WPIAL announces new football realignment

PITTSBURGH — The Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League announced its new section and conference realignments for the next two years, which created a packed house in Class 5A for football.

That conference will grow from 18 teams in 2017 to 24 teams in 2018.

Every two years, the WPIAL realigns schools based on enrollment in order to create the most competitive conferences possible.


Here’s the new conference breakdown for football, starting next fall:

Class 6A
  • Section 1: Butler, Canon-McMillan, Central Catholic, Hempfield, Mt. Lebanon, Norwin, North Allegheny, Pine-Richland, Seneca Valley
Class 5A 
  • Section 1: Baldwin, Bethel Park, Chartiers Valley, Moon, Peters Township, Upper St. Clair, West Allegheny, Woodland Hills
  • Section 2: Albert Gallatin, Connellsville, Franklin Regional, Gateway, Latrobe, McKeesport, Penn-Trafford, Plum
  • Section 3: Armstrong, Fox Chapel, Hampton, Kiski Area, Mars, North Hills, Penn Hills, Shaler
Class 4A 
  • Section 1: Ambridge, Beaver, Blackhawk, Highlands, Knoch, Montour, New Castle, South Fayette
  • Section 2: Belle Vernon, Greensburg Salem, Indiana, Laurel Highlands, Ringgold, Thomas Jefferson, Trinity, West Mifflin
  • Class 3A
  • Section 1: Aliquippa, Beaver Falls, Central Valley, Hopewell, Keystone Oaks, Quaker Valley, South Park, Waynesburg
  • Section 2: Burrell, CW North Catholic, Deer Lakes, Derry, Elizabeth Forward, Freeport, Mt. Pleasant, Uniontown, Yough
Class 2A
  • Section 1: Apollo-Ridge, Avonworth, East Allegheny, Shady Side Academy, Steel Valley, Summit Academy, Valley
  • Section 2: Ellwood City, Freedom, Mohawk, Neshannock, New Brighton, Riverside, Shenango, Western Beaver
  • Section 3: Beth-Center, Brownsville, Carmichaels, Charleroi, Frazier, McGuffey, Southmoreland, Washington
  • Section 4: Brentwood, Burgettstown, Carlynton, Fort Cherry, Serra Catholic, Seton LaSalle, South Allegheny, South Side Beaver
Class 1A 
  • Section 1: Clairton, Greensburg C.C., Imani Christian, Jeannette, Leechburg, Riverview, Springdale
  • Section 2: Avella, Bentworth, California, Chartiers-Houston, Jefferson-Morgan, Mapletown, Monessen, West Greene
  • Section 3: Bishop Canevin, Cornell, Laurel, Northgate, OLSH, Rochester, Sto-Rox, Union

To see the realignment of other WPIAL sports, check out coverage from TribLive.