Moffat County sports stay in 3A, will see new faces next year

Changes across the WSL in next athletic cycle

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— Changes have yet to come for Moffat County with a new athletic cycle approaching in Colorado, yet the teams they play in future years will experience modifications.

The Colorado High School Activities Association has two-year cycles in which teams are set into their leagues and classifications based on student population and requests based on recent performance.

On Tuesday, CHSAA held its Classification and League Organization Committee meeting to set teams into their leagues in the upcoming 2014-16 cycle, which will begin with the 2014 fall sports seasons in September. While many of the big issues at the meeting concerned placing schools from the Front Range into new leagues, CLOC also changed the way the Western Slope League will look for the next few years.

A separate meeting for football is scheduled for later this month, so Moffat County will remain a Class 3A member of the league in 2014-16, as expected, in the other sports, such as basketball, volleyball, boys and girls soccer, cross-country, track and wrestling.

Those MCHS sports moved down to 3A from 4A during the 2012-14 cycle and encountered a host of new opponents on the Western Slope. Now in the next cycle, their set of opponents will be different once again.

Many of the teams in the 3A leagues last year are remaining, but Cedaredge High School is moving down to 2A. The Bruins challenged the boys basketball team in two games last year and now move to the same WSL classification as Hayden, Soroco and Meeker.

The 4A WSL schools will be the same as the last cycle, with a couple of exceptions. Rifle High School’s play-down request for boys and girls soccer was approved, which means the Bears will be Moffat County opponents during the soccer seasons once again.

Montezuma-Cortez also will be playing down to 3A in soccer. Cortez comes from the 4A Southwestern League, which does not have a 3A division, so it could play in the WSL, similar to its football team.

Cortez’s football also will play down next year, with an accepted request to move to 2A from 3A. The Panthers are likely to remain a Moffat County opponent in football, as the Bulldogs are expected to be slotted in 2A when the football meeting occurs.

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@CraigDailyPress.com.

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