December 19, 2009 in Sports

GSL to have six 4A, four 3A

Rogers returns to largest classification
By The Spokesman-Review
 

The lines of demarcation have been formed, the classifications determined by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 sports season, and Rogers just missed a cut.

Rogers’ three-year enrollment of 1,316 students makes it officially the smallest of the state’s 66 Class 4A schools, not including those opting up to the classification. It’s either accept classification placement or appeal by Jan. 15. Appeals will heard on Jan. 24 with classifications finalized the same day.

But as WIAA assistant executive director Jim Meyerhoff said, “The line is set and in the appeal process historically (virtually) no one has been approved.”

The assumption is that they’ll remain 4A, Rogers activities coordinator Eric Anderson said. He’ll talk with Meyerhoff, “but the bottom line is it’s out of our control. We’re just bigger. That’s the reality of it.”

Rogers has about 480 students in its sophomore class and another big freshman class in its new building.

Schools such as University, East Valley, Colville and Riverside are dropping down, landing in the classifications where their enrollments fall. U-Hi’s Titans will be 3A, EV is going 2A, while Colville and Riverside will be 1A. There is also some downward movement among Bs.

“We’re several schools below the line and it sure makes good sense for geography,” Colville athletic director Kelly Carr said. “We’re pleased with where we are.”

Riverside A.D. Marty Friedman echoed him.

“It’s a great move for us overall,” he said. “We’re excited about it.”

The classification divisions were broken down into 66 4A schools (enrollments in the top three grades of 1,304 or higher), 66 3A (1,086-1,303), 65 2A (513-1,085), 65 1A (208-512), 62 2B (93-207) and 62 1B (92 and smaller).

Parity in numbers came from an amendment by member schools last year. It means roughly one in four schools will advance to 16-team state tournaments. Playoff numbers won’t be determined until next year.

The biggest changes come in 4A, which has 12 fewer schools, and 2A, which has 10 more and a wide enrollment disparity.

“That is one of the things we’ve been hearing,” said the WIAA’s John Miller. “Schools (in 2A) are not happy with that discrepancy.”

The GSL will have six 4A schools, including two opt-ups: Gonzaga Prep and Mead. The other schools are Lewis and Clark, Central Valley,Ferris and Rogers. They will join seven schools from the Columbia Basin Big Nine to form an eastern region that would likely have three state berths combined.

There will be four GSL 3A schools:University, Shadle Park, Mt. Spokane and North Central. They join seven CBBN schools in an eastern region.


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