NPSL returns as Seamount League folds

By Tim Clinton

It is the rebirth of one era and the end of another.

The North Puget Sound League is returning to the local high school scene for the first time since it folded following the 1998-99 school year, but now the Seamount League is set to disappear.

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association has set the state's school classifications for four years starting this fall and that triggered the changes.

Kennedy Catholic and Mount Rainier are both among the 16 members of the new NPSL, with Kennedy moving up from the Seamount League along with Hazen and Mount Rainier moving over from the South Puget Sound League.

The NPSL will be a Class 4A league in King County, while the 4A SPSL teams are beyond the Pierce County line.

At the WIAA's announced net enrollment of 639.88, Kennedy is actually small enough to be a 2A school but instead "opted up" so it could join the 4A league. Kennedy was a 3A team along with Hazen in the mostly 2A Seamount League last year.

Mount Rainier is opting up from 3A with its net enrollment of 1,252.51 below the 1,343.29 line for 4A.

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Westside Snow Report 2-5-16

By Greg Whittaker

The groundhog saw its shadow and snow lovers are stoked. I’m not talking about the groundhog in Punxsutawney, I’m talking about my father, Darrell, who resides in Juanita, WA. He was born on groundhogs day 1949 and I use him as my litmus test for our region. This vast U.S. does not have the same snow cycles in the east coast as the west coast, so we need to differentiate when we are looking at what length of winter we will have in the NW.

With a couple of warm fronts the last 2 weeks arriving midweek, we have been continuing to get significant accumulation on the weekends up in the Cascades and skiers and snowboarders can expect to see more. Reports from riders are that Thursday was awesome with 7-12 inches of accumulation depending on wind drift, and blue skies. As I write this on Friday, upper lifts are closed at Crystal Mountain as a warm front pushes its way in, bringing 50-70 mph wind gusts. The warm front is expected to be followed by cool arctic air which will bring 3-7 inches by Saturday morning with calming winds. The weekend cold cycle continues!

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Sports Roundup 2-5-16

By Tim Clinton

Wednesday, Feb. 3
Girls basketball
West Seattle 51, Seattle Prep 41
The Wildcats improved to 14-0 in Metro League play and ran their overall record to 19-0 with Wednesday's win.
Holy Names 60, Chief Sealth 42
Chief Sealth suffered a loss at the hands of Holy Names on Wednesday.
Kennedy 74, Evergreen 26
The Lancers rolled past the Wolverines in Wednesday action.
Renton 44, Foster 27
Foster fell to the Indians on Wednesday.
Hazen 48, Tyee 36
The Totems were tripped up by the Highlanders on Wednesday.
Lindbergh 45, Highline 32
The Pirates also took a loss Wednesday.

Boys basketball
Kennedy 62, Evergreen 34
Kennedy finished at 12-2 for first place in the Seamount League on Wednesday.
Tyee 67, Hazen 58
Tyee rose up to knock off the Highlanders in Wednesday action.
Renton 81, Foster 30
Renton routed the Bulldogs on Wednesday.
Lindbergh 70, Highline 58
Highline was hammered by the Eagles in Wednesday's game.

Tuesday, Feb. 2
Boys basketball
West Seattle 55, Seattle Prep 52

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