Warren girls hoops to Quad-A, listed among potential D10 region changes

District 10 announced on Sunday its planned region realignment for the upcoming 2014-2016 high school sports cycle.

While nothing will be made official until the regions are voted on by a committee of District 10 officials in January, there are some significant changes in line for county schools.

Most notably, the Warren Lady Dragons’ basketball team has opted to play up to Class AAAA, despite having Class AAA numbers in the next cycle. Warren will compete with Central Tech, East, Fort LeBoeuf, General McLane, McDowell, and Strong Vincent in an all-Class AAAA region beginning next season.

According to Warren coach Lisa Ruhlman, General McLane was going to play Class AAA by class numbers – up from Class AA this season, but first opted to play up to Quad-A. That left the number of Class AAA teams below the threshold for three PIAA playoff teams out of District 10.

Warren would be leaving a Class AAA region that included champion Villa Maria, second-place Mercyhurst Prep, and a classification that includes Hickory, which has defeated Warren in the playoffs each of the past two years.

Ruhlman also noted that the all-Class AAAA Region 7 would be all public schools, Central Tech, McDowell, East, Strong Vincent, General McLane and Fort LeBoeuf, and have two PIAA playoff spots.

Franklin defeated Villa Maria for the District 10 Class AAA title last year, but is dropping to Class AA to play in Youngsville’s and Eisenhower’s region (see below).

The Warren boys will remain in a Class AAA region with Corry, Fort LeBouef, Girard, Harbor Creek, and General McLane. Class AAA’s East and Strong Vincent will jump to Class AAA/AAAA Region 7 to compete in a proposed Erie City League with Cathedral Prep, McDowell, and Central.

Despite moving up to Class AA, the Eisenhower boys and Youngsville girls will play many of the teams they were matched with in the current cycle.

The Knights and Eagles will still compete in Region 3, with the addition of Union City for both boys and girls, Erie First Christian Academy for boys only, and Franklin for girls only. Conneaut, a Class AAA school which competed with Eisenhower and Youngsville due to consolidation of three Class A schools, will be placed in an all Class AAA region.

On the gridiron, Warren’s new Class AA region will consist of Corry, Greenville, Grove City, Hickory, Sharon, Slippery Rock, and Titusville. Slippery Rock advanced to the District 10 semifinal in Class AAA this season, and Hickory was defeated in the PIAA state semifinal game in Class AA.

The only change to Youngsville and Eisenhower’s Region 2 Class A football schedule will be the addition of Saegertown to replace Mercyhurst Prep, which will move up to Class AA.

Warren baseball will play in Class AAA Region 6, along with Grove City, Meadville, Oil City, Slippery Rock, Conneaut, and Corry. Youngsville and Eisenhower’s baseball teams are still in Class A Region 4, which loses Franklin, Maplewood and Titusville, but adds Cochranton and Union City.

The newly formed county-wide golf team will compete against Meadville, Oil City, and Conneaut on the boys side, while the girls remain in a league with Strong Vincent, Meadville, and McDowell.

Here is a look at a few of the proposed regions which could affect county schools (complete proposed regions are available at www.piaadistrict10.org):