Ballard High School is set to leave KingCo 4A for the 3A Metro League in the 2014-14 school year. According to an announcement made on Wednesday morning by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, Garfield, Ballard and Roosevelt High Schools will be reclassified into the Class 3A level.
Our news partners, The Seattle Times, reports that all current Metro League schools will remain the same and that the new additions will bring up the total number of Metro to 16 members. According to Seattle Public Schools director of athletics, Eric McCurdy, the Metro League has not yet made the decision of how to realign itself.
“The new two-year classification cycle is affecting other leagues in the area and statewide as well, which will impact some state allocations,” writes Seattle Times reporters Josh Liebeskind and Sandy Ringer.
The Seattle Times article also reports that input will be gathered from principals from concerned schools to inform decisions of how Metro will split into divisions.
The reclassification is set to have multiple benefits for BHS students and families including less travel time to get to games. “With more opponents in the Seattle School District, Garfield, Ballard and Roosevelt will not have to miss as much class to travel to games,” writes Liebeskind and Ringer.
The move of BHS, Garfield and Roosevelt will bring KingCo 4A down from 11 to nine members, however, president of KingCo Conference Gill James remains supportive. He told the Seattle Times that “for them (BHS, Garfield and Roosevelt), being able to stay in the Metro League and their side of the pond, that’s a good thing, and I think they’d say it was in their best interest.”