Monett unaffected by class changes

Saturday, April 3, 2021

MSHSAA announces district assignments for spring sports

The Missouri State High School Athletics Association has released its spring sports district assignments, and while some sports grew in the number of classes, local schools remained unaffected by the changes.

Spring baseball grew from five classes to six, but Monett remained in Class 4, the same as the previous year.

Spring softball also shifted from one class to two, and boys golf moved from four classes to five. Purdy, Pierce City and Verona softball all remained in Class 1. Monett plays its softball season in the fall.

In golf, Monett, Pierce City and Purdy all stayed in the same class as the previous year.

Baseball

Monett will compete in Class 4, district 11 against Aurora, Cassville, Hollister, and Reeds Spring, the same opponents as last year, though that season canceled due to COVID. In the 2019 season, Monett was in Class 4, District 12 with Carl Junction, Cassville, Mt. Vernon, Nevada and Seneca.

Pierce City is in Class 3, District 11 with Clever, New Covenant, Sarcoxie, Southwest and Strafford. The Eagles previously were in District 12 with Clever, Diamond, East Newton, New Covenant and Sarcoxie.

Purdy and Verona will compete in Class 2, District 7 along with Blue Eye, Crane, Galena and Marionville, the last of which replaced Southwest in 2020’s District 6.

Softball

Pierce City moved up to the new Class 2 this spring, competing in District 5 with Clever, Diamond, East Newton, Marionville, Southwest and Spokane.

Purdy and Verona are in Class 1, District 5 with Billings, Exeter, Golden City, Lockwood, Miller and Wheaton.

Last year, Pierce City and Purdy were both in Class 1, District 11, and Verona was in District 10. The last year of competition, Purdy and Verona switched districts.

Boys golf

Monett is in Class 4, District 3, with all districts containing 15 schools.

Pierce City is in Class 2, District 3. All districts in Class 2 have 15 schools except District 1, which has 16

Purdy is in Class 1, District 2. All districts in Class 1 have 20 schools, except District 3, which has 21.

Girls soccer

Girls soccer was unchanged at four classes. Monett competes in Class 2, District 12 against Aurora, Cassville, and Logan-Rogersville.

That district has been the same since the 2017-2018 season, before Cassville’s program went varsity and Springfield-Catholic was in the group instead of the Lady Wildcats.

Boys tennis

Boys tennis went from two classes to three this year, but the only local team, Monett, was somewhat affected by the growth, as its district pool shrunk from six teams to four.

Monett is in Class 1, District 11 with Aurora, Clever and Mt. Vernon. Last year, that district housed Monett, Aurora, Carl Junction, Clever, Mt. Vernon and Thomas Jefferson.

Track and Field

Girls and boys track and field both remained at five classes this year, and the girls and boys districts are the same for each school.

Monett remained in Class 4, District 6 with Bolivar, Carl Junction, Hillcrest, Logan-Rogersville, McDonald County, Nevada, Webb City and Willard.

Purdy and Pierce City are in Class 2, District 6, which has 15 total schools. Purdy was in Class 1 last year and in Verona’s district.

Verona is in Class 1, District 6 with 16 other schools. There are eight total districts.

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