LITTLE ROCK, Ar. — Competition in conference football just got a lot tougher for schools like Lake Hamilton in Class 6A and Genoa Central, which is moving up to 4A in the Arkansas Activities Association’s biennial realignment for 2022-24.
Lake Hamilton already had it rough with Greenwood. Benton moved over to the East, and Little Rock Parkview moved down to 5A. Pulaski Academy, Little Rock Christian and Greenbrier moved into 6A West. Mountain Home, Russellville, Siloam Springs and Van Buren remain in the West.
There will be one change for 5A South with Parkview moving down. Hot Springs, Lakeside, Texarkana Arkansas High, Hope, Magnolia, Camden Fairview, and De Queen remain in the South.
Genoa playing football in Class 4A
Genoa Central was just beginning to make some noise in 3A football, and has now moved up to 4A. The Dragons will compete in 4A-7 with Ashdown, Arkadelphia, Nashville, Malvern, Mena, Fountain Lake, and Waldron.
Centerpoint is moving into 3A-4. Bismarck, Glen Rose, and Jessieville are moving with the Knights. Danville, Magnet Cove, Paris and Two Rivers will also be in 3A-4.
Looks like Prescott will remain the big dog in 3A-5. Fouke, Horatio, Smackover, Gurdon, Parkers Chapel and Junction City joins the Curley Wolves the next two years.
Conference 2A-3 will feature Poyen, Mount Ida, Murfreesboro, Dierks, Foreman, Lafayette County, and Mineral Springs.
Most alignments for other sports will be announced later.