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Hayden High School likely to shift to 8-man football

Hayden High School football coach Shawn Baumgartner directs his team late in Friday’s 13-6 victory against Paonia. The win boosted the Tigers to near the front of the Class 1A Western Slope League standings

Hayden School District 2011-12 enrollment

■ Hayden Middle School

Sixth grade: 28 students

Seventh grade: 24 students

Eighth grade: 27 students

Total: 79

■ Hayden High School

Ninth grade: 26 students

10th grade: 31 students

11th grade: 32 students

12th grade: 25 students

Total: 114

Source: Hayden School District





Hayden High School football coach Shawn Baumgartner directs his team late in Friday's 13-6 victory against Paonia. The win boosted the Tigers to near the front of the Class 1A Western Slope League standings, but no matter how the season turns out, Hayden's not likely to stick with 11-man football. A shrinking school enrollment combined with a growth in school size at the state's 1A classification, quickly could render the Tigers uncompetitive in the division. They'll have the option of joining the 8-man ranks for play next year, and school officials are leaning toward taking it.
Joel Reichenberger