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Suburban high schools go colorful in new groupings for 2018-19 sports seasons

By: Warren Mayes


It will be a new look this 2018-19 season for suburban sports teams and who they will be playing against.

All 31 Suburban Conference schools in the region will in divided into pools based on competitiveness, geography, enrollment and natural rivalries. These pools for each sport have been set by the athletic directors with approval from Conference Commissioner Larry Cunningham and school superintendents.

“I think we’re all really excited about it,” Cunningham said. “A lot of coaches are really positive about this year.”

The St. Louis Suburban Public High School Athletic and Activities Association re-aligned their three conferences into various pools by sport.

For purposes of athletic competition pool assignments will be based on the following factors: athletics offered, competitive balance, competitive trends, diversity and school size.

The athletic directors discussed at a meeting and it grew from there.

The driving force in this big change was the variance in the competitive balance among the football teams.

“Probably the key reason for this was the safety of the athletes,” Cunningham said. “It was all about football really in the sense that some schools fit into the league or division they were in fine but football is a little bit different.

“So we started looking into it. We started moving schools around for competitive balance for football. We like the look of it. So we looked at all the sports. We started talking through it.”

The new alignments will be better for all schools, Cunningham said.

“Schools that are highly competitive a lot of times, they don’t want to play an unbalanced team,” Cunningham said. “In baseball, we had some scores like 34-0 and that’s not good for the school with the 34 runs and for one with zero runs.

“We balanced it out there. In the groups that we now have, those teams are competitive now whether it’s two strong teams or two weaker teams.”

The belief is that this will help schools to improve their teams.

“Programs that are weaker now have the opportunity to build their programs and have some success,” Cunningham said. “It just snowballed. Now teams in the same situations will be playing.”

The geographical ties of the old Suburban conferences are gone. The old directional format placed the teams into Suburban Central, North, South and West leagues.

That is history. Colors are in.

Each sport will be divided into four pools. A color will identify. They will be yellow, followed by red, green and blue.

Yellow pools are where the top schools in each sport will be placed. The Blue pools are for the teams at the bottom of the competition ladder.

The lone exception will be cross country. All the teams will be grouped in the yellow pool.

Football will not begin for two years because schedules are done two years at a time and they already have been made. Football will have five colors. It will add in orange and it will be placed between red and greed.

In two years, the other sports be evaluated again and teams may be moved depending on how they perform.

“I think things like soccer, baseball, softball will be helped,” Cunningham said. “Some teams that are extremely good and others that aren’t as good are together. Things will be balanced.

“I think it will be interesting in boys and girls basketball. It’s going to be really enjoyable. The pools are wide-ranging. All are highly competitive and good for the programs. Fans will see some games and opponents they normally wouldn’t see.”

The goals of the St. Louis Suburban Public High School Athletic and Activities Association are to provide academic activities and athletics that support student understanding and application of the Missouri Learning Standards; and to promote diversity, sportsmanship, Competitive balance, safety and skill development through appropriate competition.

The Suburban Athletics and Activities Association supports these goals by:

• Promoting activities and scheduling that encourage improved student academic achievement.

• Encouraging student participation in academic extracurricular activities and athletics.

• Designing Association activities, scheduling, and conference structures that promote interaction of students from diverse socioeconomic, ethnic and racial backgrounds.

• Promoting responsible citizenship and sportsmanship at all events.

• Promoting a safe event environment, accommodating the needs of participants and spectators.

• Encouraging and supporting district/school efforts to engage all students in academic and athletic opportunities in their school and communit.

• Recognizing individual and team accomplishments.

St. Louis Suburban Conference realignment for 2018-19

BOYS BASKETBALL

Yellow pool: Hazelwood Central, Jennings, Lafayette, Marquette, Parkway South, Ritenour, Webster Groves

Red pool: Eureka, Kirkwood, Lindbergh, McCluer, McCluer North, Parkway Central, Parkway West, Pattonville, Ladue

Green pool: Hazelwood East, Hazelwood West, Mehlville, McCluer South-Berkeley, Oakville, Riverview, Summit

Blue pool: Affton, Clayton, Normandy, Northwest, Parkway North, Seckman, University City, Fox

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Yellow pool: Hazelwood Central, Hazelwood West, Kirkwood, Parkway Central, Parkway North, Webster Groves

Red pool: Eureka, Ladue, Lafayette, Lindbergh, Marquette, McCluer North, Parkway South, Pattonville

Green pool: Clayton, Fox, McCluer, Mehlville, Oakville, Parkway West, Ritenour, Summit, Seckman

Blue pool: Affton, Hazelwood East, McCluer South-Berkeley, Normandy, Northwest, Riverview, University City, Jennings

BOYS SOCCER

Yellow pool: Eureka, Kirkwood, Ladue, Lafayette, Lindbergh, Marquette, Mehlville, Oakville, Summit, Webster Groves

Red pool: Clayton, Fox, Hazelwood West, Northwest, Parkway West, Parkway Central, Parkway North, Parkway South, Pattonville, Ritenour, Seckman, Affton

Blue pool: Hazelwood Central, Hazelwood East, McCluer, McCluer North, University City

GIRLS SOCCER

Yellow pool: Eureka, Kirkwood, Lafayette, Lindbergh, Marquette, Oakville, Summit, Webster Groves

Red pool: Fox, Ladue, Mehlville, Parkway Central, Parkway South, Parkway West, Pattonville, Seckman, Northwest

Green pool: Affton, Clayton, Hazelwood West, Hazelwood Central, McCluer North, Parkway North, Ritenour

Blue pool: Hazelwood East, Jennings, McCluer, McCluer South-Berkely, Normandy, Riverview, University City

