High School Sports

AV-CTL adjusts league alignment

The Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League reshuffled the schools in its four divisions Tuesday in response to the league's growth that includes three new schools over the next two years.

Maize South opened this fall but won't have a league schedule until 2010, while Wichita Collegiate was assigned to the league by the Kansas State High School Activities Association starting in 2010. Goddard Eisenhower opens in 2011.

Kingman is in its final season with the AV-CTL and plans to join the new Central Kansas League in 2010.

The AV-CTL started as a 24-team, four-division league. Beginning next year, the divisions with the largest schools will have seven members.

Campus principal Myron Regier, the president of the AV-CTL, said it was a possibility to put seven in Divisions I and II or Divisions III and IV or Divisions II and III.

The first two options were the most viable because Divisions I and II often schedule each other in non-league games, as do Divisions III and IV.

Having Divisions I and II as the seven-team divisions also worked best because Goddard Eisenhower won't join the league until 2011.

"If that is a six-team division, for one year they'd only have five," Regier said. "That's kind of an issue. That's one of the reasons that I and II ended up with seven."

Campus and Newton moved up from Division II to join Maize, Derby, Hutchinson, Salina South and Salina Central in Division I.

Goddard dropped down to Division II because when the school splits with Eisenhower, projections are they will both have about 600 students in grades 9-11. Eisenhower will combine with Goddard for the 2011 football season.

Goddard athletic director Curtis Conrad was torn about Goddard moving down from Division I for 2010-11.

"We're disappointed in next year because we're a 6A school in a 5A division," he said. "But on the other side of that, in two years, we'll have two schools in 5A and we'll fit better."

He said he will try to schedule Campus, Derby and Maize next school year to add more 6A schools to the athletic schedules.

Andover and Andover Central moved up to Division II; both are now Class 5A schools. Rose Hill moves back up to Division III, while Winfield moves down to Division III.

In Division IV, Collegiate and Maize South join Andale, Circle, Clearwater and Wellington.