OSAA approves classification
By: Grant Lucas
WILSONVILLE — The executive board of the Oregon School Activities Association on Monday unanimously approved the final recommendations of its classification and districting committee, which includes a five-team Class 5A Intermountain Conference made up of three Bend schools and two in Redmond.
The six-classification model for the next four-year time block takes effect next fall and eliminates “special districts,” which were formed in response to concerns about higher costs, increased travel and loss of class time.
In all team sports, Bend High, Mountain View and Summit will unite with Redmond High and Ridgeview to create the 5A IMC, whose five schools will make it the second-smallest league in the 33-team classification. Only the four-team Columbia River Conference (Hood River Valley, The Dalles Wahtonka, Hermiston and Pendleton) contains fewer schools after opting not to merge with the IMC during the committee’s final meeting earlier this month.
At the 4A level, Crook County joins Madras in the Tri-Valley Conference. And while Sisters remains in the Sky-Em League, current Sky-Em member La Pine will drop to 3A to compete in the South Valley Conference. Class 2A Culver jumps from the Tri-River Conference to the Rolling Plains League, and at 1A, Central Christian will leave the Big Sky League to join the Mountain Valley League with current Central Oregon MVL members Gilchrist and Trinity Lutheran.
To see the committee’s final recommendations or to view a summary of the executive board’s meeting, visit http://www.osaa.org.