For those who want to filter out the blogs and include just my high school stuff there is a way to do it. I figured it out, but needed Scott Sutherland's post to remember how I did it. This link will get you quickly to the Washington Prep Report as it used to be called. Also, when you click on topics on the website you can go to topics and tags, click on that and in the box put wa preps and all my posts will come up.
Following my topic about the state of high school tournaments, Doug Pacey at The Tacoma News-Tribune offered up his belief that by reducing basketball to eight team tournaments, you could put two classifications together, save a day of travel and save money on rent.
I go back to the original 16-team format and witnessed the change to the regional format in 1964 when two Spokane and two Big Nine teams would meet Friday and Saturday at the old Coliseum to determine one team from each of four regions for a state finals. That lasted for awhile, but then it went to a modified eight team tournament and for awhile in the 1980s they did have what was then 3A and 2A finals together. Then it evolved to 12 teams and back to the 16-team format. Any of them will work. From a selfish point of view I like the 16-team tournament best, although with 4A and 3A classes now somewhat intertwined having them together would be nice.
My problem is my economic illiteracy. Why were these tournaments able to work for so long and sports able to be funded as part of education all these years and now suddenly they've become too expensive? I have my theories. I'll be interested in hearing yours.