The athletic directors in the KingCo conference have been meeting for more than a month now to discuss how new classification figures will affect the league as a whole. This much has been known for sure:
-Issaquah, Skyline and Newport are moving up to Class 4A
-Franklin is dropping down to Class 3A and moving to the Metro League.
-Interlake is dropping down to Class 2A
-Juanita has the option to play in Class 3A or opt up to stay in Class 4A.
So with the prospect of 12 (or 13) 4A schools, five (or six) 3A schools and one 2A school, the athletic directors have tried to find a way to form a conference that can accommodate each school’s needs while staying viable for the future.
The conference studied several multi-classification leagues, particularly WesCo, to help, but then, last Monday, a new proposal emerged unlike any league in the state.
The proposal would differentiate between sports, team and individual. I have been able to get my hands on the current proposal for team sports, one that could very well change when the ADs meet Monday afternoon. So understand this is not the final decision.
It would have two divisions in Class 4A, and then a 2A/3A league. You might notice that, in a little nod to history, the division names refer to the old divisions that went back as far as 1977:
Class 4A Crown Division
Class 4A Crest Division
Class 2A/3A Division
Again, this is only a proposal, and certainly far from final. As you might have noticed, this proposal assumes Juanita will drop to Class 3A, a decision that has not been made for sure. On one hand, the school can become more competitive in 3A, going against similarly sized schools. On the other, it will lose many of its traditional rivalries.
From what I have heard, under the proposal, the individual sports teams would play in combined 2A/3A/4A league (such as WesCo or the Northwest Conference), split into four divisions. But I have not seen which specific teams will be in which divisions. And it sounds like there is more work to finish there. But one source within the conference said they are close. That is great news for schools looking to get their schedules sorted out for next year. We could have final word by Thursday, when the KingCo principals are scheduled to meet.