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UPDATED: Sun., June 2, 2019, 5:06 p.m.

WIAA seeking new hosts for football state championship games

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Executive Board voted Sunday not to renew its contract with the Tacoma Dome as the host site for the Football State Championships, citing fan experience …


UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019, 9:28 p.m.

WIAA allows football programs to petition to play down one classification

The WIAA Representative Assembly voted to pass eight amendments for the 2019-20 school year. One in particular will grab the attention of high school football fans in Eastern Washington.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 28, 2019, 2:18 p.m.

John Blanchette: Odessa’s Ryan Moffet serves up State B’s first must-see moment with 48-point outburst

But just as college basketball has managed to go on without Zion, the B tournament doesn’t stop just because Brock Ravet of Kittitas hasn’t laced up his shoes yet – …


Snowy weather forces cancellation of regional wrestling tournaments, expands state bracket

With snow in the forecast this weekend, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association decided to cancel regional wrestling tournaments scheduled across the state Saturday.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 28, 2019, 8:56 p.m.

WIAA approves dramatic changes to high school sports classifications

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) voted Monday morning in Renton to approve two proposals that will dramatically change the state’s classification system.


Proposed changes to WIAA school classification rules could have significant effect on Great Northern League, too

The Great Northern League is staring change right in the face. The Class 2A league is small, but mighty. Five teams battle it out in every sport, and the teams …


WIAA proposals for classification could cause dramatic change in area leagues

The WIAA will meet on Jan. 28 to vote on amendments to its operating charter. The outcome of those votes could have wide-ranging and potentially dramatic impact on high school …


UPDATED: Wed., July 25, 2018, 6:33 p.m.

Dave Nichols: Eastern Washington underrepresented on WIAA football playoff seeding committees

On Wednesday, the WIAA announced its football playoff seeding committee members and if you have a child playing football in Eastern Washington or the Tri-Cities area, you aren’t being well …


Jim Meehan: Team format makes sense for state golf tournaments

I’ve seen quite a bit in three decades as a sportswriter, but prep golf has supplied some of the more surreal moments.


UPDATED: Mon., June 4, 2018, 8:26 p.m.

WIAA makes several changes to high school playoff seeding system

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) executive board voted on several changes to take place for next season’s high school sports seasons.


UPDATED: Fri., May 25, 2018, 11:10 p.m.

State softball: East Valley, Cheney ousted on first day of 1A tourney

Roundup of Friday’s prep state softball action from across the state.


UPDATED: Fri., May 25, 2018, 11:22 p.m.

State 4A softball: Kelsey Gumm homers twice, Central Valley advances to semifinal

Kelsey Gumm went 5 for 6 with a pair of two-run home runs and Central Valley routed Auburn Riverside 20-4 in a state 4A quarterfinal at Merkel Sports Complex on …


4A, 3A, 2A state track and field: Pullman’s Mayyi Mahama easily wins state title in girls discus

Mayyi Mahama couldn’t look. She had little reason to be nervous, but she still couldn’t fight off the emotional jitters.


UPDATED: Thu., May 24, 2018, 8:33 p.m.

1A, 2B, 1B state track and field: Ben Shaw of Riverside wins 1A boys 1,600

Roundup of Thursday’s prep small school state track and field championships at Eastern Washington.


Change at WIAA might be on way

There are 410 high schools in the state and, together, they are the governing body that empowers and informs the WIAA.


WIAA championships: Garfield topples Rainier Beach in OT to win boys 3A title

Garfield outscored Rainier Beach 13-4 in overtime to win the 3A boys state championship on Saturday night, defeating the Vikings 72-63 at the Tacoma Dome. The game was tight throughout …


WIAA gets it right in case of Archbishop Murphy

I have to give credit to the WIAA, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association for finding a solution to a problem no one else wanted to deal with. But then again, …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 16, 2017, 4:28 p.m.

WIAA head Mike Colbrese to retire at end of 2018-19 school year

Mike Colbrese, who has been the executive director of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association for 25 years, announced this week he’ll be retiring at the end of the 2018-19 school …


Greg Lee: Washington Interscholastic Activities Association tweaks RPI system

By most accounts, the WIAA got it right when it adopted an RPI (Ratings Percentage Index) to seed the state basketball tournaments this year.


UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2017, 12:36 p.m.

State 1B preview: Colton girls, ACH boys look to continue roll

The State 1B brackets, above all other state tournament groupings, has the most local flavor in terms of sheer numbers. There are five area girls teams in the tourney at …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 20, 2017, 3:59 p.m.

WIAA announces matchups for state boys, girls basketball at regional sites

The merits of the new state basketball format and seeding system for Washington high schools have been grilled since the WIAA announced the changes in late September.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 16, 2017, 9:48 a.m.

Sen. Michael Baumgartner wants Washington Legislature to oversee high school sports leagues

Changes for high school sports could get more oversight, and more delays, under a proposal considered by a Senate committee.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 11, 2017, 9:04 p.m.

WIAA has struck gold with RPI format

I couldn’t express my thoughts about the WIAA’s RPI (Ratings Percentage Index) format in a regular news story.


Colton girls, Freeman boys ranked No. 1 in WIAA’s first RPI rankings

To Greg Whitmore, the unveiling of the WIAA’s first RPI (Ratings Percentage Index) boys and girls basketball rankings Friday was like opening a late Christmas present.


Greg Lee: Second half of GSL basketball should be highly entertaining

Sean Mallon has made his presence known in a big way at his alma mater.


WIAA prepares to release first venture into RPI rankings for basketball

It’s expected by Friday that the WIAA will release its first RPI (Ratings Percentage Index) rankings for boys and girls basketball under changes implemented for the 2016-17 season.


WIAA to implement state format change, RPI system for seeding; area coaches mixed

Four more boys and girls basketball teams will advance to state tournament sites in Spokane, Tacoma and Yakima beginning this winter.


State 4A boys soccer: CV beats Snohomish for third place

After a dormant first day at the final four of the State 4A soccer tournament, the Central Valley Bears offense roared to life during Saturday’s consolation game victory over Snohomish.


CV’s reversal of fortune against Wenatchee comes at unfortunate time

The Central Valley Bears had to have known at some point their fortunes against the Wenatchee Panthers would change for the worse. They just wish the stakes hadn’t been so …


Steve Christilaw: WIAA award helps keep Jace Malek’s spirit alive

The WIAA has created the Jace Malek True Spirit Award in honor of the West Valley football player and wrestler who died of cancer in February.