Hayden high school football moving to 8-man game

Hayden School Board says change to team is necessary

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— The Hayden School Board on Wednesday night erased any doubt about whether the Hayden High School football team would switch to 8-man football next season.

Superintendent Mike Luppes said that under the Colorado High School Activities Association’s guidelines, Hayden next year will be moved automatically into the 8-man classification unless the school board voted to keep the team in its current 11-man league, a vote the board unanimously said it would not entertain. Board member Tim Frentress was absent from Wednesday’s meeting.

Hayden High School’s enrollment dropped 17 students this year, ensuring the school’s football team would be moved to the 8-man league under new CHSAA guidelines. Luppes said the high school basketball team will not be affected by the drop.

Board members said the Tigers’ move to 8-man football is a necessary and welcome change.

“We want the experience for the players to be positive, and we want our team to remain competitive,” board President Brian Hoza said.

He said that because of the high school’s declining enrollment, it has been a challenge for the team to have enough senior players to allow all team members to play safely and remain competitive in its current league. The move likely will put Hayden in the same league as the Soroco Rams, who made the switch from 11-man to 8-man football four years ago.

Luppes said the move is supported by the district’s athletics director, Tony Rosso, and Tigers head coach Shawn Baumgartner, but he acknowledged there are parents and fans who may not welcome the change.

Enrollment update

Also Wednesday, Luppes provided the board with Hayden’s latest enrollment count that will be submitted to the state for funding purposes. The count shows the high school currently has 115 students, compared to 132 last year.

He said that despite an overall enrollment drop of more than 37 students across the district, Hayden will lose funding for only five students.

Finance Director Jnl Linsacum said the cut would amount to about a $40,000 reduction in revenue from the state. Colorado allows smaller districts like Hayden and South Routt to average their funded count over five years.

Also at Wednesday’s meeting, the board:

■ Awarded a $13,500 snow removal contract to R.N. Robinson & Son Inc. that will cover removal costs over the entire snow season.

■ Made the following personnel hires:

  1. Elementary school special education paraprofessional: Terese Burmeister
  2. Food service server: Jennifer Cozza
  3. High school head wrestling coach: Chad Jones
  4. Assistant high school wrestling coach: Nick Planansky
  5. High school girls head basketball coach: Michelle Wilkie
  6. Middle school head wrestling coach: Shawn Hockaday
  7. Middle school boys assistant basketball coach: Derek Hurshman
  8. High school National Honor Society sponsor: Samantha Maddox
  9. High school speech and debate coach: Medora Fralick

Comments

Mike Coziahr 2 years, 6 months ago

I don't welcome the change at all. I didn't when Soroco, North Park, West Grand and Plateau Valley dropped to 8-man football either. Times change I suppose and it is better to change with them. Is it really declining attendance though, or declining participation?

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Scott Wedel 2 years, 6 months ago

Well, with 115 in the high school then that is about 60 boys, about 30 of which are juniors and seniors. To play 11 man football from that is not fair to the players.

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madwilli 2 years, 6 months ago

The Senior class this year only has 8 boys in it, and 5 of them are on the football team.

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Jeff Kibler 2 years, 6 months ago

Freshman year in high school I played in an 8-man game against the varsity of a much smaller school about 20 miles away. We won, but not by much. Wide-open craziness! It was the most fun I ever had in a football game. Nothing wrong with 8-man.

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