Just one month after the Community R-VI boys basketball team earned its first ever trip to a district finals in Class 2, the Trojans will find themselves competing next year back at the Class 1 level.
Community R-VI’s enrollment, as of March 31, is 108. The total decreased from 127, which was the enrollment locked down for both the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons.
The new Class 1 enrollment break is at 119, which is why the district is now in the new class.
“I think it could be a good move for us,” said Community R-VI head boys basketball coach James Benson. “We are always competitive in Class 2, however, we always play the same people. We could end up playing the same teams in our conference three to four times in a year between conference play, tournaments, and districts. It will be fun to play some new teams. We had a pretty good idea this change was going to happen and I’m very excited about our future here at Community.”
Community R-VI girls basketball coach and athletic director Bob Curtis also said the move is an exciting one for the district.
“It will be exciting for our school to create some new rivalries outside of our conference,” Curtis said. “Every school in our Class 2 district now we already play in the regular season. This will allow us enrollment wise to be one of the bigger Class 1 schools rather than at the bottom of Class 2. It levels the playing field for us a bit as the teams we play are not drawing their players from a couple hundred more kids than us.”