The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association has released its almost-final reclassification numbers.
I say “almost-final” because schools still can opt up. To do that, a school must receive the approval of its district and the WIAA. I don’t expect to see many schools, if any, opt up at this point.
Some notes about the new numbers:
Mount Rainier is a 4A school and has applied to join the SPSL. Geographically, it’s a good fit in the SPSL North, but there’s a natural opening in the SPSL South with Decatur becoming a 3A school — the Gators actually had 2A numbers and opted up. I’ve spoken with a few coaches and athletic directors and it’s possible that an SPSL North school will switch to the South so Mount Rainier can join the North.
The Nisqually League is going to get bigger. Franklin Pierce and Clover Park will apply to join the league.
You’ll notice that the WIAA has Sumner classified as a 2A school. I’m puzzled by that because Sumner athletic director Tim Thomsen told me the Spartans will opt up to 3A, like Bonney Lake. I expect it’s just an error on the WIAA’s part. I’ll try and run down the right information on Monday.
Schools at the bottom of Class 2A are in a tough position. They’re half the size of schools at the top of the classification. The enrollments range from 515 to 1,053. Not only are the small schools competing against schools twice their size — this also occurs in 1A and 2B — but the biggest schools have 500 more students in grades 10-12. Compare that to 3A where the smallest school has 1,086 students and the largest has 1,303. It’s a tough situation, but that’s what happens when schools are classified by percentages and not hard numbers as in the past.
It looks like North Thurston will no longer join the Narrows League. The Rams are a 2A school and will apply to join the Evergreen Conference.
White River just missed being reclassified into 2A. The Hornets are the smallest 3A school.
I aplogize for this not being posted earlier, but I had some vacation time to burn before the end of the year. Better late than never, right? Happy holidays, folks.