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  • Sidelines: What impact will soccer changes have?

  • The past two seasons the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) has increased the number of boys’ and girls’ soccer classifications from two to three.
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  • The past two seasons the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) has increased the number of boys’ and girls’ soccer classifications from two to three.
    And things have worked out pretty good in the three-class setup for the Rolla High School soccer squads.
    Now, for the 2014-15 school year, MSHSAA plans to divide the soccer field yet again, moving from three to four classifications.
    How will that affect RHS? Rolla High soccer head coach Mike Howard isn’t sure.
    Howard had his doubts when his boys’ and girls’ teams dropped from the largest class to the middle class in the 2012-13 school year.
    However, in the past two years the RHS teams did fine. The boys made it to the Class 2 Quarterfinals in 2012 and looked to be on the path to another quarterfinal berth in 2013 before an unexpected upset loss in the district tournament ended the season prematurely.
    And the Lady Bulldogs could very well have found themselves in the Class 2 Final Four the past two seasons...except for the fact they were clipped by Jefferson City Helias both years in the finals of the district tournament. The Helias Lady Crusaders were state semifinalists both years, finishing third in this year’s Class 2 State Tournament last weekend.
    In fact, both Rolla soccer squads finished in the top-10 of the Class 2 final state poll for the 2013-14 school year - the Lady Bulldogs finishing No. 7 this spring and the RHS boys No. 10 this past fall.
    How will they fare and where will they finish in a four-classification setup?
    Howard says he has no idea.
    “I think in August they’ll make it public,” Howard said. “I really have no clue where we’ll be. There are a bunch of different proposals. One makes Class 4 the catch-all division, with Classes 1, 2 3 all having equal breaks. One makes Class 1 the catch-all, with Class 2, 3 and 4 having equal breaks.
    “For the game of soccer I think the way we had it set up across the state last year was the best for soccer. I just don’t know if there are enough teams to have four classes.”
    Stay tuned.

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