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Proposed 2013 Section VI football alignment & nonleague games

By Keith McShea

Here's some more information to follow up on a note in my Prep Talk column Thursday and Wednesday night's video and chat

The following is the breakdown of the proposed division alignment for 2013 Section VI football (emphasis on proposed: this is not final and needs to be approved by two Section VI committees):

Class AA: Niagara Falls, Lancaster, Frontier, Clarence, Orchard Park, Lockport, Jamestown, Kenmore West and West Seneca West.

A North: Niagara-Wheatfield, North Tonawanda, Sweet Home, Grand Island, Kenmore East, Starpoint.

A South: Hutch-Tech (w/Emerson), Hamburg, South Park (w/OTC), West Seneca East, Iroquois, Lake Shore.

A Central: Williamsville North, Riverside (w/I-Prep, Lafayette, daVinci), Williamsville East, McKinley, Williamsville South, East (w/City Honors, Buffalo Arts).

B North: Amherst, Cheektowaga, Lew-Port, Bennett (w/Olmsted), Maryvale, Albion, Burgard (w/MST Seneca), Newfane, Medina.

B South: Pioneer, Springville, East Aurora, Olean, Dunkirk, Depew, Alden, Eden.

C North: Barker/Roy-Hart, Tonawanda, Lackawanna, Wilson, JFK, Akron, Cleveleand Hill

C South: Fredonia, Southwestern, Falconer, Gowanda, Salamanca, Allegany-Limestone, Silver Creek/Forestville.

D: Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake, Cassadaga Valley, Cattaraugus/Little Valley, Westfield/Brocton, Portville, Randolph, Ellicottville/West Valley

DD: Frewsburg, Franklinville, Panama, Pine Valley, Sherman/Ripley, Clymer.

Nonleague public-private games for 2013 (again, pending approval of the divisional lineup):

* St. Mary's will be playing East and Hutch-Tech.

* Cardinal O'Hara will be playing South Park and Eden.

* Bishop Timon-St. Jude will play Riverside and Williamsville South (at home, returning favor from last year's opener at South)

* And the big one is: St. Joe's vs. Clarence.

A more complete explanation of why combined teams (like three city schools) would be moving down in classification:

A new rule was passed in January regarding teams which were a result of combined programs, and the change has led to some teams' total enrollment number being lower than before. The new rule put in place a graduated system in determining the enrollment of combined teams. The largest school in the partnership has all of its enrollment counted; to that is added a percentage of the other school’s enrollment, based on classification: for AA schools it is 50 percent, A (40), B (30), C (30) and D (20).

The new guideline’s effect has led to teams like Riverside, Hutch-Tech (now in Class A) and Bennett (now in B) — all which have smaller city schools as part of their football programs — dropping down in class. The rule also has the Barker/Roy-Hart team going from Class A to C. East, which will combine with City Honors and Buffalo Arts, would move up from B to A. Maple Grove and Chautauqua Lake -- which were planning to combine programs well before this new rule was put in place -- would be a C in the old system; instead, their combined team (somewhat astonishingly) remains in Class D.

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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

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