Small changes proposed for NWOC, Cowapa League
Hillsboro added to NWOC; Valley Catholic joins Cowapa League
The most recent classification proposal from the Oregon School Activities Association classification and districting committee has some tweaks to the previous plan that affect St. Helens and Scappoose.
Basically, just one change was made from the Draft #7 in the latest draft plan.
For the 5A classification, La Salle withdrew their request to play upputting the Northwest Oregon back to eight teams. Sherwood still moves up to the 6A ranks and Hillsboro is dropping down from 6A based on a new formula that takes socio-economic factors into account.
St. Helens Athletic Director Cyndy Miller didnt like the previous nine-team proposal for the NWOC, saying the odd number made scheduling difficult.
In the 4A Cowapa League, Valley Catholic moves in, while Yamhill-Carlton goes into the Oregon West Conference.
The departure of Sherwood, a perennial league leader in most sports, will probably have the biggest effect for the NWOC. La Salle has been a frequent contender in the 4A ranks, but not as dominant as Sherwood. Hillsboro was in the conference until the most recent reclassification with a bit of success. They havent contended as well as of late in the 6A ranks.
Valley Catholic will make the Cowapa League stronger, but still leaves it at six teams. Its also a bit less travel than to Yamhill-Carlton.
Scappoose AD Robert Medley has nothing against Valley Catholic, but would prefer the league stay the way it is now. He likes the cooperative atmosphere they currently have. He thinks Valley Catholic will fit, and notes travel time will be less. Still, he would prefer to retain the status quo.
The classification committee has indicated they intend to stay with six classifications: 6A to 1A. They spent some time on Monday discussing Centrals request to stay in the 4A classification, rather than move up. There was also a discussion of Sherwoods request to be placed in a different league in the 6A ranks, rather than the Metro. They asked to be put in a league with Newberg, Tigard, or Tualatin, but the committee declined to make a change.
Also of note, was a request by Lakeridge to move down to 5A. Their current ADM (1,006) is well within the proposed cutoff points. They asked to go to 6A when the original reclassification to six classes was done. The committee noted that the decision by Lakeridge and/or new enrollment figures could have an impact on league placement.
Further changes will be considered in the fall. The committee will not meet again until Sept. 23.
Draft #8 Reclassification Plan
5A-1 Northwest Oregon Conference
Hillsboro Spartans 1,221
Milwaukie Mustangs 1,074
Parkrose Broncos 819
Putnam Kingsmen 1,138
Sandy Pioneers 1,094
St. Helens Lions 917
Wilsonville Wildcats 995
(Sherwood moves to 6A Metro; Hillsboro added)
4A-1 Cowapa League
Astoria Fishermen 494
Banks Braves 369
Scappoose Indians 629
Seaside Seagulls 399
Tillamook Cheesemakers 596
Valley Catholic Valiants 330*
(Yamhill-Carlton moves to Oregon West, Valley Catholic added)
*Private school adjusted