The numbers are all in, now all local high schools can do is wait and see what classification and district they will be placed in next school year.
Reclassification of schools by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association was the biggest item on the agenda for the group's Board of Control this year, a task the TSSAA faces every four years.
After deciding to keep the football playoff series in the current six classifications, the board then turned to the member schools to submit their enrollment numbers, which were turned in by Oct. 1. Next week, the TSSAA staff will take those enrollment numbers and divide into classes based on those figures.
Those proposed classes will then be made public, and schools will have until Oct. 24 to decide if they want to stay in that particular classification, or possibly move up. Schools may move up in classfication if they desire, but not down.
After that Oct. 24 deadline, the TSSAA will send out a proposed district and region list that schools will play in for the next four years, and those districts and regions will then be officially acted on by the TSSAA Board of Control at their Nov. 15 meeting.
The enrollment figures are available on the web site (tssaa.org). It's interesting to note that four of the five local schools have turned in lower numbers than were used four years ago when schools were last classified.
Greeneville High School's enrollment is at 842, down from 892 which was used in 2009.
Among the county schools, West Greene is largest with 667 students (down from 706) in 209). Chuckey-Doak, which was largest in 2009 with 718 students, now is listed with 644.
South Greene, which has played the past four years as one of the smallest Class AA schools in the state with a 2009 enrollment of 531, now stands at 491. If the cut between Class A and Class AA comes somewhere around the 520 figure, which many suspect, the Rebels would be qualified to play in Class A the next four years.
Only North Greene's numbers were up over four years ago, and that was by only four students. The number turned in this year to TSSAA was 402, compared to 398 in 2009.
Among the other Blue Ridge Athletic Conference schools -- Grainger, Claiborne and Cumberland Gap, only Grainger has shown growth in the past four years. Grainger has 919 students, up from the 891 used for classification in 2009. Claiborne dropped from 857 to 801 this year, while Cumberland Gap showed a large drop as well, from 615 to 568.
Among other items of note in the TSSAA enrollment numbers:
*Clinch of Hawkins County is still one of the five smallest schools in the state with an erollment of 40.
*Blackman of Murfreesboro is now the largest school in Tennessee with an enrollment of 2381.
*Science Hill of Johnson City is the largest school in East Tennessee with 2207 students, making it the fourth largest in Tennessee. Jefferson County, with 2147 students, ranks as seventh largest in the state.
You can also take a look at tssaa.org and keep track on how teams are shaping up for the playoffs. Teams in the quadrants across the state change from week to week as the standings change, and they don't take into consideration the first criteria for qualifying for the playoffs, which is finishing first or second in the district.
That being said, no game is probably more important than Friday's showdown at North Greene where the Huskies take on Cloudland. Cloudland and Hampton are currently tied for first place in Region 1-1A with 3-0 records, while the Huskies are at 2-1. North Greene has an open date next week, then closes out the season with another regional game against Hancock County.
If the playoffs started this week, both Cloudland and North Greene would be in, with Cloudland in Class 1A and North Greene in Class 2A.
Both Chuckey-Doak and West Greene are still in the hunt for the Class 3A playoffs, along with Blue Ridge fellow member Cumberland Gap. West Greene has county rivals South Greene and Chuckey-Doak left to play. The Knights still have three games to go, at home to Greeneville Friday, home to West Greene next week, then on the road at South Greene to finish up.
Both Greeneville and Grainger are still alive in the Class 4A playoff hunt.