LEVELING UP: Is Scappoose St. Helens' newest Northwest Oregon Conference rival?
Imagine the excitement of the Indians and Lions fighting for Seven-Mile supremacy at least once a year in every Northwest Oregon Conference sport.
The Oregon School Activities Association Classification and Districting Committee's latest idea to join Scappoose with St. Helens, La Salle Prep, Milwaukie, Parkrose, Putnam and Wilsonville in Class 5A from at least 2018-2022.
Fans enjoyed a glance of the new projection on Wednesday as Thomas Cook of Banks, playing for Tribe baseball this summer, singled in Jordan Buchanon with an out in the first inning of a 1-0 win in St. Helens.
The 86-degree summer friendly was welcome after four varsity rainouts this spring.
The Committee reviewed public input regarding the realignment in its 10th public meeting on June 20 at its headquarters in Wilsonville.
"It will definitely be a challenge for our athletes in all sports," Indians baseball coach Mike Reed said. "No matter what the Committee decides with the classifications, we have to move from the Cowapa, and that will be tough leaving a great conference. No matter where we end up, our teams will always compete."
Scappoose's adjusted daily membership (enrollment) is 721 — greater than the Class 4A classification range of 331-675 — while the Lions' 842 fits the 676-1,257 Class 5A range.
"Schools are reminded that until the final recommendation is forwarded to the OSAA Executive Board for review and adoption, the cutoff points are variable and will most likely change again before the Committee recommendation is finalized," the Committee stated in its latest press release.
The Tribe and the Lions were Class 3A Cowapa League rivals until St. Helens jumped up to the Class 4A Three Rivers League in 2000 and to the Northwest Oregon in 2006 as the Cowapa League came up to Class 4A.
The Indians are elite since then, with 25 championships including three-sport trifectas in 2015 (girls' soccer, boys' basketball and baseball) and 2011 (girls' team cross country, Travis Hill at 171 pounds in wrestling, Adonis Siscoe in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and the boys' 400 relay with Jadyn Harris, Stephen Bowe, Jason Amick, and Charlie Davidson in the girls' 1,500 run).
Miguel Olmedo (heavyweight, wrestling), Dakotah Camberg and Jacob Opdahl (boys' high jump and javelin, respectively, in track and field) became St. Helens' latest heroes in its Class 5A resurgence in 2016-17.
Sandy (1,215) and Hillsboro (1,195) leave the Northwest Oregon for Class 6A, and Corbett (379) and Gladstone (631) replace Scappoose and Banks -- headed to Class 3A -- in the Cowapa League.
The Committee is scheduled to meet twice more -- at 9 a.m. on Aug. 28 and Sept. 25, respectively -- and finds it wise to keep the new landscape its frontrunner "until new [daily membership] numbers are received in the fall."
The June 20 update is online in its entirety.