Steve Puterski
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March 8, 2013
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Nevada high school sports officially realigned


It's official, Nevada high school sports will realign.

The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Board of Control approved the proposal on Monday at its meeting in Las Vegas. The new system will begin in the fall for the 2012-13 school year.

However, the rubric is a two-year process, and schools can be relegated to Division I-A or move up to Division I.

In the north, not much changes except for Wooster moving up to the soon-to-be Division I (the current 4A) for football. The Colts have participated in the 3A, which will become Division I-A next year, as an independent the past two seasons.

The changes, though, drastically alter the landscape in Clark County where 10 schools will join Moapa Valley, Virgin Valley and Boulder City in Division I-A. The league will be split into two leagues - the Sunset and Sunrise. The Sunset will have six schools (Cheyenne, Clark, Faith Lutheran, Mojave, Pahrump Valley and Western) and the Sunrise will have seven (Boulder City, Chaparral, Desert Pines, Moapa Valley, SECTA, Sunrise Mountain and Virgin Valley).

"The whole realignment thing started on the heels of trying to help Clark County save financial dollars so they didn't have to send their three outlying schools (Boulder City, Moapa Valley and Virgin Valley) many miles to find nonleague games," said Donnie Nelson, assistant director of the NIAA. "It also helped foster a better competitive balance for the 4A schools that were struggling to make a playoff appearance."

Results of the realignment were based on a rubric created by the NIAA. The formula takes into account the number of wins during regular season play, postseason victories, regional and state championships. But for many of the southern schools, they have gone years without fielding competitive teams.

The competitive balance, Nelson said, drove the NIAA to introduce the new legislation. He said it took awhile for many of the schools, even those not affected, to come to grips with the proposal. Nelson said the success of Sparks several years ago - coupled with Fallon's run to four state titles in the spring - helped change perspective.

Another positive for the NIAA, he added, was the reduced travel expenses for the current Southern 3A schools, the addition of more league games and a new mix of teams in the postseason.

"I think it created a new and unique dynamic in the existing 3A," Nelson said. "There's a new band of excitement in terms of teams getting the opportunity to be more competitive in more sports across the board."

Yet another slight alignment change is possible in the Northern 3A. In various sports such as volleyball, basketball and baseball, a "pod" system is used. The league is divided between three pods - or leagues - consisting of 2A and 3A schools.

Nelson said there has been discussions in the previous months of the possibility of the 3A eliminating its ties with the 2A schools to foster a more competitive league. However, the league's athletic directors have yet to vote on the matter.

"The pod system has not been approved for continuation into next year," Nelson said. "That's still to be worked out between the 2A and 3A north."

Speaking of the postseason, a NIAA proposal to alter the playoffs is expected to be voted on at the board's December meeting.

As a result of the realignment, girls and boys tennis and swimming will now have their own postseason. Fallon, for example, competes in the 4A for tennis and swimming and participates in the 4A postseason. Starting next year, all schools designated Division I-A, at least in the north, will play a Division I regular season schedule, but break off into a Division I-A postseason.

Other aspects of the proposal include various bye weeks for schools in the first rounds of numerous sports, such as baseball, softball and basketball. In boys and girls soccer, only three teams from the Sierra and Humboldt Leagues would qualify for the postseason instead of the current four.

In football, two options exist. First, the top six teams in the north would qualify and three teams from the Sunrise and Sunset leagues. The top two schools in the north and the No. 1 seeds in the Sunrise and Sunset would each earn a bye.

The second is eight teams from the North qualify and four from each of the leagues in the south. However, no bye weeks would be instituted.

In other NIAA news -

• The NIAA Board of Control has approved a running clock for leads of more than 40 points in the second half of basketball games. The rule will be in effect for this season. The clock will only be stopped for timeouts, technical fouls and injuries.

CROSS COUNTRY (boys & girls)

Division I = All teams / individuals are eligible to compete in their respective region championship / state qualifying meet. The top three (3) teams (when the state meet is held in the North) / top two (2) teams (when the state meet is held in the South) out of the Northern Region, the top two (2) teams (when the state meet is held in the North) / three (3) teams (when the state meet is held in the South) out of the Sunrise Region and the top two (2) teams (when the state meet is held in the North) / top three (3) teams (when the state meet is held in the South) out of the Sunset Region qualify for the seven (7) (when the state meet is held in the North) / eight (8) (when the state meet is held in the South) team state championship meet. The top five (5) individuals out of each region meet also advance to the state meet.

