For the next 2 year cycle, Bow and Monadnock will be moving down to Division III, Sanborn will be moving up to Division II, and Kearsarge will be staying in D-II.
I just got off the phone with Bow Athletic Director Jim Kaufman, and he confirmed these changes.
At first it did not make sense to me that Bow is moving down and Sanborn is moving up, considering how good each school was at basketball this season. Sanborn won 2 games in boys basketball in Class M and Bow was the #7 seed in Class I and almost beat Pembroke in the quarterfinals.
But from speaking with Kaufman, there was more that went into it. For one, Bow's enrollment next year is only going to be 540 students. There are some Division II schools that will have between 1100-1300 kids, so competing in the same division as those schools wouldn't make much sense.
"We looked at our boys and girls basketball teams as a package deal" he said. "Because of scheduling, it makes much more sense to have both the boys and the girls teams playing in the same division" he went on. "The girls team was ok with staying up in Division II. But 2 years ago the boys team only won 4 games, so Coach Goudreau was hesitant about staying up there." Kaufmen concluded, "We've petitioned up the last 2 years to be in Class I."
Starting with the 2010-2011 season that will no longer be the case. The other factor here for Bow, is local rivalries. Bow, Bishop Brady, Pembroke, Merrimack Valley, John Stark and Kearsarge all enjoy very nice rivalries with each other. Anytime two of these schools play each other, the stands are packed. And there is also less travel time and costs involved. By moving down to Division III, Bow won't have as many local rivalries as they did in Division II.
As for Sanborn, over the last 5 or 6 years in Class M we have averaged between 2-4 wins a year. Yes, we have an enrollment of 750 which puts us in Division II. But competition-wise we are more suited for Class M play. We petitioned the NHIAA to stay in Division III, but it was denied unfortunately. The enrollment number hurt our case. What also hurt our case was that the first year we were in Class M, 2000-2001, (my freshman year) we won 9 games and 2 years ago we won 8. Other than those 2 years though, we've only won between 1-3 games a year. Oh well, what are you going to do.