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.More ›