BOYS SWIMMING

Yellow pool: Eureka, Kirkwood, Ladue, Lafayette, Lindbergh and Marquette

Red pool: Parkway Central, Pattonville, Parkway South, Parkway West, Summit, Webster Groves

Green pool: Clayton, Hazelwood West, McCluer North, Mehlville, Oakville, Parkway North

Blue pool: Affton, Hazelwood Central, Hazelwood East, McCluer, McCluer South-Berkeley, Ritenour, University City

GIRLS SWIMMING

Yellow pool: Eureka, Kirkwood, Lafayette, Lindbergh, Marquette, Parkway Central, Parkway South, Parkway West

Red pool: Clayton, Hazelwood West, Ladue, McCluer North, Mehlville, Oakville, Parkway North, Pattonville, Summit, Webster Groves

Blue pool: Affton, Hazelwood Central, Hazelwood East, McCluer, McCluer South-Berkeley, Ritenour, University City

SOFTBALL

Yellow pool: Eureka, Lafayette, Lindbergh, Marquette, Oakville, Parkway South, Seckman, Summit

Red pool: Fox, Hazelwood West, Kirkwood, Mehlville, Northwest, Parkway Central, Pattonville, Webster Groves, Parkway West

Green pool: Affton, Hazelwood Central, Ladue, McCluer North, Parkway North, Ritenour

Blue pool: Hazelwood East, Jennings, McCluer, McCluer South-Berkeley, Normandy, Riverview, University City, Clayton

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Yellow pool: Eureka, Kirkwood, Lafayette, Lindbergh, Marquette, Parkway West, Webster Groves

Red pool: Ladue, Northwest, Oakville, Parkway Central, Parkway North, Parkway South, Mehlville, Summit

Green pool: Affton, Clayton, Fox, Hazelwood Central, Hazelwood West, McCluer North, Seckman, Pattonville, Ritenour

Blue pool: Hazelwood East, Jennings, McCluer, McCluer South-Berkeley, Normandy, Riverview, University City

BASEBALL

Yellow pool: Eureka, Kirkwood, Lafayette, Lindbergh, Marquette, Oakville, Parkway South, Summit

Red pool: Hazelwood West, McCluer North, Parkway Central, Parkway North, Parkway West, Pattonville, Ritenour, Webster, Ladue

Green pool: Affton, Clayton, Fox, Hazelwood Central, Mehlville, Northwest, Seckman

Blue pool: Hazelwood East, Jennings, McCluer, McCluer South-Berkeley, Normandy, Riverview, University City

WRESTLING

Yellow pool: Eureka, Lafayette, McCluer North, Mehlville, Northwest, Parkway South, Seckman, Lindbergh

Red pool: Fox, Hazelwood Central, Hazelwood West, Kirkwood, Ladue, Marquette, Pattonville, Ritenour, Webster Groves, Summit

Green pool: Affton, Hazelwood East, McCluer, McCluer South-Berkeley, Normandy, Oakville, Parkway Central, Parkway North, Parkway West, University City, Clayton

BOYS TENNIS

Yellow pool: Kirkwood, Ladue, Lafayette, Lindbergh, Marquette, Parkway Central, Webster Groves

Red pool: Clayton, Eureka, Oakville, Parkway South, Parkway West, Summit

Green pool: Hazelwood West, McCluer North, Mehlville, Parkway North, Pattonville, Ritenour

Blue pool: Hazelwood East, Hazelwood Central, McCluer, University City

GIRLS TENNIS

Yellow pool: Kirkwood, Lafayette, Marquette, Parkway Central, Parkway West

Red pool: Eureka, Ladue, Lindbergh, Oakville, Parkway South, Summit, Clayton

Green pool: Hazelwood West, McCluer North, Mehlville, Parkway North, Pattonville, Webster Groves

Blue pool: Hazelwood Central, Hazelwood East, McCluer, McCluer South-Berkeley, Ritenour, University City

BOYS GOLF

Yellow pool: Eureka, Kirkwood, Lafayette, Lindbergh, Marquette, Oakville, Parkway South

Red pool: Affton, Fox, Ladue, Mehlville, Northwest, Seckman, Summit, Webster Groves

Green pool: Clayton, McCluer North, Parkway Central, Parkway North, Parkway West, Pattonville, Ritenour, University City

GIRLS GOLF

Yellow pool: Eureka, Kirkwood, Lafayette, Marquette, Seckman, Summit

Red pool: Oakville, Fox, Lindbergh, Mehlville, Northwest, Parkway South, Webster Groves

Green pool: Clayton, Ladue, McCluer North, Parkway Central, Parkway North, Parkway West, Pattonville, Ritenour, Affton

BOYS AND GIRLS TRACK

Yellow pool: Eureka, Hazelwood Central, Hazelwood West, Lafayette, Lindbergh, Marquette, Northwest, Ritenour

Red pool: McCluer North, Mehlville, Parkway South, Pattonville, Seckman, Fox, Kirkwood, Oakville

Green pool: Hazelwood East, Ladue, Parkway Central, Parkway North, Parkway West, Summit, Webster Groves, McCluer

Blue pool: Affton, Clayton, University City, Jennings, McCluer South-Berkeley, Riverview, Normandy

BOYS AND GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

Yellow pool: Affton, Clayton, Eureka, Fox, Hazelwood Central, Hazelwood West, Hazelwood East, Kirkwood, Ladue, Lafayette, Lindbergh, Marquette, McCluer South-Berkeley, McCluer, McCluer North, Mehlville, Normandy, Northwest, Oakville, Parkway Central, Parkway North, Parkway South, Parkway West, Pattonville, Ritenour, Riverview, Summit, Seckman, University City, Webster Groves

 

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