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Three-class basketball proposal could have significant impact on Stanley Athletics

Stanley – A new three-class has been proposed for North Dakota High School Basketball.

If the proposal is accepted the Stanley Blue Jays athletic program would likely find itself in a division with the following teams (some schools could opt up to class A):

Bismarck St. Mary’s

Fargo Shanley

Devils Lake

Valley City

Wahpeton

Turtle Mountain

Dickinson Trinity

Minot Our Redeemer’s

Minot Bishop Ryan

Fargo Oak Grove

Bismarck Shiloh Christian

Williston Trinity Christian

Beulah

Hazen

Hillsboro/Central Valley

Kindred

Lisbon

Watford City

Stanley

Central Cass

Des Lacs – Burlington

New Town

Four Winds- Minnewauken

Travel times for away games would significantly increase, there would likely only be four teams within one hour of Stanley (Our Redeemers, Bishop Ryan, New Town, DLB).

Competition levels would also increase significantly, this new classification would include teams that are routinely ranked in top 10 statewide for Class B as well as some current Class A teams.

The only district 16 team that would be in the new “B” classification would be the Stanley Blue Jays.

The NDHSAA board will now take a look at this proposal. The impact of their decision will have a significant impact on Stanley Blue Jays Athletics both on the court and off (budget).

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Let the discussion begin (Feel free to comment below).

My response to a readers comment (See comments below):

“The private schools are the clearly the focus of the proposal. I would point out that Watford City has more students than (Wahpeton, Valley City, St. Mary’s, Shanley), all of which currently compete in Class A. Watford City is the most blaring outlier as far as enrollment goes.

Painting the parochial schools with a broad brush is very difficult. Clearly schools like Dickinson Trinity, St. Mary’s, Fargo Shanley have enjoyed plenty of success. St. Mary’s and Shanley already play Class A in basketball, while all three play “AA” in football.

There is a large difference between those three schools and Williston Trinity, Our Redeemers and to some extent Oak Grove. These schools are much smaller and don’t have nearly the track record of sustained success. I find it highly unlikely that any of those three schools (Williston Trinity, Our Redeemers, Oak Grove) limit their enrollment in anyway and forcing those four programs to compete in “A” would be cruel and unusual punishment.

It is a tough situation, there is no system that will benefit everyone.

I really don’t see the three class system working out from a logistical stand point.”

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  1. leave it a two class system and let the population they draw from dictate class A or B. This would move the private parochial schools where they belong…. Class A. The current system allows recruiting in the name of religion. It dishonest to the core. The private schools draw from a large population, recruit outside their school districts, limit enrollment and pretend that it is not an intentional con job!

    • The private schools are the clearly the focus of the proposal. I would point out that Watford City has more students than (Wahpeton, Valley City, St. Mary’s, Shanley), all of which currently compete in Class A. Watford City is the most blaring outlier as far as enrollment goes.

      Painting the parochial schools with a broad brush is very difficult. Clearly schools like Dickinson Trinity, St. Mary’s, Fargo Shanley have enjoyed plenty of success. St. Mary’s and Shanley already play Class A in basketball, while all three play “AA” in football.

      There is a large difference between those three schools and Williston Trinity, Our Redeemers and to some extent Oak Grove. These schools are much smaller and don’t have nearly the track record of sustained success. I find it highly unlikely that any of those three schools (Williston Trinity, Our Redeemers, Oak Grove) limit their enrollment in anyway and forcing those four programs to compete in “A” would be cruel and unusual punishment.

      It is a tough situation, there is no system that will benefit everyone.

      I really don’t see the three class system working out from a logistical stand point.

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