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CHSAA’s system raises questions

Bringing It HomeJoelle MilholmGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

This is the first time I have complained about the Colorado high school playoff system, and it probably won’t be the last.I don’t want to ramble on about the same thing, but the mixed up 3A football bracket released by the Colorado High School Activities Association on Sunday couldn’t be ignored. Glenwood Springs, the No. 1-ranked team since Oct. 11, is now the No. 2-seed team in the playoffs. The Demons are undefeated, have done nothing to diminish their ranking, but they still fell.Falcon, the No. 1-seeded team who has been ranked behind Glenwood all 23 days the Demons held the top spot, was given the No. 1-playoff seed. Both teams are undefeated and earned league titles, both are deserving of the No. 1-spot, but why shouldn’t the team that’s been No. 1 all year stay there?It seems to make as much sense as sending the University of Florida back to the BCSChampionship game this season. According to CHSAA, seedings are based on, and keep in mind they are in no particular order (yeah, it actually says that): overall record, league record, league standings, strengths of schedule, strength of conference, strength of non-league games and record in the last five games.Now since Falcon and Glenwood have the same record, four of those factors go out the window. The Western Slope and South Metro Leagues are both very strong and have produced a number of state champions, so those cancel each other out. That only leaves nonleague games, where Glenwood played 2A Roaring Fork and Class 4A Denver West, who is a class higher, but also was 1-9. Falcon has a smaller league, only six other teams, so it played four nonleague games as opposed to the Demons’ two.In those four games, Falcon played four 3A teams from the North Metro Conference. I guess CHSAA thought that was stronger.Glenwood, however, isn’t the only one to get the hose from CHSAA, as fellow Western Slopers Palisade and Rifle drew seeds lower than they deserved.Palisade, who at 8-2 was ranked in the top three all season, was handed the No. 5 seed.Rifle, at 6-4, was selected as the No. 16 and final seed. The Bears play in a tough league, and one of their losses came to Grand Junction Central – a 4A team. That is at least good enough for No. 14 or 15, but the Bears couldn’t be 15th because that would put them against Glenwood, and teams from the same league can’t face each other in the first round. A few switched spots in the bracket might not change a lot – teams still have to get out there and play and just worry about taking care of business on the field. Still, it’s interesting to wonder what weird seeds will be labeled on each WSL team each time a bracket is announced.Contact Joelle Milholm: 384-9124jmilholm@postindependent.com


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