HERMITAGE, Tenn.–The TSSAA released  its new classifications for 2017 running through 2021 on Tuesday, including enrollment numbers and adjusted classifications in multiple sports.

Regions and district have yet to be drawn as schools will have until October 25, 2016 to notify the state office if they wish to move up in classification plans.  After they have been drawn, schools will have a chance to appeal their classification standings and present any problems they have with them.

As many know, football will be split into six classes evenly.  Many schools, such as Trezevant and Brainerd have screen-shot-2016-10-18-at-4-41-00-pmmoved up to 3A with little flow the other way.  Here are where all Valley schools stand in FOOTBALL classifications and enrollment, starting from the smallest:


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Whitwell Tigers

Current Class:  1A
2017-2021 Class:  1A
2017-2021 Enrollment: 321
School Size Rank:  31st Smallest Football School (Out of 296)


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South Pittsburg Pirates

Current Class:  1A
2017-2021 Class:  1A
2017-2021 Enrollment:  240
School Size Rank:  16th Smallest Football School (Out of 296)


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Marion County Warriors

Current Class:  2A
2017-2021 Class:  2A
2017-2021 Enrollment:  517
School Size Rank:  87th Smallest Football School (Out of 296)


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Bledsoe County Warriors

Current Class:  2A
2017-2021 Class:  2A
2017-2021 Enrollment:  533
School Size Rank:  92nd Smallest Football School (Out of 296)


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Grundy County Yellow Jackets

Current Class:  3A
2017-2021 Class:  3A
2017-2021 Enrollment:  623
School Size Rank:  115th Smallest Football School (Out of 296)


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Sequatchie County Indians

Current Class:  3A
2017-2021 Class:  3A
2017-2021 Enrollment:  693
School Size Rank:  128th Smallest Football School (Out of 296)


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Football’s Infamous Region 3-2A Losing Key Members

With Boyd-Buchanan and Silverdale leaving for Division II and Brainerd’s move to Class 3A, only Marion County, Polk County, Bledsoe County, Tyner, and Meigs County will be left.  With newly drawn lines, still coming, Meigs County could be pushed back into the Knoxville area, so that could leave half of the region up in the air.  With the sheer distance between Polk County, Tyner, Marion County and Bledsoe County, they could be dissolved into extremely geographical regions and slit Chattanooga’s 2A class in half to the north and to the west/northwest.

Indians and Yellow Jackets could return to Chattanooga regions

With the loss of Notre Dame and Chattanooga Christian to Division II, the Indians could provide a quick fix for the vacancy left in Region 3-3A.  Though it would seem more ideal for fans who often commute to the Scenic City nearly everyday, the administration will likely lean toward staying in Region 4-3A if given the choice.  There’s not as much revenue to be gained from those teams in Chattanooga as they’ve had sparse crowds in previous years, especially when the Indians and Yellow Jackets were apart of District 7-AA, comprised of Notre Dame, CCS, and Signal Mountain.  The new Region 3-3A is a completely different crowd, though.

Whitwell and South Pittsburg likely to keep Region 3-1A intact

With the low populations of schools within Region 3-1A, there was not any class-hopping or enrollment surges, so they’ll stay almost untouched.  We stress almost.   There’s still some movement up and down Class 1A, so it’s possible that there actually might be a move due to a school or two way out of the way may be put in or a school like Copper Basin might be moved north for even longer road trips.  It’s not really at the forefront, though.

Contact Chandler Morrison at TheSpearSportsBlog@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter@RCS_Chandler!

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