McPherson High will remain in Class 4A for all sports this year, as the Kansas State High School Activities Association released its classifications today. The Bullpups are the fifth-largest school in the class, which is led by Hays.
Also bigger than MHS are Andover Central, Bonner Springs and Arkansas City.
It also was announced that MHS will remain in Class 4A for football both in 2018 and 2019.
There are some changes, however, that affect some McPherson area schools for football next season.
Inman drops down to the newly formed Class 1A for next year. Also, Smoky Valley goes from Class 4A Division II (which no longer exists for football) and will be in Class 3A. Hesston, by the way, will be the largest school in Class 3A.
Moundridge is going to 8-Man Division I next year in football and will join Canton-Galva and Little River.
Of note, Hays is going up to 5A for football next year, while Wamego and Andale are going to 3A. Arkansas City is going from 5A to 4A.
As for this year’s classifications for the sports other than football, none of the area schools will be changing.
The new schools to Class 4A for all sports other than football this year are Arkansas City, Galena, Hugoton, Sumner and Marysville. Dropping from 4A to 3A are Colby, Goodland, Haven, McLouth and Scott Community.