Division I-A = All teams / individuals are eligible to compete in their respective region championship / state qualifying meet. The top three (3) teams (when the state meet is held in the North) / two (2) teams (when the state meet is held in the South) out of the Northern Region and the top two (2) teams (when the state meet is held in the North) / three (3) teams (when the state meet is held in the South) out of the Southern Region (Sunrise & Sunset leagues combined) qualify for the five (5) team state championship meet. The top five (5) individuals out of each region meet also advance to the state meet.

Division III = All teams / individuals are eligible to compete in their respective region championship / state qualifying meet. The top four (4) teams out of the Northern Region and the top two (2) teams out of the Southern Region meet qualify for the six (6) team state championship meet. The top five (5) individuals from the Northern Region meet and the top three (3) individuals from the Southern Region meet also advance to the state meet.

Division IV = will combine with Division III in the region and state meets.

FOOTBALL

Division I, Option 1 = The top three (3) teams out of the High Desert League and the top three (3) teams out of the Sierra League qualify for the Northern Region playoffs; the top three (3) teams out of the Northeast League and the top three (3) teams out of the Southeast League qualify for the Sunrise Region playoffs; the top three (3) teams out of the Northwest League and the top three (3) teams out of the Southwest League qualify for the Sunset Region playoffs; the #1 seeds in each league get a first-round (quarterfinal-round) bye in the region playoffs. Teams from one league will "cross-bracket" with the appropriately-seeded teams from the other league in the region playoffs. One particular region, on a rotating three-year basis, will have its champion go directly in to the state championship final game while the other two region champions will play in a state semifinal game (with that winner thus advancing to the state championship final game).

Division I, Option 2 = The top four (4) teams out of the High Desert League and the top four (4) teams out of the Sierra League qualify for the Northern Region playoffs; the top four (4) teams out of the Northeast League and the top four (4) teams out of the Southeast League qualify for the Sunrise Region playoffs; the top four (4) teams out of the Northwest League and the top four (4) teams out of the Southwest League qualify for the Sunset Region playoffs. Teams from one league will "cross-bracket" with the appropriately seeded teams from the other league in the region playoffs. One particular region, on a rotating basis, will have its champion go directly in to the state championship final game while the other two region champions will play in a state semifinal game (with that winner thus advancing to the state championship final game).

Division I-A, Option 1 = The top six (6) teams out of the Northern League/Region qualify for the playoffs; the top three (3) teams out of the Sunrise League and the top three (3) teams out of the Sunset League qualify for the Southern Region playoffs; The #1 and #2 seeds in the Northern League, and the #1 seeds in the Sunrise and Sunset leagues get a first-round (quarterfinal-round) bye in the region playoffs. Teams in the Northern League will compete against each other, ranked in order by seeding, to get a champion; teams in the Sunrise and Sunset leagues will "cross bracket" with the appropriately-seeded teams from the other league in their region playoffs. The Northern League/Region and Southern Region playoff champions will play in the state championship final game.

Division I-A, Option 2 = The top eight (8) teams out of the Northern League/Region qualify for the playoffs; the top four (4) teams out of the Sunrise League and the top four (4) teams out of the Sunset League qualify for the Southern Region playoffs. Teams in the Northern League will compete against each other, ranked in order by seeding, to get a champion; teams in the Sunrise and Sunset leagues will "cross bracket" with the appropriately-seeded teams from the other league in their region playoffs. The Northern League/Region and Southern Region playoff champions will play in the state championship final game.

Division III = Same as in 2011... top four (4) out of the Northern League and top four (4) out of the Southern League qualify for the post-season. A League (quarterfinal) playoff round will be contested. The remaining two teams in each league will be re-ranked if necessary and "cross-bracketed" with the other league in the state semifinals.

Division IV = Same as in 2011... top two out of the West League and top two (2) out of the East League qualify for the Northern Region's (quarterfinal) playoff round; the top four (4) out of the Southern Region qualify for that region's (quarterfinal) playoff round. The remaining two teams in each region will be re-ranked if necessary and "cross-bracketed" wit the other region in the state semifinals.

