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More high school athletics, good or bad?

April 7, 2014 - Robert Collias
Hawaii has more types of state tournaments than any state in the Union, with unique sports (for preps) including judo, outrigger canoe paddling, and air riflery.

As soon as next year, surfing could be in the mix.

It was a little over a decade ago that Hawaii added a Division II — meant for smaller schools, but not always used that way by the gargantuan OIA — but some states have been backing away from the bigger-is-better approach.

In recent years, there has been a push for Division III in Hawaii. With only about 50 high schools here that play football, for example, and up to 40 percent of teams qualifying for some sportsa' state tournaments, I personally don't think a D-III is necessary.

I am, BTW, all for surfing in Hawaii — an idea that has taken way too long to get going.

Starting with the state where I was born and raised, Oregon, the trend I have been reading about is for fewer divisions after fairly recent expansions. Often, keeping or renewing old rivalries is the reason.

And there is the fact that — as it does at every level — football runs the ship.



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