In the next two seasons, Fort Scott and Chanute will not face each other on the football field. This is a result of the new district assignments determined by the Kansas State High School Activities Association this week.
Fort Scott has been assigned to Class 4A District 6 for 2010 and 2011. The other teams in that district are Southeast Kansas League rival Iola and Pioneer League members Anderson County and Prairie View.
Chanute was moved out of the Tigers' district, which is also called District 6 this year, and into District 7 with Girard, Independence and Parsons. Prairie View is Chanute's replacement. The last time Fort Scott played Prairie View was in district play in 2001.
Part of the complication in scheduling for SEK schools arose as traditional rivals were assigned into different districts. Chanute and Iola, currently in the same district, will now be in different ones as will Coffeyville and Independence and Parsons and Labette County. In order for these traditional rivals to continue facing each other, their games had to be moved into one of the first six weeks of the season, which meant games with other teams had to be changed around.
As a result, Fort Scott and Chanute will not meet for the next two years, ending a run of 75 consecutive years that began in 1934 which will end at least temporarily after they face each other at Chanute Oct. 29. This ends the second-longest continuous rivalry in FSHS history (Fort Scott and Pittsburg have played each other in 91 consecutive seasons).
The order of opponents has been determined for Fort Scott High in the next two years. They will open with Labette County, the first time that will happen since 1988.
Coffeyville will return to the schedule after a two-year hiatus and will be the Tigers' second opponent. They'll be followed by Independence, Parsons, Columbus and Pittsburg prior to district play. Iola will open district play and round out the SEK portion of the schedule. Fort Scott will play Prairie View in the second game of district and Anderson County last.
Pittsburg remains in Class 5A and has been assigned to a district similar to the one its in now. The Purple Dragons will face St. Thomas Aquinas and Gardner-Edgerton, current district foes, and add Blue Valley-Stilwell in place of Ottawa, which has moved down to Class 4A. Blue Valley is moving down from Class 6A.
Class 4A District 7 has the most change as only Girard and Parsons remain and Chanute and Independence move in. District 8 will have Coffeyville, Columbus, Labette County and Baxter Springs, the latter of which is a CNC school moving up from Class 3A.
Northeast-Arma moves from the CNC to the Three Rivers League next season but it and Uniontown won't be in the same district. Both schools are moving up from Class 2-1A into Class 3A.
Uniontown has been "moved north" into a district, District 4, with three schools that are all quite a drive away. Central Heights and Wellsville of the Pioneer League and Pomona-West Franklin of the Flinthills League will be the other schools. Central Heights and West Franklin, before it was created by the merger of Pomona and Williamsburg, were once TRL members.
Northeast, ironically, will be in District 3 with three CNC schools: Erie, Frontenac and Southeast.
Jayhawk-Linn will be only member of the Pioneer League in Class 2-1A, which has cut down from 16 districts to eight due to the flight of schools from that class into Eight-Man. Jayhawk-Linn will be in a six-team district along with Class 2-1A powers Pittsburg Colgan and Olpe in District 1. The other teams in that district include Humboldt, Lyndon and Three Rivers League member Oswego.
Because there are six teams in the district, the Jayhawks will have to play five district games. As none of the other district teams are in the six-school Pioneer League, J-Linn will not be able to play a full league schedule. In fact, each school in the district is a member of a different league.
Pleasanton moves down into Eight-Man Division I and will play in District 2 which includes TRL members Chetopa, Crest, Marmaton Valley and St. Paul and Yates Center, which will be the only Eight-Man school in the Tri-Valley League.
The Three Rivers' other Eight-Man school, Altoona-Midway, plays in Division II District 3. Since that District has six schools, the Jets can't play a full league schedule, either, because there are only four open dates remaining to play the legaue's other five Eight-Man schools.