By Ed Greif
The TSSAA released the proposed districts for the 2013-'14, 2014-'15, 2015-'16 and 2016-'17 school years last week. At press time Thursday, the new alignment was being voted on at the TSSAA Board of Control meeting in Murfreesboro.
Appeals of enrollment figures by Sullivan Central and Anderson County were part of the Board of Control's Agenda..
The proposed new District 6AAA has a net gain of one school, after Coffee County was moved into District 8AAA with Columbia Central, Franklin County, Lawrence County, Lincoln County, Shelbyville Central and Tullahoma, and Rhea County was moved from District 5AAA and Stone Memorial was moved from District 4AA due to their enrollment increase.
The other members of District 6AAA are CCHS, Cookeville, White County and Warren County, while the new District 5AAA has Bradley Central, Cleveland, East Hamilton, McMinn County, Ooltewah, Soddy-Daisy and Walker Valley.
There is talk Soddy-Daisy wants to move into District 6AAA, but that move would have to be approved by the Board of Control.
Knox Catholic replaces SMHS in District 4AA. The other teams remain the same — Kingston, Alcoa, CAK (Christian Academy of Knoxville), Loudon and Scott County.
A new District 5AA has five schools, only four — McMinn Central, Polk County, Sequoyah and Sweetwater — play football. The other member, Collegedale Academy, doesn't.
Meigs County dropped from AA to A and was placed into District 3A with Concord Christian (no football), Grace Christian Academy, Greenback, Harriman, Midway and Rockwood.
The largest district in Class A is District 16 with 14 teams, but only seven play football, while District 2A has only two schools who play football.
The largest district in AA is District 16 with 10 teams, which means nine district games and one non-district game for those schools.
District 13AAA is the smallest with four teams, while Districts 3AAA and 4AAA have 17 total teams. A —all schools in the Anderson-Campbell-Knox-Blount county area.
Division IIA has 32 schools, 10 of which have no football, and Division IIAA has 15 schools, four of which have no football. There are 47 Division II schools in the state.
After two years, schools can move up or down if enrollments change by 20 percent.
Congratulations to Brock Rowan for signing with Shorter Universitiy in Rome, GA, Wednesday afternoon. The Panther senior was joined in the school library by his family and teammates. Former teammates Brandon Cole and Robert Troino are freshmen at Bryan College in Dayton, TN.
The elementary junior varsity basketball tournament ended Thursday night at Brown, with the South boys and girls playing the North boys and girls in the championship games. There were not enough scores reported from the tournament's first two nights, but I did understand Saturday's action was ahead of schedule, due to a number of games employing the mercy rule.
I've harped on this until I'm blue in the face about turning in scores, but I realize some of the coaches are new and don't know they are to submit the results.
The annual Winter Sports Preview is included in today's paper. I want to thank the coaches at both high schools for submitting information about their teams for the respective preview stories and to both booster clubs for their assistance in getting their elementary teams and cheerleaders lined up for photos.
I was sorry to learn of the passing of former UT-C basketball coach Murray Arnold. Arnold, 74, died in DeLand, FL, where he resided after coaching at Stetson University. He was at Chattanooga from 1979-1985 and posted a 135-46 record, including 101-23 over the last four years of his tenure as the Mocs head mentor.
My condolences go out to his family.
Ed Greif is the Chronicle sports editor and his column appears periodically.