Sep 24, 2022

Mill Valley, Hutchinson make moves in new KSHSAA classifications

Posted Sep 24, 2022 3:00 PM

By MIKE COURSON
Great Bend Post

The new Kansas State High School Activities Association Classifications are likely good news for Great Bend teams. Class 5A powerhouse Mill Valley is moving to Class 6A, and Hutchinson will offset that move by dropping down to Class 5A.

With a listed enrollment of 924, Great Bend High School remains firmly planted in Class 5A. Hutchinson is now the largest school in the classification with 1,306 students, and Bonner Springs is the smallest with 735 students. Mill Valley has 34 more students than Hutchinson for the switch.

Mill Valley won Class 5A state track and field championships last year, with the Lady Panthers finishing second to the Jaguars. Great Bend also finished third at the state cross country meet last fall with Mill Valley taking the top spot.

Hutchinson could impact the current volleyball season. The Lady Panthers dropped two sets to the No. 8 Salthawks Thursday evening at home.

Other changes that might impact area teams: Hugoton moves from Class 3A to 4A. Hays-TMP drops from 3A to 2A, and Wichita County and Meade move up from 1A to 2A. Lawrence-Bishop Seabury and Pratt-Skyline are two of the four schools dropped a classification to 1A.