Future Of Big 9 Conference Becomes More Uncertain
Pending the outcome of sit down discussions next Tuesday, and more negotiations, the Columbia Basin Big 9 Conference could end up dissolving.
The latest development comes as the Yakima Valley Interscholastic Activities Association granted an appeal that nullifies the December decision to split the league into North And South Divisions. The appeal, asked for by the four area Yakima schools (Davis, Eisenhower, West Valley included) came about because they felt the North South division did not benefit them when it came to travel to the Tri Cities to play the Southern Division teams. Mid Columbia superintendants are prepared (if the league dissolves) to form a new league consisting of the 7 Tri City schools (Richland-Hanford, Kennewick, Kamiakin, Southridge, Pasco and Chiawana) and Walla Walla. If that happens, the Yakima schools, as well as Moses Lake and Wenatchee and Eastmont, would probably form their own league. Where Sunnyside would land is up in the air. Sunnyside is growing, and would probably be required to play at the 3A or 4A level.
Officials are hoping a meeting Tuesday January 17th will find middle ground for the North-South plan. League officials must have a final plan to submit to the WIAA (Washington Interscholastic Activities Association) by January 22nd.