In Play with Tom Markowski

Disparity in enrollment for Class A schools begs the expansion from four to five classes in basketball

Basketball   | Tom Markowski

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Stevensville – It is often said that all change is good. Change brings one out of their comfort zone and forces one to learn new habits, and adapt to different surroundings.

But change just for the sake of change can defeat the purpose.

Sean Schroeder, and many of his peers in the coaching ranks, believe it’s time for a change in the basketball tournament. The reason for the proposed change is enhance fairness and equity.

Schroeder coaches the boys team at Stevensville Lakeshore, a Class A school located on the shores of Lake Michigan in the southwest part of the state. Schroeder has enjoyed much success there but the odds are stacked against Lakeshore winning a Class A title, in boys or girls basketball.

Lakeshore is a small Class A school. It has 887 students. In 2012 it had 906 students and competed in Class B, and reached the state final before losing to Lansing Sexton.

The dilemma that confronts schools like Lakeshore and others, like nearby St. Joseph, is that there is a great disparity in enrollment of Class A schools, a disparity that doesn’t exist in the other three classes.

Schools like East Kentwood, Macomb Dakota, Rockford, Utica Eisenhower, to name a few, have enrollments that approach 2,800 students. East Kentwood is just under 2,600, Rockford has 2,550 and Eisenho