MAIS realigns, local teams shift districts

Published 12:01 am Friday, November 16, 2012

NATCHEZ — While realignment for MAIS Class A is finished, Class AA is still working out a few kinks.

Originally, Adams County Christian School and Centreville Academy were set to share a district with Bowling Green School and Silliman Institute. But ACCS headmaster David King said that idea was scrapped.

“(The original district) was voted down Tuesday,” King said. “Schools can appeal on the basis of travel.”

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King is a member of MAIS’s Athletic Activities Commission, which selects which schools are assigned which district. Each of the MAIS’s 18 districts selects one headmaster per district to represent itself on the AAC.

A new district proposition was presented and will go to a vote Dec. 6. It has ACCS, Brookhaven Academy, Central Hinds, Prentiss Christian and Amite School Center included in it. Twelve of the 18 members of the AAC must approve for a district to be finalized.

King said he’s enjoyed the experience of being on the AAC and being able to meet other headmasters.

“Contrary to popular belief, everyone there is for the association,” King said. “Rarely do we see anyone do something just for the school.”

Trinity Episcopal and Wilkinson County Christian Academy will both share District 4-A as originally planned. For football, the district will include Chamberlain-Hunt Academy, Porter’s Chapel Academy and Tallulah Academy. For non-football sports, the two schools will be in the same district as Tensas Academy, Franklin Academy and Chamberlain-Hunt. Tensas Academy will be in District 8-A for eight-man football, along with Franklin, Clinton Christian Academy and Mt. Salus Christian School.

Trinity head coach Josh Loy said he’s excited his team will be moving down to Single A, since his numbers are more suited for that classification.

“Right now, we have Single-A numbers,” Loy said. “We feel like we would have been very competitive in Single A this year. We’ll probably have around 20 players against next year, and I definitely feel like we have a chance to compete for championships.”

Loy said he’s also excited to renew Trinity’s rivalry with WCCA, and he said it’s possible the Saints will still play ACCS and Centreville.

“We will have some Double-A teams on our schedule, and those two schools will certainly be in our thoughts and discussions,” Loy said.

“A lot will determine on how the Double-A districts get aligned and who will play who. We want a schedule that will challenge our team, prepare us for a playoff run but gives us a chance to compete with the numbers we have at the same time.”