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The Wyoming High School Activities Assocation Board of Directors convened on Tuesday for their February meeting, which covered a number of topics.

Some of the new developments include relocation of state-culminating events and combination proposals. Sites for state meets and tournaments in golf, cross-country and soccer will change starting with the 2019-2020 seasons.

The state golf meets in 2019 will once again be spread throughout Wyoming. Class 4A will be held in Gillette, Class 3A will be in Star Valley and Class 2A will be played in Lusk. Those locations are not by bids, it will be those schools’ respective years to host in the rotation.

The state cross-country meet will be held in Afton starting in 2019, as Star Valley won the bid to host over Cheyenne and Wheatland. The state meet has been hosted by Sheridan at the Sheridan Veterans Affairs Hospital since the 2013-14 school year. The 2018 state meet will be the last at that location before moving to Afton.

The state soccer tournament will move to Cheyenne, which won the bid over Rock Springs, Green River, Jackson and Sheridan, starting in 2020. State soccer was hosted by Sheridan the past two seasons but will be hosted by Jackson for the next two years.

Both state cross-country and state soccer sites will last for two years before prospective hosts can reapply to win bids again.

A motion to force the larger school to host an event involving programs of separate classifications, except for football, passed its first read. That would begin in 2020.

The board of directors also passed a motion upon first reading on making cross-country consistent with volleyball, basketball and track in terms of enrollment classification. That motion would mean the top 16 schools based on two-year enrollments would be in Class 4A with the next 15 in 3A and the remaining programs in 2A.

A motion to eliminate the quadrants in Class 3A soccer also passed first reading on Tuesday. Teams would still be divided by conference with each team playing each other twice. It would also mean the elimination of regionals and play-in games.

All of the motions that passed a first reading need to pass a second reading during the April meetings in order to become official.

Motions to make golf and wrestling consistent with volleyball, basketball and track failed, as did a motion to make boys and girls swimming both adhere to winter schedules.

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High School Sports Reporter

Brady Oltmans reports on high school and local sports. He joined the Star-Tribune in July 2016 after covering prep sports and college soccer in Nebraska. He also contributes to University of Wyoming sports coverage. He and his dog live in Casper.

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