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Category: Reclassification


Five Narrows League schools expected to apply for admission to SPSL

If you’ve read this story, you know major changes could be coming to the high school sports landscape in the South Sound.

As the story says, Bellarmine Prep, Central Kitsap, Gig Harbor, Olympia and South Kitsap are expected to apply for admission to the South Puget Sound League by Monday.

So, will they be accepted?

From the conversations I’ve had the past couple days with more than a dozen athletic directors, coaches and administrators, I can say with certainty that I don’t know for sure. From the SPSL’s perspective, there are positives and negatives to expanding. However, schools that go so far as submitting an application rarely get turned down for admission.
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District denies Federal Way’s appeal

Federal Way High School is the newest member of the SPSL South.

The West Central District has denied the Eagles’ appeal to overturn the decision of the SPSL principal’s association that moved Federal Way from the league’s North Division.

Jerry Holsten, president of the WCD and principal at South Kitsap, said the district heard Federal Way’s appeal on March 15 and made its ruling on Friday. He said the principals followed appropriate guidelines when the association voted to place Federal Way in the SPSL South.
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Reclassification numbers are finalized; impact on postseason berths

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association has released its final enrollment count figures for the 2010-12 cycle.

You can view the results here. Not much has changed since early January, with a few notable exceptions:

— White River’s appeal to be a 2A school was granted.
— Yakima West Valley’s appeal to be a 3A school was granted.
— Sammamish’s appeal to be a 3A school was granted.
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Narrows League looking at options for new divisions

Realignment in the Narrows League has hit a speed bump.

The league had planned to divide into an eight-team 4A division and seven-team 3A division next fall, but that fell through when North Thurston was reclassified as a 2A school and opted instead to join the Evergreen Conference.

“The loss of North Thurston was somewhat problematic,” Bellarmine Prep athletic director Ed Ploof said. “We’re trying to finalize our divisional decision.”

The 14-team league is considering three options:

• Divide into two seven-team divisions.
• Divide into different divisions for select sports.
• Divide into divisions based on classification.
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WIAA: News on reclassification

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

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WIAA tweaks reclassification terms for 3A and 2A

As if reclassification wasn’t confusing enough, the process has been tweaked.

On Monday, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s Executive Board voted to adjust the number of schools that will be assigned to 3A and 2A. The largest 17 percent of the state’s schools will be classified into 4A – that’s not new – and the next 34 percent will be 3A and 2A schools.

The board made this decision because it expects a large number of schools that will be classified as 2A schools will opt up to 3A.
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More reclassification news for South Sound schools

How Washington’s high schools will be classified for the 2010-11 school year is becoming more clear. WIAA executive director Mike Colbrese said Saturday that all 14 Metro League schools will compete in Class 3A. Eleven of the league’s schools will opt up to 3A.

That’s significant for a handful of South Sound schools and every school that’s near the cut-off for 3A and 2A. According to the preliminary enrollment numbers released by the WIAA on Nov. 30, current 3A schools Franklin Pierce, Sumner and Bonney Lake, plus 4A schools Decatur and Wilson stand a good chance of being reclassified into 2A. However, Franklin Pierce, Decatur and Wilson are among the 59 schools that have until Dec. 15 to decide if they want to compete in the classification their enrollment places them in, or opt up to a larger classification. Bonney Lake and Sumner are not listed as “undecided” on the WIAA’s list, but according to Sumner School District athletic director Tim Thomsen, Sumner and Bonney Lake will opt up to 3A if they are classified in 2A.
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Preliminary numbers are out, some South Sound schools will be reclassified

Washington high schools will be reclassified on Jan. 4 and we could see some big changes that dramatically shift the high school sports landscape.

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association has released the preliminary numbers it uses for classifying schools. You can view the information here. However, these numbers are not final.

Fifty-nine schools are have elected to choose between wanting to compete in the classification their enrollment places them in or opting up to a larger classification. These schools must submit their decisions by Dec. 15. What these schools decide will greatly affect the “bubble” schools that have decided to compete in the classification they are placed in.

Here’s a list of South Sound schools on the “bubble.”

1A/2A bubble
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