High school divisions reshuffled
By Tim Clinton
High school leagues in the state of Washington will remain the same for two more years, but a whole lot of shuffling has been going on in the divisions within the local leagues.
The Class 2A South Puget Sound League received only a minor tweak for football, as Evergreen moved from the Mountain Division to the Sound Division in a trade with Renton.
That puts the Wolverines in the same division as nearby Highline along with Clover Park, Eatonville, Orting, River Ridge and Steilacoom.
The Mountain Division has Foster still along with Fife, Foss, Franklin Pierce, Lindbergh, Washington, White River and now Renton.
But the SPSL received a major geographically-oriented overhaul in other sports, with a North Division that looks a lot like the old Seamount League. In fact, it has all of the same teams except for the now Class 4A Mount Rainier, Kennedy and Hazen.
Evergreen is with Highline, Tyee, Foster, Lindbergh and Renton.
The East Division of the SPSL consists of Eatonville, Franklin Pierce, Orting, Washington and White River and the West Division consists of Clover Park, Fife, Foss, River Ridge and Steilacoom.
The 4A North Puget Sound League, on the other hand, has been revamped for football but remains the same for other sports.
Mount Rainier now finds itself in the Sound Division for football along with Decatur, Thomas Jefferson, Kent-Meridian and Kentridge and Kennedy is in the Mountain Division with Auburn-Riverside, Enumclaw, Kentwood, Tahoma and Todd Beamer.
The Valley Division has Auburn, Auburn Mountainview, Federal Way, Hazen and Kentlake.
In other sports, Kennedy and Mount Rainier remain in the Cascade Division with Hazen, Tahoma, Kent-Meridian, Kentlake, Kentridge and Kentwood.
The Olympic Division includes Auburn, Auburn Mountainview, Auburn-Riverside, Enumclaw, Decatur, Federal Way, Thomas Jefferson and Todd Beamer.
In most sports the Class 3A Metro League includes all of the member teams in one division, but football has three divisions based on teams’ strengths.
Ballard and Chief Sealth are in the Sound Division in the middle with Cleveland, Lakeside and Roosevelt, while West Seattle is in the lower Valley Division with Bainbridge, Franklin, Ingraham and Nathan Hale.
The toughest division – the Mountain Division – has Blanchet, Eastside Catholic, Garfield, O’Dea, Rainier Beach and Seattle Prep.