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Here’s your one stop for statewide classification news

Lots of updates from around the state:
Southwest Washington: The Greater St. Helen’s League is still sorting itself out and could include Capital, which is far away from Mount St. Helen’s.
Olympia: Olympia High is the only 4A school in our state’s capital.
South Sound: Bethel, Spanaway Lake decide driving to Olympia, Port Orchard not worth staying 4A for.
Bellingham: Squalicum, which has been a 2A power, is moving up to 3A, pending a possible appeal.
Everett: Glacier Peak lands as smallest 4A school.
Longview: GSHL 3A could be growing.
Tri-Cities: New Class 2B league could be in works.
Yakima: Stasis for Eastern Washington 4As.

WIAA releases enrollment figures

You can find those here.
No big surprises this morning. Few things to point out:
Klahowya is the second biggest 1A school, which keeps the Olympic League 1A in tact.
Crosspoint moves up to 2B, but it’s staying in the Sea-Tac League.
Bainbridge, again, has 2A numbers, but it is opting up to 3A.
South Kitsap, as always, has the highest classification number (counted in grades 9-11).
This numbers will be finalized in the WIAA’s Jan. 24-25 meeting.

WIAA amendments up for vote released

You can see those here. Few interesting ones there.
The one that stands out the most to me is the rule limiting contact days for football once the season begins.

Here’s the release the WIAA sent along with the amendments:
RENTON, Wash. – The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association announced the proposal of 13 amendments for the 2016-17 school year to be voted upon by the WIAA Representative Assembly.
To view a summary of each of the 13 amendments, please CLICK HERE. The specific wording of each amendment will be finalized during discussion at the Winter Coalition on Monday, March 12.
The Representative Assembly is comprised of 53 elected school administrators that represent each of the nine WIAA districts. 35 of the representatives are high school administrators, while 18 are middle level administrators. For an amendment to pass, a super majority or 60 percent approval is required.
The Winter Coalition is an annual meeting attended by league presidents and the WIAA Representative Assembly. During the Winter Coalition, each of the 13 proposed amendments will be discussed. The proposed amendments may also be amended during the meeting. Voting on the amendments will take place online in April by the Representative Assembly.
The middle level administrators will vote on three middle level amendments, while the high school administrators will vote on five. The two levels will combine to vote for five amendments.
For questions about the amendments or the rules making process, please contact the WIAA office.

State Football: Championship game previews

Here is a quick look at the six state football championship games being held Friday and Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.

Gridiron Classic


Saturday, 7:30 p.m.: Skyline vs. Gonzaga Prep

Seattle Times story on Skyline quarterback Blake Gregory continuing the tradition of big-time signal-callers for the Spartans.

The Tacoma News Tribune selects Gonzaga Prep’s Evan Weaver as its state football player of the year.


Friday, 7:30 p.m.: Eastside Catholic vs. Bellevue

After beating Bellevue in the 3A title game a season ago, Eastside Catholic expects Friday’s rematch to be a hard-core war. (TNT)

Bellevue’s football program faces more allegations regarding recruiting players, according to the Seattle Times.


Saturday, 10 a.m.: Tumwater vs. Prosser

Defense is the name of the game for Tumwater, which is allowing 12.5 points per contest. (TNT)
Prosser is chasing its fifth state title while trying to deny Tumwater its sixth state title. (Yakima Herald).


Friday: 1 p.m.: Royal vs. King’s

King’s will try to add to the school’s list of 44 team state titles by winning its first football state title Friday. (Seattle Times)

Top-ranked Royal clobbered No. 2 Connell in the state semifinals last week. (Columbia-Basin Herald)


Saturday, 4 p.m.: Okanogan vs. Napavine


Friday, 4 p.m.: Almira-Coulee-Hartline vs. Lummi Nation


Saturday playoff updates

Sedro-Woolley 34, Olympic 14 (final) Story here.
North Kitsap 17, River Ridge 6 (final) Story here.

North Kitsap lost its Class 2A state match at Archbishop Murphy 3-1, ending its season. Story here.

In Class 3A state action, defending champs Edmonds-Woodway eliminated Central Kitsap 2-1.
Crosspoint went 2-for-2 in Class B state first round and will play in the semifinals Friday.
The girls beat Liberty Bell 4-2. The boys beat Providence Classical Christian in a shootout 4-3. It was 1-1 after regulation.
Soccer roundup here.

You can get all your updates here.
Class 2A state story here.
Class 3A state story here.

