League classification boosts Brighton to top tier

CHSAA turns down three BHS appeals

Brighton High School’s basketball and football teams could be playing in the newly created 6A classification, starting in 2022.
The Colorado High School Activities Association assigns schools to classifications and leagues every two years. The basis is part student enrollment and part track record in sports programs. It'll be up to the association's board of directors to make a decision in May.
BHS athletic director LIndsey Solano filed three appeals to the move. Two were for the basketball programs.
“We’ve been middle of the road when we’ve competed in the Eastern Metro Athletic Conference,” Solano told a virtual committee meeting Feb. 19. BHS is leaving the EMAC for the Front Range League in 2022. “We’ll definitely grow to the competition level in class 6A. But because we have been middle of the road, a better place for us is in class 5A.”
The other was for the football program. The Bulldogs were 1-9 in both 2016 and 2017. Last year, BHS had a 5-1 record and barely missed a playoff berth in class 4A.
Solano said the Bulldogs’ biggest lineman is 240 pounds.
“There is a huge safety factor in jumping two classifications from class 4A to 6A,” Solano told the committee. “Two hundred forty pounds as a sophomore is different from 240 pounds as a senior. There’s the knowledge and mechanics behind how your body works.”
“What’s your philosophy of scheduling?” asked Erie athletic director and CLOC member Justin Carpenter.
“I want to grow,: Solano said. “I like to schedule competitive programs. It’s not about wins. I like to find programs to be competitive with.”
The vote to deny the basketball appeals was unanimous. The vote on the football appeal was 6-5. CLOC chairman Randy Holmen of the Cheyenne Wells School District cast the deciding vote..


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