Jessamine County district athletic director Ken Cox is in favor of the realignment.
“I like it and think it bodes well for KHSAA to bring some consistency around the state in using the basketball, baseball and softball districts and regions as a template,” Cox said.
Soccer teams would also move from the 14th Region to the 12th Region and be grouped with schools from Boyle County, Pulaski County and Wayne County.
The move would put an end to the heated district rivalries like West Jessamine girls’ soccer and Lexington Catholic.
Catholic, Christian, Dunbar and Lafayette would move to the 43rd District (11th Region) and be joined by Tates Creek in the district. Schools from Lexington, Madison County, Frankfort and Scott County would make up the new 11th Region.
East and West girls have been in the 27th District since the 2004 season. Previously, the two schools were in the 32nd District with Lincoln County and Garrard County.
The boys were previously in the 21st District with Christian and Catholic.
East and West boys’ soccer teams have struggled in the 27th District. The Jaguars have a record of 13-40-3 in the district in eight seasons and were the district runner-up in 2010. Their win total is the second-lowest of the district teams, Lexington Christian has eight wins. East is 19-45-5 in the region during that time
“I think it’s good for Jessamine County teams,” East Jessamine boys’ coach Tom Morgan said. “We’ve been in that district that’s so strong for so long, and now we won’t be in the toughest district in the state. It definitely will help us as far as trying to proceed toward the state tournament.”
Morgan also aknowledges how strong the future region may be with the likes of Boyle and Danville. He thinks the new district will be interesting as well with Mercer County’s program having some recent success.
West Jessamine boys’ soccer has amassed a record of 22-31-5 in the district with a district and region championship in 2008. The Colts have been 25-31-5 in the region.
“I personally like the districts we are in. I felt like our district is one of the the top two in the state,” West Jessamine boys’ coach Brock Sutherland said. “I understand the reasoning behind it and keeping it similar to basketball. But at the same time, it would make it a little easier on us to get out of the district and our region might not be as tough.”
The East Jessamine girls’ soccer team has been roughed up in district play for the last eight years, going 8-35-9 in the district and 17-39-9 in the region. The Lady Jags have not won a district game since 2008.
“I’m all for it,” East Jessamine girls’ coach DeAngelo Wiser said. “This is the way it used to be earlier before we went up to Lexington. I think it affords us the chance to be successful, plus we can still schedule Lexington schools because they’re close ... It’s still going to be a tough district.”
The West girls have been the second-most dominant team in the 27th, going 35-17-7 in eight seasons as well as picking up two district titles (2011, 2008). The Lady Colts have also fared well in non-district region games, going 13-0-1 and winning three region titles (2011, 2008, 2007).
“In a way I’m for it, and in a way I’m against it,” West Jessamine girls’ coach Kevin Wright said. “I’m going to keep the same schedule I always play ... You’re away from those teams (Lexington Catholic, LCA, Dunbar) for a game or two (in the postseason) so you can get a little further, but sooner or later you have to win (and beat them) ... I’m for playing the best and that’s how you get better; I don’t really fear anybody.”
Wright thinks that in a way the move will help West because teams farther south aren’t as developed as Lexington teams.
“I’m kind of neutral on it really. I like to play the best, and to me it’s probably a couple notches down based on what we’ve been playing in our district,” he said.
The Mercer girls went 17-4-1 this past season while the boys went 16-3-2. Records for the Burgin boys’ and girls’ 2011 seasons were incomplete.