WVSSAC announces realignment to region and section structure


TENNERTON — The WVSSAC realignment process that started when the organization made the decision to switch to a four classification system in basketball two years ago has taken its next steps as an announcement made by the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission (WVSSAC) last week altered the high school athletic scene in West Virginia for at least the next two seasons. While there were no changes in either the AAAA or A classifications, both Class AAA and AA saw major shifts. Class AA will be the classification most impacted by the realignment as four schools, Wheeling Central, Trinity, Notre Dame and Westside, will drop from AAA to AA. The movement takes the Class AA from 23 teams to 27 and the girls go from 25 to 26 teams. 

In other changes, Midland Trail, a Class-A competitor in all sports besides basketball, made the decision to keep its hoops program in Class AAA. Midland Trail will move from Region 3, Section 2 to Region 3, Section 1. Buckhannon-Upshur High School’s chief rival, Lewis County will change regions, moving from Region 2 to Region 3 during Class AAA’s realignment, replacing the spot vacated by Midland Trail’s move.

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