Boys' golf begins Aug. 8, all other sports Aug. 15

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Boys' golf begins Aug. 8, all other sports Aug. 15 | Golf,

Photo by Wayne Crick Delta junior Blake Reiher chips onto the green during the Panthers' first golf tournament of 2015.

The Colorado High School Activities Association and its 352 member schools open the 96th school year with boys' golf official practice on Aug. 8. All other sports start officially on Aug. 15. Student athletes in cross country, boys' golf, football, boys' soccer, softball, boys' tennis, volleyball and spirit anxiously await that starting date.

Prior to the start of practice, though, the CHSAA will have participated in several meetings for coaches, athletic directors and school administrators.

"Nelson Mandela once said that education is the most powerful weapon one can use to change the world. Each new school year begins the same way with great hope and desire that our next generation will surpass anything our generation left. High school athletics and activities, community-based and focused on the transformation of students have proven time and again to be a vehicle to accomplish change and build better people. Schools, as the hubs of their communities, remain the driving force behind all that is good in our world," CHSAA Commissioner Paul Angelico said.

Teams may start playing tournaments on Aug. 11 for boys' golf, games on Aug. 19 for softball and Aug. 18 for boys' tennis. On Aug. 20, all other sports start scrimmage competition, except for football which starts on Aug. 25. Check out the CHSAA calendar for scrimmage dates at

In May, 1921, a group of superintendents and principals met in Boulder and organized the Colorado High School Athletic Conference. The purpose of this organization was to better regulate and develop the interscholastic school athletic program.

There were nine leagues by the time the first constitution was published, including the Northern, North Central, Western Slope, Suburban, Southeastern, Arkansas Valley, South Central and San Juan Basin leagues.

In 1924, the Colorado High School Athletic Conference joined the National Federation of State High School Associations and has remained an active member of that organization ever since.

The CHSAA has had 59 presidents dating back to 1921. Its current president, Boulder High School athletic director Eddie Hartnett is in the second year of a two-year term as president.

The association enters the year with few changes on staff. Paul Angelico, in his 27th year at CHSAA, is commissioner. Associate commissioner Tom Robinson is in his 16th year on the CHSAA staff. Assistant commissioners include Bert Borgmann, in his 29th year, Bethany Brookens, Harry Waterman, Bud Ozzello and Jenn Roberts-Uhlig.