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Posted On: 04/10/18 4:19 AM

When the Michigan High School Athletic Association announced its school classification changes for the 2018-19 academic year earlier this month, the list of programs moving up or down wasn’t as meaningful as it has been in the past, at least as far as girls basketball is concerned.
Why shouldn’t the girls hoops programs whose schools are on that list be preparing for different levels of competition come next March?
Because the MHSAA is making the move to four equal divisions in girls basketball (among a handful of other sports) for the first time ever, evening out the number of competitors in each of the subdivisions.
Rather than have 183 teams in Class A and just 151 in Class D, the teams will be evenly spread over the four divisions, meaning that few teams will be moving up, and far more will be moving down, to backfill the underrepresented lowest tier.
Only five teams — New Boston Huron (Class B to Division 1), Detroit Henry Ford Academy (Class C to D2), Wixom St. Catherine (Class C to D2) and Wyoming Potter’s House Christian (Class D to D3) — had big enough jumps in population over last year

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