Departures could force EvCo schools into GSHL

mwochnick@theolympian.comJanuary 14, 2014 

The saga over the future of the 2A Evergreen Conference has added a new chapter.

With possible exits of 2A EvCo member schools River Ridge, Aberdeen, and Capital, administrators from the remaining four schools began preliminary talks last week with members from the Greater St. Helens League about how to move forward for the 2014-16 reclassification cycle.

While nothing was finalized, W.F. West athletic director Scott Chamberlain said talks went into a direction of a possible 15-team 3A/2A multi-classification league.

It would include the four remaining EvCo schools (Black Hills, Centralia, Tumwater and W.F. West), along with the seven-team 2A GSHL (Mark Morris, R.A. Long, Woodland, Ridgefield, Washougal, Hockinson, Hudson’s Bay) and the four-team 3A GSHL (Columbia River, Prairie, Kelso and Fort Vancouver) with separate divisions within the league.

How teams would qualify for the postseason has yet to be hashed out.

“Looking at options is what we’re doing,” Chamberlain said. “The options aren’t really clear at this point.”

The EvCo has few alternatives should River Ridge gain acceptance into the 2A South Puget Sound League, plus Aberdeen being granted membership into a hybrid 2A/1A league, and the final enrollment data showing Capital as the smallest 3A school in the state. WIAA assistant executive director John Miller said Capital has appealed its enrollment figures, and is asking for a recount.

Ed Santos, South Kitsap’s athletic director, said Narrows League officials have asked Capital to notify the league of the school’s intent by Tuesday, when Narrows League principals meet.

2 COMMIT TO BIG SKY

Tanner Gueller (W.F. West) and Mitch Fettig (Olympia), record-setting quarterback and wide receiver, respectively, have given verbal commitments to play at Big Sky schools.

Gueller, who threw for 2,378 yards and a school-record 36 touchdowns this season, committed to Idaho State, while Fettig, who leaves Olympia with school records in TDs in a season (12) and a career (14) committed to Eastern Washington.

Signing day for football players is Feb. 5.

DORSEY, MCCLURE IN LINE FOR ALL-AMERICA GAME

Timberline boys basketball player Donaven Dorsey (Washington signee) and W.F. West girls player Nike McClure (WSU) are two of 44 high school seniors from Washington to be named McDonald’s All-American basketball nominees.

The final 24 boys and 24 girls nationwide selected to play in the April 2 game at Chicago’s United Center will be announced next month.

Meg Wochnick: 360-754-5473 mwochnick@theolympian.com theolympian.com/southsoundsports @megwochnick

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