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Central, Palisade could swap places in 2014

Jon Mitchell

A pair of Grand Junction-area schools could be switching leagues — and classifications for the upcoming 2014 season.

Grand Junction Central High School is planning to petition the Colorado High School Activities Association to move from the Class 5A/4A Southwestern League to the Class 3A Western Slope League for football.

Paul Cain, the former athletic director at Basalt High School who now serves as the AD a Central, said recently that the school planned to petition to move down a class.

Meanwhile, Palisade’s enrollment is expected to exceed CHSAA’s maximum enrollment of 1,049 students for Class 3A football, which would move it into the Southwestern League.

A school can petition CHSAA’s Classification and League Organizing Committee to drop down a classification for football if the program has won 25 percent or less of its games over a four-year span. The Warriors just completed their second consecutive 0-10 season and have won five of their 40 games in four seasons.

CHSAA and the Classification and League Organizing Committee will decide on Nov. 12 on school classifications throughout Colorado. The leagues which will be put in place will stand for the bi-annual classification cycle from 2014 to 2016.

Another 3A WSL school, Battle Mountain, considered petitioning to move down to 2A. But because of the Huskies’ 9-2 season in 2011, the football program’s 12-29 record over four years gives the program a 29 percent winning percentage, which exceeds CHSAA’s mandate.

Rifle and Glenwood Springs play in the 3A WSL, and the enrollment figures for each school dictate that each will remain in the league for the foreseeable future.

Other schools that will likely move classifications are Roaring Fork, which will likely move from the 1A WSL to 2A because of its increased enrollment, and Grand Valley, which could move from 2A to 1A due to falling enrollment figures.

Playoff start times announced

Start times for the first round of the 3A state football playoffs and 3A state volleyball tournament have been announced.

Glenwood Springs’ first-round football game at Elizabeth — which is about a 20-minute drive east of Castle Rock — will be played at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Rifle’s first-round football game at Coronado will also start at 1 p.m. Saturday. That game will be played at Garry Berry Stadium in Colorado Springs.

Starting Friday will be Coal Ridge’s run to a state title at the 3A State Championships, which will be held at the Denver Coliseum. The Titans will play as the No. 9 seed in the 12-team tournament and will be paired up with fifth-seeded Holy Family and fourth-seeded Platte Valley in Pool IV. Play will begin at 8 a.m. each day, with matches beginning eight minutes following the completion of the completed match, according to CHSAA’s Web site, http://www.CHSAAnow.com.

This is the Titans’ first trip to the state volleyball tournament in the school’s short history.

Winter sports right around the corner

The first official day for winter sports practices will be Nov. 13.

That’s the first day when practices can be held for boys and girls basketball, wrestling and girls swimming. The first official day games can be held will be on Dec. 2.

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