4A decreases in football; The preparation goes to 6A

District 10 finalized its regions for the 2022-23, 2023-24 two-year cycle excluding basketball on Thursday.

The only prolonged discussion came with football as the committee tried to stick to geographic regions without bringing together teams from more than two classes.

Basketball regions will be finalized in April after any ranking changes based on the PIAA achievement formula. The other big news is that every sport lost a team with the departure of Conneaut (Ohio).

Of all the PIAA sports, football has undergone the most classification changes. Class 4A has gone from seven teams with its own region to just two teams. Conneaut and Franklin had voluntarily played a class but returned to Class 3A this cycle, while General McLane, Harbor Creek, Oil City and Warren dropped registration.

Meadville, the reigning Class 4A D-10 football champion, is still in 4A and Corry has increased his registrations and is now 4A. Corry and Meadville will play for the D-10 4A title for the next two years.

Other entry-based classification changes include Lakeview moving to 1A and Mercyhurst Prep and Sharpsville moving to 2A.

The PIAA success formula has also affected two teams as Cathedral Prep moved for the second straight cycle to 6A and Farrell is set to remain at 2A.

PIAA publishes registrations:Here’s a first look at District 10 football and basketball

Prep has earned enough achievement points with a run at Hershey in 2020 and another deep run this fall

As a result, there are no Class 5A teams, and Erie, Prep, and McDowell will be involved in the D-10 6A playoffs. Butler became a problem after the WPIAL voted not to let them participate in the D-10 playoffs. As a result, they are not allowed in the WPIAL playoffs, so the Golden Tornado appeals to the PIAA.

Farrell had reached 2A in the current cycle and almost any success keeps teams in their class. Farrell made a deep run this fall.

Here is an overview of classification changes in other D-10 sports:

Boys Soccer: General McLane, Harbor Creek, Oil City and Warren all went from 3A to 2A and Eisenhower and Seneca went to 1A. Corry was the only team to move to 3A.

Women’s football : Girard and Mercyhurst Prep went from 2A to 1A.

Girls Volleyball: Fort LeBoeuf moved to 2A, Mercer and Saegertown moved to 2A, and Iroquois, Lakeview and Maplewood moved to 1A.

Boys Golf: Corry and Hickory upgraded to 3A and General McLane and Harbor Creek upgraded to 2A

Girls Golf: Warren plans to bring his team back to 3A

Girls tennis: Nothing

Cross country boys: Mercyhurst Prep and Seneca up to 1A

Girls Cross Country: Girard and Mercyhurst Prep up to 1A

Wrestling: General McLane and Warren moved to 2A and Hickory moved to 3A

Swimming/diving boys: Warren up to 2A

Baseball: Cambridge Springs, Reynolds, Union City and West Middlesex up to 1A; Greenville, Northwestern and Seneca up to 2A; Conneaut, Harbor Creek and Oil City to 3A; Hickory and Sharon up to 4A and Maplewood up to 2A

Soft ball : Fort LeBoeuf up to 3A; Iroquois and Lakeview up to 1A; Saegertown up to 2A and Northwestern up to 3A

Boys tennis: Nothing

Boys lacrosse: Nothing

Girls lacrosse: Fairview up to 2A

Boys athletics: Corry, Grove City, Hickory up to 3A and Fort LeBoeuf, Slippery Rock and Warren up to 2A

Girls athletics: Franklin and Grove City up to 2A and Villa Maria up to 3A

Volleyball boys: Nothing


Region 1 – 1A

Team registration

Cambridge Springs 93

Cochranton 73

Kennedy Catholic 34

Lake view 113*

Maple 101

Mercier 112

Reynolds 95

Saegerville 90

*includes 25 of Commodore Perry’s 49 co-op students

Region 2 – 1A, 2A

Team registration

Eisenhower (1A) 100

Iroquois (1A) 116

Mercyhurst Prep (2A) 173*

Northwest (2A) 147

Seneca (2A) 142

Union City (1A) 89

*includes 25 of 50 Erie First Christian students in co-op

Region 3 – 2A, 3A

Team registration

Farell (2A) 74*

Greenville (2A) 149

Grove City (3A) 240

Hickory (3A) 253

Sharon (3A) 219

Sharpville (2A) 171**

Slippery Rock (3A) 223

Wilmington (2A) 134

* Farrell has to play in 2A because of the PIAA success formula

** includes 42 of West Middlesex’s 84 co-op students

Region 4 – 3A, 4A

Team registration

Connect (3A) 195

Franklin (3A) 222*

Meadville (4A) 327

Oil town (3A) 248**

Titusville (3A) 186

Warren (3Y) 241***

*includes 36 of 71 Rocky Grove students in co-op

**includes 60 of 118 Cranberry students in co-op

*** includes 42 of 83 Youngsville students in co-op

Region 5 – 3A, 4A

Team registration

Corry (4A) 264

Fairview (3A) 192

Fort Le Boeuf (3A) 229

General McLane (3A) 246

Girard (3A) 186

Harbor Creek (3A) 210

Northeast (3A) 184

Region 6 – 6A

Team registration

Butler 629

Cathedral preparation 325*

Erie 1,371

McDowell 761

Cathedral Prep must play in 6A because of the PIAA success formula

Registration ranges

1A: 123 and under

2A: 124-180

3A: 181-262

4A: 263-382

5A: 383-557

6A: 558 and more

More region alignments: Look for other sports’ regional lineups for the next entry cycle at GoErie.com/sports.

Contact Tom Reisenweber at tre[email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @ETNreisenweber.

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