Board of Control unprepared to solve the numerous problems created with school shuffling
RENO – You know those movies billed the “most-anticipated film of the year?”
There are more mega celebrities on set than dots on a dalmation. The 30-second previews are stuffed with one liners. A particular deep voice launches said preview. ‘In a world without love (or justice, or hope, or whatever resounding noun) …’
However, once you pony up to pay for the ticket and endure the 210-minute marathon, you leave asking yourself, ‘Can I get my money back?’
Thursday’s Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Board of Control meeting at the Silver Legacy was comparatively hyped, albeit on a substantially smaller scale. The BOC was to vote on a potential realignment, creating a 5A classification and perhaps leaving the 4A North at the 4A level – erasing the possibility of Northern Nevada playing the likes of Bishop Gorman for state titles.
Regardless of the varying opinions on the polarizing topic, a decision was on the cusp and an outcome regarding the lopsided athletic prowess of the state was nie.
“In a state, where one private school reigned supreme …”
Ultimately, those waiting on a result were left to ask for a metaphorical refund. The 5A classification was approved, but what schools will compete at that level, and determining if the 4A North will join, is a decision that will likely wait until the end of the calendar year. The realignment will not take place until fall of 2018.
“I just want this done the right way,” Realignment Committee Chair Pamela Sloan told the BOC. “I think it’s too soon.”
4A North Commissioner Ron McNutt, despite presenting just one day earlier the region’s majority inclination to stay at the 4A level, agreed.
Too many questions surfaced. North Valleys is petitioning to drop down to the 3A level. What would that mean for the 3A South? Would it then need to add another school? What if Wooster and Hug change their minds and opt to go the 3A as well? The 4A North wants the Hawks and Colts to go that route, but both schools have resisted. As has the 3A North.
BOC Vice President, Rollins Stallworth, as well as McNutt, agreed Hug and Wooster belong at the 3A level considering the athletic product both schools produce.
Is staying at the 4A level truly what the 4A North wants? If removing Bishop Gorman from the equation, does Northern Nevada compete with Southern Nevada? NIAA Executive Director Bart Thompson believes so.
“Do Northern 4A schools compete? Or are they fairly equal to 4A school in south? If you take one school out, they’re pretty close,” he said. “They’re not getting blown out in semifinals.”
What would the realignment do for the group of south schools the current 4A North doesn’t join?
The slew of queries have answers (some more clear than others), but they won’t point to an immaculate solution. The NIAA BOC finds itself in an epic conundrum. That’s why it turned Thursday’s meeting into another cliffhanger.
Whenever a decision is reached and whether the schools are realigned (or not), or the 4A North moves up to the 5A (or not), or school are realigned separately for football (or not), someone is going to be displeased.
Of all the inquiries, that’s the one that really matters.
Who is it that’s going to be upset?
Tune in this June. Or September. Or maybe even later. These big-budget films always fall behind schedule.