I'm not sure when the present system of "4" teams assigned to a district and those 4 teams battle it out during weeks 7, 8 & 9 of regular season play to determine who moves on to post-season began, but it's about to end in 4A. I know the system existed in 1999 when I began the Crusader Website - that particular season the Crusaders went 1-5 then went 5-1 to come within a field goal of making the State Championship Game. The system changed a bit just 3 seasons later (2002) - instead of just the top team out of the "4" advancing, the top "2" teams would advance and they added another playoff game to whittle that group in half quickly. The Crusaders certainly prospered in 2002 from that change, they lost to Mulvane for the first time in 16 years, came in 2nd in district play and before you knew it, they were being crowned 4A State Champions in Pittsburg, about the time the 2002 Thanksgiving Turkeys were being carved. That appearance in the State game was Wellington's 7th in the history of the school and their 4th State Championship, having come home 3 previous times with the big hardware! (1969, 1982, 2001). Mulvane didn't advance far in 2002 and have never in their history played in a State Football Championship game. Wellington actually advanced to post-season in football for 19 years straight until that streak ended in the Fall of 2011.
Beginning in the FALL 2018, the "4" team district assignments will no longer exist. 4A, will be formatted like 5A and 6A are now.
Class 4A, beginning next season has been divided into "2" groups, the EAST and the WEST. Each group has 16 teams.
EAST - Labette County, Atchison, Baldwin, Basehor-Linwood, Bonner Springs, Chanute, Eudora, Fort Scott, Kansas City Piper, Louisburg, Ottawa, Paola, Pittsburg, Shawnee Mission-Bishop Miege, Spring Hill and Tonganoxie.
WEST - Abilene, Andover Central, Ark City, Augusta, Buhler, Coffeyville-Field Kinley, El Dorado, Goddard, Independence, McPherson, Mulvane, Rose Hill, Towanda-Circle, Ulysses, Wellington and Winfield.
*Each school will schedule their own games from week #1 thru week #8.
*The KSHSAA will seed all 4A football playing schools from #1 to #16 in both the