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Major shake-up coming for high school sports

J.P. Murrieta
November 30, 2017 10:41 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The New Mexico Activities Association's board of directors took action on some items that will create a major shakeup in high school realignment and classification.

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Starting in fall 2018, they will reduce the number of state classifications to five except for football, which will remain six.

In Class 6A football, they will reduce the number of districts. There will only be three in the state's largest classification.

Here are a couple of the notable changes:

Highland and Valley high schools will move down a classification. Based on enrollment numbers, they will now compete where they should. Capital and Farmington are moving up to the state's largest classification.

In the districts shake-up, West Mesa and Atrisco Heritage will now play against Rio Rancho, Cleveland, Cibola and Volcano Vista in football. Albuquerque High and Rio Grande will be in a district with Clovis. Eldorado, La Cueva, Manzano and Sandia.

Class 5A football will have Valley joining the likes of Belen, Los Lunas and Valencia.

"It's not something everybody is totally excited about, but we are going to make the best of it and we're going to give kids a great opportunity to come in here and be successful," Valley athletic director Joe Coleman said.

"Right now, I think it's going to be a great experience for us, a great opportunity, and hopefully we can take advantage of playing schools with closer enrollment like we have," added Valley football coach Judge Chavez.

For a complete list of changes, click here.

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