Lowry in, Incline out of 3A league
Incline’s out, Lowry’s in and Truckee stays the same: that’s how the new 3A league of the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association is shaping up after realignment meetings earlier this week.
The NIAA’s Board of Control finalized plans for the next four-year realignment and tournament format block Monday at Reno High School.
The restructuring, which comprised 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A league schools, moved Incline, Whittell, Pershing County, Mineral County, Battle Mountain and White Pine from 3A down to 2A, while Lowry High School joined the 3A.
While the league has not been divided yet, NIAA officials said there is a good possibility 3A will be divided into three separate divisions.
The realignment will not go into effect until fall 2000.
Lowry is a Winnemucca high school with 1,090 students, making it the largest school in the league.
The smallest is now Yerington, with 459 students.
Truckee’s enrollment is 789, while North Tahoe’s is 499.
As well, the NIAA has changed the names it will use to refer to leagues, zones and divisions.
Beginning in fall 2000, a league will be called a “class,” a zone will be a “region” and a division will be a “league.”
It was also decided that winter basketball state championships will be permanently held at Lawlor Events Center in Reno, while state baseball and softball tournaments will be in the Las Vegas area.
This venue permanence will go into effect in fall 1999.
A big change put into immediate effect was the future of the Super State wrestling championship, which will no longer be conducted.
The NIAA said it will attempt to find a single venue for all three state meets to be under one roof, but did not suggest locations.
Next year’s state meets are slated for Las Vegas.
A new tie-breaking procedure was determined at the meeting, as well.
In case of a tie in a championship, three variables will be considered:
-the head-to-head record of the two teams, if any
-point/run differential and margin of victories between the two tied teams in division play
-record of tied teams against division opponents in division play beginning with the first-place team and going down from there.
The biggest changes came in the 4A league, which was divided into the Sunrise and Sunset regions.
An additional 17 schools are projected to be added to these leagues from 2001-2008.
The first three schools will be added in 2001.
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