Kingco undergoes slight changes

A number of interesting questions developed from the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) announcement recently of classification assignments for its member-schools in Washington for the 2006-08 school-years.

Although none of those questions directly concern Mount Si, since they will remain in Kingco 3A, a number of other schools' decisions could alter the look of the league.

Here is a brief look:

* As has been reported in other media, including the Valley Record's parent newspaper, the King County Journal, Skyline High of Sammamish will be coming back to Kingco 3A after a two-year stint in 4A. After being forced to the higher classification in 2004 by just a few students, they will fall short of the new 4A cutoff line by 23 students, according to numbers put out by the WIAA. Having the Spartans in Kingco 3A until their departure provided a great test for all Mount Si sports teams, and with them back, that will likely resume.

* Both Interlake and Liberty initially fell below the 3A cutoff line initially, and fell to 2A with the Patriots falling just one student short. After a recount, Liberty will automatically stay in 3A. Interlake may play league games in 3A but then opt to play playoff games in 2A, their official classification.

The formula for determining classifications has changed. Instead of a set number of students determining the classifications, schools are split up in even percentages in order to have an equal number of schools in each class. This was set up in order to accommodate the new 1B/2B classes, and also to improve all schools' chances of advancing to state tournaments.

How Mount Si's chances at making state will be affected by this remains up in the air until. The SeaKing District allots berths to district and state tournaments according to the size of the two leagues, the Metro and Kingco. With Metro having had more teams the last two years, it has been entitled to more berths. However, if the league sizes become more equal, that may change.

As for Cedarcrest High in Duvall, the school officially will become a 2A school next year, one of the reasons why they left Kingco 3A in 2004 and joined the Cascade Conference. This will be a long-term relationship, as well: the Red Wolves are well within the 2A classification, approximately 275 students below the 3A cutoff. Whether Mount Si and Cedarcrest will be able to retain their strong rivalries, particularly in football and girls' soccer, will depend on how many non-league games will be available to Kingco 3A schools after the smoke clears.

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