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PIAA expands classifications in football, other sports

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 8, 2015 5:13 PM
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(Mechanicsburg) -- The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association is expanding the high school football classifications from four to six.

The board of directors voted 26-4 on Wednesday for the change to take effect in the 2016-17 school year.

The board also voted overwhelmingly to expand boys' and girls' basketball, baseball and softball to six classifications. Boys' and girls' soccer and volleyball will increase to four classes, field hockey will bump up to three, and boys' and girls' lacrosse will jump up to two.

District 11 chairman and Whitehall athletic director Bob Hartman says the move gives more schools and communities a chance to play for championships.

The football season will be shortened by a week because of the move.

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