Fallon, Elko split on move to 3A league
Churchill County High School’s destiny appears to be in the Northern 3A, while Elko will remain in the Northern 4A, according to stories this week in the Lahontan Valley News and Elko Daily Free Press.
Churchill athletic director Brad Daum told the Lahontan Valley News ” the Sun’s sister paper in Fallon ” that the Greenwave is best suited for the smaller league based on decreasing enrollment and competitiveness against other teams. Daum said a majority of coaches are in favor of realignment, although some have expressed reservations that competition in the Northern 3A will be weaker.
When the realignment proposal was first presented by the NIAA in the fall, the plan called for Elko, Fallon, South Tahoe, Hug and Wooster to drop to the Northern 3A. Since that time, Hug, Wooster and South Tahoe administrators pulled the plug on their schools leaving the Northern 4A.
Elko has since followed suit, and a story this week in the Elko Daily Free Press stated the school will let the NIAA know of its intentions by the end of this week. The NIAA Board of Control will likely vote on realignment at its next meeting on March 7 in Las Vegas.
Donnie Nelson, an assistant director with the NIAA and the governing body’s spokesperson, said the ultimate decision will be up to the Board of Control. However, Nelson doubts the board will override the wishes of any of the current 4A schools.
Any realignment changes won’t take effect until the 2008-’09 school year.