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Metro League football realignment presented for 2014 season

The same divisions are also being strongly considered for basketball, with one exception — Cleveland and Ballard would switch places. The breakdown of divisions for basketball will likely be finalized in the next few weeks, McCurdy said.


Seattle Times staff reporter

Metro League football breakdown

Sound Division: Roosevelt, Garfield, Cleveland, West Seattle, Rainier Beach

Valley Division: Ballard, Nathan Hale, Franklin, Ingraham, Chief Sealth

Mountain Division: Bainbridge, Bishop Blanchet, Lakeside, Eastside Catholic, Seattle Prep, O’Dea

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Based on the new divisional alignment for the 2014 season, the Metro League football schedule was presented at a meeting of principals and athletic directors Friday, said Seattle Public Schools athletic director Eric McCurdy. Current 4A schools Garfield, Ballard and Roosevelt will be placed in 3A before the start of the next school year following reclassification that was finalized in late January.

The divisions were formed through the collaboration of McCurdy, league coaches, athletic directors and principals.

The same divisions are also being strongly considered for basketball, with one exception — Cleveland and Ballard would switch places. The breakdown of divisions for basketball will likely be finalized in the next few weeks, McCurdy said.

In addition to the changes to the football and basketball divisions, McCurdy said the Metro League is in the process of changing the swimming season to better align with the rest of the state. The league currently holds one coed swimming season that takes place in the winter, but a change to the fall would give female swimmers greater opportunity to compete at the district and state meets. The girls state meet is held in the fall, and the WIAA website lists Nov. 15 as the last day of the season for 2014-15.

Ballard, Roosevelt and Garfield all have strong swimming programs that attract a large amount of student-athletes. According to McCurdy, city parks and pools have already been contacted and the process to develop a schedule has already begun. The changes to the swimming schedule will likely be voted on soon by the league principals.



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