Proposal for four classes in WV high school basketball made

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A proposal will be voted on next month that could add a fourth classification in high school basketball in West Virginia. 

The proposal would create a class above Triple-A, currently the highest classification in the state. This change, if it’s successfully voted on, would go into effect for the 2020-2021 season, and only for boys’ and girls’ basketball. 

Voting will take place by the WVSSAC’s Board of Control on April 2. If the proposal passes, it would then have to be approved by the state’s Board of Education. 

This propsal would be a big change for some schools, and not as big of a change for others. 

We caught up with Robert C. Byrd Athletic Director Scott Davis earlier today to see how it would affect the Eagles.

“From looking at the economic score, the location score, and those things, I think what we’re seeing is it’s going to be pretty much the same where we’re at. The difference is where everybody else is. So therefore who would we play? Who would we likely see at the state tournament? And who could we potentially match up with? Could be someone such as Logan, all the way up to Martinsburg, Wheeling Park, somewhere like that,” Davs said. 

There are four main factors that go into determining which classification a school would fall under. School enrollment makes up 70 percent of it, while economics and geography go into it as well. 

For schools in our area there won’t be a ton of changes, as far as teams they are grouped with. 

For instance, all the current Triple-A schools in our region (Morgantown, University, Preston and Buckhannon-Upshur) will become Quad-A schools. 

Most current Double-A schools will then become Triple-A.

That’s except for Lincoln. The cougars would stay Double-A, and be joined by current Single-A schools Braxton County, South Harrison, Notre Dame and Ritchie county in the new Double-A.  

Trinity, Doddridge County, Gilmer County, Tucker County, Clay-Battell and Webster County would all stay Single-A. 

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