The Oahu Interscholastic Association is scrapping its three-division alignment for football and going back to a two-division setup.
OIA realigningBy Pat Bigold
But unlike the old Eastern and Western division setup, OIA football coordinator Richard Town-send (Leilehua's athletic director) said the divisions will be stocked on the basis of strength instead of geography.
Townsend said the OIA playoffs will also be reduced from 16 to eight teams.
The 10-team Red Division will be the stronger of the two. The weaker division will be the White (11 teams).
The Red will comprise the teams with the 10 best OIA records of 1998: league champion Kahuku, Waianae, Farrington, McKinley, Waipahu, Kailua, Castle, Leilehua, Campbell and Mililani.
The White will be composed of Kaiser, Waialua, Kalani, Radford, Nanakuli, Kaimuki, Kalaheo, Aiea, Moanalua, Pearl City and Roosevelt.
"Coaches wanted more games and the league wanted to keep a strength factor," said Townsend.
The date for the "Meet the Coach" evening for new Hawaii football coach June Jones and his staff at Murphy's Bar & Grill has been moved back to Thursday, Feb. 25 because of scheduling conflicts.
Meet the Coach
The gathering will run from 5 to 7:30 p.m., with musical entertainment, a buffet and refreshments.
Tickets are $50. All proceeds go to the UH football program.
MASTERS TRACK MEET: The Honolulu Masters Sports Classic, a track and field meet that will be expanded in future years to include several additional sports, will take place Feb. 14 at the Kaiser High School oval.
The competition for persons 30 years old and up begins at 8 a.m. with the long jump, high jump and pole vault.
Other events will be held each half hour until 2 p.m.