The Wyoming High School Activities Association (WHSAA) examined several proposals as part of their Winter meeting on Tuesday, February 7. Passing on first reading was a reclassification shuffle that would affect basketball, volleyball and outdoor track & field programs at Star Valley High School.
State officials are trying to cut travel costs with impending cuts coming from the Wyoming State Legislature. In addition to the following proposals, there is also the expectation of a scheduling radius which would eliminate the long trips that have become the norm over the last decade.
It states 16 teams would be in the 4A, 3A and 2A classifications based on Average Daily Membership (ADM) figures for school enrollment. SVHS is currently the 14th largest school in Wyoming based on student enrollment figures, it will be bumped down to 15th as Thunder Basin High School opens their doors in the Fall of 2017.
The proposal has SVHS in the 4A Southwest along with Evanston, Green River and Jackson. The 4A Mountain West would be comprised of Casper Natrona, Kelly Walsh, Riverton and Rock Springs.
Another proposal passed first reading which would put the 20 largest schools into the 4A classification for wrestling. According to WyoPreps.com this passed by a narrow margin, 8-7.
The soccer program would remain in the 3A class based on a proposal that passed first reading which takes the top 14 student enrollments into the 4A.
All of these proposals would need to pass on a second reading which will take place in April during the WHSAA Spring meetings. If passed, these new classifications would go into effect for the Fall of 2018.
Football, golf and cross-country would be unaffected by these current proposals.