State Championship Moves, League Switches, And More Chaos From The OSAA’s Realignment

Wilsonville — Well its official: The next four years will look significantly different than the previous four, something that has become the norm across the spectrum. There’s lots packed into this edition of the OSAA reconfiguring our sports lives, so let’s dive head first into it!

State Championship Venues

With the coronavirus still a major part of our lives for the foreseeable future, the OSAA has made major adjustments to the 2022 winter state championships this March. Just like with fall, its to lessen the number of teams and spectators gathered in one place. Among the relevant changes for our landscape, they go as follows:

  • Wresting: Moved to Culver HS as a single day event alongside 2A/1A Boys
  • Cheerleading: Now a single day event at Oregon City HS
  • Dance/Drill: Two day event at Oregon City HS
  • Swimming and Basketball: Same venues for now

League Realignments, Significant Changes

This is where our dissection buffet begins for the upcoming period, as these changes have pretty widespread impact across the state, with no classification going untouched with changes. In 6A/5A, the largest change comes courtesy of Salem and Bend, who are now officially split. Five of the six Salem schools will be by themselves in the Central Valley Conference, while the Bend schools move to 5A with Redmond and Ridgeview in the Intermountain Conference. This is made possible by the addition of Caldera HS, which pushes each Bend school below the 1,005 student threshold for 6A contention.

Other Notable 6A/5A Changes

  • North Salem rejoins 6A, McKay drops to the 5A Mid-Willamette
  • Canby, Centennial drop from 6A to 5A, join Northwest Oregon Conference
  • Hood River moves from the Intermountain to NWOC, Woodburn rejoins 5A Mid-Willamette from 4A

4A/3A got hit with lots of movement this time around. For 4A, here are the quick hits: Scappoose, St. Helens, Crook County, The Dalles, North Bend, and Pendleton all move down from 5A to 4A. North Marion moves from the Tri-Valley Conference to the Oregon West. That just about sums up what will be new in 4A this season, lots of new teams from 5A and North Marion switches leagues. Buckle yourselves in for who 4A and 2A moved to 3A because its a circus!

Valley Catholic, Banks, Corbett, Neah-Kah-Nie, Jefferson, Sheridan, Sisters, Siuslaw, Elmira, Coquille, Glide, Lakeview, and Rogue River all join the party in 3A, with a new 11 team Far-West League being the most eye popping thing. Looking at who is in this league, it makes one wonder how they will pull off this….

2022 Far West League: Brookings-Harbor, Cascade Christian, Coquille, Douglas, Glide, Lakeview, North Valley, Rogue River, South Umpqua, St. Mary’s Medford, and Sutherlin.

If you know your geography and time travelled well, then you know how absurd that layout appears, especially that Lakeview-Brookings Harbor trip…..

Have no fear though, the OSAA always manages to have a grand finale and boy do they ever this time with 2A/1A! In 2A, Clatskanie and Willamina join the ranks, but the rest of 2A is hardly recognizable. With the movement of so many schools out of 2A, the Southern Cascade League and Sunset Conference are now dissolved, with the remaining teams joining the Central Valley Conference. Here’s the new look Central Valley Conference….Bandon, Central Linn, East Linn, Gold Beach, Illinois Valley, Lowell, Monroe, Oakland, Oakridge, Reedsport, Toledo, Waldport. Clatskanie will be part of the Northwest League, and Willamina joins the Tri-River Conference.

In our smallest ranks, everything seems to be in order and not chaotic. Here are the changes for 2022:

  • Columbia Christian joins the Valley 10 League
  • Veritas School joins the Casco League
  • Cascades Academy, Lost River, Bonanza join the Mountain Valley League
  • Union and Pilot Rock join the Old Oregon League

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