New look for WesCo in 2008

The WesCo Athletic Conference will have a new look when the 2008 football season begins, moving to a three-division football format for the two-year scheduling cycle.

League officials said this is a two-year trial and will be for football only.

Under the new format, the league will be divided into a single Class 3A division, plus the north and south Class 4A divisions.

Officials said the reason for the move to three divisions is that the “imbalance of 3A schools” in the north and south divisions did not allow for an equitable process for advancing teams to the football playoffs.

Had the divisions remained the same, Everett would have been the only Class 3A school in the north with Arlington moving up to Class 4A.

The south division would have had four Class 3A teams with Glacier Peak joining the league.

Glacier Peak is a new school being built in eastern Snohomish County, at the south end of the Snohomish School District, and will open in the fall of 2008. The team will play its home games at Snohomish High School wile the new football stadium is built.

Going to the three divisions will also result in Cascade moving from the north to the south Class 4A division.

Under the breakdown, Everett, Glacier Peak, Meadowdale, Lynnwood and Shorecrest will make up the new Class 3A division.

The WesCo 4A North will have Oak Harbor, Stanwood, Arlington, Marysville-Pilchuck, Lake Stevens, Snohomish and Monroe.

The south 4A division is composed of Cascade, Mariner, Kamiak, Jackson, Edmonds-Woodway, Mountlake Terrace and Shorewood.

Oak Harbor High School head football coach Jay Turner said he thought the league’s new alignment of teams was a good thing.

“I think it’s the most equitable thing they could do. If I was in Everett’s shoes, I wouldn’t want to be the only 3A team in a 4A league,” he said.

With the loss of Everett and Cascade from the WesCo North, Oak Harbor will pick up two additional non-league games.

“We play Cascade in the first game of the season which is a non-league game,” Turner said. “We are also playing Mount Vernon in a non-league game which is nice. We’re old rivals and its good to play them again.”

Turner said the Wildcats will not be playing a non-league game against Meadowdale this year.

“That was just a two year deal and our third non-league game this season will be against Everett,” he said.

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