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Fruitport moving back to Class B

Nate Thompson • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:25 PM

Just a year after being bumped up from Class B to Class A, Fruitport is heading back down.

Based on the school’s second semester student count of 886 students on Feb. 13, Fruitport has been re-classified to the Class B range for the 2013-14 athletic seasons. Class B is designated for enrollments between 429 and 892 students; Class A is schools with 893 or more students; Class C is 207-428; and Class D is 206 and fewer.

Fruitport is one of 20 schools across the state that will move down a class, while 24 will move up.

Although its student count dipped from 939 to 929 from 2011 to 2012, Fruitport was still moved up to Class A last year.

“Unfortunately, there were about 20-25 schools who dropped right behind us,” Fruitport Athletic Director Ken Erny said at the time. “It’s a pure indication that student numbers across the state are spreading out.”

As a result, instead of facing longtime rivals such as Spring Lake or Orchard View in district competition, the Trojans were matched up with Mona Shores, Grand Haven and Muskegon. Fruitport’s volleyball team, which was coming off back-to-back Class B state titles, lost in the first round of the Class A district tournament to Mona Shores.

Fruitport’s boys basketball team was eliminated by Grand Haven in districts, while the girls squad lost to Muskegon.

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