You can find all brackets and scores from across the state here.

State swimming: Kitsap youth leading the way

I thought I’d take a few minutes and let you know where our top swimmers are seeded heading into the state meet.

But first, here’s a look back at last weekend’s district meets.

North Kitsap’s 200 free relay won the Class 2A WCD meet record, and broke the school record by four seconds, in 1:44.81, at Hazen High in Renton. The old record was 1:45.25 in 2010. Check out the link here to see a video of the Vikings — Isabel Hendryx, Izy Iral, Dannica Hennings, Serita Solis — win. The video was shot by RJ Iral. North finished third overall behind Liberty and Port Angeles. The relay is the No. 1 seed heading into state with a time of 1:43.24, but it will be a battle with Port Angeles who is right behind in 1:43.54.

Speaking of NK, the Vikings have a very strong, very young team but are led by senior Solis.  She finished second at district in the 50 free (seeded sixth at state) while Klahowya sophomore Kira Crane is the second seed in the 50. Solis is the second seed heading into the 100 butterfly with the top spot going to Port Angeles’ Jaine Macias. NK’s Isabel Hendryx, a freshman, is seeded third in the 100 back. The Vikings 400 free relay is also seeded third.

Klahowya sophomore Kira Crane is the second seed in the 50 free and the third seed in the 100 free. It was her sister, Kelsey, that dominated the longer distances in her four years at Klahowya, winning state titles along the way. Crane will be joined by teammate Hallie Turk as well.

Olympic has two freshmen adding to the youth movement for Kitsap swimmers, Chloe Partsch and Danielle Snyder, as well as Kingston freshman Claudia Velie. Partsch is among the top six in the 100 fly while Velie is among the top six in the 200 IM.

At the 4A district, Aspen Monkhouse of South Kitsap is seeded third in the 50 free and sixth in 100 free. However, she didn’t swim at district and I’m not sure what her status is for this weekend. She’s had breathing/health issues in the past.

For Bainbridge in 3A, the Spartans’ Cammy Rouser finished second in the diving and Ani Duni was second in the 100 breast. Bainbridge finished second overall behind Lakeside, who looks like the team to beat at state.

Speaking of Bainbridge, this will be the final meet for head coach Greg Colby. Colby and his wife are headed back to his hometown of Boise, Idaho. Colby has been the girls coach the last 24 years.

“We’re going to hang out with my parents a little bit,” he said. “This is a great group to go out with, trouble free … I’ll miss being around but I’m looking forward to the change.”

Saturday playoff updates

Lot going on today. We’ll keep you up to date with this post:

Olympic 70, Steilacoom 6 (final) Olympic will play Sedro-Woolley next Saturday at Silverdale Stadium at 7 p.m. Story here.
Ballard 39, Central Kitsap 15 (final) Story here.
Cascade Christian 42, Chimacum 0 (final)

Central Kitsap beats Kennedy Catholic 1-0 to earn trip to Class 3A state tournament. CK had interesting start to day as its bus had fender bender on I-5 and the start to to game was pushed back an hour. Story here.
Liberty 3, North Kitsap 1 (final) Vikings take district’s second seed to state. Story here.
La Conner 4, Crosspoint 2 (final) Class 2B bi-district championship game.

North Kitsap lost to White River in the district title game, falling 3-2. Story here.
Central Kitsap’s season game to an end at the 3A district tournament after a 3-2 loss to Capital.
Kingston won its first match but lost to Sequim in the second and fell a win short of state.
Bremerton won its first match but lost its second and was knocked a win away from state.
Klahowya went 1-2 at the 1A district tourney and fell a win short of state.

Cross country:
The state meet is going on in Pasco. The Central Kitsap boys finished fifth.
You can find all the results here.

North Kitsap freshman Isabel Hendryx broke the meet record in the 100 back at the Class 2A West Central District swimming and diving meet in Renton. Hendryx clocked a 59.92 seconds to set the record of 1:01.26 set in 2012.

Friday night updates

Reminder: Tomorrow we’re live streaming Steilacoom at Olympic at 7:15 p.m.

Playoff games:
North Kitsap 49, Fife 7 (final)
Charles Wright 29, Klahowya 3 (final)
Port Tonwsend 51, Bellevue Christian 8 (final)

Non-playoff games:
South Kitsap 42, Mount Tahoma 6 (final)
Interlake 50, Bainbridge 35 (final)
Orting 47, North Mason 0 (final)

North Kitsap earned a spot at state after going 2-0 at districts.