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FOOTBALL: Warriors would play in Class 6A in 2012

Brainerd High School would play in the new Class 6A that was approved Thursday by the Minnesota State High School League Board of Directors for football, beginning with the 2012 season.

According to enrollment figures issued by the board, Brainerd is the state’s 30th largest school.

Class 6A will include the state’s largest 32 schools (others may choose to opt up to 6A).

The approval means there will be seven classes of Minnesota football in 2012.

Also on Thursday, the board voted against going to section football scheduling during the regular season.

Using enrollment numbers for the 2011-12 school year, following are the largest 32 teams in Minnesota.

1-Wayzata 3060, 2-Eden Prairie 3007, 3-Minnetonka 2750, 4-Stillwater Area 2670

5-Champlin Park 2571, 6-Blaine 2551, 7-Burnsville 2530, 8-Anoka 2521

9-Edina 2436, 10-White Bear Lake 2257, 11-Prior Lake 2154, 12-Eagan 2147

13-Maple Grove 2142, 14-Coon Rapids 2120, 15-Hopkins 2070, 16-Eastview 2056

17-Centennial 2017, 18-Rosemount 2013, 19-Osseo 1996, 20-Forest Lake 1952

21-Roseville 1840, 22-St. Paul Central 1800, 23-Elk River 1792, 24-Robbinsdale Armstrong 1789

25-Lakeville South 1774, 26-Minneapolis South 1744, 27-Shakopee 1736, 28-Woodbury 1715

29-Lakeville North 1711, 30-Brainerd 1685, 31-Mounds View 1671, 32-Minneapolis North 1671