OSAA finalizes restructuring of athletic leagues
After a year-long series of meetings and debating, the Oregon School Activities Association has finally finished restructuring the high school sports leagues for 2018-2022. Following lengthy testimony on Monday, the OSAA's executive board voted to adopt the final recommendation of the Classification and Districting Committee, which has been working since October of 2016 on its quadrennial rearrangement of the state's high school sports leagues.
For members of the Northwest Oregon Conference, there are only two real changes to the layout of the league. The Sandy Pioneers are up and out, moving into the 6A Mt. Hood Conference, and the Scappoose Indians come up for the 4A Cowapa League.
"We'll miss Sandy, I have a lot of respect for all their programs, they have numbers, they fill the levels, and there's a great camaraderie and positive spirit of competition between the two schools," Wilsonville athletic director Dennis Burke said.
"We welcome Scappoose," Burke said of the incoming 4A school. "They hold their own, they're very competitive at the 4A. Their athletic director has reached out to me with questions, so it looks like they're getting excited. I appreciate that so far it seems, without me having a conversation with them yet, my impression is that they're going to treat this as an opportunity and they're going to make the most of it. We welcome them, and they'll be a great addition."
These changes take place at the beginning of the next school year of the 2018-2019 school year.