A lot of people are already starting to ask about the new regions. Schools moving up, schools moving down. There is a good bit of movement for the next two seasons so I will try my best to break it down for you. The new divisions will be fun to see how they shake out.
Last year: Biggersville, Blue Mountain, Jumpertown, Pine Grove, Thrasher, Wheeler
Next year: Biggersville, Blue Mountain, Falkner, Jumpertown, Pine Grove, Thrasher
Notes: Wheeler moves out and Falkner moves in.
Last year: Ashland, Byers, Falkner, Hickory Flat, Myrtle, Potts Camp, West Union
Next year: Baldwyn, Ingomar, Smithville, Tremont, TCPS, Wheeler
Notes: Smithville was on their way to being the leader in whatever division they would be in. However, traditional 2A powers Baldwyn and Ingomar join this division as new 1A teams.
Last year: Brooks, Coldwater, Shaw, Simmons
Next year: Ashland, Coldwater, Byers, Hickory Flat, Myrtle, West Union
Last year: Houlka, Okolona, Smithville, Tremont, TCPS
Next year: Coffeeville, Hamilton, Houlka, Okolona, Vardaman
What happened: Houlka and Okolona stayed and everybody else changed.
Notes: Congrats to Coffeeville, Hamilton and Vardaman for being in the north again.
Last year: Coffeeville, Ethel, French Camp, McAdams
Next year: Ethel, French Camp, McAdams, Nanih Waiya, Noxapater, West Lowndes
Notes: Nanih Waiya, Noxapater and West Lowndes joined a small divison.
Last year: Hamilton, Nanih Waiya, Noxapater, Vardaman, West Lowndes
Next year: Leflore County, Ray Brooks, Shaw, Simmons, West Bolivar, West Tallahatchie
Notes: Big changes here. All teams move to the south. Leflore, Rosedale and Tally move down from 2A. This is probably the deepest and best division in 1A.
Last year: Leake County, MS School for the Deaf, Mount Olive, Piney Woods, Sebastopol, Stringer
Next year: Leake County, Mount Olive, Piney Woods, Sebastopol, Stringer
Last year: East Marion, Lumberton, Resurrection Catholic, Sacred Heart, Salem
Next year: Lumberton, Resurrection Catholic, Richton, Sacred Heart, Salem
Notes: Defending state champ, East Marion, moves up to 2A and Richton moves down.
Last year: Baldwyn, East Union, Ingomar, New Site, Strayhorn, Walnut
Next year: East Union, Mantachie, New Site, Potts Camp, Strayhorn, Walnut
Notes: Baldwyn and Ingomar are gone. A dangerous Potts Camp team moves up after making it to Jackson in 1A. A very improving Mantachie team moves down from 3A.
Last year: Bruce, Calhoun City, East Webster, Eupora, Leflore County, North Side
Next year: Bruce, Calhoun City, East Webster, Eupora, JZ George
Notes: Leflore moves down to 1A and Northside changes divisions. A very improving JZ George team moves down from 3A.
Last year: Coahoma County, Leland, O’Bannon, Riverside, South Delta, West Bolivar, West Tallahatchie
Next year: Charleston, Coahoma County, Leland, M. S. Palmer, Northside, O’Bannon
Notes: A very good and tough division. Charleston and Palmer move down from 3A. Northside moves to a division closer to home.
Last year: Lake, Newton, Philadelphia, Scott Central, Union
Next year: Pelahatchie, Pisgah, Riverside, South Delta, Madison St. Joseph Catholic
Notes: Wholesale changes here. Pelahatchie, Pisgah and St. Joe move to the north.
Last year: Bay Springs, Clarkdale, Enterprise-Clarke, Heidelberg, Taylorsville
Next year: Bay Springs, Enterprise-Clarke, Heidelberg, Mize, Puckett, Taylorsville
Last year: Madison St. Joseph Catholic, Mize, Pelahatchie, Pisgah, Puckett, St. Joseph
Next year: Lake, Newton, Philadelphia, Scott Central, Union
Notes: These teams changed division numbers and moved to the south.
