Boys soccer: The addition of 2A provides more opportunities for student-athletes

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Dawson’s Rio Sueyoshi, right, and the Mustangs are the No. 1 ranked team in Class 2A this season.

High school sports across the board is a numbers game. In order for teams to compete, they need players in numbers.

There are certainly trends to take into account when numbers are trending in the right direction and participation numbers in high school sports are increasing.

Look no further than the addition of Class 2A boys soccer as an example.

The new classification began play this fall with 25 teams who were split out based on enrollment numbers.

The result is teams of comparable size now competing against each other for a chance to enter their own postseason bracket. It makes the appeal of playing a little bit better for kids at those schools.

“I expect that having a 2A class will draw more kids out who will play for their high school teams,” Dawson coach Dave Criswell said. “There were teams last year who had a hard time competing who maybe now can compete with schools their own size and have a little more success.”

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