GOLF (boys & girls)

Division I = The top three (3) teams out of the High Desert League and the top three (3) teams out of the Sierra League qualify for the Northern Region tournament; the top three (3) teams out of the Northeast League and the top three (3) teams out of the Southeast League qualify for the Sunrise Region tournament; the top three (3) teams out of the Northwest League and the top three (3) teams out of the Southwest League qualify for the Sunset Region tournament. The top five (5) individuals out of each league also qualify for their respective region tournament. The top three (3) teams (when the state tournament is held in the North) / top two (2) teams (when the state tournament is held in the South) from the Northern Region, the top two (2) teams (when the state tournament is held in the North) / three (3) teams (when the state tournament is held in the South) from the Sunrise Region and the top two (2) teams (when the state tournament is held in the North) / top three (3) teams (when the state tournament is held in the South) from the Sunset Region advance to the seven (7) (when the state tournament is held in the North) / eight (8) (when the state tournament is held in the South) team state championship tournament. The top five (5) individuals out of each region tournament also advance to the state tournament.

Division I-A = The top six (6) teams out of the Northern League qualify for its League tournament; the top three (3) teams out of the Sunrise League and the top three (3) teams out of the Sunset League qualify for the Southern Region tournament. The top three (3) teams (when the state tournament is held in the North) / two (2) teams (when the state tournament is held in the South) from the Northern Region and the top two (2) teams (when the state tournament is held in the North) / three (3) teams (when the state tournament is held in the South) from the Southern Region (Sunrise & Sunset leagues combined) advance to the five (5) team state championship meet. The top five (5) individuals out of each region meet also advance to the state tournament.

Divisions III & IV = All teams / individuals are eligible to compete in their respective region championship / state qualifying tournament. The top three (3) teams out of the Northern Region tournament and the top three (3) teams out of the Southern Region tournament qualify for the six (6) team state championship tournament. The top five (5) individuals out of each region tournament also advance to the state tournament.

SOCCER (boys & girls)

Division I = The top three (3) teams out of the High Desert League and the top three (3) teams out of the Sierra League qualify for the Northern Region playoffs; the top three (3) teams out of the Northeast League and the top three (3) teams out of the Southeast League qualify for the Sunrise Region playoffs; the top three (3) teams out of the Northwest League and the top three (3) teams out of the Southwest League qualify for the Sunset Region playoffs; the #1 seeds in each league get a first-round (quarterfinal-round) bye in the region playoffs. Teams from one league will "cross-bracket" with the appropriately-seeded teams from the other league in the region playoffs. The top two (2) teams (when the state tournament is held in the North) / top (1) team (when the state tournament is held in the South) from the Northern Region, the top (1) team (champion) from the Sunrise Region and the top (1) team (champion) from the Sunset Region advance to the four (4) team state championship tournament. The fourth team, from Southern Nevada, for a state tournament contested in the South will be determined by a Sunrise #2 vs. Sunset #2 playoff match.

Division I-A = The top three (3) teams out of the Sierra League and the top three (3) teams out of the Humboldt League qualify for the Northern Region playoffs; the top three (3) teams out of the Sunrise League and the top three (3) teams out of the Sunset League qualify for the Southern Region playoffs; the #1 seeds in each league get a first-round (quarterfinal-round) bye in the region playoffs. Teams from one league will "cross-bracket" with the appropriately-seeded teams from the other league in the region playoffs. The top two (2) teams from the Northern Region and the top two (2) teams from the Southern Region advance to the four (4) team state championship tournament.

TENNIS (boys & girls)

Division I = The top three (3) teams out of the High Desert League and the top three (3) teams out of the Sierra League qualify for the Northern Region playoffs; the top three (3) teams out of the Northeast League and the top three (3) teams out of the Southeast League qualify for the Sunrise Region playoffs; the top three (3) teams out of the Northwest League and the top three (3) teams out of the Southwest League qualify for the Sunset Region playoffs; the #1 seeds in each league get a first-round (quarterfinal-round) bye in the region playoffs. Teams from one league will "cross-bracket" with the appropriately-seeded teams from the other league in the region playoffs. The top two (2) teams (when the state tournament is held in the North) / top (1) team (when the state tournament is held in the South) from the Northern Region, the top (1) team (champion) from the Sunrise Region and the top (1) team (champion) from the Sunset Region advance to the four (4) team state championship tournament. The fourth team, from Southern Nevada, for a state tournament contested in the South will be determined by a Sunrise #2 vs. Sunset #2 playoff match. The top three (3) individuals from each region also advance to the state tournament (where an out-bracket match will be played between two #3 seeds per draw).

