League classification moves forward

Prairie View stays put for basketball

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Prairie View High School’s boys and girls basketball teams are ticketed to play in the state’s newest classification starting in 2022.
The Colorado High School Activities Association’s classification and league organizing committee moved PVHS to the upper tier (based partially on enrollment and recent track record) of schools. The association's board of directors gets the final vote later this spring.
The committee also turned down an appeal to return the ThunderHawks to class 5A. Athletic director Jason Hiumphrey pointed to declining enrollment (1,632 students in 2021), which he said was the result of the newest school in 27J, Riverdale Ridge High School.
“The main reason is the competitiveness of the program,” Humphrey told the virtual CLOC meeting Feb. 18. “We’ve had one winning season in the last four years. We’ve had one playoff win in the girls program. We’re moving into a new league (the Front Range League). Every school will be in the 6A classification.”
Data at the meeting showed the ThunderHawks’ girls team won 48 of its last 97 games. This year, PVHS is 2-5. The boys team, which is 4-4 this season, won 42 of its last 94 games.
“It looks like the kids are competitive,” said CLOC chairman Randy Holman from the Cheyenne Wells School District. “The numbers say the competitiveness is there.”
“The last three years, it’s gone down,” Humphrey said. “We’re hoping to turn that around.”

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