Local high schools will see a few changes in their region opponents in the next school year.

The Mississippi High School Activities Association reclassifies schools every two years, based on its members' October attendance records. None of the four schools in The Neshoba Democrat coverage area changed classifications nor regions. For the most part, the regions remained the same with a few additions.

Neshoba Central will again be in the Region 2-5A. Other members will be Canton, Germantown, Ridgeland, Callaway, Lanier, Pearl and Vicksburg.

The big change was the departure of Starkville which went up to 6A, and Yazoo City, which down to 4A. Germantown, Pearl and Vicksburg will be new to the region, though Pearl was in it two years ago.

In basketball, the Rockets will be in Region 3-5A along with Madison County schools Canton, Germantown and Ridgeland.

Philadelphia and Choctaw Central will remain in Region 5-3A. They will be joined by Forest, Southeast Lauderdale, Raleigh and Heidelberg High School. Forest and Raleigh are new to the region. Kemper County has been moved to Region 4-3A.

Union will remain in Region 5-2A with a familiar group of schools. Joining the Yellowjackets will be Clarkdale, Enterprise, Lake, Newton and Scott Central. Leake County and Pisgah have been moved to Region 6-2A.

Local schools are now working on their 2013 football schedules which will be finalized soon. Word has it that the Philadelphia-Neshoba Central rivalry will be renewed on the third week of the 2013 season.