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November 28, 2014

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL:

Boulder City would love to bid farewell to the 3A with championship

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Boulder City High School football players Tyler Washburn and Thomas Shelley.

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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer celebrate the return of football season with an hour-long podcast diving into anything and everything regarding local high schools. They also look back on the victories by Bishop Gorman and Moapa Valley in the Sollenberger Classic and finish with week one picks.

Boulder City High coach Alex Kazel

Boulder High football coach Alex Kazel talks about the 2011 season.

This season could end up as the final year for the state’s 3A classification as the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association mulls over the possibility of combining the league with the 4A and creating two divisions.

Boulder City, one of three Southern Nevada schools currently in the 3A, isn’t going to mourn the loss. The Eagles had an altogether different reaction.

“These guys want to go out on top when the 3A is gone,” Boulder City coach Alex Kazel said. “They want to make a good showing for this season. They’ve worked real hard in the offseason.”

Motivated by the memory of missing the playoffs a year ago, Kazel reported his players were encouragingly diligent in the weight room this offseason. It’s not a stretch to see the Eagles toughening up and leaving behind the team that lost five straight before beating the Duragno junior varsity team to end the 2010 season.

Returning senior quarterback Thomas Shelley will lead the way.

“He started about half of the season last year at quarterback,” Kazel said. “He did a great job and worked real hard in the offseason.”

One of last year’s leading rushers, senior Tyler Washburn, is also back to assist Shelley in a leadership role. Other targets Shelley will have at his disposal include junior Michael Kelso and senior Frankie Badgley.

An offensive line that includes Billy Rotroff, James Morgan and Billy Barth is also one of the team’s strong points

Most of those players will star on both sides of the ball. Almost all of them received significant playing time last year to build upon.

“These guys had to step up and play,” Kazel said. “They got to play and got thrown into the fire against some really good schools. They learned a lot. They’re ready to come back this year and prove they can play with everybody and win games and get to the playoffs.”

Case Keefer can be reached at 948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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