New basketball classes

ROCKPORT The Maine Principals Association’s proposal to add a fifth class to the state’s high school basketball ranks next season was approved at a meeting on April 30.

Membership voted in favor of the proposal 67-29.

The change from the traditional four-class system is an effort to address a southward shift in the population that has contributed to declining school enrollments in northern Maine.

The creation of Class AA for the state’s largest basketball-playing schools is meant to reduce the gap between the largest and smallest schools within a class and create more balanced competition.

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