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District alignments change in football and basketball

Posted on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 10:32 am

MSHSAAThe Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) provided a shake-up that affected both Van-Far and Community R-VI School Districts when they recently released their 2016-2017 football and basketball assignments.
Using new enrollments reported for each district, with Community R-VI at 107 (was 101 two years ago) and Van-Far at 164 (was 161 two years ago), the combined enrollment for football puts the program again in Class 2.
The Van-Far/Community R-VI football team’s newly aligned district now includes Centralia, Highland, and Macon along with Bowling Green, Clark County, Clopton/Elsberry, and Palmyra.
“In football, this does not affect our season schedule in weeks 1-9 but those first nine games will determine where and who we play in week 10,” said Van-Far head football coach Blake Logan. “In my opinion, this makes the games vs Bowling Green and Clopton-Elsberry that much more important as we will need to win those head-to-head matchups to make sure we are ahead of them in the district standings. Any successful athlete and/or team should be hungry for a challenge and that is exactly what we have been presented in week 10, and hopefully beyond.”
In basketball, Community R-VI has a new set of opponents for the next two years of districts in Class 1.
The school is now in a district featuring Chamois, Madison, Marion County, Missouri School for the Deaf (MSD), North Shelby, The Fulton School at St. Albans High School, and Wellsville-Middletown.
Van-Far’s district in Class 2 now features Canton, Clopton, Knox County, Louisiana, Paris, Scotland County, and South Shelby.
“They didn’t do us any favors with the realignment,” said Van-Far head boys basketball coach Pat Connaway. “…Two of the three teams that moved out are both in a re-building mode and didn’t appear to be very strong this year; however, two of the three that moved in the district went to the quarterfinals last year….Out district is loaded…We will have to get a lot better and be a lot tougher if we want to win a district title this year.”
Van-Far head girls basketball coach Kelly Orf said her team will be working hard to be ready to battle any of the teams in her district.
No comments or quotes were received from Community R-VI.
If either the football or basketball teams advance to the state Final Four during the next two years, they will be playing in new state championship sites this year.
The MSHSAA Board of Directors awarded the 2016 MSHSAA Show-Me Bowl for Classes 1-6 to Springfield, Mo. and Missouri State University. The games use to be played in the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.
The six games will be played at Plaster Stadium on the MSU campus.
The board also approved the awarding of the 2017 Show-Me Bowl for Classes 1-6 to Columbia.  The 2017 games will be played at Faurot Field on the campus of the University of Missouri.
The John Q. Hammons Arena at MSU was awarded the MSHSAA Show-Me Showdown beginning with the 2017-18 school year.  The contract will consist of a five-year agreement, which also uses the Hammons Student Center for the Thursday of Class 1, 2 and 3 weekend.
“We are very excited about using a venue for our basketball championships for which we have received many positive comments,” said MSHSAA Executive Director Dr. Kerwin Urhahn. “We appreciate the work that the cities put into this bid process and we have taken this process very seriously. We are especially humbled by the amount of community support the city of Springfield showed in putting together its bids.  We have an obligation to our membership to find not only the best facilities to host our championships, but also the best support from the host site to serve our schools needs.”