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LHS stays in Class 5A for ‘06-‘07

September 28, 2006

Lansing High's two-year run as the smallest school in Kansas Class 5A is over.

LHS now is the second-smallest school in 5A.

Lansing will spend a third straight year in 5A. That was revealed Tuesday when the Kansas State High School Activities Association released its classification and enrollment numbers for the 2006-'07 school year. Those numbers account for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.

Lansing reported an enrollment of 546, up from 522 a year ago. Sumner Academy is the smallest 5A school with 536. Sumner was the fourth-largest 4A school last year. Bonner Springs jumped from 4A to 5A this year, and Hutchinson fell from 6A to 5A. Hutchinson is the largest 5A school with 1,019 students. St. Thomas Aquinas is the second-largest in the class with 953. Gone from the 5A ranks this year are Blue Valley West, Paola and Pittsburg.

Augusta is the largest 4A school this year with 526 students in grades 10-12. Another 4A school whose enrollment could rattle the classification charts the next few years is St. James Academy in Lenexa. The second-year Catholic school has an enrollment of 260, but it only has freshmen and sophomore classes this year. The school will grow by a grade each of the next two years.

The difference between participating in 5A and 4A postseason competitions varies by sport, but the primary difference is that there are 64 schools in 4A compared to just 32 in 5A.

That means in sports such as basketball and volleyball, teams must win one fewer postseason game to advance to state in 5A.

LHS track and cross country coach Errol Logue said he prefers to stay in 5A.

"I don't see any difference in the level of competition in track and cross country, but there are fewer schools (in 5A) so it makes it easier to get people to state," he said. "There are good track schools in both classes, so there's no difference to me. Now in five years I might feel different about it."

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