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The latest news and analysis on high-school sports around the Seattle area

December 5, 2009 at 7:10 PM

Metro League schools to remain 3A

All Metro League schools will remain Class 3A in for the 2010-12 reclassifaction cycle, Mike Colbrese confirmed today during a chat with sports reporters at haftime of the Class 2B football championship game at the Tacoma Dome.

Colbrese, executive directory of the WIAA, said that decision came in yesterday.

Currently, seven Metro Schools opt up to 3A (most of them are actually 2A in size, although Rainier Beach actually had 1A enrollment numbers for the 2008-10 reclassification period.

We’d heard some talk that there could be some kind of 3A/2A Metro League next fall, when the new two-year classification period starts. Or maybe some kind of Metro/KingCo mix for 2A. But that apparently won’t be the case.

And I spoke yesterday with Terry Agnew, the Woodinville AD who is president of KingCo, about what is likely to happen there. He indicated that while Woodinville could have 3A numbers, the school would opt up to 4A. Lake Washington apparently will drop from 4A to 3A, while Interlake will return to 3A after a two-year drop to 2A. Sammamish seems headed for 2A.

The whole reclassification system is complicated. I blogged a little about it earlier last week, and you can read that here. That blog also has a link in it to the initial reclassification numbers released by the WIAA.

This is something we’ll be writing more about over the next couple of weeks, and into January, when the final lines will be drawn. I know I’m very interested in what might happen with the Seamount League, which currently has nine 3A members. We already know Mount Rainier is almost certain to be a 4A school. The best fit for the school would seemingly be the SPSL 4A North Division, but we’ll see.

Some of the Seamount schools are 2A in size. Could the Seamount be a 3A/2A league next year? Could it disolve with schools joining other leagues?

We’ll let you know when we know.

It looks like 4A will be somewhat stable, but 3A and 2A really could be mess, depending on how many schools decide to opt up. The next deadline is Dec. 15.

Remember, this is system is different from the one used in 2008-10, so there are a lot more unknowns right now.

“We’re not sure what the ripple affect is going to mean,” Colbrese said. “You could run out of schools that want to opt up or you could end up with an endless stream of schools that do want to opt up to keep their league affiliation. It’s a whole new experience for us to figure out if it’s going to work.”

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