The South Puget Sound League 3A likely will look a lot different in the upcoming 2010-12 reclassification cycle.
And SPSL 4A will see some changes, too, although not as drastic.
The SPSL athletic directors met yesterday and here are some highlights, as provided by Rick Wells, the group’s chairman.
* White River, Clover Park and Franklin Pierce will leave the SPSL 3A to drop to 2A if the numbers fall where expected. All would join the Nisqually League and join Eatonville, Steilacoom, Washington and Fife.
* Decatur appears ready to move from the SPSL 4A South Division to SPSL 3A, which would make the SPSL 3A a 7-team league with Auburn Mountainview (expected to stay 3A), Bonney Lake, Enumclaw, Lakes, Peninsula and Sumner.
* Mount Rainier, currently a 3A school in the Seamount League, is almost certain to have 4A numbers and has applied to the SPSL. Geographically, the best fit for the Des Moines school would be in the SPSL North — but that would give the North 10 teams and leave the SPSL South with 8, if Decatur leaves. Most likely, the SPSL would like a 9-9 split.
Mount Rainier apparently has agreed to join either the SPSL North or South — but of course the issue isn’t just how far the Rams have to travel. That would mean extra travel for those other SPSL South schools as well. Another possibility would be for Jefferson to move from the North to the South.
Stay tuned. We’ll have more here as details develop.