HOISINGTON —After this school year, the Mid Central Activities Association activity league, which Hoisington Middle School and High School were members of, will disband. Hoisington High School will join the Central Kansas League.
However, the story for Hoisington Middle School is different. “Our middle school will be independent after this year as the MCAA will disband,” said Joel Mason, HHS activities director.
TMP in Hays is joining the Mid Continent League for both middle school and high school. Ellinwood is joining the Central Plains League for both EMS and EHS.
When discussions of disbanding MCAA began Hoisington and Larned both attempted to find new leagues to join.
They were assigned the Central Kansas League for high school by way of KSHSAA executive board placement. Hoisington had applied to several associations, but with no success.
The placement was for high schools only, as KSHSAA has said they will not place middle schools into leagues.
“At this point we are needing the CKL middle school league to accept us, but they are not,” said Mason. “The CKL high school league has 12 schools, the CKL middle school league has only eight. They are not accepting us, Larned, Pratt, or Kingman.”
“ I should be able to get most of the regular season games filled, although right now we are one football game short,” said Mason. “But, it is very unfortunate that our kids will not have a league to compete in. There is absolutely no advantage to not having a league. Not only for athletics, but we will not have our league scholars’ bowl, and band/vocal league competitions. Looking around the area, there are no leagues that would be interested in accepting us. I am hopeful that the CKL will ultimately decide to accept the four schools in the middle school league.”
However, Mason is pleased with the way that the CKL is working for the high school. “The volleyball schedule will be much better,” he told the USD 431 school board recently. “All sports will benefit greatly.”
Former members of the MCAA were Hoisington, Ellinwood, Larned and Thomas More Prep.