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By Kevin Carmody Published: November 12, 2013

CLOC denies Palmer football playdown request

Palmer football, which has won four games during the past three seasons, was denied a request to play down to 4A for the next cycle by the Classification and League Organization Committe. The Terrors are 11-30 (.268) during the past four seasons, most of that success coming in a 7-4 campaign in 2010.

Per the Colorado High School Activities Association rulebook, a school must have a winning percentage of .250 or less during the previous four-season period.

Terrors athletic director Robert Framel had hoped the committee would judge the team by its regular-season record during the same period, a mark of 8-28 (.222). After the field is set for the 32-team playoffs, the remaining teams are matched and given a Week 10 game, a matchup the Terrors won the past two seasons.

A playdown might help Palmer rebuild its program, much like 4A Coronado has done during the past cycle as a 3Ateam. This season, the Cougars have broken through, going 9-1 and on their way to a quarterfinal game at Roosevelt on Saturday.

"To me, that's why they put the bylaw in," Framel said. "It allows teams in that situation to be able to work back to where they want to be. Coronado is a prime example of how that should work."

Framel plans on meeting with the athletic directors and head coaches of the seven-team 4A Foothills League regarding Palmer as somewhat of a charter member as a 4A independent.

"It makes sense to do that," Framel said. "I think they'd be receptive to that. It would be nice to play Colorado Springs and Pueblo schools and get back some of those old rivalries."

Valor finds new home after cycle as independent

It took much consternation, an executive session and a failed vote, but Valor Christian finally has a league home.

The Highlands Ranch private school, which had applied for membership in the Centennial League, saw that request denied by CLOC by a 7-3 margin. Later, the committee voted 6-4 to put the Eagles in the 5A Jeffco League.

Earlier discussion had centered on the impacts of having two private schools - Mullen being the other - in the Centennial League. But CHSAA president Paul Angelico reminded the committee and those in attendance that no rule in the CHSAA handbook limits private school membership in a league.

"Let's get this conversation back to what it's about: Finding a school a home," Angelico said. "The private schools have heard loudly your (public school's) message of discontent."

In the current cycle, Valor is playing an independent schedule in all sports after it was denied membership into the Jeffco League for non-football sports in 2012. In football, the Eagles that year were set to join the 5A Pioneer League - which includes Doherty, Fountain-Fort Carson and Palmer - until an 11th-hour vote booted the school from the league. The Pioneer League teams kept Valor Christian on the schedule, but as a nonconference game. Valor Christian went 14-0 against Pioneer League teams and outscored them by an average of 50-4 in that span.

Other area schools change classes, leagues

The 4A Metro League isn't the only group that's prepared to change for the upcoming 2014-16 cycle.

With the increase in enrollment, Coronado will rejoin 5A CSML rivals Doherty, Fountain-Fort Carson, Liberty, Palmer, Pine Creek and Rampart in all sports except football.

Ellicott saw a decrease in enrollment and will move from the 3A Tri-Peaks League to the 2A Black Forest League. The two leagues essentially switched members as The Vanguard School, a longtime member of the Black Forest League, reported an increase in enrollment and moved up to the Tri-Peaks League.

Mitchell, which gained enough students from the Wasson closing to move up to 4A in all sports, received a playdown approval to remain at 3A in football.

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