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
Minot Our Redeemer’s
Minot Bishop Ryan
Fargo Oak Grove
Bismarck Shiloh Christian
Williston Trinity Christian
Des Lacs – Burlington
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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