Division I-A = The top three (3) teams out of the Sierra League and the top three (3) teams out of the Humboldt League qualify for the Northern Region playoffs; the top three (3) teams out of the Sunrise League and the top three (3) teams out of the Sunset League qualify for the Southern Region playoffs; the #1 seeds in each league get a first-round (quarterfinal-round) bye in the region playoffs. Teams from one league will "cross-bracket" with the appropriately-seeded teams from the other league in the region playoffs. The top two (2) teams from the Northern Region and the top two (2) teams from the Southern Region advance to the four (4) team state championship tournament. The top four (4) individuals from each region also advance to the state tournament.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Division I = The top three (3) teams out of the High Desert League and the top three (3) teams out of the Sierra League qualify for the Northern Region playoffs; the top three (3) teams out of the Northeast League and the top three (3) teams out of the Southeast League qualify for the Sunrise Region playoffs; the top three (3) teams out of the Northwest League and the top three (3) teams out of the Southwest League qualify for the Sunset Region playoffs; the #1 seeds in each league get a first-round (quarterfinal-round) bye in the region playoffs. Teams from one league will "cross-bracket" with the appropriately-seeded teams from the other league in the region playoffs. The top two (2) teams (when the state tournament is held in the North) / top (1) team (when the state tournament is held in the South) from the Northern Region, the top (1) team (champion) from the Sunrise Region and the top (1) team (champion) from the Sunset Region advance to the four (4) team state championship tournament. The fourth team, from Southern Nevada, for a state tournament contested in the South will be determined by a Sunrise #2 vs. Sunset #2 playoff match.

Division I-A = The top two (2) teams out of the Mount Rose League, the top two (2) teams out of the Lahontan League and the top two (2) teams out of the Ruby Mountain League qualify for the Northern Region playoffs; the top three (3) teams out of the Sunrise League and the top three (3) teams out of the Sunset League qualify for the Southern Region playoffs; two #1 seeds, by draw, in the Northern Region and both #1 seeds in the Southern Region will get a first-round (quarterfinal) bye in the region playoffs. Teams from one league will "cross-bracket" with appropriately-seeded teams from the other league in the region playoffs. The top two (2) teams from the Northern Region and the top two (2) teams from the Southern Region advance to the four (4) team state championship tournament.

Division III = The top two (2) teams out of the Mount Rose League, the top two (2) teams out of the Lahontan League and the top two (2) teams out of the Ruby Mountain League qualify for the Northern Region playoffs; the top four (4) teams in the Southern League qualify for their respective league tournaments; two #1 seeds, by draw, will receive a first-round (quarterfinal) bye in the Northern Region tournament. Teams from the Mount Rose, Lahontan and Ruby Mountain leagues will "cross-bracket" with appropriately-seeded teams form the other leagues in the region playoffs. The top two (2) teams from the Northern League and the top two (2) teams from the Southern League advance to the four (4) team state championship tournament.

Division IV = The top three (3) teams out of the West League and the top three (3) teams out of the East League qualify for the Northern Region tournament; the top six (6) teams in the Southern League qualify for their respective league tournament. two #1 seeds, by draw, in the Northern Region and the top two (#1 & #2) seeds in the Southern Region will get a first-round (quarterfinal) bye in the region playoffs. Teams from the West and East leagues will "cross-bracket" with appropriately-seeded teams from the other league in the Northern Region playoffs. The top two (2) teams from each region will advance to the state championship tournament.

BASKETBALL (boys & girls)

Division I = The top three (3) teams out of the High Desert League and the top three (3) teams out of the Sierra League qualify for the Northern Region playoffs; the top three (3) teams out of the Northeast League and the top three (3) teams out of the Southeast League qualify for the Sunrise Region playoffs; the top three (3) teams out of the Northwest League and the top three (3) teams out of the Southwest League qualify for the Sunset Region playoffs; the #1 seeds in each league get a first-round (quarterfinal-round) bye in the region playoffs. Teams from one league will "cross-bracket" with the appropriately-seeded teams from the other league in the region playoffs. The top two (2) teams (when the state tournament is held in the North) / top (1) team (when the state tournament is held in the South) from the Northern Region, the top (1) team (champion) from the Sunrise Region and the top (1) team (champion) from the Sunset Region advance to the four (4) team state championship tournament. The fourth team, from Southern Nevada, for a state tournament contested in the South will be determined by a Sunrise #2 vs. Sunset #2 playoff match.

