It might seem like a step back, and it is in some ways, but with North Idaho College athletics soon to be moving from the NJCAA Scenic West Athletic Conference to the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges, they could be right where they need to be. With the exception of volleyball, men's and women's basketball, teams will be moving into the NWAACC starting in the fall, whereas the other three will begin play there in the 2015-16 season. Sports like soccer -- which the Scenic West Athletic Conference does not have a league for - won't be affected, as NIC played a majority of those NWAACC schools before advancing to regional tournaments. They won't get the opportunity to play for national championships, but with as competitive as the NWAACC tends to be in that sport, it might be just as tough getting through that league tournament/Jason Elliott, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: I don't have a dog in this fight. But I'd like to know if the switch to the lower league opens up more opportunities for local kids to play on North Idaho College teams?