By CHUCK HATHCOCK
The Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) has released its new alignment for its member schools.
This alignment is based on enrollment figures for this year’s Grade 8-11, which will be next year’s Grade 9-12. Once again, the Raiders will be in Class AA. These numbers and alignment take effect with with 2013-14 school year.
The biggest difference with the alignment this time around will be the schools in the district. Two longtime members, Carroll Academy and Marshall Academy, had enrollment drops moving them to Class A. Those schools will be replaced by longtime Class A members, Winona Christian and Bayou Academy of Cleveland. The final member of District 1-AA will be Lee Academy of Clarksdale. Lee has been a Class AAA member for several seasons, an has moved between Class AA and Class AAA for several years.
“It should be a very competitive district in all sports,” Athletic Director and Head Boys Basketball Coach Spencer Segrest said. “That should be the case in all of our sports.”
The Marshall Patriots have long dominated the district in boys basketball. Their move to Class A makes the race more wide open.
On the girls’ side, the Raiderettes still have to contend with North Delta and Indianola. Winona Christian has improved its program. Bayou and Clarksdale Lee round out the district.
North Delta still remains and will be among the teams to beat in the league. Winona Christian has tremendous success in Class A. Clarksdale Lee will benefit from the move down. Indianola made the playoffs last season. Bayou had a successful junior high program.
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