The final enrollment numbers are in. The Hickman Mills/Ruskin debate is over.

The final enrollment numbers are in. The Hickman Mills/Ruskin debate is over.

That allowed the four Suburban Conference divisions to be set for the next two years.

Officially, the conferences go in descending enrollments as Suburban Gold Division, Red, White and Blue. That method is confusing.

So knowing other area publications may come up with a different format, The Examiner has named the four divisions:

Suburban Big Six (presently the Big Seven): Blue Springs, Blue Springs South, Liberty, Lee’s Summit, Lee’s Summit North, Raymore-Peculiar.

Suburban Middle Six (presently the Big Six): Ruskin/Hickman Mills, Lee’s Summit West, North Kansas City, Park Hill, St. Joseph Central, Truman.

Suburban Middle Seven (presently the Middle Six): Belton, Fort Osage, Park Hill South, Raytown, Raytown South, William Chrisman, Winnetonka.

Suburban Small Six (presently the Small Six): Grandview, Kearney, the new Liberty North, Oak Park, Platte County and Staley.

The Big Six remains the same except St. Joseph Central drops to the Middle Six. Because of the decision to combine the schools, Ruskin/Hickman Mills moves up from the Small Six because its enrollment together will be larger. Lee’s Summit West and North Kansas City, now in the present Middle Six, move up to the new second-tier conference, which will also be referred to as the Middle Six.

Current Big Six members Park Hill South, William Chrisman and Winnetonka drop to the Middle Seven, the third tier. In the biggest shift, Oak Park goes from the current Big Six to the Small Six.

Since its opening six years ago, Lee’s Summit West has moved up from the fourth tier to the second.

“From top to bottom, those four are pretty good conferences,” conference secretary Jerry Hedger said of the realignments.

Chrisman athletic director Dan Ogle was elated by the Bears’ move to the third-tier Middle Seven.

“I think it’s great in the sense that we are now enrollment-wise the same size as everyone else,” Ogle said. “This creates a level playing field. We get to play with people our size.”

Despite being in different conferences, Chrisman and rival Truman will continue to play each other but likely only once in basketball, baseball and soccer.

In football, Chrisman will play six the conference games and continue to meet Truman for the Wagon Wheel Trophy.

That leaves only three other games on the Chrisman schedule. However, some of the conference games could also be district games. The Missouri State High School Activities Association announces today its new football district assignments for the next two years.

All 25 Suburban Conference football schedules will be known next week.

• Blue Springs had a 36-game girls basketball conference winning streak end in the 46-39 loss to Liberty on Jan. 4.

And the Belton boys snapped a 38-game losing streak in its 70-55 victory over the North Kansas City junior varsity in the seventh-place game in the North Kansas City Tournament on Jan. 22.

• Par Pitts has resigned as the Odessa football coach to become the new head coach at Troy Buchanan, which is located north of St. Louis. He went 6-15 in two years at Odessa. And former Raytown and Winnetonka coach Ken Clemens will be the new football coach at Liberty North.

• The new Chrisman football coach will not be announced until the Independence School Board meets Feb. 2 and approves the hiring.

 

Suburban Conference 2010-11 realignment

Here are the new divisions of the Suburban Conference from the bi-yearly realignment. These divisions will be effective at the start of the 2010-2011 school year. The conference will have the same amount of teams with the Ruskin and Hickman Mills high schools combining and the addition of the new Liberty North. Divisions are based on student enrollment figures. On the top is the new alignment. On the bottom, is the current alignment:

NEW ALIGNMENT

BIG SIX (GOLD)
Blue Springs
Blue Springs South
Lee’s Summit
Lee’s Summit North
Liberty
Raymore-Peculiar
MIDDLE SIX (RED)
Lee’s Summit West
North Kansas City
Park Hill
Ruskin/Hickman Mills
St. Joseph Central
Truman
MIDDLE SEVEN (WHITE)
Belton
Fort Osage
Park Hill South
Raytown
Raytown South
William Chrisman
Winnetonka
SMALL SIX (BLUE)
Grandview
Kearney
Liberty North
Oak Park
Platte County
Staley

OLD ALIGNMENT

BIG SEVEN (GOLD)
Blue Springs
Blue Springs South
Lee’s Summit
Lee’s Summit North
Liberty
Raymore-Peculiar
St. Joseph Central
BIG SIX (RED)
Oak Park
Park Hill
Park Hill South
Truman
William Chrisman
Winnetonka
MIDDLE SIX (WHITE)
Belton
Fort Osage
Lee’s Summit West
North Kansas City
Raytown
Raytown South
SMALL SIX (BLUE)
Grandview
Hickman Mills
Kearney
Platte County
Ruskin
Staley