Madras, Culver will have new conference foes starting next season
The Oregon School Activities Association Executive Board, at its Oct. 29 meeting, approved the final draft of the OSAAs reclassification and districting committee.
It was also approved by the Delegate Assembly, which includes a representative from every athletic conference in Oregon, plus reps from the state athletic directors, officials, coaches, activities and school board associations.
The plan, which has gone through 10 drafts over the course a little more than a year, sets up new districts, classification enrollment levels and puts teams in new athletic conferences for the 2014-2018 academic timeblock, which will begin next fall.
As far as schools in Jefferson County are concerned, the approval of the plan confirmed what Madras and Culver high school administrations expected would happen.
Madras will remain in the Class 4A Tri-Valley Conference, but will have two new conference adversaries, one of which is just a short drive down U.S. Highway 26.
Crook County will join the TVC after spending four years in the Intermountain Conference hybrid league. All hybrid leagues, which are leagues that include schools of different classifications, have been eliminated with the new plan.
Corbett is the second new team to the TVC. They will move up from Class 3A, where they had been competing in the Lewis and Clark Conference. Corbett is located along Interstate 84 between Multnomah Falls and Troutdale.
With two additions to the TVC came two subtractions, as well. La Salle Prep, a private Catholic school in Milwaukie, will move up to Class 5A following the committees decision to set the 5A enrollment to begin at 676 students, which is the exact enrollment figure for La Salle.
North Marion will move out of the TVC and into the Oregon West Conference.
Culver will join the new Rolling Plains Conference, which includes most of the original members of the now-defunct Columbia Basin Conference. In order to make the move, Culver will leave the Tri-River Conference, where they have been a member since 2006.
Culver will be the largest school in the RPC in terms of the enrollment figures used by the OSAA, and will compete against Heppner, Irrigon, Stanfield, Weston-McEwen and Pilot Rock.
Both schools will compete in these conferences for sports that use the regular district assignments and not sports that use special district assignments.
Other changes made with the plan have sent shockwaves through the Oregon high school athletic landscape, particularly with regards to the two largest classifications, 6A and 5A.
The Portland Interscholastic League, which includes schools in the Portland Public Schools boundaries, all decided to compete in Class 6A, rather than be spread out amongst three classes.
That request was automatically approved and had to be included in the final draft of the approved plan, which led to another shuffling of teams very late in the process.
There are now 51 Class 6A schools, 33 in 5A, 40 in 4A, 39 in 3A, 44 in 2A and 80 in 1A.
The full plan can be seen at www.osaa.org.