Last year: Amite County, Bogue Chitto, Enterprise-Lincoln, Loyd Star, West Lincoln
Next year: Amite County, Bogue Chitto, Enterprise-Lincoln, Loyd Star, Wesson, West Lincoln
Notes: Wesson moves down from 3A.
Last year: Collins, North Forrest, Perry Central, Richton, St. Patrick
Next year: Collins, East Marion, North Forrest, Perry Central, St. Patrick
Notes: A very tough division gets tougher. Richton moves down to 1A and is replaced by defending 1A state champ, East Marion.
Last year: Alcorn Central, Belmont, Booneville, Kossuth, Mantachie, North Pontotoc
Next year: Alcorn Central, Amory, Belmont, Booneville, Kossuth, Nettleton
Notes: Amory moves down from 4A.
Last year: Coahoma Early College, Holly Springs, Independence, North Panola, Palmer, Water Valley
Next year: Byhalia, Holly Springs, Independence, North Panola, Senatobia, Water Valley
Notes: Coahoma moves out but Byhalia and Senatobia move down from 4A.
Last year: Amanda Elzy, Charleston, Humphreys County, JZ George, Ruleville Central, Yazoo County
Next year: Amanda Elzy, Coahoma Early College, Humphreys County, Ruleville Central, Winona
Notes: Winona moves to the north. Coahoma moves in while Charleston and JZ move down to 2A. A one-loss Yazoo County team moves out.
Last year: Aberdeen, Choctaw County, Hatley, Houston, Nettleton, South Pontotoc
Next year: Aberdeen, Choctaw County, Hatley, Houston, Noxubee County
Notes: Noxubee County moves in from 4A.
Last year: Choctaw Central, Forest, Kemper County, Morton, Southeast Lauderdale, Winona
Next year: Clarkdale, Forest, Kemper County, Morton, Raleigh, Southeast Lauderdale
Notes: Clarkdale comes up from 2A.
Last year: Crystal Springs, Magee, McLaurin, Raleigh, St. Andrew’s, Velma Jackson
Next year: Crystal Springs, Magee, McLaurin, St. Andrew’s, Velma Jackson, Yazoo County
Notes: The defending 3A state champ and a one-loss 3A team in the same division. I can’t wait to see how this division plays out.
Last year: Franklin County, Hazlehurst, Jefferson County, Port Gibson, Wilkinson County
Next year: Franklin County, Hazlehurst, Jefferson County, Port Gibson, Wilkinson County
Last year: Columbia, Jefferson Davis County, Seminary, Tylertown, Wesson, West Marion
Next year: Columbia, Jefferson Davis County, Seminary, Tylertown, West Marion
Notes: Wesson drops to 2A.
Last year: Byhalia, Corinth, New Albany, Ripley, Senatobia, Tishomingo County
Next year: Corinth, New Albany, North Pontotoc, Ripley, Tishomingo County
Notes: Byhalia and Senatobia move down to 3A while North Pontotoc moves up to 4A.
Last year: Amory, Caledonia, Itawamba, Mooreville, Pontotoc, Shannon
Next year: Caledonia, Itawamba, Mooreville, Pontotoc, Shannon, South Pontotoc
Notes: South Pontotoc moves up to 4A while Amory moves down to 3A.
Last year: Clarksdale, Gentry, Greenwood, Rosa Fort, Yazoo City
Next year: Clarksdale, Gentry, Greenwood, Rosa Fort, Yazoo City
Last year: Kosciusko, Leake Central, Louisville, New Hope, Noxubee County
Next year: Choctaw Central, Kosciusko, Leake Central, Louisville, Northeast Lauderdale, West Lauderdale
Notes: Choctaw Central moves up from 3A. Northeast and West Lauderdale move to the north.
Last year: Mendenhall, Newton County, Northeast Jones, Northeast Lauderdale, Quitman, West Lauderdale
Next year: Florence, Mendenhall, Newton County, Northeast Jones, Quitman, Richland
Notes: Richland and Florence leave what was the toughest division in 4A to join this one.
