St. Henry beat Lexington Christian Academy Saturday to win the girls state soccer championship. It was the first time since girls soccer began statewide in 1992 that a small school appeared in the state title game. And while Saturday's title game doesn't help my argument any, it's time for the KHSAA to classify soccer and volleyball.
St. Henry's win over Lexington Christian marks the first time a small school has appeared in the soccer final. It's also the first time a small school has appeared in the Final Four in the past decade.
In boys soccer, only once has a small school won the state title. That came in 1975 when Kentucky Country Day took the title. That was in a time when just a handful of schools fielded soccer teams. Since then, only one small school has appeared in a title game (St. Henry 1999). Only three times in the last decade has a small school even appeared in the state Final Four.
It's even worse in volleyball where no public school, let alone a small school, has ever appeared in the state finals. Volleyball has been a sanctioned KHSAA sport since 1979 but has only become a true statewide sport in the past decade.
The KHSAA has taken some heat for expanding football to six classes to give schools a more equitable shot at a state title. And they will never classify basketball because it would go against the tradition-rich and cash cow that is the Sweet Sixteen. However, it's time for them to classify volleyball and soccer as well as softball and baseball to give the smaller schools the same chance at a state title that the football schools are given.