The Class 1A South Central Athletic Conference athletic directors met Wednesday and one of the main discussion items was the possibility of expansion.
Three Caribou Trail League teams — Cashmere, Cascade (Leavenworth) and Chelan — sent a proposal outlining their wish to join the SCAC, creating two eight-team divisions.
But the current SCAC athletic directors have no desire to see the league balloon in size both in numbers and the mileage schools would have to travel, as transportation costs would surge with the potential expansion.
“We felt it’d be in our best interest if it stays the way it is now,” Columbia (Burbank) athletic director Jay Aune said. “There would’ve been increased travel for everybody. As a league, we looked at it from the standpoint, not to be mean, but what is best for us is to keep it the way it is.”
The SCAC principals will meet Thursday and will have the final say in whether or not to accept or reject the proposal.
With the recent realignment handed down by the WIAA, the Caribou Trail League lost four teams — Quincy went up to 2A, while Okanogan, Tonasket and Brewster dropped to 2B. Omak, which remained at 1A, announced Tuesday that it would join the Central Washington 2B League, advancing to the postseason based on winning percentage — similar to how Sunnyside’s postseason scenarios have worked the last two years.
While the SCAC isn’t anticipating the WIAA getting involved, the high school sports governing body could force the SCAC to include the three teams though that is viewed as unlikely.