District 10 finalized its regions for the 2022-23, 2023-24 two-year cycle with the exception of basketball, on Thursday.
The only prolonged discussion came with football as the committee tried to keep with geographically-based regions without putting teams from more than two classes together.
The basketball regions will be finalized in April after any changes in classification based on the PIAA success formula. The other big news is each sport lost one team with the departure of Conneaut (Ohio).
Out of all of the PIAA sports, the most changes in classification came in football. Class 4A went from seven teams with its own region to just two teams. Conneaut and Franklin had voluntarily played up one class but went back to Class 3A this cycle, while General McLane, Harbor Creek, Oil City and Warren went down in enrollment.
Meadville, the defending D-10 Class 4A football champion, is still in 4A and Corry moved up in enrollment and is now 4A. Corry and Meadville will play for the D-10 4A title the next two years.
The other changes in classification based on enrollment include Lakeview moving down to 1A and Mercyhurst Prep and Sharpsville moving down to 2A.
The PIAA success formula also affected two teams as Cathedral Prep bumped up for the second straight cycle to 6A and Farrell has to remain in 2A.
PIAA releases enrollments: Here's an early look at District 10 football, basketball
Prep earned enough success points with a run to Hershey in 2020 and another deep run this fall
As a result, there are no Class 5A teams, and Erie, Prep and McDowell will be involved in the D-10 6A playoffs. Butler has become an issue after the WPIAL voted to not let them compete in the D-10 playoffs. As a result, they aren't allowed in the WPIAL playoffs so the Golden Tornado is appealing to the PIAA.
Farrell had bumped up to 2A in the current cycle and almost any success keeps teams in their class. Farrell made a deep run this fall.
Here is a look at classification changes in other D-10 sports:
Boys soccer: General McLane, Harbor Creek, Oil City and Warren all moved down from 3A to 2A and Eisenhower and Seneca moved down to 1A. Corry was the only team to move up to 3A.
Girls soccer: Girard and Mercyhurst Prep moved down from 2A to 1A.
Girls volleyball: Fort LeBoeuf moved down to 2A, Mercer and Saegertown moved up to 2A and Iroquois, Lakeview and Maplewood moved down to 1A.
Boys golf: Corry and Hickory moved up to 3A and General McLane and Harbor Creek moved down to 2A
Girls golf: Warren is planning on bringing back its team in 3A
Girls tennis: None
Boys cross country: Mercyhurst Prep and Seneca down to 1A
Girls cross country: Girard and Mercyhurst Prep down to 1A
Wrestling: General McLane and Warren down to 2A and Hickory moved up to 3A
Boys swimming/diving: Warren down to 2A
Baseball: Cambridge Springs, Reynolds, Union City and West Middlesex down to 1A; Greenville, Northwestern and Seneca down to 2A; Conneaut, Harbor Creek and Oil City down to 3A; Hickory and Sharon up to 4A and Maplewood up to 2A
Softball: Fort LeBoeuf down to 3A; Iroquois and Lakeview down to 1A; Saegertown up to 2A and Northwestern up to 3A
Boys tennis: None
Boys lacrosse: None
Girls lacrosse: Fairview down to 2A
Boys track and field: Corry, Grove City, Hickory up to 3A and Fort LeBoeuf, Slippery Rock and Warren down to 2A
Girls track and field: Franklin and Grove City down to 2A and Villa Maria up to 3A
Boys volleyball: None
District 10's new regions: A look at all sports regions for 2022-23 and 2023-24
Region 1 – 1A
Cambridge Springs 93
Kennedy Catholic 34
*includes 25 of 49 students from Commodore Perry in a co-op
Region 2 – 1A, 2A
Eisenhower (1A) 100
Iroquois (1A) 116
Mercyhurst Prep (2A) 173*
Northwestern (2A) 147
Seneca (2A) 142
Union City (1A) 89
*includes 25 of 50 students from Erie First Christian in a co-op
Region 3 – 2A, 3A
Farrell (2A) 74*
Greenville (2A) 149
Grove City (3A) 240
Hickory (3A) 253
Sharon (3A) 219
Sharpsville (2A) 171**
Slippery Rock (3A) 223
Wilmington (2A) 134
* Farrell has to play up in 2A because of the PIAA success formula
** includes 42 of 84 students from West Middlesex in a co-op
Region 4 – 3A, 4A
Conneaut (3A) 195
Franklin (3A) 222*
Meadville (4A) 327
Oil City (3A) 248**
Titusville (3A) 186
Warren (3A) 241***
*includes 36 of 71 students from Rocky Grove in a co-op
**includes 60 of 118 students from Cranberry in a co-op
***includes 42 of 83 students from Youngsville in a co-op
Region 5 – 3A, 4A
Corry (4A) 264
Fairview (3A) 192
Fort LeBoeuf (3A) 229
General McLane (3A) 246
Girard (3A) 186
Harbor Creek (3A) 210
North East (3A) 184
Region 6 – 6A
Cathedral Prep 325*
Cathedral Prep has to play up in 6A because of the PIAA success formula
1A: 123 and below
6A: 558 and above
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This article originally appeared on Erie Times-News: District 10 realignment: 4A dwindles in football; Prep moves to 6A