District 10 regions: Class 4A dwindles in football, Cathedral Prep moves to 6A

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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).

Harbor Creek, at left, and General McLane line up on Oct. 8, 2021, at Paul J. Weitz Stadium in Harborcreek Township. Both football teams are dropping from Class 4A to 3A in for the next two-year enrollment cycle.
Harbor Creek, at left, and General McLane line up on Oct. 8, 2021, at Paul J. Weitz Stadium in Harborcreek Township. Both football teams are dropping from Class 4A to 3A in for the next two-year enrollment cycle.

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

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District 10's new regions: A look at all sports regions for 2022-23 and 2023-24

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Football

Region 1 – 1A

Team Enrollment

Cambridge Springs 93

Cochranton 73

Kennedy Catholic 34

Lakeview 113*

Maplewood 101

Mercer 112

Reynolds 95

Saegertown 90

*includes 25 of 49 students from Commodore Perry in a co-op

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Region 2 – 1A, 2A

Team Enrollment

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

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Region 3 – 2A, 3A

Team Enrollment

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

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Region 4 – 3A, 4A

Team Enrollment

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

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Region 5 – 3A, 4A

Team Enrollment

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

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Region 6 – 6A

Team Enrollment

Butler 629

Cathedral Prep 325*

Erie 1,371

McDowell 761

Cathedral Prep has to play up in 6A because of the PIAA success formula

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Enrollment ranges

1A: 123 and below

2A: 124-180

3A: 181-262

4A: 263-382

5A: 383-557

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

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