Class 4A has seen it’s fair share of changes over recent years but the realignment for the 2014 season might be one of the most drastic.
Of the 48 schools in the conference, 15 are now in a different conference than they were in the 2013 season and the 4A-4 was one of the hardest hit conferences.
Only four schools remain from the old 4A-4 as Booneville, Waldron and Mena are local schools that were moved out. Ozark, who was previously in the 4A-1, moves in and now must get used to traveling east on I-40 instead of north on I-49.
“We haven’t played these guys in a while,” Ozark coach Jeremie Burns said. “We’ve played a couple in some of the summer league stuff so we`ve got an idea of what they`re going to do but just having to adjust what our gameplan is going to be.”
With Ozark leaving the 4A-1, the conference has seen changes as well. Farmington also exited after moving up to 5A so that made room for both Shiloh Christian and Huntsville to drop down from the 5A-West.
Waldron and Mena were used to being to being on the edge of the conference map. That hasn’t changed but instead of being the furthest south teams in the 4A-4, now they are the furthest west teams in a the always tough 4A-7.