FHSAA Boys Basketball Classifications 2022-2023 / 2023-2024 - Palm Beach County CHANGES
The FHSAA casually dropped the new winter classifications in boys basketball for the 2022/23 and 2023/24 school years this morning. Although the release was “quiet” there were several notable changes to Palm Beach County school classifications, many significant. The “Cut Line” seems to be around the Boynton Beach area with schools north of Boynton in 7A and 3A moving to regions further north alongside Orlando schools while schools south of Boynton move into regions with Broward and Dade county.
Now that the dust has settled, it is time to look at some of the changes from the realignment.
2A REGION 4
CHANGES A big change in 2A REGION 4 is the move down of Jupiter Christian from 3A-11 REGION 3 to 2A-14 REGION 4. Jupiter Christian joins Grandview Prep, Atlantic Christian, Trinity Christian and defending district champions Lake Worth Christian. Yet all roads lead through Weston as Sagemont remains down south in district 15. Not any easy task for anyone in REGION 4.
3A REGION 4
CHANGES Both Saint John Paul II and Saint Andrew's move to 3A-13 REGION 4 from 3A-12 REGION 3 joining Somerset Prep. As with 2A there are some powerhouses in the southern part of region including 2021 State Final 4 qualifier Riviera Prep and Westminster Academy along with a new look University School team dropping from 4A to 3A.
3A REGION 2
CHANGES FHSAA decided to cut a chunk of Palm Beach County teams and move them into the primarily central Florida region. Benjamin, Cardinal Newman, Inlet Grove, Kings Academy and Oxbridge Academy all move to 3A-8 REGION 2 with John Carroll. This district becomes arguably the most competitive in REGION 2 with each team looking at a chance to make it to the State Final 4.
4A REGION 4
CHANGES The monster change is the absence of Calvary Christian as they move to independent status in the FHSAA. North Broward Prep remains in 4A-13 REGION 4 along with a new look Somerset Canyons squad trying to make some noise. REGION 4 remains tough with the likes of Mater Lakes, St Brendan, Monsignor Pace and more down south.
5A REGION 4
CHANGES No major changes, Suncoast continues to remain in the same district as defending state champions Stranahan and regional challengers from Miami.
6A REGION 4
CHANGES The big change is the movement of defending 6A State Champion Martin County to REGION 2 of 6A leaving Dwyer in 6A-13 with Atlantic, Ely, Coconut Creek, Seminole Ridge and West Boca Raton. The bottom half of the region remains extremely tough and unchanged for the most part as Boyd Anderson, Dillard, Pines Charter, McArthur, St Thomas Aquinas, South Plantation and more all remain.
6A REGION 2
CHANGES One of the few changes that make geographical sense in the realignment is the move of 6A State Champion Martin County into 6A-8 alongside several teams from the Treasure Coast and Space Coast. Martin County is still the team to beat in all of 6A.
7A REGION 4
CHANGES As mentioned, the FHSAA presumably used a chainsaw to cut a line in Palm Beach County and that line in 7A was in Boynton Beach. Park Vista, Boca Raton, Spanish River and Olympic Heights all move to REGION 4. Olympic Heights moves up from 6A. All that awaits each of these schools moving to REGION 4 is the monumental task of trying to defeat the defending 7A State Champion Columbus.
7A REGION 2
CHANGES As with 3A the FHSAA cut a chunk of the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast, moving them north. All the schools from 2021-22 7A District 11 and District 10 REGION 3 now reside in 7A REGION 2. 2021 State Final 4 qualifier Lake Worth, Wellington, Forest Hill, Palm Beach Central along with Treasure Coast schools Centennial and Fort Pierce Central all made the regional playoffs last season. Now all move into perhaps the toughest region in the state, which includes national powerhouse Oak Ridge, former State Champion Dr. Phillips and Olympia. Needless to say, the competition for a regional birth for 7A REGION 2 teams in Palm Beach County and Treasure Coast will be at an all-time high.
To wrap it up the changes the FHSAA made to the classification was expected. However, due to the extent of the changes in not only competitive balance but also geographic location, the information was released too late in our opinion and in the opinion of many high school coaches. Waiting until less the 2 months before the start of the season to reveal this very important part of these teams seasons is difficult for all involved. Ideally, making these changes during the summer would have made it easier for programs to adjust scheduling and prepare for the upcoming season.
Here is the link to all the classifications. https://fhsaa.com/documents/2022/9/12//Boys_Basketball_2022_2024.pdf?id=...
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