As of Friday, December 13, 2013
REARDAN RENTON — Schools received the preliminary enrollment numbers last week from Washington Interscholastic Activities Association.
WIAA uses the numbers to classify schools for competitions for two-year periods. The count is going to be used for competitions started the fall of 2014.
The goal is to have 66 schools in 1A to 4A and 63 schools in 2B and 1B, each.
Some schools may opt up to a higher classification similar to Brewster the last past two years.
There is a proposal by the Northeast League’s 1B/2B schools to amend how teams are selected for the lower classifications.
The amendment calls for schools with 100 or less enrolled students be permitted to participate in eight-person football playoffs designated to determine state championships.
The amendment would be nullified if the cutoff for the 1B classification was higher than 100 students.
The counts also included ninth grade to juniors, since they would be competing starting next fall.
In past counts, seniors were counted.
Bush School (179) and Seattle Christian (176) are the largest 1A schools in the count.
Schools that appear ready to remain in the Caribou Trail League include Omak (372), Cashmere (347), Cascade (332), Chelan (307), Tonasket (247), Okanogan (209) and Brewster (188).
Brewster would be the state’s smallest 1A school and only five schools would be smaller than Okanogan.
Quincy (606) returns to 2A and Ephrata (511) remains a 2A school. The new count found the Jackrabbits larger than the Tigers.
In 2B, Republic is at 83 students, third smallest (Muckleshoot is smallest at 81).
Other 2B regional 2B schools include Bridgeport (166), Lake Roosevelt (159), Manson (141), Liberty Bell (132), Oroville (127), Waterville (92) and Entiat (87).
In 1B (B-8 football), Pateros will be the second-largest school, tied with Riverside Christian at 79.
Pomeroy is listed as the largest at 81.
It’s too early to know if Pateros will opt up to 2B play or find a league in which to play.
Pateros played in a northern league with Waterville and Entiat, but they appear headed to the 2B ranks.