The Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) released district assignments for the 2014 and 2015 seasons on Wednesday.
One suburban Kansas City high school moves out from Class 5A, District 4 and another moves in — Blue Valley will be replaced by St. Thomas Aquinas and Pittsburg will face Aquinas, Blue Valley Southwest and Blue Valley West.
The Purple Dragons have been in District 4 the past two seasons with Blue Valley, Blue Valley Southwest (which moved up from Class 4A) and Blue Valley West.
Pittsburg begins district play this season next week against Blue Valley West. The Purple Dragons last made the playoffs in 2007 (playing in 4A) and 2005 in 5A.
St. Mary's Colgan will play Erie, Humboldt and Northeast in 3A, District 6 — one school, soon to be two schools (Northeast, Erie) formerly of the Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League and Humboldt played in the same 2-1A district with Colgan a couple years ago.
Last season, Colgan defeated Humboldt 63-28 in a memorable Saturday night 3A playoff game at Hutchinson Field. That was the game where the Panthers and the Cubs combined for over 1,000 yards of total offense and 13 TDs, as well as 13 successful extra points, four TDs longer than 50 yards, nine interceptions and 20 penalties for over 200 yards of losses.
Northeast returns to 3A after playing two years in 2-1A. The Vikings opened 2-1A, District 4 play last Friday with a 39-6 win over Jayhawk-Linn.
CNC schools Southeast, Riverton and Galena have been playing together in 3A, District 8 the past two seasons and now will play each other in District 8 for at least two more seasons. Colgan moves out and Cherryvale moves in.
CNC schools Baxter Springs, Columbus, Frontenac and Girard, as well as Southeast Kansas League school Parsons, begin play in 4A Division II next season.
Girard heads north and Frontenac stays more south.
District 3 pairs Girard with Anderson County, Burlington and Iola.
District 4 groups three CNCs and one SEK — Baxter Springs, Columbus, Frontenac and Parsons.
The rest of the SEK League schools — other than 5A Pittsburg — play in 4A Div. I with Chanute, Fort Scott and Labette County making up District 4 along with traditional Frontier League power Paola and Montgomery County-SEK League rivals Coffeyville and Independence follow the Horace Greeley model and complete District 5 with Augusta and Winfield.
KSHSAA FOOTBALL DISTRICT ASSIGNMENTS (2014, 2015 seasons)
District 1 — KC Harmon, KC Wyandotte, Shawnee Mission East, Shawnee Mission North
District 2 — Blue Valley North, Shawnee Mission NW, Shawnee Mission South, Shawnee Mission West
District 3 — Blue Valley, Blue Valley Northwest, Gardner-Edgerton, Olathe South
District 4 — Lawrence, Olathe East, Olathe North, Olathe South
District 5 — Lawrence Free State, Manhattan, Topeka, Washburn Rural
District 6 — Junction City, Wichita East, Wichita North, Wichita Southeast
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District 8 — Dodge City, Garden City, Hutchinson, Wichita Northwest
District 1 — KC Schlagle, KC Washington, Lansing, Leavenworth
District 2 — Shawnee Heights, Topeka Highland Park, Topeka Seaman, Topeka West
District 3 — Bonner Springs, KC Turner, Mill Valley, St. James Academy
District 4 — Blue Valley Southwest, Blue Valley West, Pittsburg, St. Thomas Aquinas
District 5 — Andover, Emporia, Kapaun Mount Carmel, Wichita Heights
District 6 — Great Bend, Newton, Salina Central, Salina South
District 7 — Bishop Carroll, Maize, Maize South, Valley Center
District 8 — Arkansas City, Goddard, Goddard-Eisenhower, Liberal
CLASS 4A — DIV. I
District 1 — Atchison, Basehor-Linwood, KC Piper, Tonganoxie
District 2 — Bishop Miege, KC Sumner, Louisburg, Spring Hill
District 3 — Baldwin, De Soto, Eudora, Ottawa
