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Some changes in the six-classification lineup seem inevitable, although the Oregon School Activities Association might not vote to move anyone up or down until the four-year time block ends after the 2009-10 school year.
Glencoe, Hillsboro, Century and maybe the fourth Hillsboro school, Liberty, all soon could grow to more than 1,520 students, says Glencoe Athletic Director Scott Ellis.
The Hillsboro schools are playing in Class 5A, the state's second-highest level, for schools with 851 to 1,520 students. Class 6A is primarily for schools at 1,521 and more, and includes the Hillsboro schools' former Metro League rivals -Beaverton, Westview, Southridge, Aloha, Sunset and Jesuit.
'Down the road, if we continue to grow, it's probably time to look at moving up,' Ellis says.
The problem is, the Hillsboro schools would rather not have to compete against the Metro League again. The Hillsboro schools were a driving force behind the OSAA's restructuring from four to six classes.
'I think we're the second-fastest growing district,' Ellis says, 'but the Beavertons are also growing, and that will keep them above us in size. Let's say we get to 1,600 -will Westview by then have 2,700? If so, the competitive-balance question hasn't really changed.'
Ellis says the answer might be for the OSAA to ultimately raise the cutoff point from 1,520 to some higher figure.
Life in the 5A Northwest Oregon Conference is good for the Hillsboro schools, he says. Their new league rivals are Parkrose, St. Helens, Wilsonville and Sherwood.
'It's been a real positive for us. All our sports have been competitive, and that's what we were hoping for,' he says. 'The kids are feeling positive. More kids are turning out for sports.
'Kids have missed some school they probably haven't in the past because of the travel, but we think the trade-off is beneficial,' he says. 'It's been fun to go out and play other teams, not only in our conference but in nonconference games, which we never had much opportunity to do in the Metro League. We've gotten to play Crater, Roosevelt, Jefferson and see some different people.'
• New enrollment figures will be released soon for Portland Interscholastic League schools. As of October 2005, Roosevelt had 795 students and Jefferson 655, making them the two smallest members of the 40-school Class 5A.
Class 4A, which includes Gladstone and La Salle in the Portland area, is for schools with 401 to 850 students.
• Key PIL action this week:
In girls soccer, the 6A favorites collide when Grant plays at Lincoln at 7 tonight. At 7 p.m. Thursday, Wilson is at Lincoln.
In boys soccer, Wilson is at Grant at 4:15 p.m. today and at Lincoln at 7 p.m. Thursday.
In volleyball, Lincoln plays at Grant at 6:30 tonight in a match for first place.
In cross country, Franklin and Lincoln will run in Saturday's 11 a.m. Nike-Jim Danner Invitational at Blue Lake Park.
• Lincoln's girls cross country team has three new runners in its top seven: Iris Lerch, a junior who plays on the basketball team, and sisters Kema Harvey, a freshman, and Tiffany Harvey, a junior. No. 1 runner Marsha Lampi, the two-time defending PIL champion, has been ill, though, and is off to a slow start.
• Grant's Nathan Knutson took third in the Puma Invitational in Bend last weekend. Kristen Delwiche, 25th overall, was Grant's top girl runner.