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October 27th, 2021

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When the new numbers came out for sports classifications Friday morning, nothing changed for the Liberal Redskins.

Liberal will continue to participate in Class 5A in football and Class 6A in everything else.

That number could change in a year or two as some smaller classes make their way through the school system, and it won’t be a surprise if Liberal falls back to Class 5A in all sports soon.

But what was a surprise was seeing powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas, which is a private school with the ability to recruit student athletes into their program and should be competing at the highest level, will move into Class 4A for football.

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At some point this will become a player safety issue when public schools at the Class 4A level (think about schools like Hugoton and Ulysses) will have to compete against what some consider and elite collection of student athletes in the Kansas City metro region.

It is completely legal, according to the Kansas State High School Activities Association, and not inconceivable that a gifted athlete in Lawrence could enroll and attend St. Thomas Aquinas in Overland Park. Maybe KSHSAA will listen after someone gets hurt.

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