TOPEKA — The member schools of the Kansas State High School Activities Association passed a proposal to reclassify schools both overall and in football.
The new overall proposal will eliminate divisions in both Class 4A and 1A and will increase the number of schools in Classes 6A and 5A — the two largest classifications to 36 each from 32, reduce the number of Class 4A schools from 48 to 36 and keep the number of Class 3A and 2A schools at 64 each. The remaining smallest schools will go to Class 1A.
In football, Classes 6A and 5A will remain at 32. Class 4A also will go to 32. Classes 3A and 2A will each be at 48. The remaining smallest schools will go to Class 1A.
Eight-Man football schools will continue to be divided in half with the top half in Division I and the bottom half in Division II.
The overall classification proposal was passes 207-145 (abstentions were counted as no votes). It was passed by the current 5A schools 19-13, the 4A schools 47-17, the 3A schools 50-14 and the 2A schools 46-18. Class 6A schools voted 18-14 to reject the proposal. Class 1A schools voted 65-31 to reject the proposal.
The football proposal was passed 215-73. Each classification voted in favor of the new proposal (4A 48-16, 3A 52-12, 2A 51-13 and 1A 64-32).
The new classifications will take effect in the 2018-19 school year.
fall to Salina
SALINA — The Newton American Legion Post 2 Junior Knights baseball team lost to Salina 11-1 Wednesday in Salina.
The loss was Newton’s third straight to the Hawks, while Newton won Sunday against the Hawks in a round-robin tournament.
Scoring details were not reported at deadline.
Newton is 2-9 and plays at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Buhler.
WICHITA — A six-game winning streak for the Wichita Wingnuts came to an end Wednesday in a 7-5 loss to the Kansas City T-Bones in American Association play at Klein-Scott Field.
The T-Bones jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the first two innings, adding two runs in the sixth. Wichita score a run in the fifth and two in the eighth.
Kevin Keyes went two for five hitting for Kansas City with a home run, a triple and three RBIs. Jordan Edgerton went two for four with a home run and two RBIs. Marcus Lemon went three for five with an RBI. Chase McDonald went two for four hitting.
For Wichita, Matt Chavez went four for four hitting with a home run and two RBIs. Zac Fisher went two for four with a home run and two RBIs. Brennen Salgado went two for four with an RBI.
Scott Carroll went seven innings on the mound for the T-Bones for the win, striking out six. Cody Winiarski pitched the ninth inning for the save.
Alex Boshers took the loss for Wichita, striking out five in six innings.
Wichita drops to 17-9, while Kansas City improves to 13-12.
Cleburne moves back to within 2 1/2 games of Wichita in the AA South. Kansas City is three games behind Lincoln in the AA Central.
Kansas City and Wichita wind up their series at 7:05 p.m. today at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.
Carroll (W, 1-1), Sides 8, Winiarski (S, 3) and Rojas; Boshers (L, 3-2), Goossen-Brown 7, Boyle 8, Harvey 9 and M.Medina. HR — KC: Keyes (11), Edgerton (1). W: Chavez (6), Fisher (3). Time — 2:52. Attendance — 3,146.