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March 1, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Coin flip: Federal Way will move to SPSL South Division (or not)

I just got word that the South Puget Sound League 4A principals decided Federal Way will move to the South Division next fall and Jefferson will stay in the North Division.

Federal Way will apeal the decision to the West Central District.

Last month, after hearing input from the SPSL athletic directors, the principals decided that either Federal Way or Jefferson would have to make the move to balance the North and South with nine teams each (Mount Rainier is joining the SPSL North and Decatur is leaving the South to drop to 3A). They wanted the two schools to decide between them which one would switch.

Both schools are in the Federal Way School District and administrators did not want to pick (both prefer to stay in the North Division, based primarily on travel), so they sent the matter back to the principals. Then Federal Way appealed to the West Central District, but since there was no decision to send Federal Way to the South at that time, no action was taken on the appeal.

The SPSL principals elected to use a coin flip Monday rather than vote between the two schools.

“Both schools had a good rationale for wanting to remain in the South, so we felt this was the best way to make the decision,” said Curtis principal David Hammond, the group’s president.

Interestingly, I had not heard that Jefferson would appeal of a vote or coin flip would have gone the other way.

So, stay tuned. This isn’t over yet.

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