Division I-A = The top two (2) teams out of the Mount Rose League, the top two (2) teams out of the Lahontan League and the top two (2) teams out of the Ruby Mountain League qualify for the Northern Region playoffs; the top three (3) teams out of the Sunrise League and the top three (3) teams out of the Sunset League qualify for the Southern Region playoffs; two #1 seeds, by draw, in the Northern Region and both #1 seeds in the Southern Region will get a first-round (quarterfinal) bye in the region playoffs. Teams from one league will "cross-bracket" with appropriately-seeded teams from the other league in the region playoffs. The top two (2) teams from the Northern Region and the top two (2) teams from the Southern Region advance to the four (4) team state championship tournament.

Division III = The top two (2) teams out of the Mount Rose League, the top two (2) teams out of the Lahontan League and the top two (2) teams out of the Ruby Mountain League qualify for the Northern Region playoffs; the top four (4) teams in the Southern League qualify for their respective league tournaments; two #1 seeds, by draw, will receive a first-round (quarterfinal) bye in the Northern Region tournament. Teams from the Mount Rose, Lahontan and Ruby Mountain leagues will "cross-bracket" with appropriately-seeded teams form the other leagues in the region playoffs. The top two (2) teams from the Northern League and the top two (2) teams from the Southern League advance to the four (4) team state championship tournament.

Division IV = The top three (3) teams out of the West League and the top three (3) teams out of the East League qualify for the Northern Region tournament; the top six (6) teams in the Southern League qualify for their respective league tournament; two #1 seeds, by draw, in the Northern Region and the top two (#1 & #2) seeds in the Southern Region will get a first-round (quarterfinal) bye in the region playoffs. Teams from the West and East leagues will "cross-bracket" with appropriately-seeded teams from the other league in the Northern Region playoffs. The top two (2) teams from each region will advance to the state championship tournament.

BOWLING (boys & girls, SOUTH)

Division I = The top three (3) teams in the Northeast League and the top three (3) teams in the Southeast League qualify for the Sunrise Region playoffs; the top three (3) teams in the Northwest League and the top three (3) teams in the Southwest League qualify for the Sunset Region playoffs; the #1 seeds in each league get a first-round (quarterfinal-round) bye in the region playoffs. Teams from one league will "cross-bracket" with the appropriately-seeded teams from the other league in the region playoffs. The Region champions will play a one-match state final.

Division I-A = The top three (3) teams in the Sunrise League and the top three (3) teams in the Sunset League qualify for the Southern Region playoffs; the #1 seeds in each league get a first-round (quarterfinal-round) bye in the region playoffs. Teams from one league will "cross-bracket" with the appropriately-seeded teams from the other league in the region playoffs.

SKIING (boys & girls, NORTH)

To be announced.

WRESTLING

Division I = The top three (3) individuals out of the Northern Region, the top three (3) individuals out of the Sunrise Region and the top three (3) individuals out of the Sunset Region qualify for the state meet. Two #3 seeds, by draw, will meet in a first-round / championship quarterfinal scored match.

Division I-A = The top four (4) individuals out of the Northern Region and the top four (4) individuals out of the Southern Region qualify for the state meet.

Divisions III & IV = The top four (4) individuals out of the Northern Region and the top four (4) individuals out of the Southern Region qualify for the state meet.

BASEBALL

Division I = The top three (3) teams out of the High Desert League and the top three (3) teams out of the Sierra League qualify for the Northern Region playoffs; the top three (3) teams out of the Northeast League and the top three (3) teams out of the Southeast League qualify for the Sunrise Region playoffs; the top three (3) teams out of the Northwest League and the top three (3) teams out of the Southwest League qualify for the Sunset Region playoffs; the #1 seeds in each league get a first-round (quarterfinal-round) bye in the region playoffs. Teams from one league will "cross-bracket" with the appropriately-seeded teams from the other league in the region playoffs. The top two (2) teams (when the state tournament is held in the North) / top (1) team (when the state tournament is held in the South) from the Northern Region, the top (1) team (champion) from the Sunrise Region and the top (1) team (champion) from the Sunset Region advance to the four (4) team state championship tournament. The fourth team, from Southern Nevada, for a state tournament contested in the South will be determined by a Sunrise #2 vs. Sunset #2 playoff match. DOUBLE ELIMINATION.

