AHSAA Spring Reclassification: 3 State Baseball Champions Advance in 2023
Eight private AHSAA schools, including a pair of state champions, will move up one ranking next spring due to AHSAA’s competitive balance factor.
The Central Board of Control on Tuesday approved school rosters for the spring sports of baseball, softball, soccer, tennis, golf and outdoor track for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years.
RELATED: See the full spring reclassification
Two-time Class 1A state baseball champion Bayshore Christian moves to 2A, while two-time 4A champion Mobile Christian moves to 5A. Both moves were expected due to CBF. The Leopards have won state titles at 2A, 3A and 4A. Class 3A State Champion Trinity moves up to 4A.
Other baseball teams advancing are Donoho (1A to 2A), Lindsay Lane (1A to 2A), Decatur Heritage (2A to 3A), Westbrook Christian (2A to 3A), and Bayside Academy (3A to 4A).
In softball, five private schools were affected. Holy Spirit goes from 1A to 2A, Mars Hill goes from 2A to 3A and Houston Academy, Mobile Christian and Prattville Christian all go from 3A to 4A.
Seven football teams were affected. Bayside Academy, Mars Hill and Trinity go from 1A/3A to 4A; Montgomery Academy and Indian Springs go from 4A/5A to 6A; and McGill-Toolen and St. Paul’s move from 6A to 7A.
“I want to thank the AHSAA Central Board and staff for their dedicated effort and time and the recommendations they have made,” said AHSAA Executive Director Alvin Briggs. “As always, it’s been hard work, but everyone has worked together to find the best solution as we move forward.”
The fall and winter sports rosters, based on the number of schools reporting participation in each sport for the upcoming 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years and the reclassification of schools for the next classification period, have were released earlier this year. Some sports may include two or more classes in a division depending on the number of declared participants.
Reclassification is done every two years by AHSAA.
In April, the central board voted to go to regions to play baseball, softball and soccer instead of smaller areas. However, during a working session on Monday, the Council voted to postpone this in order to do more research on the subject.
Some intriguing changes for next year:
In Class 7A, Opelika rides as planned in Zone 4 with defending state champion Central-Phenix City, 2021 state champion Auburn and Smiths Station.
In Class 6A, McGill-Toolen moves into Zone 2 with Baldwin County, Robertsdale and Spanish Fort. Zone 1 includes Faith, Blount, Saraland, Murphy and Theodore.
Mobile Christian, a two-time 4A champion, is in 5A, zone 2 with Citronelle, LeFlore, St. Paul’s and Vigor.
UMS-Wright falls into 4A, Zone 1 along with Bayside Academy, Orange Beach, Satsuma, and St. Michael.
Bayshore moves to 2A, Zone 1 with St. Luke’s and Chickasaw.
1A State Champion Holy Spirit is in 2A, Zone 7 with Aliceville, Lamar County, Sulligent and Tuscaloosa Academy.
Mars Hill moves into 3A, Area 16 with Clements, Colbert County and Lauderdale County.
Mobile Christian moves into 4A, zone 1 and is joined there by Orange Beach, the double defending champion in 2A. St. Michael and UMS are also in this area. UMS did not field a team this spring.
Prattville Christian is in Zone 5 with Dallas County and Wilcox Central.
The Bayside Boys, 1A/3A State Champions, move into 4A, Zone 1 along with Orange Beach, Satsuma, St. Michael and UMS.
Trinity moves into 4A, Zone 2 with Andalusia, Booker T. Washington, Dale County, LAMP and Montgomery Catholic.
St. Paul’s rides in 7A, Zone 1 with Alma Bryant, Baker, Davidson and Mary G. Montgomery. McGill moves into Zone 2 with Daphne, Fairhope and Foley.