The Narrows League will absorb the four remaining Western Cascade Conference teams: North Thurston, Timberline, Yelm and Capital, all Class 3A teams.My guess is it'll have two subdivisions, hopefully based on geography to make travel and gate proceeds best for all involved.
That will make the Narrows League, which was founded in 1979, as a 15-team league.
The Narrows League had previously been resistant to adding Class 3A teams. Several Tacoma schools could end up in the 3A classification next year as they were “opting up” to remain in the Narrows League. Gig Harbor had 3A numbers as well and opted up.
A committee will meet next week to being figuring out how this re-configured league will look and function.
At least two good things about this, from Capital's perspective: first, playing in a bigger league means more battle-testing before the playoffs. Second, it restores the full import of the traditional crosstown rivalry with Olympia--now the game would matter for more than pride.
Capital's proven that it can hang with 4A schools. Next year, we'll have to do more: we'll have to beat them.
[via Meg Wochnick]