Division I-A = The top two (2) teams out of the Mount Rose League, the top two (2) teams out of the Lahontan League and the top two (2) teams out of the Ruby Mountain League qualify for the Northern Region playoffs; the top three (3) teams out of the Sunrise League and the top three (3) teams out of the Sunset League qualify for the Southern Region playoffs; two #1 seeds, by draw, in the Northern Region and both #1 seeds in the Southern Region will get a first-round (quarterfinal) bye in the region playoffs. Teams from one league will "cross-bracket" with appropriately-seeded teams from the other league in the region playoffs. The top two (2) teams from the Northern Region and the top two (2) teams from the Southern Region advance to the four (4) team state championship tournament. DOUBLE ELIMINATION.

Division III = The top two (2) teams out of the Mount Rose League, the top two (2) teams out of the Lahontan League and the top two (2) teams out of the Ruby Mountain League qualify for the Northern Region playoffs; the top four (4) teams in the Southern League qualify for their respective league tournaments; two #1 seeds, by draw, will receive a first-round (quarterfinal) bye in the Northern Region tournament. Teams from the Mount Rose, Lahontan and Ruby Mountain leagues will "cross-bracket" with appropriately-seeded teams form the other leagues in the region playoffs. The top two (2) teams from the Northern League and the top two (2) teams from the Southern League advance to the four (4) team state championship tournament. DOUBLE ELIMINATION.

Division IV, same as in 2012 = The top four teams in the Northern League (one league) qualify for the Northern Region tournament; the top two (2) teams out of the Central League and the top two (2) teams out of the South League qualify for the Southern Region tournament; the #1 seeds will get a first-round (quarterfinal) bye in the region playoffs. Teams from the West and East / Central and South leagues will "cross-bracket" with appropriately-seeded teams from the other league in the Region playoffs. The top two (2) teams from each region will advance to the state championship tournament. DOUBLE ELIMINATION.

SOFTBALL

Division I = The top three (3) teams out of the High Desert League and the top three (3) teams out of the Sierra League qualify for the Northern Region playoffs; the top three (3) teams out of the Northeast League and the top three (3) teams out of the Southeast League qualify for the Sunrise Region playoffs; the top three (3) teams out of the Northwest League and the top three (3) teams out of the Southwest League qualify for the Sunset Region playoffs; the #1 seeds in each league get a first-round (quarterfinal-round) bye in the region playoffs. Teams from one league will "cross-bracket" with the appropriately-seeded teams from the other league in the region playoffs. The top two (2) teams (when the state tournament is held in the North) / top (1) team (when the state tournament is held in the South) from the Northern Region, the top (1) team (champion) from the Sunrise Region and the top (1) team (champion) from the Sunset Region advance to the four (4) team state championship tournament. The fourth team, from Southern Nevada, for a state tournament contested in the South will be determined by a Sunrise #2 vs. Sunset #2 playoff match. DOUBLE ELIMINATION.

Division I-A = The top two (2) teams out of the Mount Rose League, the top two (2) teams out of the Lahontan League and the top two (2) teams out of the Ruby Mountain League qualify for the Northern Region playoffs; the top three (3) teams out of the Sunrise League and the top three (3) teams out of the Sunset League qualify for the Southern Region playoffs; two #1 seeds, by draw, in the Northern Region and both #1 seeds in the Southern Region will get a first-round (quarterfinal) bye in the region playoffs. Teams from one league will "cross-bracket" with appropriately-seeded teams from the other league in the region playoffs. The top two (2) teams from the Northern Region and the top two (2) teams from the Southern Region advance to the four (4) team state championship tournament. DOUBLE ELIMINATION.

Division III = The top two (2) teams out of the Mount Rose League, the top two (2) teams out of the Lahontan League and the top two (2) teams out of the Ruby Mountain League qualify for the Northern Region playoffs; the top four (4) teams in the Southern League qualify for their respective league tournaments; two #1 seeds, by draw, will receive a first-round (quarterfinal) bye in the Northern Region tournament. Teams from the Mount Rose, Lahontan and Ruby Mountain leagues will "cross-bracket" with appropriately-seeded teams form the other leagues in the region playoffs. The top two (2) teams from the Northern League and the top two (2) teams from the Southern League advance to the four (4) team state championship tournament. DOUBLE ELIMINATION.

Division IV, same as in 2012 = The top four (4) teams out of the Northern League (one league) qualify for the Northern Region tournament; the top four (4) teams out of the South League qualify for their respective tournament; the #1 seeds will get a first-round (quarterfinal) bye in the region playoffs. Teams from the West and East leagues will "cross-bracket" with appropriately-seeded teams from the other league in the Region playoffs. The top two (2) teams from each region will advance to the state championship tournament. DOUBLE ELIMINATION.

