Nothing says springs sports quite like snow on the ground.
It seems like every year Mother Nature decides to play havoc with the prep sports campaign, and this season is no different. The second spring snow storm in as many weeks has caused most of the high school schedule this week to be postponed or outright cancelled, and forecasts call for more snow on Saturday.
But this is nothing new. And what it leaves is a mad scramble to try to reschedule and get everything in before the end of the regular season, which is just around the corner.
One solution that has been bandied about for years is pushing the start of the spring season back a couple of weeks, even if that means teams have to play into the summer break.
Other states do this and it seems to work out, but I don't believe this is a proposal that has ever been seriously considered by CHSAA. The logistics of it are tough — having seniors who have already graduated stick around to finish out a season, especially one that isn't going to end in a possible state title, could be really hard.
CHSAA, meanwhile, has a lot of other proposals they are looking at, and there is a full agenda for April's legislative council meeting.
The council will be taking another look at the always controversial transfer rule, realignment in hockey and lacrosse and a proposal to not allow teams to practice at the site of a state tournament.
The proposed realignment in hockey is interesting, as it would divide the sport into four performance-based divisions.
Teams would be separated according to their RPI (Rating Percentage Index) over the previous two seasons, and each team would play two games against the other seven teams in its division.
Division winners would get an automatic bid into the state tournament, which would expand to a 24-team field. The final 20 teams in the tournament would be filled according to RPI standings.
The hope is, by putting similarly-skilled teams in the same division, it would cut down on the number of blowouts that currently permeate the sport.
There will also be further discussion about going to a 64-team bracket in 4A and 5A basketball. The Front Range League — which features local squads Boulder, Fairview, Broomfield, Monarch and Legacy — is opposed to the change, and wants to keep the current 48- and 32-team brackets.
Personally, I like the proposal for the expanded bracket. I think it gives teams that have struggled a chance to have an impact in the playoffs, while still rewarding (and protecting) clubs that did well during the regular season.
News and Notes
• The Rochester Honkers, an amateur baseball team that plays in the Northwoods League, signed former Peak to Peak star Isaac Friesen, who currently pitches for the University of Hawaii, for the 2016 season.
A junior, Friesen, a 6-foot-3 right-handed reliever, has appeared in seven games this season for the Rainbow Warriors, striking out eight in 10 innings of work.
Last summer, Friesen pitched for the Alameda Merchants of the Golden State Baseball League, finishing with a 1/13 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 24 innings of work. He was one of only two relievers named to the GSCBL All-League first team.
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