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SHEPHERDSVILLE-- The Kentucky High School Athletic Association will have a Board of Control meeting today starting at 5 p.m. that is sure to have ramifications for some local sports for next few years.
First, the Board could give final approval to the proposed football realignment for the 2015 to 2018 school years. That proposal has the three Bullitt County schools playing in Class 5-A, District 3 along with Nelson County, South Oldham and North Oldham.
Since the original proposal, the KHSAA has asked each school for input. Both North Bullitt and Bullitt Central said that they agreed with the proposal as it was made. Bullitt East said they were not in favor, but did not give a written response.
Bullitt Central athletic director Mike Gossett did send a note with his response pointing out that the Oldham County schools will have to drive past District 4 schools like Fern Creek, Southern and Atherton to get to the Bullitt County schools. He was wondering if it was possible to split the six-team Jefferson County District 4 with District 3.
Earlier notes from the KHSAA indicate that the six Jefferson County schools all wrote a letter asking to be put in the same district. Gossett pointed out that the state has split Bullitt County schools in the past so why not do the same in Jefferson County.
My feeling is that Jefferson County has more power than Bullitt County in these matters so nothing will change, at least at this point.
The responses from across the state on football were a lot more negative than on most issues. There is some feeling that the state might throw out the proposal all together, but that seems unlikely. The most noted difference of opinion was over travel distances.
Shelby County was one school against the proposal. They opted to play up to Class 5-A thinking they would stay with the three Bullitt County teams, a group where they say they have developed some rivalries. They got moved east instead. They are now asking to be allowed to be in Class 4-A.
That right there is why the KHSAA asked teams about playing up BEFORE posting an alignment.
For the past six months, the Board of Control has been looking at the alignment for tennis, noting that they wanted something that was closer to the regional alignment for basketball and other sports.
The final proposal does shift the three Bullitt County teams out of the Eighth Region and into the Sixth Region, but it's far from the same Sixth Region that we have in all other sports.
The "new" Sixth Region (for tennis only) would include St. Xavier, Male and Manual and would not include Mercy. Most of the other schools would be the same.
If Bullitt County tennis coaches thought it was tough playing in a region with the Oldham County schools, it certainly won't get any better having to square off with the stateÕs best tennis program at St. X.
On the other hand, travel would be greatly reduced for post-season and regular-season play. So there is some good in that news.