Earlier this week, the CHSAA released proposed football alignments for the 2016-17 seasons.
There are still a couple of steps that need to be taken before these alignments are set in stone — they will be voted on by the football committee in December and then the Legislative Council needs to give final approval next January — but most likely these are the leagues teams will be playing in the next two years.
The biggest change is in 5A, which will drop down to 42 teams, go to a 16-team playoff field after a 10-game regular season, and will have seven conferences with six teams each. The conference alignments were decided by a waterfall system that ranks teams based on their two-year average RPI from 2014 and 2015.
Under the latest alignment, Boulder would be in a conference with Grandview, Overland, Arapahoe, Doherty and Smoky Hill.
Legacy would join Regis Jesuit, Bear Creek, Westminster, Aurora Central and Douglas County in another.
Fairview would be in conference with Columbine, Mullen, ThunderRidge, Mountain Range and Northglenn.
Monarch is one of the teams that will be moving down from 5A to 4A, and the Coyotes will be in a conference being called Northern 1, which also features Skyline. Northern 2 includes Broomfield and Niwot.
Longmont, which is currently gearing up for a Class 4A semifinal playoff game, will be moving down to 3A next season, despite the school having a slight increase in enrollment numbers.
The Trojans will join the 3A Northern League, which also features Centaurus and Silver Creek.
Erie, Frederick, Holy Family and Mead will all be members of the 3A Tri-Valley League.
Lyons will be in the 1A Northern League while Nederland will be independent.
Justice will be in 8-man Central and Longmont Christian is in 6-man North.
Reaction to the new alignments has been mixed, with most critics lamenting the loss of regional conference rivalries in 5A. But with each team able to choose five non-conference games every season, the hope is that most traditional matchups will continue to be scheduled.
News and notes
•Lyons' Paul Roberts and Monarch's Isaac Green raced in the Nike Southwest Regional meet in Arizona this past Saturday. Roberts, who won a record-setting fourth straight 2A Colorado state title in October, placed third with a 5K time of 14:52. Green, who won his first 5A Colorado state title as a junior this past season, placed fourth with a time of 14:55.
The top five finishers at each regional meet qualify for the Nike Cross National meet in Portland, Ore., on Saturday, Dec. 5.
Roberts will also compete in the Footlocker Midwest Regional with a chance to qualify for the Footlocker National meet on Dec. 12 in San Diego.
•Holy Family volleyball player Jody Gallagher was named the ASPIRE Athlete of the Week for Nov. 12. The award honors high school athletes that have demonstrated greatness in athletics, academics, community involvement and upstanding character and leadership qualities.
•Natasha Quintana of Mead signed a letter of intent to play softball at Bethany College.
•Longmont's Andrew Voydat recently signed a letter of intent to play baseball at the Air Force Academy.
•Monarch had several athletes sign letters of intent, including: Daniel Boehmer, baseball, Swarthmore College; Delany Elliot, golf, Montana State; Chad Kreuzer, lacrosse, Furman University; and Courtney Roeber, swimming, University of Wyoming.
•Five BoCoPreps area football players were listed in the top 25 of the Nov. 4 Rival's Colorado Prep Report's 150 best players list. Fairview linebacker Carlo Kemp was ranked No. 1, Legacy quarterback Matt Lynch was No. 6, No. 15 was Fairview defensive end Kailash Graham-Bell, Longmont defensive back Cooper Rothe was No. 17 and quarterback Chris Helbig of Holy Family was No. 25.
•Niwot's Blake Montgomery was named to the Six Zero Strength All-Colorado football team for 2015.
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