Region classification to change in fall of 2014

While Decatur will stay in the AAA region classification for the school year, several rival private schools are set to move up. Both Woodward and St. Pius will leave the AAA region, leaving a promising new region for Decatur sports beginning next fall.

Junior Nate Scully is excited for the opportunities to qualify for more sports across the board. As a lacrosse player, who have historically won against pius in the past few years, and as a basketball player, who has lost to pius the last several years, he knows both sides of what it feels like to play a competitive game against a strong team. Overall, Scully feels having Pius in our division hurts many sports chances and is “glad to be rid of them.”

For senior basketball player Kristin Munson, she wishes she could have experienced this “easier” region.

“With Woodward and Pius moving out, things won’t be as challenging,” Munson said.

Although the region shows promise of less challenging schedule, the girls basketball team started the season off strong by beating strong region competitors, Woodward and Blessed Trinity, among others.

Teammate and senior Kori Anderson thinks the change in regions will be refreshing.

Senior Kori Anderson hopes the classification changes will help her teammates, and future players. “It’s always good to play with different types of teams,” she said.
Senior Kori Anderson hopes the classification changes will help her teammates, and future players. “It’s always good to play with different types of teams,” she said.

“To get better, you have to challenge yourself and play unfamiliar competition. I think it’s going to help my teammates better their skills and make new connections,” Anderson said.

Finalization of the regions will occur on January 14, when all school complete lateral transfer appeals. Unless schools decide to stay a region higher, for example Marist has always requested to be in AAAA rather than it’s designated region, AA. Requests to play in high regions were due Dec. 2.

According to the posted list, private schools Blessed Trinity and Westminster will play in the AAA next year against Decatur.

Last fall, the boys lacrosse team made it to the semi-finals and had the chance at the state title stripped away by one goal against rival Westminster. Scully is ready for another chance against them.

“It’s going to be great to have the intensity of a region game added onto the existing hype of our rivalry with Westminster,” he said.