Spartans edge closer to Metro

"As the athletic programs around Bainbridge High School's begin settling into new league realignments, the Spartans' options for the same for next fall are starting to become more clear.This week, the scuttling of the Olympic League became all but official, as athletic directors and principals alike from both the Narrows and Nisqually leagues approved the absorbing of eight of the Olympic' nine teams.The 4A Narrows League gets Bremerton, Central Kitsap, North Kitsap, Olympic and Port Angeles. The 2A Nisqually League absorbs Klahowya, Port Townsend and Sequim, as well as Pierce County League refugee North Mason.Neither league, say Bainbridge officials, is an appopriate fit for the Spartan athletic program.That leaves Seattle's Metro League - which Bainbridge wants - and the Pierce County League, which has tenatively offered itself this week as a less-than-desirable fallback position, Bainbridge athletic director Neal White said.The problem with the PCL is that they are pondering a merger with the southeast King/Pierce counties' Seamount League, which could create a top-heavy 17-team cluster of schools all located a cost-inefficient distance from the island.That's why White is focusing on a Monday meeting with Metro athletic directors, in which they may take a vote that would likely receive a rubber stamp from their principals and superintendents.The private schools sound positive about us, White said. The public schools, however, are not sure we're going to get in. It's a hard read.At issue appears to be the small boost in transportation budgets needed by those schools for once-a-season travel to Bainbridge in several sports.Should the Metro waver, however, Bainbridge Schools Superintendent Stephen Rowley said he would be willing to wield his influence.We've got the full court press on, he said. I know some of the top people (in administration) there, and I have no hesitation at all about twisting the arms off their bodies. "

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