Breaking down changes to the 2023-24 WPIAL softball alignment
Monday, July 25, 2022 | 10:24 AM
The WPIAL released new section alignments for the next two-year cycle in all sports, and changes will be implemented starting this fall.
This summer, the Tribune-Review will break down changes for each of the WPIAL sports.
Here’s a look at the upcoming WPIAL softball season:
2022 WPIAL championships
Class 6A: Seneca Valley
Class 5A: Armstrong
Class 4A: Beaver
Class 3A: Avonworth
Class 2A: Neshannock
Class A: Union
• Class 6A was the smallest of the WPIAL’s softball classifications the past two years and is getting even smaller.
Down from 11 to nine teams, Class 6A will have just one section for the next two-year cycle: Baldwin, Butler, Canon-McMillan, Hempfield, Mt. Lebanon, North Allegheny, Norwin, Pine-Richland and Seneca Valley. Bethel Park and Peters Township dropped to 5A.
• Speaking of 5A, there was lots of movement between sections to accommodate new teams.
In addition to Bethel Park and Peters Township dropping down, New Castle moved up to 5A. Indiana, Woodland Hills, Albert Gallatin, Chartiers Valley and Hampton dropped out of the class and down to 4A, leaving 24 teams across four sections.
Armstrong, Kiski Area and Franklin Regional will move from Section 1 to 2. South Fayette, Moon, West Allegheny and Western Beaver will slide from Section 4 to 3. Connellsville and Thomas Jefferson will move from Section 2 to 4.
• Ellis School and Greensburg Central Catholic moved up to join Class 2A and will be in Section 2. Class 2A dropped from 28 teams to 20 as Carlynton, California, Carmichaels, Chartiers-Houston, Frazier and Jeannette dropped to Class A.
• The highlights of Class A’s changes involve the six teams that dropped down, along with some movement in Section 3 as Bishop Canevin moved over from Section 1 and Monessen from Section 2. WPIAL 2A runner-up Frazier and Jeannette will create additional competition.
Northgate moved from Section 3 to 1.
In and out
• Eden Christian Academy’s softball team will join the WPIAL and play in Section 1-A.
• Baldwin and Sto-Rox have won 10 WPIAL titles each, tops among district teams. Others with five or more championships include Chartiers-Houston (8), Hempfield (7), North Hills (6), Riverside (6) and West Greene (5).
The Pioneers had their run of five straight Class A championships halted by Union in the spring.
March 6: First practice date
March 11: First scrimmage date
March 17: First play date
March 27-28: First section dates
May 11: Playoff pairings meeting
May 31-June 1: WPIAL championships
June 15-16: PIAA championships, Penn State
Class 6A (9 teams)
Class 5A (24 teams)
Class 4A (20 teams)
Class 3A (24 teams)
Class 2A (20 teams)
Class A (23 teams)
Bill Hartlep is the sports editor of the Tribune-Review. You can contact Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @BHartlep_Trib.
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