On Friday I received an email from the Oregon Schools Activities Association (OSAA) with three new proposed classifications for high school teams in Oregon. Last week, I shared the proposal that put the Cottage Grove Lions in a 10-team 5A league against Churchill, Corvallis, Marist and others that CGHS athletic director Dave Presley said would "be our death" athletically.
The three new "drafts" would affect the Lions in the follwing way:
Draft 1: Would keep the present six classifications with Sheldon, South Eugene in the 6A and adding Willamette. Those three Eugene schools would still have to travel to Medford, Grants Pass and Roseburg to play in their league. Thurston would move down to 5A.
The 4A Sky-Em League would be the same except for one change: Sweet Home would move to the Oregon West Conference and play against Cascade, Newport, Philomath, Stayton and Taft. Sweet Home would love to do that and not have to make the trips to La Pine and Sisters. Replacing Sweet Home in the Sky-Em would be Sutherlin.
Cottage Grove would enjoy that change for at least two reasons: the time and distance to travel to Sutherlin is less than going to Sweet Home, and Sutherlin does not dominate as does Sweet Home, which is near the top in all sports.
Draft 2: Would be much like what he heard about last week with Cottage Grove moving "up" to a new 4A. Instead of 10 teams however, there would be just six teams in the Midwestern League: Churchill, Marist, Marshfield, North Eugene, Springfield and the Lions.
Draft 3: It is a little confusing in that there would be five classifications for all sports except football, for which there would be six classifications.
For CGHS, the first proposal is the popular alternative, especially when comparing it to the five-classification draft mentioned in last week's edition, or even the new 4A six team league.
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