Last week, the Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board of Control approved the reclassification and alignments for fall sports. They also approved the current seven-class system for all sports. The Central Board first adopted the seven class system in 2014.
Like in football, which we reported last week, the changes affect both volleyball and cross country.
In cross country, Cleveland, Locust Fork, and Southeastern remain in Class 1-2A Section 2. The section, however, lost Berry, Donoho, Faith Christian, Jacksonsville Christian, Randolph County, Sacred Heart, Westbrook Christian, and West End. Section 2 now looks like this: Addison, Cold Springs, Cornerstone, Decatur Heritage, Falkville, Holly Pond, Holy Spirit, Jefferson Christian, Tuscaloosa Academy, Vincent, and Winston County.
In Class 3A, J.B. Pennington and Susan Moore remain in Section 3, which loses Holly Pond and Pleasant Valley. Joining the Tigers and Bulldogs in Section 3 are Asbury, Brindlee Mountain, Geraldine, Glencoe, Hokes Bluff, Piedmont, Plainview, Sylvania,
Westbrook Christian, and Whitesburg Christian.
Oneonta moves to Section 3 in Class 4A. It looks like this: Anniston, Ashville, Cherokee County, Etowah, Fultondale, Good Hope, Hanceville, Handley, Jacksonville, Munford, and White Plains.
Next year’s volleyball teams will see some big changes in their areas. Appalachian moves from Class 1A Area 11 to Area 10. Jefferson Christian, Sumiton Christian, and Victory Christian made the move with them. Ragland replaces Cornerstone.
In Class 2A, Cleveland, Locust Fork, and Southeastern move to Area 12 where they join Cold Springs and Holly Pond.
J.B. Pennington and Susan Moore are no longer in the same area. J.B. Pennington moved from Area 13 to Area 12 where they join Danville and Vinemont. Susan Moore stayed in Area 13, which now consists of Asbury and Brindlee Mountain.
In 4A, Oneonta moves from Area 10 to Area 12 and joins Good Hope and Hanceville. Hayden moves from Class 5A Area 12 to Area 10, joining G.W. Carver and Jasper.