Friday news dump for you…..

Some additional news on this Friday:

A follow up to our discussion about high school sports realignment, reclassification
As we discussed at length on Wednesday, the issue of reclassifcation and realignment of state high school sports leagues is front and center for many high school athletic directors and administrators all over Washington state. Well, the issue was discussed this week by the executive boards of both athletic districts serving Mount Si and Cedarcrest High Schools.

The Northwest District 1 and SeaKing District 2 boards both met on Monday, with both districts having posted copies of the minutes of their meetings on their websites. The SVSJ has reviewed both sets of minutes, with a couple of newsworthy items coming out of the discussions.

-North Sound may not be an option for Cedarcrest: The 1A conference formed out of the dissolution of the Cascade Conference two years ago may be no more. The North Sound Conference reported at the Northwest meeting that King’s, and perhaps Cedar Park Christian, could be leaving the conference. The league indicated that King’s, located in Seattle, is planning on joining the Seattle-centric Emerald City League, with CPC potentially also joining that primarily private-school league.

These changes, along with Coupeville’s expected drop to the 2B classification from 1A, has left the conference’s three remaining public school members – Sultan, South Whidbey and Granite Falls – looking at their options. According to the minutes, the conference indicated these schools, too, could join the Emerald City league or bring 2B schools in from other leagues. Among the possibilities include Friday Harbor and LaConner, who may need to also look for a new league with the remaining members of their existing league all being 1B, potentially putting these two schools into a similar situation that both CHS and Archbishop Murphy faced two years ago following the end of the Cascade Conference.

Whatever happens, these expected changes likely end any possibility, albeit very remote at best, the school could consider this league for membership as opposed to remaining in Wesco or going to Kingco. But there’s also some news on that front too:

-Could Kingco expand?: It was mentioned in the SeaKing meeting by the Kingco folks that other school districts were looking to join the conference. While we don’t know for sure, this could suggest that Riverview school officials – Cedarcrest – perhaps have contacted the conference about possibly joining the league next year. As we mentioned Wednesday, while we expect them to remain a Wesco school, issues with the football consortium in the Northwest 2A District resulting in potential scheduling challenges could make a Kingco membership, even with a league schedule requirement for football – which proved to be a deal-breaker for CHS two years ago when they explored Kingco affiliation at that time, perhaps more appealing.

Additionally, there has also been some discussion in the past about a limited number of Seattle schools perhaps needing to join, and also the Renton school district has in the past exhibited interest in joining Kingco, which if that occurred this time around, could make it easier for CHS to join the league as Kingco then might be able to have enough schools to form a 2A league. Renton and Lindbergh are 2A schools with Hazen being a 4A and all are part of the SPSL (2A) or NPSL (4A), which has resulted in some travel for all three teams. Kingco would bring with it reduced travel for those teams, and easier, too, with much of it being via freeways.

As we also noted Wednesday, all of this is preliminary discussion with official numbers expected to be announced soon, and decisions on league alignments will follow from there.

Baseball: Mount Si alums ready to get season started in New Zealand
A pair of former Mount Si High School baseball players are getting their final preparations in in advance of the start of the upcoming Australian Baseball League season with their team in their native New Zealand.

Outfielder Max Brown and pitcher Jimmy Boyce, the two former Wildcats, are slated to be among the top players for the Auckland Tuatara as their season opens in two weeks on November 21, with games from there through the holidays and into January of next year. All of the games are slated for live webcast, and we’ll provide a link to that in the coming days for you here.

As we mentioned for you earlier this fall, the team has entered into an arrangement with Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers that will see some of their top minor league prospects play with the Tuatara, with scouts watching them and the other Auckland players, including Brown and Boyce, potentially giving both former Valleyites a crack at coming to professional ball in the United States next summer. Brown is a former Arizona Diamondbacks draft choice who was released by them in 2016 and Boyce has not been drafted by a big league club. A big opportunity for sure for both guys.

We’ll be sure to follow it all for you here.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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