Skyview gets partial break in basketball reclassification

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Skyview High School got a 50-50 split of appeals to its classifications for boys and girls basketball for the two-year cycle that begins in 2022.

The Colorado High School Activities Association’s classification and league organizing committee placed the Wolves in class 5A for both sports, based in part on projected enrollment and previous season records. 

The committee opted to keep the boys basketball program at class 4A but moved the girls program up a classification.

Originally, Skyview athletic director Susan Gearhart wanted both teams to stay in class 4A.

“We have always been 4A,” she told the virtual CLOC meeting Feb. 18. “Our enrollment is 939. The high end of class 4A is 939. Why can’t we continue to be 4A?”

“You are fairly competitive,” said CLOC chairman Randy Holman from the Cheyenne Wells School District. “That doesn’t mean you’re horrible.”

Skyview, which hasn’t competed in athletics this school year because of COVID concerns, plays a class 3A football schedule. CHSAA does a separate enrollment count for the schools that play football. Gearhart said that was due to what she called “a high mobility” rate among the student body.”

“If you move us to 5A, we won’t stand a chance, especially the boys team,” she said. “The boys haven’t done anything in the postseason. We don’t feel we could compete. We won’t have a chance.”

Erie High School athletic director and CLOC member Justin Carpenter first broached the idea of keeping the Skyview boys team at class 4A.

“We’ve been a 4A school for a hundred years,” said CLOC member Cherie Touissant of the Pueblo County School District. “It seems like with the new enrollment numbers, all the 4As are being bumped up to 5A. I don’t feel like it’s an anomaly.”

“It’s all relative,” Gearhart said. “If the boys were 4A and the girls were 5A, I could live with that.”

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