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Legislative council meeting notes: Football gets 5A seeding committee for playoffs

April 17, 2014 Updated: April 17, 2014 at 10:42 pm
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photo - Pine Creek players celebrate after winning their first state championship after beating Montrose 49-14 in the 4A state football championship Saturday, November 30, 2013 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette
Pine Creek players celebrate after winning their first state championship after beating Montrose 49-14 in the 4A state football championship Saturday, November 30, 2013 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette 

After months of discussion, the Colorado High School Activities Associated legislative council finally put to vote a refined amendment to rank 5A football teams with a seeding committee, in addition to wild-card points.

The wild-card points will still rank the top 32 teams, but a committee will place the group into four quadrants of eight teams, allowing for flexibility to avoid common opponents.

The proposal passed 66-6.

"It's important to have a human element," Fountain-Fort Carson athletic director Kelley Eichman said. "By looking at a record, you might not know what takes place in anyone's season. This gives a bit of flexibility to the committee."

 

Air Force Academy lands boys' 5A state swim meet

Citing overcrowding from Colorado State and Northern Colorado graduations that are wreaking havoc on next month's 5A state swim meet in Fort Collins, the swim committee made a wave at Thursday's legislative council meeting.

To alleviate the future strain on hotels and facilities, the committee voted to move the 5A boys' state swim meet to the Air Force Academy, starting in 2015.

The 4A meet will remain at Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton.

An alternative view sought to spread the meets over three days, but the amendment kept the events at two days.

 

Area coaches honored by NFHS

The National Federation of State High School Associations recognized Colorado's coaches of the year, and several area mentors earned key honors.

Alan Versaw of The Classical Academy was named state girls' cross country coach of the year, while Discovery Canyon's Mike Humphrey (boys' tennis) and Scotty Newell of Air Academy (boys' swimming) earned praise in their respective sports.

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