MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon High School’s status as the lone Division I school in the area is over.
In the newly-released bi-annual divisional breakdown, Mount Vernon’s enrollment qualifies it to play in Division II for football in 2011.
According to new guidelines set forth by the Ohio High School Athletic Association, a football program qualifies for Division I status when the number of male underclassmen enrolled at the school totals 494 or more.
According to the numbers submitted by the school, Mount Vernon has 490.
The new standard places Mount Vernon in Division II, Region 7. The Yellow Jackets now share a region with fellow OCC schools Big Walnut, Franklin Heights, New Albany, Watkins Memorial and Worthington Kilbourne.
Mount Vernon’s rival, Delaware Hayes, will remain in Division I. Hilliard Bradley moves up to Division I from Division II.
Mount Vernon isn’t the only area school shifting its status in 2011. East Knox football moves to Division V from Division IV. The Bulldogs will now compete in Region 19 along with Centerburg and Fredericktown.
Earlier this week, the OHSAA approved divisional and regional assignments for all fall sports, beginning with the 2011 season. Mount Vernon will remain in Division I in all other fall sports, including golf, soccer and girls volleyball. East Knox retains its Division III status for soccer and girls volleyball, as well as Division II for golf.
Divisional and regional assignments for winter and spring sports are expected in June.
Competing in a different division does not affect the regular season nor the current conference schedule. The new division means competing against schools of similar enrollment in postseason play.