It appears as though the Seamount League will be a combination 3A/2A conference for the 2010-12 reclassification cycle.
And most of the teams likely will be 2A.
I spoke earlier today with Evergreen athletic director Daylene Boehm, who is the president of the leagues ADs.
The ADs met this morning to hear everyone’s intentions as the WIAA’s Dec. 15 deadline nears for making “opt-up” declarations. She said a WIAA representative was on hand to answer questions and provide updates on where the classificaiton lines are likely to be drawn.
The more schools choosing to opt up, the more others are being pushed down on the list in terms of which classification they might fall in. Lindbergh, for instance, might be 2A in size after all the opt-ups. Remember all 14 Metro League members have indicated they plan to remain 3A, meaning several will continue to opt up.
Lindbergh would still have the opportunity to opt up, depending on what administrators and coaches prefer.
Kennedy Catholic has already declared its intentions to opt up, but administrators still have until Dec. 15 to change their minds. Bob Bourgette, Kennedy AD and head football coach, reiterated this afternoon that the school intends to remain 3A.
But Hazen and Highline might be the only other 3A schools in the league. Mount Rainier likely will have 4A numbers and join the South Puget Sound League — although the Des Moines school might not have a choice between the North and South Division, one source told me.
Evergreen, Foster and Tyee all plan to compete in Class 2A, if that’s where they fall, Boehm said.
“We think that’s the best fit for us this cycle,” she said.
Renton and Lindbergh apparently could go either way and we’ll be following that situation.
The WIAA intends to release the “final” classification figures on Jan. 4. Schools then have until Jan. 15 to opt up, a last chance — they cannot opt to go back down if they declared intentions to opt up by Dec. 15. This would be for schools, say, who thought their numbers would naturally put them at 3A, but then because so many others opted up, they wound up at 2A. But to make the move at that point, they have to receive approval from their league, district and the WIAA Executive Board.
It’s a confusing process and we’ll be following it here over the next several weeks.