Revised 3A, 2A league alignments take shape | South Puget Sound League

Changes are coming to both the South Puget Sound League 3A and 2A ranks as some teams move up a classification, some move down and at least one simply changes one address for another.

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association looks at enrollment figures every two years, attempting to keep keep its six classifications evenly balanced. Enrollment ranges are shuffled every time the exercise is completed, so the 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A classifications each account for 17 percent of the state’s schools; the smaller 1B and 2B classifications get 16 percent each.

Some schools choose to opt up for a variety of reasons, playing outside their classification. Locally, Bonney Lake High School fits that description; despite 2A numbers, the Panthers prefer playing in the SPSL 3A.

Beginning in the fall, both South Puget Sound League divisions will have a new look. Sumner has grown and will depart the 2A ranks for the 3A. Taking the Spartans place will be River Ridge, which was granted membership. River Ridge currently is in the 2A Evergreen Conference.

The biggest change will be coming to the SPSL 3A, which will grow from six to eight teams. Decatur has grown and will move to a 4A league, but both Auburn High and Auburn Mountainview will be dropping from 4A to 3A.

While everything appears set, the changes will not be official until the WIAA executive board votes on Jan. 27.

• 2014-16 enrollment range

Class 4A        1252.4+        65 schools

Class 3A        990.9-1252.3    65 schools

Class 2A        472-990.8        64 schools

Class 1A        225-471.9        64 schools

Class 2B        92-224.9        59 schools

Class 1B        26-91.9        63 schools


• Next year's 3A SPSL with enrollment

Auburn Riverside         1,200.2

Sumner             1,199.8

Auburn Mountainview     1,158.1

Enumclaw         1,087

Auburn             1,073.8

Lakes             1,066.7

Peninsula         1,062.4

Bonney Lake           964.2 (opt up)


• Next year's 2A SPSL with enrollment

Clover Park         836.3

White River         857

Franklin Pierce         852.1

River Ridge         818.1

Fife             759

Washington         753.9

Steilacoom         648

Orting            528.0

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