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Reclassification will see changes in Northwest Oregon Conference, Cowapa League

Both conferences lose a school and gain a fresh face for 2014.


The Oregon School Activities Association had a busy Monday this week, as the Classification and Districting Committee met at the OSAA office in Wilsonville to discuss classification for the 2014-2018 time block. As expected, the committee shied away from moving to a five-class system, opting to stick with six classes. The cutoffs for each division have shifted slightly, and as such a number of member schools have jostled around to different leagues or different classifications.

A few of those changes will effect Scappoose and St. Helens.

First and foremost, Yamhill-Carlton has been moved from the Cowapa League to the Oregon West Conference, to be replaced with Valley Catholic, a private school that moves up from Class 3A. At just 330 students, Valley Cathlolic is tied for the smallest school in Class 4A.

2014 will also see Central, a longtime opponent for Scappoose football, move up to Class 5A's Mid-Willamette Conference. Moving into a bigger league means Central will have less flexibility with their non-league schedule, possibly bringing the series to an end.

There were also shake ups for St. Helens. Sherwood, so dominant in football for the last several years, has moved into Class 6A's Three Rivers League. Hillsboro will replace the Bowmen in the Northwest Oregon Conference.

Overshadowing a few moves here and there was the restructuring of the Portland Interscholastic League. Once just an informal grouping of the inner-Portland schools, they have now banded together and formed a nine team league with exceptions for six of the nine schools as they don't meet the size requirements for Class 6A. Cleveland and Roosevelt, both recent opponents of local teams, are part of the new PIL, effectively ending any future football scheduling with the schools.

One bright side to all the reshuffling is that the scooting around may open up the opportunity for the reinstatement of the Eight Mile War, the storied clash between St. Helens and Scappoose on the gridiron, to make a glorious return.

View a full recap of the preceedings from the OSAA meeting on Monday.

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