Klaa unveils new division alignments for football

BRIGHTON — After 10 schools decided to leave the Kensington Lakes Activities Association following the 2016-17 school year, the question became whether or not the KLAA would replace those schools. Watch baseball online free As it turns out, the conference, for now, will proceed with the 14 teams it currently has.

The new division alignments for football were unveiled along with next school year’s football schedules, and it showed that the KLAA will go from a 24-team, four-division conference in football to 14 teams split into two divisions, which will be labeled as Gold and Black.

Brighton, Hartland and Howell will continue to do battle, but their opponents will be vastly different, as all but one additional school that resides in the current Lakes Conference — Pinckney, Milford, Walled Lake Western, Walled Lake Northern, Walled Lake Central, Lakeland, Wateford Mott and Waterford Kettering — have left.

Livingston County’s three schools will join Canton, Salem, Novi and Livonia Stevenson to form the KLAA Black. Facebook logo black Grand Blanc, Livonia Churchill, Livonia Franklin, Plymouth, Northville, Wayne Memorial and Westland John Glenn now make up the KLAA Gold.

“You know, I think at the end of the day, whether it’s Friday night football or any other sport, you got to get your kids ready to play and come out and get after it,” Brighton athletic director John Thompson said. Fantasy football names for girls “You look at the football divisions, and there are a lot of good football programs (in the new KLAA). Select basketball teams near me We welcome the opportunity to compete against those folks. Little league baseball world series 2016 That’s what it’s all about.

“On any division realignment, you’re never going to make everybody happy. Basketball wives I think, my perspective as a whole … is that knowing you’re not going to make everyone happy, but still trying to have equity in terms of some of the better or more traditionally stronger programs in different divisions, and ones a little more middle-of-the-pack split up … that helps everybody.”

In the KLAA Black, five of the seven teams in the new division made the playoffs in 2016, those teams being the KLAA West champion Brighton, KLAA South champion Canton, Howell, Novi and Livonia Stevenson.

Hartland and Salem are the two teams that missed out. Pitching drills softball However, Hartland, of course, had made the playoffs in back-to-back years prior to 2016 and three of the past five overall, and Salem missed being playoff-eligible by a single game.

“I think that, when you look at it top to bottom, it’s pretty strong — at least our side,” Howell coach Aaron Metz added. Baseball games online free “Our side of the division is a very strong group of seven. Funny mens softball team names It will be pretty tough. Stardock fences download But I think it’s good. Facebook mobile app It’s a lot of teams we’ve seen before. Little league baseball 2016 But we’ll still have our hands full each week.”

Canton has been at least playoff-eligible each year since 2000, and was in the Division 1 semifinals in 2015. Softball tournaments in ky Brighton has made the playoffs in six of the past eight seasons and Livonia Stevenson has qualified the past five. Mutual materials pavers Howell has reached at least five wins in 11 of the previous 13 years.

“It presents a challenge,” Savage said. Irrigation methods “But, I guess we have to play nine football games and I’d rather play the quality teams and see where we stack up. Cottage garden design plans If you have a good season, it gets you ready for the playoffs, that’s for sure. Gardenia care You’ll know what you have come playoff season.”

“I think there’s some balance there,” Thompson said. Auburn softball twitter “I think if you look at both groups as a whole, there’s a ton of good football schools in there. U of a softball It’s a good problem to have. Garden state parkway accident Also, probably, the (Black), if you looked at it on paper, is a little bit stronger grouping. Garden of the gods il But, right now, our goal is basically to get through next year and then work on the process to see what we’re going to do on a long-term basis.”

Since 2008, teams have opened up with at least two non-conference matchups before entering league play. Alabama softball team In 2016, KLAA teams played three out-of-conference games prior to taking on teams in their respective divisions. Fantasy baseball That is no longer the case for most.

Brighton will square off against Belleville then immediately face Hartland in Week 2. Mizzou softball The last time the two local rivals went head to head that early was back in 2003. Landscaping with rocks and stones Howell will face a tough Caledonia team in its opener and then take on Salem, Novi and Stevenson in Weeks 2-4.

“I kind of like a few games to get into the mix. Stardock fences Even if you look at college, everybody kind of likes a couple weeks to figure out where they are at, then go to work” Metz said. Absolute pitch training “But we have an odd number of teams, and you want to keep (local rivals) playing each other, so that’s how it worked out.

“Obviously, in football needing six wins, you always broke it up as your preseason and then your division season and then playoffs,” Savage said, “but it’s going to be quick. Vegetable garden layout planner We’re right there, and it just makes it so we gotta be prepared right at the start of the season.”