Football: Conference realignment heats up with league proposals

The biannual prep football conference shuffle is heating up, but the second proposal sent to schools by the Colorado High School Activities Association doesn’t include too many major shock waves locally.

The biggest shift for area football fans, according to the CHSAA document obtained by, is likely the move of Broomfield out of the Northern League after six years and back into a league with district rival Monarch.

Under the proposal, the two local 4A schools would be the big dogs in a six-team Mountain League with George Washington, Golden, Montbello and Standley Lake.

The Northern League, meanwhile, would go back to eight teams, with mainstays Greeley Central, Greeley West, Longmont, Loveland, Niwot and Thompson Valley picking up Mountain View and Windsor from 3A.

Boulder, Fairview and Legacy would remain in the 5A North Metro League with Pomona, Ralston Valley and Arvada West.

Another shift locally, though, would come in 3A.

Skyline has petitioned to stay down in 3A despite 4A enrollment after a pair of tough years in 3A. The Falcons would shift from the 3A Northern to the 3A Tri-Valley and be grouped with Silver Creek, Mead, Northridge, Berthoud and Roosevelt.

The rest of the BoCoPreps-area 3A schools would be placed in the Northern League, which would consist of Centaurus, Denver North, Erie, Frederick, Holy Family and Thomas Jefferson.

Lyons and Nederland would remain together in the 1A Metro North, though that conference would expand to nine teams and include among others Estes Park, opting down from 2A.

Justice and Longmont Christian would be grouped in the 8-man I-25 Division.

Leagues have the chance to submit their own proposals to the Football Committee by today. The Football Committee will consider all proposals at a Nov. 29 meeting and make a final decision on which one will be submitted for approval to the CHSAA Legislative Council on Jan. 19.

Title games on web

CHSAA will stream the 8-man (Hoehne at Dayspring Christian) and 1A (Burlington at Wiggins) championship games online Saturday, live at 1 p.m. at

Record book online

The National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS) has published the National High School Sports Record Book online at

Now 32 years in as a print publication, the book includes records for 16 boys and girls sports.

Locals ride to wins

Boulder High took the overall season team title in Year 2 of the Colorado High School Cycling League recently, while Fairview was third in the mountain biking action.

Boulder’s Dominique Fenichell took top individual honors for the season on the girls side. Fairview’s Justin Noel, meanwhile, won the boys varsity division in the final race of the season in Castle Rock.

Ettinger commits

Centaurus senior Jacob Ettinger has committed to bowl on scholarship at Webber International University in Florida, one of the top five programs in the country in the non-NCAA sanctioned sport.

Ettinger turned heads over the summer after he bowled an 846 three-game series that included a pair of 300 games.