3 Tennessee prep sports adding a classification next year

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association Board of Control is adding a classification for basketball, baseball and softball.

The change approved Monday starts in the 2021-2022 school year. The board voted to increase the number of Division I classes from three to four in the three sports.

The organization said in a news release that the board voted to continue to bring eight teams to the state tournament in each of the three sports.

Football will keep the same number of classes: six in Division I and three in Division II. Other sports will see no change.

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