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Re-classification a possibility for DII champions

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A three-peat is no easy accomplishment in any sport, but the odds of pulling one off in division two team athletics will be slim, thanks to a re-classification rule that will takes affect this Fall.

According to the latest rules set in motion by the ILH, division two programs that win consecutive championships will be elevated to division one status.

After spending one season as a division one member, that program would be evaluated by a committee -- consisted of high school athletic directors -- as to whether or not it could be re-instated as a division-two participant.
     
All programs begin this school year with a clean slate, which is good news for sports like Iolani's football team. The Raiders have won six straight division two championships and will not be subjected to re-classification this season.

"It's a change, it's a challenge and we have to accept it and just go with it," Iolani head coach Wendall Look says. "The challenge is to be the champion at the end so you have to have the first win and then the challenge is to try and get the second one. And it's tough, it's tough."

However, there are exceptions to the rule based on enrollment. A school like Hawaii Baptist Academy -- who has won three straight division two volleyball championships -- does not have to move up, because the Golden Eagle have fewer than 750-students enrolled (750 students is the maximum allowed for schools to claim division two status).

 

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