Prep Notebook: Process for classifying schools will see changes

The enrollment numbers that determine what classification high schools participate in could change for the 2012-2014 cycle.

The Classification and League Organization Committee has established new classification enrollment numbers for all sports, including football. It will be voted on at the Colorado High School Activities Association Board of Control meeting on Jan. 20 in Aurora.

CHSAA will use the Colorado Department of Education enrollment numbers for each school instead of the numbers submitted from each school district.

The new numbers would make Palisade the biggest school in Class 3A football, Palisade Athletic Director Mike Krueger said.

Palisade’s enrollment is 1,004 this year. The proposed 3A football enrollment numbers are 600 to 1,049. Central is anticipating a drop in enrollment and could fall to Class 4A in football, Krueger said. The 4A numbers are 1,050 to 1,609.

“It is very involved,” Krueger said. “Ultimately, the CLOC committee tries to do what’s best for all kids in the state while still protecting the integrity of what we do with the leagues.”

Another school that could be affected is Rifle. The Bears could move back up to the 4A Western Slope League in all sports except football if their enrollment stays above 600.

Most of the other proposals involve rewording language in the by-laws. One is making students ineligible to play for a year if transferring to another school to play for their club coach. Another proposal out of the Jeffco League calls for defining when an eighth grader becomes eligible to participate in high school offseason workouts.

Big Game

A big focus for Grand Junction during its boys basketball game on Friday against Fruita Monument is containing the Wildcats’ post player, Drew Bridges.

Bridges is averaging 17 points per game this season.

Drawing the assignment of defending Bridges is James Wilkinson.

“Overall you have to play smart on him,” Wilkinson said. “The guy guarding him has to do his job, and if he does get the ball, people around him have to pressure him.”

In two games against the Tigers last season, Bridges went for six points in the first and 12 in the second game, both wins for the Wildcats.

Delta Quad Meet

The Fruita Monument High School swim team scored 209 points last week to win the Delta Quad.

Some of the Wildcats’ top swims included Leah Temple winning the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle. Temple finished in 27.71 seconds in the 50 freestyle and 1:01.36 in the 100 freestyle.

Kiaja Thomas won the 200 freestyle in 2:32.04.

Palisade/Central finished with 131 points. Teddy Hayes won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:43.28.

Maddie Amans finished third in the 50 freestyle with a time of 29.74.

Bulldog Tough

Hotchkiss had four champions and 10 placers to win the Eagle Valley Invitational last weekend in Gypsum.

Ryan Spor won the 135-pound title, defeating Grand Valley’s Jerrod Busch 11-4 in the final.

Brett Suppes, Jake Richards and Kyle Douglas also took first place. It was Suppes’ first varsity tournament title and Richards’ second.

Cedaredge’s Zach Love pinned all four of his opponents to win the 145-pound title.


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