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Posted January 16, 2012
State champs Regina, Union moving down?

The Iowa City Regina football team celebrates its second straight Class 2A football championship in November. It is very possible that the Regals will be a 1A school when the 2012 and 2013 district assignments are released Tuesday. (Brian Ray/ SourceMedia Group News)


Life as a Class 2A football participant has been pretty sweet the last two years for Iowa City Regina.

All the Regals have done is assemble a 28-game winning streak and capture the last two state championships. That’s all.

It’s quite possible that Regina will be moving out, moving down, when the Iowa High School Athletic Association redesigns its classifications and district assignments Tuesday for the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

Because the IHSAA is changing the number of 3A, 2A and 1A teams from 64 to 56 apiece, massive changes are expected. That could impact Regina and 2011 3A champion Union, which both could move down a class.

SourceMedia Group asked the IHSAA for 2012 and 2013 classifications last week, but was denied.

Next year’s BEDS Documents have not been released, but if the 2011 numbers are close, Regina could be facing a move down to 1A.

Based on current enrollments, the Class 4A schools will be the same, though the east and west sides will determine their playoff qualifiers differently.

In the east, the top 16 teams from the Mississippi Valley and Mississippi Athletic conferences will qualify. The west will be divided into four divisions, with the top four teams from each division advancing.

Quarterback Jay Scheel (2) returns for Union next year. The Knights stand on the 2A/3A fence after winning the 3A title in November. (Brian Ray/ SourceMedia Group News)

The 4A West divisions will be released Tuesday, along with district assignments in 3A, 2A, 1A, Class A and eight-man.

Union went 12-2 and won the 3A title last year and figures to have a formidable team again in 2012 behind Jay Scheel and Trev Hadacheck.

But in which class will the Knights reside? Union is one of several area schools that sit near the 2A/3A cut.

Others from the area on the 2A/3A fence are Waukon, Center Point-Urbana, Williamsburg and Oelwein. Mount Vernon probably will move down to 2A.

Regina isn’t the only area school of note likely headed from 2A to 1A. Traditional power North Fayette appears likely to move down, as do Jesup and MFL MarMac.

On the other hand, West Branch — which has reached the 1A semifinals four straight years — appears to be swimming against the tide and might actually move up to 2A.

Alburnett, which won a 1A district title and won 11 games last season, is on the 1A/A border. Starmont, a strong 1A program year in and year out, appears headed to Class A, as does Turkey Valley.

Several area schools have applied to play eight-man, which will become the largest class in the state next year with 70 teams.

HLV, Elkader Central and Valley Community have committed to the eight-man game.

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