The four local schools that compete against one another in so many sports will be down to three when CHSAA league play begins in basketball later this year. A league realignment plan will move Fordham Prep to the central league, away from defending league champ Iona Prep, defending city champ Stepinac and perennial contender Mount St. Michael.
The Rams will be lumped into the new Central division, along with Xavier, Regis, and Cardinal Spellman. The other three will remain in the North league with Cardinal Hayes. Monsignor McClancy, St. Edmunds, Bishop Ford, LaSalle and St. John’s Prep will fill out the South division.
For those who don’t remember, last year the “A” just had two divisions, North and South. Scanlan, Spellman and Regis — as well as Fordham — were in the North league. What prompted this was that Scanlan and St. Agnes dropped to “B,” and with 13 teams a three-division system will allow teams to crossover with all of the teams outside of their division.