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“Wait until next year” is a familiar catchphrase for many sports fans.
The next year is approaching and Colorado high school enthusiasts are waiting for the Colorado High School Activities Association’s Legislative Committee to approve several proposals which could go into effect for the 2018-2020 cycle.
There are 15 committee reports and additional proposals waiting for approval at the Jan. 5 meeting.
It’s a new year and time for some changes, especially the reports and proposals for football and baseball that have drawn the most attention.
The football committee report outlined two-year alignments for leagues that are more logical than the waterfall format we’ve been stuck with for the past two seasons. Waterfalls are striking to view in the mountains but not as a football league setup.
Also the football committee endorsed expanding the 5A playoffs to 24 teams, and one proposal backed by the committee would align football with the National Federation calendar, which would mean practice could start Aug. 6 rather than Aug. 13. Postseason dates would not be changed.
Another proposal that hopefully will be adopted is to lengthen the baseball season from 19 to 23 games during regular season for classifications other than 1A and 2A, which play district tournaments.
This would be a long-overdue change since it has been 52 years since Colorado has increased the maximum number of baseball games allowed.
Spring weather in Colorado is fickle. Decades ago when I was coaching youth teams, I always said the last week of February was usually nicer than the weather in March, April and even May.
So the extra games could be played in tournaments or something called doubleheaders, which used to be more common years ago.
Other Northern states that sanction baseball allow a maximum of more regular-season games than Colorado. For instance, North Dakota allows 36 games on 23 dates and Idaho rules say teams are not to exceed 24 games.
There are many more proposals and committee reports that need to be passed, including the volleyball committee’s new bracket format for the state tournaments, cross country recommending a “run six athletes and score four” format, and creation of Foundation Benefit Contests for all sports to allow schools to raise funds for their programs.
Mountain Vista swim coach Rob Nasser once again has been busy compiling rankings of individual girls swimmers and teams in hopes of gaining more publicity for the sport.
In the Dec. 20 rankings, Fossil Ridge and Fairview are ranked first and second in Class 5A with Cherry Creek third, Arapahoe fourth, Rock Canyon eighth, Mountain Vista ninth and Castle View/Douglas County 10th.
Heritage is third in the Class 4A rankings, with Valor Christian fourth and Highlands Ranch eighth.
Individually, Arapahoe junior diver Franny Cable has the best 5A score recorded in the state so far at 506.85 points, with Castle View/Douglas County’s Sam Tamborski second with 465.45 points and Ralston Valley freshmen Isabel Gregerson third with a 458.80 score.
There are several local swimmers ready to challenge with second place times. Horizon’s Charlotte Fieeiki’s time of 55.85 is second in the 100-yard backstroke, Jessica Beckwith of Rock Canyon has the runner-up time of 56.41 in the 100 butterfly and Delaney Smith of Arapahoe has clocked the second fastest time of 2:03.33 in the 200 IM. Cherry Creek’s 200 medley relay team is second with a 1:46.83 clocking but all the above times need to be faster to catch the leaders.
In Class 4A, Heritage’s Kylie Andrews has recorded the top times of 23.76 and 51.29 in the 50 and 100 freestyle events. Valor Christian’s Ella Kirschke is tops in the 200 IM with a 2:06.96 clocking. Valor also has the fastest time in the 200 freestyle relay of 1:36.85.
Jim Benton is a sports writer for Colorado Community Media. He has been covering sports in the Denver area since 1968. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 303-566-4083.
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