As expected with the new reclassification of schools, the Western Conference will look much different next season.
At a league meeting Wednesday, it was decided that there will be a 4A North division, a 4A South and a 3A for 10 sports, according to Wesco president Greg Erickson. These sports are: baseball, basketball (boys and girls), football, soccer (boys and girls), softball, tennis, volleyball, and wrestling.
“We looked at everything by separate sports, and in terms of the decision there was a consensus (among athletic directors),” said Erickson, who is also the athletic director for the Marysville School District. “But every sport will be a little different. Football and volleyball will be different based on the nature of the games. Fastpitch, soccer and basketball will be the same. Baseball, we’ll have to talk with the coaches and wait and see. Tennis and wrestling will be the same divisional-type of look as team sports.”
These changes stem from the fact that Mountlake Terrace, Oak Harbor and Shorewood will be moving down to 3A for the next two seasons. So the new 4A configurations look like this: North — Arlington, Lake Stevens, Marysville-Pilchuck, Monroe, Snohomish and Stanwood; South — Cascade, Edmonds-Woodway, Jackson, Kamiak and Mariner. The once-thin 3A ranks (which was exclusive in only football) has filled up: Everett, Glacier Peak, Lynnwood, Meadowdale, Mountlake Terrace, Oak Harbor, Shorecrest and Shorewood.
At a June workshop, a lot of the post-season plans will get hashed out. “We’ll work our way backwards and look at what’s the best way to qualify for state, what do we do want to do with districts, are we going to have divisionals, things like that,” Erickson said.
Here’s some other tidbits from our conversation: