We are still waiting for complete allocation details from the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, as determined by the Executive Board in meetings Sunday and today.
But Dave Lutes has announced that the South Puget Sound League 4A will have nine entries into the preliminary (Week 10) football playoffs. He is the SPSL 4A football commissioner.
In recent years, when there is an odd number of allocations to split between the SPSL North and South, the extra berth alternates. Last year, for instance, the South Division had four direct entries while the North’s No. 4 finisher had to play a pigtail game against Narrows No. 5. It was the other way around in 2008.
The SPSL had seven berths in each of those seasons. The jump to nine in part is due to the fact that the Narrows League has fewer 4A teams this reclassification cycle (dropping from 11 to 8), while the SPSL still has 18.
But Lutes said this yearthere is a “very strong majority” of SPSL coaches and athletic directors who want the No. 5 teams from the North and South to play off for the ninth entry, so that’s what will happen. The game will be played Nov. 2 at the home of the South No. 5 team (site determined by coin flip; in 2001, North No. 5 will host).
We will post other allocation information as we get it.