MOODY: Board of Control to consider realignment, playoff options

The NIAA Board of Control meets on Oct. 3-4 in Las Vegas to approve or gve a thumbs down to the latest realignment proposal.

Ron Beck, Carson High principal and a member of the Board of Control, expects the realignment to pass. He admitted he's not a big fan of allowing Wooster back in the 4A for football.

Also coming up for discussion in future weeks will be new post-season options.

There are two options for Division I football (4A).

The first is to have the top three teams in the four 4A leagues (two in Las Vegas and two in Northern Nevada) qualify for the playoffs. The division winners would get a first-round bye.

I hope this one gets passed. When you finish fourth in a six-team league, chances are that you will have a losing record, and teams with losing records don't belong in the post-season. I think it's a positive for first-place finishers, especially if they are banged up a little bit. I would think that teams would welcome the rest if they have injuries. Also, who wants to see a massacre between a first and fourth-place team.

Do you all remember Carson 50, North Valleys 0. Carson would have been better off practicing for another week.

The other option would be to have the top four finishers in each division make the playoffs. As I stated earlier, fourth-place teams usually have losing league records and the 1-4 match-up isusually lopsided.

Having the top three make the playoffs would shorten the playoffs by one week, and allow student-athletes to start their winter seasons quicker.

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Ex-Carson High soccer star Brandi Vega has scored two goals and dished out three assists in helping Washington State to a 6-2-1 record thus far.

Richard Shroy also is at WSU. The cross-country standout finished eighth in the Cougars' first race of the year over Labor Day weekend. He ran an 18:44 in the Clash of the Inland Northwest.

Whitney Nash, a freshman at St. Catherine's in Minnesota, is averaging 98.2 in her first six rounds of collegiate golf. Nash's low score is a 93, which came at the Concordia Invitational on Sept. 10-11.

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One thing that has stood out to me is the class that Blair Roman has shown in his three years as Carson's football coach.

It started two years ago when he rested starters for the entire second half in blowout wins against Damonte Ranch, South Tahoe and Wooster. Many coaches would have put their starters out there for one series in the second half, perhaps punching in one more needless score. Those missing quarters probably hurt Dylan Sawyers the most because he could have racked up some big yardage and added to an already impressive season.

Friday night was another classic moment with Roman. With his team comfortably ahead 54-0 and the clock winding down, he had his quarterback kneel down four times. Roman had JV players and third-string varsity guys on the field. He certainly would have been well within his right to let one of the younger players score again, but he didn't. He had already proven his point, and he didn't need to see his team bully a defenseless opponent.

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Two big golf events are headed for the Dayton Valley Golf Club in October.

The Nevada women's golf team is hosting a tournament on Oct. 2-3 and the Stage I qualifier makes its annual pilgrimage to Northern Nevada starting on Oct. 16.

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