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Small changes in TSSAA's new district proposals

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By Goose Lindsay, Sports Editor

The TSSAA released it’s proposal for new districts starting next season on Friday, and if all goes according to play, Roane County’s five schools will see only minor changes in store for the next four years.

Currently, Roane County’s five high schools are in three districts. Kingston is in District 4-AA, Harriman, Rockwood and Midway are in District 3-A, while Oliver Springs is in 4-A. 

Under TSSAA’s proposal, those schools would remain in those districts with only a handful of teams being moved.

In District 4-AA, Kingston is currently joined by Christian Academy of Knoxville, Alcoa, Loudon, Scott and Stone Memorial.

Under the new proposal, Stone Memorial leaves the district and will be replaced by Knoxville Catholic.

The news is both good and bad for the Yellow Jackets. Kingston’s football team will have a tougher opponent in Knoxville Catholic, but Stone Memorial was a state tournament team in basketball last season.

District 3-A has a few more changes.

In football, the district currently has six teams playing with Harriman, Midway and Rockwood being joined by Grace Christian, Tellico Plains and Greenback.

Under the new proposal, Meigs County would replace Tellico Plains.

The district would also see some changes in basketball. Berean Christian and TSD currently play basketball in District 3-A, but they would be moved to District 2-A with a new school, Concord Christian, joining District 3-A. 

The changes in both football and basketball won’t be that big of a deal when it comes to wins and losses, but Harriman, Midway and Rockwood could benefit financially from the move in basketball. 

Each school will lose one game against an opponent that didn’t travel well. The Blue Devils, Tigers and Green Wave would benefit if they can pick up a game against an area school that travels well.

Oliver Springs will see no changes under the new proposal as District 4-A will consist of Oliver Springs, Jellico, Oneida, Sunbright, Wartburg, Coalfield and Oakdale.

 This proposed alignment will be voted on Thursday at the TSSAA Board of Control meeting in Murfreesboro.