WMS looks at joining new league

  • Friday, December 1, 2017 10:30am
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So long, West Sound.

That’s the hope of school officials at Woodward Middle School. WMS wants to leave its current sports league, the West Sound Middle School League, after league officials voted to swap the sports played during fall and spring.

West Sound will now play volleyball and cross country in the spring, with track moving to the fall schedule.

The swap is problematic for WMS, however. School officials believe the changes would create transportation headaches, as well as conflicts with club programs for volleyball.

School officials are asking the Bainbridge Island School Board to approve its move to the North Olympic League after the idea to form a new league with North Kitsap and Vashon proved to be a non-starter.

Woodward faces a Jan. 5 deadline in deciding where it will play, and the school board was scheduled to get a briefing on the proposed league change at its meeting this week.

The North Olympic League currently has seven middle schools; Blue Heron (Port Townsend), Stevens (Port Angeles), Chimacum, Forks, Coupeville, Port Angeles and Sequim.

If Woodward joins the league, the farthest away game for the Wildcats will likely be Port Angeles. Those road trips are expected to be shorter than the longest ones that WMS players currently make, when Woodward competes on Vashon Island.

WMS officials note that Woodward wouldn’t travel to Whidbey Island to face Coupeville, but would likely play against Coupeville (as well as Forks) at a neutral site in Port Angeles, Port Townsend or Sequim.

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