Board rules on appeal; HA moves to 2A

Published 3:07 pm Friday, January 24, 2014

In a specially-called meeting this morning, the Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board of Control upheld an appeal by Houston Academy and moved the Dothan private school back to Class 2A in the new reclassification system.

HA had been placed in Class 3A when the new reclassification realignment system for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years was approved on Wednesday by the board, which voted for a new seven-class system.

According to a press release by the AHSAA, it was determined that HA had reported incorrect enrollment numbers to the athletic association by counting grades 9-12, instead of grades 10-12. The school requested that the AHSAA made an adjustment, but the request was denied according to the AHSAA constitution, which allows only the Central Board to make classification changes.

With HA moving back down from Class 3A, the only other change is that New Brockton shifts from Region 2 to Region 3 in Class 2A.

HA was assessed a $500 fine for failing to comply with the AHSAA rules and was also required to pay the expenses of the special-called meeting.

Local schools in Covington County were not affected by today’s ruling.

For the complete story, see tomorrow’s sports edition of The Star-News.

To view the updated reclassifications, click here.