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High school basketball season shortened next year

Mar 28, 2014 By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

3-A reorganized into quadrant configuration

The Wyoming High School Activities Association has decided to reduce the number of basketball games for the 2014-15 season.

Practice will start the Monday after Thanksgiving. Teams will be permitted 18 regular season games instead of 20.

"Their schedules are going to be a little different," WHSAA associate commissioner Trevor Wilson said. "Some of the tournaments had to move."

The change to move the start date was supported by most of the schools.

"They want to give the kids a little more of a break in the winter season," Wilson said.

In the past, practice could start in the middle of November shortly after the state football playoffs

"It also gives the kids and coaches a holiday," Wilson said. "Thanksgiving can now be spent however they choose."

Wilson said the WHSAA board's idea is to keep the students in school as much as possible.

"We have heard a little grumbling, mainly from the big schools," Wilson said. "We haven't heard a lot from the small schools. Mostly that we have heard has been positive."

Pre-conference tournaments will be treated differently.

"We still kept the three-tournament limit," Wilson said, but teams can play three games in tournaments and only have to count it as two games.

"They can still get more than 20 games," Wilson said.

Wilson doesn't expect the number of regular season tournaments to increase.

"I don't think the tournaments will go up to four games," Wilson said.

3-A changes

The Class 3-A classification will be split into quadrants for the 2014 season.

Wilson pointed out the decision was not a WHSAA board of directors vote but was decided on by Class 3-A athletic directors.

Worland AD Bruce Miller was the driving force behind the idea, which is similar to the quadrant system used by Class 2-A.

Lander, Cody, Lovell and Powell are put into the Northwest conference. Lovell replaced Lyman in 3-A due to reclassification.

Jackson, Mountain View, Pinedale and Star Valley are in the Southwest conference.

The Northeast would consist of Buffalo, Douglas, Newcastle and Worland.

Glenrock, Rawlins, Torrington and Wheatland are in the Southeast.

The athletic directors voted that each team in the same quadrant would play each team twice, one game at home and one game on the road.

Each team will play 10 conference games, with the remainder coming from the other regional quadrant -- the 3-A Southwest for Lander.

"We had to do it in order to play our traditional rivals," Lander girls coach Spike Robinson said.

The rivalry games considered include Lander/Riverton, Lyman/Mountain View, and Lovell/Rocky Mountain.

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