District 4 — Chanute, Fort Scott, Labette County, Paola
District 5 — Augusta, Coffeyville, Independence, Winfield
District 6 — Andover Central, Circle, El Dorado, Topeka Hayden
District 7 — Mulvane, Rose Hill, Ulysses, Wellington
District 8 — Abilene, Buhler, Hays, McPherson
CLASS 4A — DIV. II
District 1 — Holton, Jefferson West, Perry-Lecompton, Royal Valley
District 2 — KC Bishop Ward, Osawatomie, Prairie View, Santa Fe Trail
District 3 — Anderson County, Burlington, Girard, Iola
District 4 — Baxter Springs, Columbus, Frontenac, Parsons
District 5 — Andale, Clearwater, Haven, Trinity Academy
District 6 — Chapman, Nickerson, Smoky Valley, Wamego
District 7 — Clay Center, Colby, Concordia, Goodland
District 8 — Holcomb, Hugoton, Larned, Pratt
District 1 — Hiawatha, Horton, Sabetha, Wathena-Riverside
District 2 — Centralia/Wetmore, Nemaha Central, Rock Creek, St. Marys
District 3 — Atchison County, Maur Hill Mount Academy, McLouth, Pleasant Ridge
District 4 — Osage City, Oskaloosa, Rossville, Silver Lake
District 5 — Central Heights, Jayhawk-Linn, Wellsville, West Franklin
District 6 — Colgan, Erie, Humboldt, Northeast
District 7 — Caney Valley, Eureka, Fredonia, Neodesha
District 8 — Cherryvale, Galena, Riverton, Southeast
District 9 — Belle Plaine, Cheney, Conway Springs, Harper-Chaparral
District 10 — Bluestem, Collegiate, Douglass, Wichita Independent
District 11 — Garden Plain, Halstead, Hutchinson Trinity, Kingman
District 12 — Council Grove, Hesston, Hillsboro, SE of Saline
District 13 — Marysville, Minneapolis, Riley County, Washington County
District 14 — Beloit, Norton, Russell, Thomas More Prep
District 15 — Ellsworth, Hoisington, Lyons, Sterling
District 16 — Cimarron, Lakin, Scott City, Southwestern Heights
District 1 — Doniphan West, Immaculata, Jefferson County North, Maranatha Academy, Troy
District 2 — Jackson Heights, Onaga, Valley Falls, Valley Heights, Wabaunsee
District 3 — Chase County, Herington, Marion, Mission Valley, Northern Heights
District 4 — Lyndon, Olpe, Oswego, Whitewater-Remington, Yates Center
District 5 — Inman, Medicine Lodge, Moundridge, Sacred Heart, Sedgwick
District 6 — Bennington, Ell-Saline, Phillipsburg, Republic County, Smith Center
District 7 — Ellis, LaCrosse, Oakley, Plainville, Wichita County
District 8 — Elkhart, Meade, Stanton County, Sublette, Syracuse
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District 1 — Marais des Cygnes Valley, Marmaton Valley, Pleasanton, St. Paul, Uniontown, Waverly
District 2 — Burden-Central, CedarVale/Dexter, Oxford, Sedan, Udall, West Elk
District 3 — Burlingame, Flint Hills, Lebo, Madison/Hamilton, Peabody-Burns, Rural Vista
District 4 — Clifton-Clyde, Downs-Lakeside, Hanover, Lincoln, Osborne, Rock Hills, Wakefield
District 5 — Canton-Galva, Central Plains, Ellinwood, Goessel, Little River, Solomon
District 6 — Kinsley, Kiowa County, Macksville, Pratt-Skyline, South Central, St. John-Hudson
District 7 — Dighton/Healy, Hodgeman County, Ness City, South Gray, Spearville, Wakeeney-Trego
District 8 — Decatur, Hill City, Logan/Palco, Quinter, Rawlins County, St. Francis, Stockton
8-MAN DIV. II
District 1 — Axtell, Blue Valley-Randolph, Frankfort, Glasco/Miltonvale, Linn, Pike Valley
District 2 — Burrton, Chase, Lost Springs-Centre, Sylvan Unified, Tescott, Wilson
District 3 — Altoona-Midway, Chetopa, Crest, Elk Valley, Hartford, Southern Coffey County
District 4 — Attica/Argonia, Caldwell, Norwich, Pretty Prairie, South Barber, South Haven
District 5 — Ashland, Bucklin, Cunningham, Fairfield, Minneola, Stafford
District 6 — Deerfield, Fowler, Ingalls, Moscow, Rolla, Satanta
District 7 — Natoma, Northern Valley, Otis-Bison, St. John's Tipton, Thunder Ridge, Victoria
District 8 — Cheylin, Golden Plains, Greeley County, Hoxie, Triplains/Brewster, Wallace County, Wheatland/Grinnell