Five-time state football champion Valor Christian will compete in a league and the Continental League will be overhauled in the new alignments approved Dec. 5 by the CHSAA Football Committee.
All the changes for football-only still need to be approved by the Legislative Council in January but in most cases that has only been a formality.
Option E was adopted by the football committee, which means Valor, an independent the past two seasons, will play football in the Class 5A Centennial League along with Cherry Creek, Cherokee Trail, Grandview, Overland and Eaglecrest.
Valor, which played as a football independent against 5A schools the past two seasons, will compete in the Jefferson County League in all other sports at the 4A level next season.
“We’re just happy for our kids and community that we can be in a league where we can have some rivalries and be a good contributing member,” said Valor assistant athletic director Brian Kula.
The Continental League will absorb some former Pioneer League teams, plus Fruita Monument and divide into Continental North and Continental South loops.
Rock Canyon, Fruita Monument, Highlands Ranch, Mountain Vista, ThunderRidge and Regis Jesuit will play in the Continental North. The Continental South will be made up of Castle View, Douglas County, Doherty, Fountain Fort Carson, Legend and Chaparral.
Arapahoe and Heritage will move into the seven-team South Metro League with Gateway, Aurora Hinkley, Rangeview, Grand Junction and Smoky Hill. Ponderosa, along with Littleton, will be in the Class 4A Plains League. Other teams will be Dakota Ridge, Green Mountain, John F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln.
The eight-team Class 3A Colorado 7 League will include Lutheran, Englewood and Elizabeth.
In another proposal that will have to be approved in January, the 32-team Class 5A playoff field will be set by a seven-person committee rather than by just Wild Card points.
Pioneer All-League team
Legend quarterback Peyton Remy was selected as the 2013 Pioneer League Offensive Skilled Player of Year.
Other players who were singled out included Heritage tackle Conner Cain as the Offensive Lineman of the Year and Justin Barron of Legend as the Defensive Lineman of the Year. Position players were punter Rock Canyon’s Tanner Cuda, Cody Dengal of Legend as kick returner and Castle View kicker Parker Strahler.
First team Pioneer All-League selections from south metro schools were:
Legend — Peyton Remy, Jr.; Elijah Cherrington, Sr.; Cody Dengal, Sr.; Justin Barron, Sr.; Jake Krough, Sr.; Keagan Anderson, Jr.
Heritage — Connor Cain, Sr.; Steven Gray, Sr.; Rob Sublette, Sr.; Mikey Griebel, Fr.; Kris Medina, Sr.; Andrew Shaffer, Sr.
Castle View — Trevor Smeeton, Sr.; Kaleb Geiger, Sr.; Joe Hunsaker, Sr.; Garrett Vidal, Sr.
Rock Canyon — Ryan Hommel, Jr.; Jack Lamb, Jr.; Trevor Howard, So.
Eight players from Lutheran were first-team selections on the Metro West Class 3A All-League first teams.
Those players were RB Jamil Bond, Jr.; WR Joshua Clausen, Jr.; OL Alex McClure, Sr.; OB James Willis, Jr.; P Brendan Edgerley, Jr.; DL A.C. Landrey, Sr.; DB Darian Perez, Sr. and LB Henry Waite, Sr.
Arapahoe’s Brunhofer wins top honor
Arapahoe senior Ethan Brunhofer was named the Super 6 Most Valuable Offensive lineman. Brunhofer was one of six Warriors named to the first team Super 6 all-league team.
Others were RB Jose Cancanon, Sr., QB Gabe Peterson, Sr., DL Kyle Foss, Sr., DB Cooper Glass, Sr. and LB Jaylen Mosqueira, Sr.
Sports Editor turned author
Phil Ross, a former sports editor for the Douglas County News-Press, Parker Daily-News, Highlands Register and Elbert County News, has written a book about the 1967 Southern California football season entitled Once A Trojan, Always A Trojan.
The book can be purchased via Amazon.com, Kindle or BN.com.
Miranda on All-Freshman team
UCLA defender Gabbi Miranda, who played on two Mountain Vista state championship soccer teams, was named to the Pac 12 All-Freshman team.
Miranda had one goal and four assists during the season for the NCAA champion Bruins.
Another former Mountain Vista player, defender Chelsea Stewart, also was on the UCLA team that edged Florida State 1-0 in overtime Dec. 8 to win the national championship.
Forrest named top assistant
Ryan Forrest, who grew up in Highlands Ranch and pitched for Regis Jesuit High School, has been named lead assistant baseball coach and recruiting coordinator for Millersville University of Pennsylvania.
Eight Bruins tabbed
Eight members of the Centennial League champion Cherry Creek football team were selected to first team All-League teams.
Those players were RB Milo Hall, Jr., PK Henry Lyon, Jr.; TE Mikey McCauley, Sr., OL Austin Roper, Sr., DB Jaedan Graham, Sr., OL Pete Nielsen, Sr., LB Matt Rindal, Sr. and DL Dionte Burkes Washington, Sr.