrilling the previous two years can be over; the Indians and the Blue Devils will solely doubtlessly meet within the area event.
The proposed District 3-1A seems to be like this: Oneida, Coalfield, Jellico, Oliver Springs, Sunbright and Wartburg.
Essentially the most fascinating facet of the brand new district alignments is the place the district event can be held every year. Within the outdated District 4-A, the event was held at Wartburg every year, a lot to the consternation of the colleges from exterior Morgan County. There was little they might do to vary it due to Morgan County’s voting energy; 4 of the seven groups within the outdated district had been from Morgan County and voted collectively.
When a lot of the outdated District 4 groups had been absorbed into District 3-A in 2017, the voting dynamics modified considerably. There have been 4 Morgan County groups and 4 Roane County groups, plus Oneida, for a 5-4 cut up. A compromise was reached that noticed the event held at Roane State Group Faculty in Harriman every year.
The brand new alignments might properly imply the event strikes again to Wartburg every year, particularly because the means of different faculties within the district to host the event has been questioned as a result of dimension of their gymnasiums, and since Roane State is not a centrally-located possibility as a impartial website. Nevertheless, as a result of Oakdale has been positioned in District 4-1A, there may be not a Morgan County majority within the new district. If Oneida, Jellico and Oliver Springs had been to unite, there can be a good 3-3 cut up.
Soccer: Soccer is not going to change for Oneida. The Indians will stay in District 3-A with Cumberland Hole, Harriman, Oliver Springs and Rockwood. As anticipated, Loudon — which makes the transfer all the way down to Class A from Class AA — has been positioned in District 4-A. That also means the Redskins can be a possible area event opponent for the Indians, which is able to have an effect in boys’ soccer, particularly.
Soccer: As we’ve recognized, Scott Excessive is making the transfer to Class 4A for soccer, as a result of dimension of its enrollment, and the Highlanders will fall into a brand new Area 2-4A that appears more likely to be a powerhouse area.
That’s not an uncommon predicament for the Highlanders, who’ve historically been paired with the strongest faculties within the Knoxville space in Class 3A. However the brand new area seems to be particularly powerful.
Scott Excessive’s proposed area opponents embrace Anderson County, Carter, Fulton, Gibbs and South-Doyle. A number of of these groups — Anderson County, Fulton and Gibbs — are previous regional opponents of the Highlanders.
Whereas Fulton has been down considerably from its customary the previous couple of seasons, the brand new area consists of a number of conventional heavyweights, together with the Falcons, Anderson County and South-Doyle.
The Cherokees are headed into this yr’s Class 4A playoffs with a document of 7-3, and took two Knoxville space powerhouses — Powell and Central — to the wire in every of the previous two weeks earlier than shedding. Anderson County is 8-2, using a 6-game successful streak that has seen the Mavericks rating not less than 42 factors in each recreation. Anderson County is coached by former Scott Excessive head coach Davey Gillum. Their solely two losses this season consists of South-Doyle by one level, and Powell by two factors.
Basketball, Baseball, Softball: As Scott Excessive makes the transfer to Class 3A for basketball, the Highlanders are a part of a proposed District 4-3A that features simply three different groups, together with Anderson County, Clinton and Knox Halls.
These three groups had been anticipated district foes for the Highlanders. The shock is that Fulton and Austin-East — two of the “Huge Three,” together with Alcoa, from the present District 4-AA — are going to District 5-3A. Meaning the Highlanders lose these groups not solely as district foes, however as area foes as properly.
That might have big implications down the street so far as championship rivalry, although it’s unattainable to understand how every faculty goes to cycle by means of expertise within the years forward. The obvious implication is that each crew within the new district — in addition to each crew within the four-team District 3-3A on the opposite facet of the area — can be within the regional event every year.
The fast take-away is that district parity will increase considerably for each girls and boys.
On the boys’ facet, Anderson County is historically a robust program, however has been down considerably the previous couple of seasons. The Mavericks are coming off a 16-14 season, and fell to the Highlanders final December, 73-62. Halls shouldn’t be a historically sturdy basketball program, and is coming off a 5-18 season. Clinton is likewise not referred to as a powerhouse, although the Dragons are coming off a regional look final season, a season that included a number of spectacular wins and a 16-14 document. The Dragons gained 19 video games two years in the past, additionally attending to the regionals.
On the women’ facet, the Woman Highlanders match up comparatively properly with the entire different three groups within the proposed district, not less than on paper.
Soccer: The one change for Scott Excessive within the proposed soccer district pairings is the removing of Loudon, which drops to Class A. The proposed District 5-AA is not going to change past that, and can embrace Anderson County, Kingston and Clinton.
On the women’ facet, the Woman Highlanders and Woman Redskins performed to an additional time end on this yr’s district semifinals, and Scott defeated Loudon within the district championship recreation in 2017.