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Belles: No Hamilton vs. Chaparral next season

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Posted: Monday, March 21, 2011 1:09 pm | Updated: 4:02 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

The football game everyone wanted to see next season won't be happening.

Hamilton coach Steve Belles said on Monday that the Huskies will not play Chaparral after the teams tried unsuccessfully to schedule each other.

The plan was for Hamilton to drop Desert Vista from its schedule and Chaparral to drop Marcos de Niza. That way, Hamilton and Chaparral would face off while Marcos de Niza and Desert Vista would play.

But the Thunder did not want to drop Hamilton from its schedule, nixing the idea. Belles said he won't pursue any other options to add Chaparral.

"It's done," Belles said. "We're not going to play them. People can do all the complaining they want but it's not going to happen."

Hamilton won the 5A Division I championship last season and Chaparral won 5A-II. They are expected to be the best two teams in Arizona again next season.

Belles said he felt pressured to make the showdown happen, but is done trying to make others happy.

"Everybody wants this game so I tried to make it happen," Belles said. "Why am I trying to appease people when I don't really have to? We don't have anything to prove to anybody."

Belles said Chaparral could have petitioned up a division to make the scheduling easier.

"They had an opportunity to come up and they didn't," Belles said. "It's not like we could have moved down."

Chaparral coach Charlie Ragle wasn't immediately available for comment.

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