Boonsboro likely moving up to Class 2A next school year

November 03, 2012

The majority of Washington County schools will see no change when the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association re-draws its regions and classifications for the 2013-14 academic year.

Boonsboro, however, is in the minority.

After coming in just under the cut line between Class 2A and 1A in the 2011 reclassification, Boonsboro will be bumped up into Class 2A under the proposal released by the MPSSAA on Friday.

A final vote on the proposed enrollment figures and regional alignments is expected at the MPSSAA Board of Control meeting in December.

Boonsboro was the largest 1A school in the last reclassification — done every two years — with 712 students in grades 9 to 11. The school’s enrollment figure rose to 731 this year, but the cut line for Class 1A dropped to 682.

Boonsboro will compete in the 2A West region along with Williamsport. North Hagerstown and South Hagerstown will remain in 3A West. Clear Spring, Hancock and Smithsburg will remain in 1A West.

One change the MPSSAA has proposed for statewide implementation is the division of all regions into two sections. The 1A West region is one of a handful of regions that has used a sectional format during regional playoffs in recent years.

For playoff purposes, teams would compete within their assigned section to determine a sectional champ. The two sectional champs would then compete for the region title.

The sectional format would not be used in football.

Under the proposal, Hancock would compete in 1A West Section I, while Clear Spring and Smithsburg would be in 1A West Section II.

Both Boonsboro and Williamsport would be in 2A West Section I. North and South Hagerstown would be in 3A West Section I.

— Mark Keller

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