MHSAA Reclassification Changes for 2017-2018
Once every two years, the Mississippi High School Activities Association does some movin’ and shakin’, known as reclassification. Today, a lot of schools found themselves in a different region including a couple from here on the Coast.
The biggest change is Pascagoula moving up from Region 4 Class 5A to 4 6A. To make room for the Panthers, George County is making a lateral move over to Region 3, sending Forest Hill down to 3 5A.
That sets up perhaps the most questionable move in the entire state: Wayne County moving into Pascagoula’s spot in 4 5A.
Also a big shift for St. Patrick as the Fighting Irish are stepping down from 8 3A to 8 2A.
To help us break it all down is Pascagoula’s Athletic Director Greg Freeman. “When you look at the way that the fans, the old time fans, think about it with the old Big 8 that they had and all that. I think that a lot of times the fans enjoy the competition with the Gulfports and Biloxis and Ocean Springs, you know? Even though we’ve been playing Ocean Springs in non-region, but when you get to the situation where it’s moving up, I think everybody is fine with that. I think along the Coast you’ve got, whether it’s 5A or 6A, I think everybody is pretty competitive in either division.”
Of the 32 Class 6A schools in the Magnolia State, Pascagoula ranks 31st in student enrollment.