Fri Dec 27th, 2013
Special to the Drum
CHSAA Football Committee members met Thursday, Dec. 5 to finalize proposed conference assignments for the next two-year athletics cycle, beginning with the 2014 season.
But the new shifts and moves must be approved by the association’s Legislative Council at its January 30, 2014, meeting before becoming official.
Under the plans, Ignacio’s status as a member of the Southern Peaks Conference would not change, but the SPC as a whole could if a proposed alteration happens, with the new look also affecting other areas of Class 1A’s 11-man and eight-man gridiron realms.
The re-tooled Mountain Conference (eight-man) would absorb Del Norte from the SPC (11-man), where former SPC program Sargent already has called home now for a couple seasons. The Tigers would join the Farmers as well as Sierra Grande, Sanford and Mosca Sangre de Cristo in the loop from out of the San Luis Valley, as well as Dove Creek and Mancos from west of Wolf Creek Pass.
The SoPeaks—still with IHS, Centauri, Monte Vista, Center and Dolores—would then welcome in Walsenburg John Mall (1-8 overall in 2013, lone win came at home versus DNHS) from the 1A Tri-Peaks, which would officially gain Pueblo Dolores Huerta Preparatory High (joining Buena Vista, Ellicott, Peyton, Rye and Salida) but lose Westcliffe Custer County and Colorado Springs Christian School.
Custer County’s Bobcats would join the Southern Conference (eight-man; with Cripple Creek-Victor, Fowler, Hoehne, Kiowa, Simla, Swink), while CSCS’s Lions would become part of the South Central Conference (11-man) with Byers, Calhan, Ordway Crowley County, Limon and Rocky Ford.