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South steps up in class

December 09, 2002|by MARK KELLER

The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association shuffled the deck on Saturday, reclassifying schools for the 2003-05 school years at the State Board of Control meeting in Laurel, Md.

Two schools from the local area will change classes in the fall of 2003: South Hagerstown will take a step up to Class 2A, while Frederick will fall back to Class 3A after dropping over 200 students since the last reclassification.

Most of the changes that will affect local schools come in the regional alignments.

In recent years, Washington and Frederick County 1A schools were in separate regions, with Washington County schools in the West and Frederick County schools in the South.

Under the new alignment, all of those schools - including new Frederick County school, Tuscarora - will be in 1A West.

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n Among other topics discussed at the Board Of Control meeting was the possible expansion of the state football playoffs.

Several proposals are on the table for opening the postseason to more teams than the 32 (eight teams in four classifications) that qualify per year under the current system.

Board Of Control member Eugene "Yogi" Martin, Supervisor of Physical Education and Athletics for Washington County, said there was "significant discussion" about the possibilities for playoff expansion, but no proposals were voted upon.

Martin said the playoff proposals would be discussed further at the next Board Of Control meeting in April.

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