Wellington stays and St. Thomas Aquinas will join 4A class in 2022; Belle Plaine drops to 1A
The Kansas State High School Activities Association has announced changes to their general classification for 2021-22 and football classifications for 2022-2023.
In Sumner County, Belle Plaine is the only school receiving a classification change. The Dragons are currently a 2A program, but next season, they will play the 1A class.
Besides Belle Plaine, 16 teams from Class 2A will move to Class 1A. Three schools in the 8-man football league will make the transition to 11-man football in the 1A class.
Wellington will remain in 4A, but their class did get harder.
In a class with Bishop-Miege, Basehor-Linwood, Andover Central, McPherson, and many others, Class 4A will be adding Overland Park-St. Thomas Aquinas.
St. Thomas Aquinas is coming from the 5A class. Since 2017, the Saints are 42-11 and have claimed a 5A State Championship in 2018. Their worst season game last year with a 7-4 record.
Another team making a dropping from Class 5A to Class 4A is Kansas City-FL Schlagle. Then, St. George-Rock Creek will make the jump from Class 3A to Class 4A starting this year with their other sports (4A debut for football will be next year).