Bell County would shift back to the eastern side of the state for playoff pairings and Pineville would welcome a couple of traditional rivals into their district under the proposed football alignment for the 2015-18 seasons. The draft alignment was approved by the KHSAA Board of Control last week. Middlesboro’s district would stay exactly the same.
The Bobcats will be moving from Class 3A’s District 4 to District 8, though the teams in the district remain the same with one exception — Jackson County moves in to take the place of Wayne County, which was bumped up to Class 4A. Corbin, Casey County and McCreary Central round out the district.
Instead of meeting teams from halfway across the state in early rounds of the postseason, Bell’s district will now compete in a region with Breathitt County, Estill County, Knott County Central, Morgan County and Powell County.
Pineville shifts from District 6 to District 7 in Class 1A. They’ll be joined by traditional rivals Harlan, Lynn Camp and Williamsburg in the district. Hazard and Jenkins will be going to District 8 under the draft along with Phelps, Pikeville and South Floyd. Teams from District 7 and District 8 will meet each other in the first few rounds of the playoffs.
Middlesboro will remain in Class 2A’s District 7 along with Somerset, Danville and Lexington Christian Academy. The other half of their region is also similar with District 8 including Prestonsburg, Leslie County, Shelby Valley, Allen Central, Betsy Layne and East Ridge.
The draft alignment was configured after member schools were given the chance to request to “play up” in classification. Schools will be surveyed and their feedback will be presented to the board at the May 12 meeting when the alignment is expected to be finalized.
Here’s the KHSAA complete draft alignment for 2015-18:
Proposed Class 1A
District 1 – Crittenden County, Fulton City, Fulton County, Russellville
District 2 – Berea, Bethlehem, Campbellsville, Caverna, Fort Knox
District 3 – Eminence, Frankfort, Holy Cross (Louisville), Kentucky Country Day
District 4 – Beechwood, Bellevue, Dayton, Ludlow
District 5 – Bishop Brossart, Bracken County, Nicholas County, Paris
District 6 – Fairview, Paintsville, Raceland
District 7 – Harlan, Lynn Camp, Pineville, Williamsburg
District 8 – Hazard, Jenkins, Phelps, Pikeville, South Floyd
*5th place team from District 8 as the 4th place in District 6 for playoff brackets
*5th place team from District 2 will not advance to playoffs
Proposed Class 2A
District 1 – Ballard Memorial, Mayfield, Murray, Webster County
District 2 – Butler County, Hancock County, McLean County, Owensboro Catholic, Todd County Central
District 3 – Clinton County, Glasgow, Green County, Metcalfe County, Monroe County
District 4 – Christian Academy-Louisville, DeSales, Shawnee, Washington County
District 5 – Carroll County, Gallatin County, Owen County, Trimble County, Walton-Verona
District 6 – Bath County, Holy Cross (Covington), Lloyd Memorial, Newport, Newport Central Catholic, West Carter
District 7 – Danville, Lexington Christian, Middlesboro, Somerset
District 8 – Allen Central, Betsy Layne, East Ridge, Leslie County, Prestonsburg, Shelby Valley
Proposed Class 3A
District 1 – Caldwell County, Fort Campbell, Paducah Tilghman, Trigg County, Union County
District 2 – Adair County, Edmonson County, Elizabethtown, Hart County, LaRue County
District 3 – Bardstown, Central, Moore, Thomas Nelson, Waggener
District 4 – Boyle County, Garrard County, Henry County, Lexington Catholic, Western Hills
District 5 – Fleming County, Lewis County, Pendleton County, Russell
District 6 – Belfry, Lawrence County, Magoffin County, Pike County Central, Sheldon Clark
District 7 – Breathitt County, Estill County, Knott County Central, Morgan County, Powell County
District 8 – Bell County, Casey County, Corbin, Jackson County, McCreary Central
Proposed Class 4A
District 1 –Calloway County, Hopkins County Central, Hopkinsville, Logan County, Madisonville-North Hopkins
District 2 – Allen County-Scottsville, Franklin-Simpson, South Warren, Warren Central, Warren East
District 3 – Breckinridge County, John Hardin, Valley, Western
District 4 – Collins, Franklin County, North Oldham, Spencer County
District 5 – East Jessamine, Marion County, Mercer County, Taylor County, West Jessamine
District 6 – Clay County, Knox Central, Rockcastle County, Russell County, Wayne County
District 7 – Bourbon County, Harrison County, Holmes, Mason County, Scott
District 8 – Ashland Blazer, Boyd County, East Carter, Greenup County, Johnson Central, Rowan County
Proposed Class 5A
District 1 – Apollo, Christian County, Graves County, Marshall County, Owensboro
District 2 – Barren County, Bowling Green, Grayson County, Greenwood
District 3 – Bullitt Central, Bullitt East, Nelson County, North Bullitt, Oldham County, South Oldham
District 4 – Atherton, Doss, Fairdale, Fern Creek, Iroquois, Southern
District 5 – Covington Catholic, Dixie Heights, Grant County, Highlands
District 6 – Anderson County, Madison Southern, Montgomery County, Shelby County, Woodford County
District 7 – Lincoln County, Pulaski County, South Laurel, Southwestern, Whitley County
District 8 – Harlan County, Letcher County Central, North Laurel, Perry County Central
Proposed Class 6A
District 1 – Daviess County, Henderson County, McCracken County, Muhlenberg County, Ohio County
District 2 – Central Hardin, Meade County, North Hardin
District 3 – Butler, DuPont Manual, Male, Pleasure Ridge Park, St. Xavier
District 4 – Ballard, Eastern, Jeffersontown, Seneca, Trinity (Louisville)
District 5 – Conner, Cooper, Ryle
District 6 – Boone County, Campbell County, Simon Kenton
District 7 – Bryan Station, Henry Clay, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Scott County
District 8 – George Rogers Clark, Lafayette, Madison Central, Tates Creek
*5th place from District 1 as the 4th place in District 2 for playoff brackets.
*5th place from 3 would become the 4th place in 5 for playoffs in odd numbered years
*5th place from 3 would become the 4th place in 6 for playoffs in even numbered years.
*5th place from 4 would become the 4th place in 6 for playoffs in odd numbered years
*5th place from 4 would become the 4th place in 5 for playoffs in even numbered years.
*Playoff pairings rotation would rotate between 3, 4, 5 and 6 for the first 3 years of the 4 year alignment period. Year 1 would have 3 and 4 paired, 5 and 6 paired. Year 2 would have 3 and 5 paired, 4 and 6 paired. Year 3 would have 3 and 6 paired, 4 and 5 paired. Board will determine in May as to length of time for the rotation of pairings beyond the third year.