Today marks the first day that Colorado High School winter sports teams are officially allowed to hold practices.
Winter sports in the Tri-Lakes area are boys and girls basketball, ice hockey, and girls swimming and wrestling. The first contests …
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Winter sports in the Tri-Lakes area are boys and girls basketball, ice hockey, and girls swimming and wrestling. The first contests for those sports are Dec. 2.
Lewis-Palmer will attempt to win a third consecutive state boys basketball title. The Rangers won Class 4A championships in 2012 and 2013 under former coach Russ McKinstry. Bill Benton, an assistant under McKinstry, takes over as the new coach.
DID YOU KNOW?
Here’s a little background on CHSAA.
In May, 1921, a group of superintendents and principals met in Boulder and organized the Colorado High School Athletic Conference. The purpose of this organization was to better regulate and develop the interscholastic school athletic program.
There were nine leagues by the time the first constitution was published, including the Northern, North Central, Western Slope, Suburban, Southeastern, Arkansas Valley, South Central and San Juan Basin leagues.
The first champions crowned that school year were Colorado Springs in football, Greeley in basketball, and Fort Collins in track and field.
In 1924, the Colorado High School Athletic Conference joined the National Federation of State High School Associations and has remained an active member of that organization ever since.
Loveland’s R.W. Truscott was the Association’s first president and Eaton’s J.C. Casey its first secretary (commissioner). Truscott replaced Casey as secretary in December, 1926 and held that post until July, 1948 when Glenn T. Wilson became commissioner. Ray C. Ball took over the commissioner’s post in 1966 and remained in the office until August, 1986 when Ray Plutko assumed the duties. Bob Ottewill became the Association’s sixth commissioner in July, 1990, followed by Bill Reader who served as Commissioner from 2002 until 2010. Angelico assumed the reins on July 1, 2010.
CHSAA has had 58 presidents dating back to 1921. Its current president, Centauri High School Principal Curt Wilson, is in the first year of a two-year term as president.
CLASS 3A BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT MOVING TO AIR FORCE ACADEMY
The Class 3A boys and girls state basketball tournaments are on the move.
The tournaments, held at Colorado State University’s Moby Arena since 2002, will move to the Air Force Academy’s Clune Arena beginning this season, according to assistant commissioner Bert Borgmann, who oversees basketball.
The move is being made in hopes that it will re-energize the 3A tournaments, which have seen a recent decline in attendance. Additionally, a survey of member schools revealed a desire to move the tournaments closer to a central part of the state.
Facilities in and around Denver were considered, but not available for the dates needed. This season’s tournaments will be March 13-15, and will remain at Air Force for at least the next two seasons. Air Force has previously hosted a number of CHSAA tournaments.
“We are disappointed that we have to leave CSU because we love the people, facilities, the hotels and the community, but we need to re-energize the tournament,” Borgmann said. “We are hoping that these changes help with that, and bring us closer to a majority of the schools that participate in the tournament. We are very excited to work with the Air Force Academy again.”
The 3A state tournaments at Clune Arena will comprise the Great 8 and beyond, including consolation games.
Sites for the other state tournaments have not changed. Thus, 5A and 4A will remain at THE University of Colorado, 2A at CSU-Pueblo and 1A at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland.
TCA, CANON CITY HEADED TO METRO LEAGUE?
CHSAA is expected to announce this week that The Classical Academy and Canon City will join the 4A Metro League for all sports expect football.
TCA is making the move up because of an increase in enrollment. Canon City is making the move as more of a geographical decision.
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