Give them all a trophy
The PIAA is going to 6 classifications.
In 1954, Milan High School won the Indiana State Basketball Championship. At that time. winning the championship was something very special. This year, the PIAA has further watered down the meaning of a state championship by approving 6 classifications.
It's two things: 1-The new mentality of give every kid a trophy
for participating, and
2-The NCAA inspired example of more Championships produces more money for the PIAA.
The NCAA now features 40 bowl games with games planned in the future for teams with losing records.
In 1920, Harrisburg Tech defeated Bellvue 38-34 to sin the first ever
Pennsylvania State Championship.
score). Then 25 years later in 1945, Pennsylvania expanded to two classes
and McAdoo defeated Conneautville 52-28 to win what was called the Class B title
and in 1951 a third classification was added with Fredonia defeating Mt. Joy
At that time, Indiana still only crowned one state champion. In Pennsylvania the classifications were deemed Class A, Class B and Class C, then later to be named AAA, AA and A.
In 1973 the first girl's State Champ was Allentown Central Catholic when they defeated Sharpsville 65-38. Then in 1976, the girls added a second class and Darby Colwyn defeated Union 50-38. Then the girls expanded to three classes, A, B, and C when Pottsville Nativity defeated Johnsonburg 46-41 to win the Class C title.
Now the PIAA is going to 6 classes- 6A, 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A. And on and on and on. Football, baseball, softball and basketball are all affected by the new rules. Give all the kids a trophy!
"A group of former high school athletes filed a class-action lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association on Thursday (12/10/15), claiming the organization failed to properly protect them from and treat them for concussions, according to a report by Pittsburgh Tribune-Review"- Will the PIAA be more vulnerable to concession lawsuits by devising a playoff scheme that allows for more football players to bang heads for two and three more weeks each year?
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