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Las Vegas high schools set to join Division I-A

Steve Puterski

It's official, the Division I-A will house three more schools starting in the fall.

Las Vegas schools Del Sol, Spring Valley and Sierra Vista will transition to the league after being approved for realignment by the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Board of Control at last week's meeting in Reno.

Del Sol will join the Sunrise League, while Spring Valley and Sierra Vista move to the Sunset League. The Southern DI-A increases to 16 schools in the two leagues.

Del Sol did not record a point over the past two years, while Sierra Vista had seven and Spring Valley 11. The rubric assigns point totals for league championships, playoff wins and appearances and regional and state championships, to name a few.

The NIAA also approved a modification to the Southern Nevada Rubric for the next two-year cycle.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the threshold for schools to move from the DI to the DI-A has been altered. DI schools with 30 or fewer points will be realigned, which is up from the 15 points used in the last two-year cycle.

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DI schools with 15 or more points were not eligible to transition in the 2012-14 period.

Faith Lutheran and Boulder City were the only Southern DI-A schools to reach the 150-point benchmark over the two-year period but exercised their options to remain in the DI-A this year.

In addition, the board also approved to allow Southern DI-A schools Faith Lutheran, Boulder City, Moapa Valley and Virgin Valley to keep their option to remain in the DI-A even if they meet the required 150 points to move to the DI.