Central Warriors making move to Class 4A

The November football realignments have arrived, and schools requesting to play in lower classifications will make their cases as well as conference at a Classification and League Organizing Committee meeting today in Aurora.

The biggest change in the Grand Valley will be Central moving to Class 4A for football.

Central’s enrollment, released this month, is 1,579; football teams playing in 5A have an enrollment of more than 1,610.

“Not a big deal,” District 51 Athletic Director Paul Cain said. “It just means for teams like Grand Junction less possible points because they’ll be playing one less 5A team.”

The Southwestern Conference is already a 4A/5A conference, and next year will have only two 5A teams, Grand Junction and Fruita Monument. Central, Montrose and Durango will be 4A teams.

Rifle will move from 3A to the 4A Western Slope League in all sports except football, where the Bears will remain in the 3A Western Slope Conference.

Rifle requested to remain in 3A in volleyball, where over the past three seasons the Bears are 5-52.

“It’s good to have Rifle back in the league,” said Western Slope League President and Palisade Athletic Director Mike Krueger.

Krueger said from a financial standpoint, it will help that Palisade has another area opponent, which will cut down on travel.

Also, Summit will move from the 4A Jeffco League to the 4A Western Slope League. In a letter to the CLOC Committee, Jeffco representatives said that moving Summit, along with Elizabeth and Valor, would help with the league’s budget reductions.

Finally, Olathe will move from the 2A Western Slope League to the 2A Mountain League, with Bayfield, Pagosa Springs, Buena Vista, Centauri, Alamosa, Salida and Montezuma-Cortez. Gunnison could also be moved to the Mountain League.

Roaring Fork and Cedaredge enrollment numbers have dropped to where those schools will likely go to Class 1A, and Moffat County could drop to Class 2A in all sports.A second draft on the realingments is due Friday.

The Colorado High School Activities Association’s football committee meets Nov. 29 for a possible final decision, which will be presented to CHSAA’s legislative council Jan. 19.


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