By Pierre Bibbs
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MHSA holds April Meeting; Fairview, Chinook to jump to Class B

 

April 20, 2022

Look up! Next year, high school basketball hoops around the state of Montana will feature shot clocks. Photo by Pierre Bibbs.

The Montana High School Association (MHSA) held a regularly scheduled meeting which started on Monday, April 11, and concluded on Tuesday, April 12.

Though the board touched on many topics during their April Board Meeting, a few items will likely impact Phillips County athletic events, the largest of which is reclassifications by other schools. The board also approved shot clock rules for basketball and State competition sites for the 2023-24 athletic year.

Fairview High School and Chinook High School are both moving up from Class C to Class B.

The last instance where a Phillips County team faced the Fairview Warriors was last month when the North Country Mavericks lost to Fairview in the first round of the Eastern C Divisional.

In 2023-24, Fairview is tentatively set to be a part of District 2B, the district that Malta belongs to in volleyball, basketball, and track and field.

Chinook High School is also reclassifying from Class C to Class B and is tentatively assigned to compete in District 1B for volleyball, basketball, and track and field. If passed in November, the Sugarbetters will be a part of the Northern B Division. Chinook will also continue to compete in the Eastern Division.


All new district placings will be fully determined in the November Executive Board Meeting.

A total of nine schools were reclassified in this year's meeting. Those schools include Bigfork, who is leaving Class B for Class A. Several schools will be making the jump from Class C to Class B including Chinook High School, Fairview High School, Lone Peak High School, Darby High School, Ennis High School, Park City High School, and Superior High School. Forsyth High School will be the only school dropping from Class B to Class C.


The board also approved shot clock rules and clarifications for high school basketball. The 2022-23 season will be the first season that Montana High School Basketball will require all participating schools to incorporate a 35-second Shot Clock.

The board also approved that post-season officials will be paid at the beginning of the tournament that they are assigned to work at upon arrival. Officials that officiate play-in games during the postseason will be paid a separate check at the beginning of the event.

The board also approved sites for a majority of State meets and tournaments from the Fall of 2023 to the Spring of 2024 (not to be confused will the 2022-23 season happening this upcoming school year).

2023-24: State Cross Country will take place on October 21, 2023, in Kalispell (Rebecca Farm). State All-Class Volleyball will take place in Bozeman from November 9-11, 2023. State B-C Speech and Drama will take place at Choteau High School from January 26-27, 2024. State All-Class Wrestling will take place at MetraPark in Billings from February 9-10. State B Basketball (boys & girls) will take place at MetraPark from March 7-9, 2024. State C Basketball (boys & girls) will take place at ExpoPark in Great Falls. State Solo and Ensemble East will take place May 13-18, 2024, in Billings. A site for State B Golf and State C Golf have yet to be determined for the event is scheduled to take place May 13-18. State C Track will take place in Great Falls from May 24-25, 2024. State A-B Track will take place from May 24-25, but a site has not been determined.

Dates for the upcoming season (2022-23) were also filled in during the board meeting.

2022-23: State Cross Country will take place on October 22, 2022, at the University of Montana Golf Course in Missoula. State All-Class Volleyball will take place in Bozeman from November 10-12, 2022. State B-C Speech and Drama will take place in Manhattan from January 27-28, 2023. State All-Class Wrestling will take place at MetraPark in Billings from February 10-11, 2023. State B Basketball (boys & girls) will take place in Great Falls (ExpoPark) from March 9-11, 2023, 2023. State C Basketball (boys & girls) will take place in Billings (MetraPark) from March 8-11, 2023. State Solo and Ensemble East will be in Billings from May 5-6, 2023. State B Golf will be held from May 16-17, 2023, at Marias Valley Golf and Country Club in Shelby. State AA-B Track and Field will be May 26-27, 2023, in Bozeman (Gallatin HS Complex). State A-C Track will be May 26-27, in Laurel (Laurel Sports Complex).

 

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