The OSAA committee focuses on retaining the current 6A system for the 2014-15 school year

Sandy’s future home in the high school landscape is still very much up in the air. The OSAA is currently in the early stages of exploring a number of realignment proposals, which would go into effect for the 2014-15 school year, and Sandy would be impacted by each option.

One early plan has Sandy moving up to 6A to compete in the Mt. Hood Conference.

“What people forget is it’s the best conference in the state for activities. For band, choir, drama, speech and debate, it’s the top,” Sandy athletic director Scott Maltman said. “The activities people would love to go back to the Mt. Hood Conference.”

Another blueprint has the Pioneers slotted for a conference with a number of Portland schools. One option even has them traveling as far as Hermiston, a three and a half hour ride by bus, one way. Then there is the possibility of Sandy staying right where it is.

“We want to be competitive and travel as little as we can,” Maltman said. “For us as Sandy, we are in a good conference and we don’t necessarily need to change because we have started to build relationships and rivalries with other schools. But it’s not working for everybody.”

Whereever Sandy ends up, it has the facilities to match up with any other school. That makes it an attractive member of any league.

“I still have to pinch myself when I walk in in the mornings, knowing it’s ours,” Maltman said. “Our goal is to have the product inside match the facilities.”

Last week’s most recent classification meeting focused largely on retaining the 6A model. That would call for the Northwest Oregon Conference to expand to nine teams with a bit of shuffling. Sherwood would move up to join the 6A Three Rivers League, while Hillsboro would be added to the NWOC and LaSalle Prep out of Milwaukie would appeal to play up and join the league as well.

With an enrollment number of 1,094, Sandy would rank as the fourth-biggest school in the revamped NWOC with Hillsboro being the largest at 1,221.

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