With the Iowa Girls Athletic Union expanding its number of classes in several sports this season and area teams' tendency to be on the bubble between classes, it can be difficult to keep up.
So let's help you out with the fall sports.
As reported earlier, the Estherville Lincoln Central football team, along with rival Spirit Lake, will compete in Class 2A again this season.
Allie Sievert (12) and the Estherville Lincoln Central Volleyball Team will play in Class 3A this season.
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The Iowa High School Athletic Union sets ups new districts every two years and this is the first year of the new districts.
North Union, which now consists of the Armstrong-Ringsted, North Kossuth and Sentral school districts, jumps into Class 1A competition.
Meanwhile, Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire join forces on the athletic fields this season. They will continue playing Eight-Man football.
Volleyball has been expanded to five classes this season.
While ELC and Spirit Lake have both been on the bubble between Class 2A and 3A in recent years, both schools are solidly in Class 3A this season.
North Union is solidly in Class 2A while GT/RA will be one of the larger schools in Class 1A.
In cross country, the Estherville Lincoln Central boys are no longer sharing with Armstrong-Ringsted and will run in Class 2A.
However, the girls team will partner with Armstrong-Ringsted again this year. While the school district has approved agreement with the A-R school board for girls' cross country, coach Tina Burton is unsure at this time what that means for her team.
The IGHSAU website lists ELC as sharing with North Union, which bumps the girls into Class 3A.
Both Spirit Lake teams are no longer partnered with Harris-Lake Park, so the Indians are in Class 2A.