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Success breeds changes in the IHSAA.

Thanks to back-to-back appearances in the Class 3A softball state championship game, Kankakee Valley accumulated enough success factor points to jump to Class 4A beginning next season.

The IHSAA released its classifications for baseball and softball on Monday, with some movement and realignment coming to the Region.

If the Kougars earn three more success points in the next two seasons, they'll remain in Class 4A. If not, and if the school's enrollment stays at the Class 3A level, the Kougars will return to Class 3A.

Former K.V. sectional mate Andrean dropped from Class 3A to 2A with falling enrollment. The Niners were No. 185 in the 2015-16 enrollment rankings and fell to 213 with 492 students.

In baseball, Andrean dropped from Class 4A to 3A. The Niners were moved to 4A beginning in 2016 after back-to-back state championships in '14 and '15. A team can't drop further than one classification, according to IHSAA bylaws.

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If the Andrean baseball team receives six or more points in Class 3A in the next two seasons, it will move up to Class 4A. If not, it can drop down to Class 2A should the enrollment not increase.

Wheeler moved from Class 2A to 3A in baseball only, making the school the fourth-smallest in Class 3A baseball and the fifth-largest in Class 2A softball.

There are fewer softball teams in the IHSAA than there are baseball teams.

Among those with a baseball team, but not a softball team is Bowman Academy, which will continue to miss the postseason in 2018 as the school remains on probation following violations by the boys basketball program.

West Side dropped from Class 4A to 3A in softball and baseball as it did for boys and girls basketball when the fall and winter classifications were released in March.

The IHSAA said in its release that new sectional assignments for baseball and softball will be announced in late August after the changes are approved by the executive committee.

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