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Idaho cuts some games

The Idaho High School Activities Association passed a measure requiring schools to cut some games in minor sports. It does not affect the revenue-producing sports.

Also, just one Greater Spokane League 3A boys and girls basketball team will be able to earn a state berth in the new regional/state format beginning next year.

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By Greg Lee, (509) 927-2180

The Idaho High School Activities Association approved an activity limitations measure for a number of minor sports beginning this fall.

The purpose of the measure is to help schools reduce costs during the tough economic times. It’s also a way to show the state legislature that the IHSAA is doing its part to help control costs.

The measure cuts the number of games or meets in cross country, boys and girls soccer, wrestling, track, baseball, softball, golf and tennis. The IHSAA didn’t cut games in football, boys and girls basketball or volleyball because those are revenue-producing sports.

“We are limiting activities, but we are not losing programs,” IHSAA executive director John Billetz told The Idaho Statesman newspaper in Boise.

Here are the sports and how they will be affected: cross country, from nine meets to eight; soccer, from 18 games to 16; wrestling, from 16 dates to 15; track, nine meets to eight; baseball, 25 games for 5A and 4A to 24 and to 22 for 3A, 2A and 1A; softball, 25 games to 22; golf, 12 matches to 10; and tennis, 20 dates to 16.

One North Idaho athletic director said the most savings will be realized in bus transportation. Lake City A.D. Jim Winger estimated that his school will see a combined savings of about $5,000.

Timberlake A.D. Tim Cronnelly estimated that the Lakeland School District, which includes Timberlake and Lakeland, will save an estimated $10,000 to $15,000.

No deal for GSL 3A teams

The Columbia Basin Big Nine 3A schools have turned down an offer from the Greater Spokane League 3A schools to give the GSL’s district runner-up an opportunity to earn a state berth in boys and girls basketball, GSL secretary Randy Ryan said in an e-mail he distributed Thursday.

Ryan proposed that the GSL No. 2 seed go to the CBBN No. 2 and the CBBN No. 3 play the GSL No. 1 in loser-out playoff games to decide berths to the new regional format.

“With only four 3A GSL teams, we do not have enough (we would need six GSL 3A teams) to use the WIAA rule to require that our No. 2 team be included with a neighboring WIAA District to qualify for state,” Ryan wrote in his e-mail.

Greg Lee
Greg Lee joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a prep reporter covering Eastern Washington and North Idaho schools.

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