Last year: Florence, Lanier, McComb, Raymond, Richland, South Pike
Next year: Lanier, Lawrence County, McComb, North Pike, Raymond, South Pike
Notes: South Pike moves down from 5A to join the other Pike county teams. Lawrence County also comes over to join the three-time 4A state champs, Raymond.
Last year: Forrest County, Greene County, Lawrence County, Poplarville, Purvis, Sumrall
Next year: Forrest County, Greene County, Poplarville, Purvis, Stone, Sumrall
Notes: Stone moves down from 5A.
Last year: Bay, East Central, Moss Point, Pass Christian, St. Stanislaus, Vancleave
Next year: Bay, Moss Point, Pass Christian, St. Stanislaus, Vancleave
Last year: Center Hill, Lake Cormorant, Lewisburg, Olive Branch
Next year: Center Hill, Lafayette, Lake Cormorant, Saltillo
Notes: Olive Branch and Lewisburg move up to 6A.
Last year: Grenada, Lafayette, Saltillo, West Point
Next year: Columbus, Grenada, New Hope, West Point
Notes: New Hope moves up from 4A and Columbus moves down from 6A which will put three Golden Triangle teams in this division.
Last year: Canton, Cleveland Central, Holmes County Central, Neshoba Central
Next year: Canton, Cleveland Central, Holmes County Central, Neshoba Central
Last year: Callaway, Germantown, Ridgeland, Vicksburg
Next year: Callaway, Provine, Ridgeland, Vicksburg
Notes: Provine moves down from 6A.
Last year: Laurel, South Jones, Wayne County, West Jones
Next year: Brookhaven, Laurel, South Jones, West Jones
Notes: Brookhaven takes the spot of Wayne County.
Last year: Brookhaven, Forest Hill, Natchez, Wingfield
Next year: Forest Hill, Jim Hill, Natchez, Wingfield
Notes: Jim Hill moves down from 6A.
Last year: Hattiesburg, North Pike, Pearl River Central, Picayune
Next year: Hattiesburg, Long Beach, Pearl River Central, Picayune
Notes: Long Beach takes the spot of North Pike as they move down to 4A.
Last year: Gautier, Long Beach, Stone, West Harrison
Next year: East Central, Gautier, Pascagoula, Wayne County
Notes: East Central moves up from 4A and West Harrison move up to 6A. Pascagoula makes the move down from 6A.
Last year: Desoto Central, Hernando, Horn Lake, Southaven
Next year: Desoto Central, Lewisburg, Olive Branch, Tupelo
Notes: Lewisburg and Olive Branch move up from 5A.
Last year: Columbus, Oxford, South Panola, Tupelo
Next year: Hernando, Horn Lake, Oxford, Southaven
Notes: 1-6A and 2-6A are kinda confusing. Why did they not leave Hernando, Horn Lake, Southaven and Desoto Central in the same division and put Oxford, Tupelo, OB and Lewisburg in the other?
Last year: Madison Central, Murrah, Northwest Rankin, Starkville
Next year: Germantown, Greenville, South Panola, Starkville
Notes: Germantown moves up from 5A.
Last year: Clinton, Greenville, Provine, Warren Central
Next year: Clinton, Madison Central, Murrah, Warren Central
Last year: George County, Meridian, Oak Grove, Petal
Next year: George County, Meridian, Oak Grove, Petal
Last year: Brandon, Jim Hill, Pearl, Terry
Next year: Brandon, Northwest Rankin, Pearl, Terry
Notes: Northwest Rankin moves to the south and takes Jim Hills spot.
Last year: D’Iberville, Ocean Springs, Pascagoula, St. Martin
Next year: Biloxi, D’Iberville, Ocean Springs, St Martin
Notes: Pascagoula moves down to 5A.
Last year: Biloxi, Gulfport, Hancock, Harrison Central
Next year: Gulfport, Hancock, Harrison Central, West Harrison
Notes: West Harrison moves up from 5A.