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CIF proposal could impact high school playoffs

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By: Mike Ray, Colfax Record Sports Editor
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They still have to be voted on in April, but the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section has sent two proposals to its member schools that could impact high school playoffs in one form or another starting next school year.
At its Board of Mangers meeting last Wednesday in Stockton, CIF officials proposed a new rule for teams winning three straight CIF championships and a new format for the Div. IV football playoffs.
Perhaps the proposal drawing the most attention was a new move-up rule that would require schools winning three straight CIF section championships in a sport being forced to move up a division the following year.
For instance, this year in boys and girls Div. IV, if the proposal passes, both Modesto Christian’s boys and girls programs, if they win section titles, would be forced to play Div. III in 2011-2012.
The Modesto Christian boys have won 10 straight section titles in different divisions, but have won the past three in Div. IV, two at the expense of Colfax High in the finals in 2008 and again last year.
In another proposal made last week, the CIF would like to implement a one-bracket, 16-team Div. IV football playoff system. Currently, the Div. IV playoffs are conducted with an “A” bracket, featuring the eight largest enrollments and a “B” bracket that contains the eight smallest schools.
The two bracket winners then met for the Div. IV title.
Because many of the Div. IV playoff teams in recent years come from either the small school Trans Valley, Mother Lode and Western Athletic leagues, keeping league teams from playing each other in the first round has become difficult.
Tip of the Cap
Kudos to a pair of former Colfax High athletes — remarkably who competed at Sierra College some three and a half decades apart — for being inducted together into the Wolverines’ Hall of Fame in ceremonies last weekend.
Ed Norton, a CHS grad from 1965, and J.P. Greco, a 2001 graduate, were inducted for their football exploits. Norton was a standout guard and captain on the Wolverines’ 1966 Lettuce Bowl championship team while Greco quarterbacked the 2002 Wolverines to a perfect season.
Trivia Time
Marilyn Greco, a retired Colfax High instructor, must do something other these days than just watch the Oprah Network. She correctly guessed last week’s question that Colfax High has used four football fields as its home site over the years. The sites were the old Falcon Field located where the school’s newest girls' softball field now sits; Marson Field; the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn; and for one game in 1972 (because of construction at CHS), Placer’s Lefebvre Stadium.
This Week’s question: In 1961, under the tutelage of coach Dave Ingram, Colfax’s Falcons bagged the school’s first varsity basketball championship. In the final game of the ‘61 season, Colfax defeated Del Oro, 49-43, behind the exploits of Nicky Napper, Lonnie Wallington, Larry Ostrom and Maurice “Moose” Vermon to win on its home court and capture a piece of the Skyline Conference crown. In a little known sidenote, Colfax’s JV team also defeated Del Oro that evening to also share what was the school’s first JV hoops championship. Who was Colfax’s JV coach that season? (Hint: He later went on to teach at Sierra College). E-mail answers to info@foothillpreps.com.