Tigers moving back to 4A
By Michael Butler
Tallassee High School's athletic programs will be dropping back down to the Alabama High School Athletic Associaton's 4A classification beginning with the 2016-17 school year.
Since 2006, THS has been 5A except for one cycle when it went back to Class 4A from 2012-13. The AHSAA does reclassification and realignment every two years. The numbers are based on 10th - 12th grade attendance including 9th grade holdbacks.
For the most recent reclassication, a seventh class was added. There were six classifications from 1984 until the change. Tallassee had been 4A until the move up in '06.
Tallassee's attendance average is 365.05, ranking it 14 in size among 62 4A schools. Haleyville with an average of 388.8 is the largest. Dadeville with 297.3 is the smallest.
Dadeville and Elmore County, former non-region opponents in football will be in Region 3 with Tallassee along with familiar foes of old, Holtville, Childersburg and Handley. Two-time defending 4A champion Leeds is also included with semifinalist from 2015 Munford.
Region 3 is identical to last year with Tallassee as the new addition. The top five teams had winning records; Leeds (13-2), Munford (10-4), Handley (8-3), Dadeville (6-6) and Elmore County (6-4). Childersburg was 2-8 and Holtville went 0-10.
Tallassee will play in Area 5 for basketball with Alabama Christian, Dadeville, Elmore County and Holtville. In baseball and softball, the Tigers are in Area 5 with Dadeville, Elmore County and Holtville.
Class 7A Hoover is the AHSAA's largest participating school with a daily average of 2,143.o5.
Class 4A/Region 3 Football
Class 4A/Region 5 Basketball
Class 4A/Region 5 Baseball/Softball