BOYS VOLLEYBALL (SOUTH)

Division I = The top three (3) teams out of Northeast League and the top three (3) teams out of the Southeast League qualify for the six (6) team Sunrise Region tournament; the top three (3) teams out of the Northwest League and the top three (3) teams out of the Southwest League qualify for the Sunset Region tournament; both #1 seeds will get a first-round (quarterfinal) bye in the region tournament. Teams from one league will "cross-bracket" with the appropriately-seeded teams from the other league in the region playoffs. The region champions will meet for a one-match state playoff final.

Division I-A = The top three (3) teams out of the Sunrise League and the top three (3) teams out of the Sunset League qualify for the six (6) team Southern Region / Southern State I-A playoffs; both #1 seeds will get a first-round (quarterfinal) bye. Teams from one league will "cross-bracket" with appropriately-seeded teams from the other league in the playoffs.

GOLF (boys & girls)

Division I = The top three (3) teams out of the High Desert League and the top three (3) teams out of the Sierra League qualify for the Northern Region tournament; the top three (3) teams out of the Northeast League and the top three (3) teams out of the Southeast League qualify for the Sunrise Region tournament; the top three (3) teams out of the Northwest League and the top three (3) teams out of the Southwest League qualify for the Sunset Region tournament. The top five (5) individuals out of each league also qualify for their respective region tournament. The top three (3) teams (when the state tournament is held in the North) / top two (2) teams (when the state tournament is held in the South) from the Northern Region, the top two (2) teams (when the state tournament is held in the North) / three (3) teams (when the state tournament is held in the South) from the Sunrise Region and the top two (2) teams (when the state tournament is held in the North) / top three (3) teams (when the state tournament is held in the South) from the Sunset Region advance to the seven (7) (when the state tournament is held in the North) / eight (8) (when the state tournament is held in the South) team state championship tournament. The top five (5) individuals out of each region tournament also advance to the state tournament.

Division I-A = The top six (6) teams out of the Northern League qualify for its League tournament; the top three (3) teams out of the Sunrise League and the top three (3) teams out of the Sunset League qualify for the Southern Region tournament. The top three (3) teams (when the state tournament is held in the North) / two (2) teams (when the state tournament is held in the South) from the Northern Region and the top two (2) teams (when the state tournament is held in the North) / three (3) teams (when the state tournament is held in the South) from the Southern Region (Sunrise & Sunset leagues combined) advance to the five (5) team state championship meet. The top five (5) individuals out of each region meet also advance to the state tournament.

Divisions III & IV = All teams / individuals are eligible to compete in their respective region championship / state qualifying tournament. The top three (3) teams out of the Northern Region tournament and the top three (3) teams out of the Southern Region tournament qualify for the six (6) team state championship tournament. The top five (5) individuals out of each region tournament also advance to the state tournament.

SWIMMING & DIVING (boys & girls)

Division I = The top three (3) individuals out of the Northern Region, the top two (2) individuals out of the Sunrise Region and the top two (2) individuals out of the Sunset Region qualify for the state meet. The eighth and final qualifier, from the South, will be determined by matching the finishing times of the Sunrise and Sunset #3 placers.

Division I-A = The top four (4) individuals out of the Northern Region and the top four (4) individuals out of the Southern Region (Sunrise and Sunset leagues combined) qualify for the state meet.

TRACK & FIELD (boys & girls)

Division I = The top three (3) individuals out of the Northern Region, the top two (2) individuals out of the Sunrise Region and the top two (2) individuals out of the Sunset Region qualify for the state meet. The eighth and final qualifier, from the South, will be determined by matching the finishing mark of the Sunrise and Sunset #3 placers.

Division I-A = The top four (4) individuals out of the Northern Region and the top four (4) individuals out of the Southern Region (Sunrise and Sunset leagues combined) qualify for the state meet.

Divisions III = The top four (4) individuals out of the Northern League and the top four (4) individuals out of the Southern League qualify for the eight (8) person state meet.

Division IV = The top four (4) individuals out of the Northern League and the top four (4) individuals out of the Southern League qualify for the eight (8) person state meet.

DISCLAIMER: Please note that these alignments were proposed by the Committee in general and may NOT reflect various, amended proposals by specific leagues in particular sports.


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