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1/31/2018
New football alignment announced: Kayhi now Division III. Juneau football programs consolidated, will vote on mascot

By Anchorage Daily News Staff

ANCHORAGE (ADN) — The Bartlett Golden Bears football team has been moved from the Cook Inlet Conference.

The Alaska School Activities Association on Monday realigned the state's high school football teams, a process that separates Anchorage's seven Division I teams into two conferences.

Bartlett, the defending state champion, will play in the five-team Railbelt Conference along with Chugiak, Colony, Wasilla and Juneau. Chugiak, which belongs to the CIC for other sports, was moved to the Railbelt a couple of years ago.

Remaining in the Cook Inlet Conference are West, East, Dimond, Service and South.

Nearly everyone will make the Division I playoffs. Eight of the 10 teams — the top four per conference, or 80 percent — will advance to the state quarterfinals.

The state's Division II teams will be separated into two conferences. Eagle River will play with Soldotna, Kenai and Kodiak in the Northern Lights Conference, and Palmer will play with West Valley, Lathrop and North Pole in a conference that's also being called the Railbelt.

Alaska's remaining 11 teams will play in two Division III conferences — the Greatland Conference (Barrow, Eielson, Houston, Monroe, Redington and Valdez), and the Peninsula Conference (Homer, Seward, Nikiski, Voznesenka, Ketchikan).

In both Division II and Division III, four teams — the top two in each conference — will advance to the state playoffs.

The realignment was in part a result of the off-season merger between the Juneau and Thunder Mountain football teams.

Division I (large schools)

Cook Inlet Conference

West

East

Dimond

Service

South

Railbelt Conference

Bartlett

Chugiak

Colony

Wasilla

Juneau

(top four in each conference advance to state playoffs)

Division II (medium-sized schools)

Northern Lights Conference

Eagle River

Soldotna

Kenai

Kodiak

Railbelt Conference

Palmer

West Valley

Lathrop

North Pole

(top two from each conference advance to state playoffs)

Division III (small schools)

Greatland Conference

Barrow

Eielson

Houston

Monroe

Remington

Valdez

Peninsula Conference

Homer

Nikiski

Seward

Ketchikan

Vozneskenka

(top two from each conference advance to state playoffs)