PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — The landscape of West Virginia excessive faculty basketball should trade appreciably as the state athletics fee proposes adding the fourth classification in 2021. The notion is a two-12 months test run for basketball simplest, stated Bernie Dolan, executive director of the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission. “There changed into some hesitation to absolutely turn each sport the other way up till we see how this performs out,” Dolan stated. “We can check it after two years and see if it looks as if it’s honest.” A vote may be held April 2 with the aid of the SSAC Board of Control, and if passed, the degree might be dispatched to the county’s Board of Education. Dolan confirmed four of the eight Class A personal faculties could probably flow up to larger lessons: Charleston Catholic, Notre Dame, Saint Joseph Central and Wheeling Central Catholic. Remaining in Class A would be Greater Beckley Christian, Madonna, Parkersburg Catholic, and Trinity. “Depending on how the numbers wash out in 12 months, we’re no longer positive who’s going to head up or down, but it isn’t moving everyone wholesale up simply due to the fact you’re a non-public college,” Dolan stated. “I sense there are particular blessings to being a private college, due to the fact you’re in a metropolis, and there are masses of getting admission to each people as well as centers. We just tried to position a variety of on that that we notion changed into honest to try to balance it.
” Saint Joseph Central’s girls’ basketball crew won its 9th Class A championship inside the closing 11 years over the weekend. Fifteen of the last 17 Class A champions in boys basketball are personal faculties, which includes a stretch from 2002-2012 in which an individual faculty gained the name eleven straight seasons. Wheeling Central’s boy’s basketball software has won eight Class A titles because of 2002. “I’ve continually argued that during our type device our schools have benefits, no longer because they’re private, however wherein they’re positioned,” Dolan stated. “Through some of the conferences we’ve had in our Competitive Balance Committee, we tried to place more than a few on what that balance ought to be.” Through the thought, each faculty could have a score from 1-a hundred that weighs numerous factors. Dolan said 70 percent of your rating would come from enrollment and 20 percentage from location [whether it’s the location to a city or county seat]. The final 10 percent is an aggregate of the economics of the county and students enrolled. “All those matters get all mashed together, there’s a calculation and then it puts the schools in numerical order, and we simply will divide those into four instructions just for basketball.” The Competitive Balance Committee consists of 18 people — 5 principals or athletic administrators from the three cutting-edge training, and three contributors to the WVSSAC Board of Directors. Representatives from public and private colleges formed the suggestion. The courtroom type, which Dolan believes has a “correct chance” to bypass, ought to have a major effect on public faculties. “There are public college members who are going to move up also, and that they’re likely not satisfied with it,” Dolan stated. “It’s not we flow personal faculties. There are different ones which can be shifting up because they have the ones equal blessings of an area and of the economics of their town in addition to in their faculty.” The basketball nation tournament currently runs Wednesday through Saturday, with eight individuals from each of the three training, Under a four-magnificence device, Dolan stated play would begin with six additional video games Tuesday.