If everything goes as scheduled, there will be a couple changes for the enrollment classifications for the local high schools that will mostly change some of the postseason scenarios.

Basketball had the most changes locally with two girls’ and two boys’ teams moving classes, while two softball teams changed as well. There was one change in boys’ and girls’ cross country and one in boys’ soccer as well.

For the PIAA, enrollment is measured on enrollment figures in grades 9-11 provided by schools to the PIAA in the fall of 2019. Schools have the option to play up in classification if they choose to. The PIAA realigns its classifications every two years, so these figures will be in effect for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons.

Of the boundary schools in the Bedford County, Bedford and Northern Bedford went up in overall numbers with Tussey Mountain staying the same. For the non-boundary schools, HOPE for Hyndman’s number decreased while Foundations Christian Academy had an increase.

For the boys, Northern Bedford had an increase, while all the other boundary schools went down in numbers.

For the girls, Bedford, Everett, and Tussey Mountain as well as HOPE for Hyndman had an increase in the enrollment.

Claysburg-Kimmel has an increase overall of nine students with a small decrease in boys and an increase in girls of 15.

The PIAA has approved all the brackets and the classification cycle with the exception of the basketball, which has only made it through one reading. It could be approved at the PIAA’s July meeting.

Here is a look at each of the sports and how it affects the local teams:

Girls’ Basketball – Two of the local teams jumped up in classification with Everett bumping up to 3A and Tussey Mountain to 2A. Bedford is the lone 4A team and will continue to play in the District 6-4A Tournament, while Everett and Chestnut Ridge are in 5-3A along with District 8 teams – Westinghouse and Perry Traditional Academy. Northern Bedford and Tussey Mountain are among the seven District 5 teams in 2A, and the top two teams move on to the PIAA playoffs. Claysburg-Kimmel will stay at 2A in District 6.

Girls’ Cross Country – Bedford is now the only local 2A team as Chestnut Ridge will now run with Northern Bedford, Foundations Christian Academy, and HOPE for Hyndman in the Class A District 5 Championship. There are two changes as a District 8 team (University Prep Margaret Milliones) will be part of the championships and there will be two teams advancing from the 5/8-A subregional meet. Bedford and Somerset will compete with the District 8-2A teams in a subregional.

Girls’ Soccer – There is no change in the classifications as Chestnut Ridge, Everett, Northern Bedford, and Tussey Mountain are all in 5-A, while Bedford is the only local 2A team and will compete in the District 6-2A Championship.

Girls’ Softball – Bedford County had one team drop in classification and one team move up in classification. Now Chestnut Ridge, Everett, Northern Bedford, and Tussey Mountain are all 2A, while HOPE for Hyndman is the lone A team. Bedford will compete with District 6 in 3A, while Claysburg-Kimmel will stay at 2A in District 6.

Girls’ Tennis – Bedford and Chestnut Ridge are the only local schools with teams and are 2A. The team champion out of District 5 will face the District 7 runner-up in 2020 and the District 7 champion in 2021.

Girls’ Track & Field – There is no change here as all the local teams are 2A: Bedford, Chestnut Ridge, Everett, Northern Bedford, and Tussey Mountain.

Girls’ Volleyball – There is no change here as the 2A local teams are Bedford, Chestnut Ridge, and Everett in 5-2A. HOPE for Hyndman, Northern Bedford, and Tussey Mountain are all 5-A, while Claysburg-Kimmel is 6-A.

Boys’ Baseball – The local teams are all the same classifications as the previous two years with Bedford and Chestnut Ridge at 3A, and they will compete with District 8 (Westinghouse) and District 9 (Punxsutawney) for a subregional title. Everett is the only District 5-2A team, while HOPE for Hyndman, Northern Bedford, and Tussey Mountain are all in 5-A, which advances two teams to the PIAA playoffs. Claysburg is in District 6-2A.

Boys’ Basketball – There were several changes for the local teams with Everett dropping to 2A, and Northern Bedford moving up to 2A. Bedford will remain in 4A and will now compete in the District 6-4A playoffs, which has two teams advance to the PIAA playoffs. Chestnut Ridge will now be in a 3A subregional with District 8 (Westinghouse and Perry Traditional Academy) and District 9 (Brookville, Kane, and Moniteau) with two teams advancing to the PIAA playoffs. Everett, Northern Bedford, and Tussey Mountain are all in 5-2A, while HOPE for Hyndman is in 5-A. District 5-A advances three teams to the PIAA playoffs, while 5-2A advances two. Claysburg is in District 6-2A.

Boys’ Cross Country – Just like the girl’s cross country, Bedford is now the only local 2A team as Chestnut Ridge will now run with Northern Bedford and Foundations Christian Academy in the Class A District 5 Championship. There will be one team advancing from the 5-A meet. Bedford and Somerset will compete with the District 8-2A teams in a subregional.

Boys’ Football – The local classifications are unchanged, but the postseason scenario is a little different. Bedford is in 3A and will join Somerset and the District 9 teams (Clearfield, St. Marys, and Punxsutawney) to form a subregional. Chestnut Ridge and Everett are in 2A, and will join the other three District 5 teams with District 8 (Westinghouse and Perry Traditional Academy) for a subregional. Northern Bedford and Tussey Mountain are in 5-A, and Claysburg-Kimmel is in District 6-A.

Boys’ Golf – All the local teams are 2A with Bedford, Chestnut Ridge, Everett, and Tussey Mountain in 5-2A, and Claysburg-Kimmel in 6-2A.

Boys’ Soccer – Bedford and Chestnut Ridge are 2A as Everett dropped to A. Somerset, Bedford, Chestnut Ridge, and Forbes Road will be the District 5-2A teams with one team advancing to the PIAA playoffs. Everett, HOPE for Hyndman, and Northern Bedford are in District 5-A. The 5-A will have two teams advance to the PIAA playoffs in 2020 and only one in 2021.

Boys’ Tennis – Bedford and Tussey Mountain are the only local schools with teams and are 2A. The team champion out of District 5 will face the District 7 runner-up in 2021 and the District 7 champion in 2022.

Boys’ Track & Field – There is no change here as all the local teams are 2A: Bedford, Chestnut Ridge, Everett, Northern Bedford, and Tussey Mountain.

Boys’ Wrestling – There is no change here as all the local teams are 2A: Bedford, Chestnut Ridge, Everett, Northern Bedford, and Tussey Mountain in District 5, and Claysburg-Kimmel is in District 6-2A. In a change from previous years, there will be 17 wrestlers in each weight at the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional Tournament, meaning there will be a pigtail match at each weight. District 7 will now have eight wrestlers at each weight instead of seven, while District 6 (six wrestlers) and District 5 (three) will have the same number as previous years.

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