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

January 21, 2010 at 4:42 PM

SPSL ADs say no to Kennedy, yes to 2A Nisqually merge

The South Puget Sound League athletic directors are recommending that Kennedy Catholic not be accepted into the league for the 2010-12 classification cycle.

The SPSL principals are expected to act on that recommendation on Feb. 1.

Rick Wells, the Puyallup School District athletic director who is president of the SPSL ADs, said the vote at today’s meeting — which came after Kennedy made its official presentation — was “resounding.” He said the biggest issue is that Kennedy currently is part of the Seamount League and the SPSL did not want to “fragment” that league.

Travel was the other key factor, according to Wells. He said it likely will be up to the SPSL 3A principals (rather than 4A and 3A) to decide whether to accept the recommendation.

Bob Bourgette, Kennedy athletic director and head football coach, said he understands the SPSL’s viewpoint and that the school’s preference is to stay in the Seamount League, even though he is not fond of the proposed 3A/2A blend.

“We’re not upset one way or the other,” Bourgette said. “We’ve always wanted to be in the Seamount League. These are our neighborhood schools. We were just testing the waters.”

He said Kennedy is still looking into possible membership in the Metro League. Kennedy’s main issue with the new Seamount League alignment is that it would be one of only three 3A schools in the league (along with Highline and Hazen). The other five schools will be 2A. Mount Rainier, now with 4A numbers, will be joining SPSL 4A.

In other action today, the SPSL ADs unanimously voted to approve a merger between the 2A Nisqually League schools (Eatonville, Fife, Steilacoom and Washington) and the SPSL schools dropping to 2A next fall (Clover Park, Franklin Pierce and Sumner). The league would be called SPSL 2A.

That merger also must be approved by league principals at their Feb. 1 meetings (the 4A and 3A principals meet separately).

There is still a possibility that White River also might drop to 2A next fall. The WIAA will rule on the school’s appeal this Sunday. If White River does move to 2A, that would leave only six schools in SPSL 3A. Wells said in that case there would be the possibility of a blended 3A/2A alignment, primarily for scheduling purposes.

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