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MHSA approves move of seven schools, including 8-Man champ Thompson Falls, in football realignments

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HELENA — The Montana High School Association Executive Board on Tuesday approved the move of seven schools to different levels in Class B, 8-Man and 6-Man football.

Thompson Falls, which won the 8-Man championship over Drummond-Philipsburg on Saturday, will return to Class B's Western division, where the Blue Hawks compete in all other sports. 

Denton-Geyser-Stanford/Winnett-Grass Range (DGS-GRW) and Valley Christian will move up from 6-Man to 8-Man, and Deer Lodge will drop from Class B to 8-Man. Absarokee, Twin Bridges and Great Falls Central will drop from 8-Man to 6-Man.

The 8-Man classification will also move from four divisions to five with the addition of South Central and Southeastern divisions in addition to the preexisting Eastern, Northern and Western divisions whose footprints will be adjusted.

The changes would take effect this fall pending a two-week period for the schools to comment on the action.

After reviewing the MHSA Boys Baseball Ad-Hoc Committees recommendation, the Board also approved submitting an annual meeting proposal for member schools to vote on adding boys baseball as an MHSA-sanctioned sport.

Finally, the Board slightly adjusted enrollment ranges for all four classes and announced realignments for Class B-C tennis, 8-Man football and Class C Southern division basketball and track and field.

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