The Wyoming High School Activities Association (WHSAA) is constantly discussing reclassification due to the state’s small population combined with its rural set up.
It is for this reason one of the primary factors in the classification discussion is the ADM (Average Daily Membership) figures for each school. The latest ADM figures were released to the schools this week.
Two of the bigger developments for this newest batch of numbers, set to go into effect in the fall of 2014, is conference foe Lyman moving to the 2A classification while Lovell will return to the 3A class for the first time in more than two decades.
As for SVHS, there were no such surprises.
“The numbers are pretty much what I expected,” said Activities Director Homer Bennett. “This is about where I figured we’d be. If not for the creation of Cheyenne South we would still be 4A, but we’re going to be pretty stable. But there are going to be some interesting changes.”
Some of the more notable numbers had Green River passing Riverton with 816 students and Rock Springs now listed as the third largest school in the state with 1,561.
As for the addition of Lovell back into a shared classification, it brings questions of logistics when a school two hours away is replaced with one seven hours away.
“Back when they were in our league before, it was a north and south instead of an east and west,” Bennett added. “What we did is had districts. Basically we’d play each other for seeding in the district and then at the regionals we’d pair off that way. I think most people have a clear understanding that geographically we are spread out in Wyoming. We are very very fortunate that the legislature supports our schools the way that they do.”
The other development involved Cokeville which fell below the 11-man football cutoff as expected. However, CHS has stated multiple times that they intend to opt for the 11-man division rather than change to the 6-man format.
Rock Springs 1,561
Cheyenne East 1,468
Kelly Walsh 1,395
Cheyenne Central 1,268
Cheyenne South 1,222
Evanston 918 -4A Football cutoff
Green River 816
Star Valley 717 – 3A Non-football cutoff
Buffalo 328 – 3A Football cutoff
Mountain View 221
Lovell 214 – 3A Non-football cutoff