KHSAA adopts new soccer alignment

The KHSAA Board of Control has approved a new boys and girls soccer alignment that does no favors for Advocate-area teams, some of whom have had it pretty good since the last realignment in 2004.

That shift moved Boyle County, Danville and other local teams farther away from other teams in the Bluegrass, making it easier for them to get to the state tournament and giving a couple of team —  the 2008 Boyle boys and ’09 Danville boys — a smoother road to the final four.

This realignment, however, dumps a load of rocks squarely in the middle of that road. The 16 regions and 53 districts will now be matched as closely as possible to those in basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball. That means:

  • Boyle, Danville, Garrard County and Lincoln County will be together in the 45th District.
  • Mercer County will be out of the Boyle-Danville district but will be in the 46th District with East Jessamine and West Jessamine.
  • East Jessamine and West Jessamine add strength to the region — West Jessamine’s girls made the final four last year — that the teams leaving the local region — Campbellsville, Marion County, Russell County and Taylor County — don’t exactly counterbalance.

In addition, it’s likely that the 12th Region winners would advance to a four-team sectional that would the winners of Regions 9 through 11, meaning that teams that emerge from the 12th would probably have to beat two really good teams — probably one from the Lexington area and one from northern Kentucky — to reach the final four.

The alignment is effective with the 2012 season.

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