Some WV high school sports teams to change classes

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PARKERSBURG, WV (AP) – Several West Virginia high school athletic teams will be changing classes after the governing body for prep sports released its structure system based on enrollment for the next four school years.

The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission on Thursday approved the structure for the 2020-21 through 2023-24 school years.

Under the reclassification, Bridgeport, Lincoln County and Oak Hill High schools will move from Class AA to Class AAA, which will expand from 29 to 32 teams.

Class AA will shrink by seven schools to 37. James Monroe, Man, Petersburg and River View will move down to Class A.

There will be 56 Class A schools starting next fall, up two from the previous reclassification. Fayetteville and Valley Fayette have closed.

A separate four-class system for basketball will start a year from now as a two-year trial.

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