Fayette softball receives new district assignment

After announcing football and basketball district assignments in the spring, MSHSAA released district assignments for the remaining fall sports early Friday morning.

The school to receive the biggest shakeup in the Howard County area was Fayette, which will not play as a Class 2 team for the next two seasons.

Instead, Fayette has dropped to Class 1 and was placed in District 9 by MSHSAA. Joining the Lady Falcons in the district are Glasgow, Jamestown, New Franklin, Pilot Grove and Prairie Home. Four of the five teams are on Fayette’s schedule this fall, and Pilot Grove could face the Lady Falcons in the Fayette Tournament on Sept. 20.

Because numerous teams switched from fall softball to spring softball, enrollment numbers for cutoffs between classes in softball were adjusted, allowing Fayette to drop from Class 2 to Class 1.

In the adjacent sectional district, District 10, Harrisburg and Higbee will be joined by Cairo, Madison, Paris and Sturgeon.

District tournament sites for later this fall in both districts will be announced at a later date.

Howard County area cross country teams are also going to see significant changes in regards to their new district assignment. In Class 1 District 6, Glasgow, Harrisburg and New Franklin will be joined by the following schools: Atlanta, Bunceton, Columbia Independent, Jamestown, La Plata, Marion County, Cairo, Northwestern and Salisbury.

Last year, both Glasgow and Harrisburg had to travel four hours to Lamar to compete at districts. The future district location is anticipated to be much closer to home over the next two seasons.

Glasgow and New Franklin will field a boys and a girls cross country team, while Harrisburg will only have girls cross country this fall.

The other fall sport that incurred new district assignments for area schools was girls golf. After playing the past two years in the same district, Glasgow and Harrisburg will be split up over the next few years.

Harrisburg is now a part of Class 1 District 2. That district also features schools such as Centralia, Duchesne, Hallsville, Liberty (Wentzville), Lutheran St. Charles, Mexico, Moberly, Cairo, Paris, St. Dominic and Westran.

Glasgow, meanwhile, will compete in districts against school from the western side of the state. Glasgow will compete against California, Cole Camp, Green Ridges, Marshall, Odessa, Sacred Heart, Salisbury, Slater, St. Paul Lutheran and Stover at districts.

The new district assignments will be applied during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years. During the 2015-16 school year, enrollment numbers will be updated to determine what changes need to be made for district assignments during the next two-year cycle.

District assignments for baseball, track and field and boys golf will be announced later this school year.

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