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RVSA making plans for W.H. Croxford joining high school athletics in fall

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Mar 27, 2014 11:08 am

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When W.H. Croxford High School officially opens its doors in Airdrie this September, it will mean some small changes to the structure for the Rocky View Sports Association (RVSA).

“This is the first time since I came here eight years ago that we have had to add a new high school to the RVSA, so we have already been working on how to best bring W.H. Croxford into the league schedule for quite a while now,” RVSA Sports Coordinator Jacquie Mirtle said.

“With the school just having Grade 9 and 10 students for the first year, we are making plans for junior teams in both volleyball and basketball, but it’s really hard to say how that will work at this point as we are not sure where everything is at when it comes to staffing,” she added.

“With the individual sports like badminton or track and field, it’s a little easier to work around having those athletes play in the league as those are individual sports.”

Mirtle also said the current two-division structure of the junior league would remain intact, with W.H. Croxford joining the other two Airdrie schools (Bert Church High School and George McDougall High School) and Chestermere High School in the East Division. The West Division, which consists of Bow Valley High School, Springbank Community High School, and Cochrane High School, will remain intact.

“The final standings are determined by win percentage, so there is no major concern from the teams about having a couple of extra games,” Mirtle said. “We are actually working on getting all of the schedules finalized right now, as we want to get everything out early so that the teams can plan their tournaments around the schedule.”

What will happen with a third team joining the inter-school rivalry between Bert Church and George McDougall is something that Bert Church Athletic Director Mike Sera said will play out over time.

“It’s really tough to say whether that will change that rivalry or not right away,” Sera said. “All of the students in town play with each other around town all of the time, so you are going to have that competitiveness no matter what.”

“There will be more games every year, but whether or not a new school will become a huge rival is something you can’t really predict until everything plays out,” he added.


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