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Posted on Feb 13, 2019

Cashmere AD: Quincy would be welcome addition to CTL

Jeff Carlson, athletic director of Cashmere High School said Quincy would be welcome to join the five-team Caribou Trail League in 2020.
Carlson’s words come in the wake of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s two amendments to its bylaws in regards to allocating schools in enrollment categories.
Starting in 2020, schools would be separated based on the number of percentage points a school sits above the state average of students receiving free or reduced school lunches.
The move would bring more equity to the current system, which sometimes pits richer schools against poorer ones in the same league.
Quincy’s numbers would likely mandate a move down to 1A, with Cashmere’s Caribou Trail League a likely destination.
The CTL includes Omak, Okanogan, Chelan, Cascade and the Bulldogs. In past years, it has also included Tonasket and Brewster.
“We have been a five-team league for quite some time now, and we are anxious to expand our league,” said Carlson, who is also the Cashmere head baseball coach and the athletic director for Cashmere Middle School.
“All the athletic directors in our league feel the same way,” Carlson added. “Quincy would be a great addition to the Caribou Trail League.”
At the same time, the amendment may force some current members of the CTL to drop down to the B categories.
“Okanogan is a possibility,” Carlson said. “Their number is really close to that (cutoff) line. Their free-and-reduced percentage is real close to the state average.”
Cashmere, as well as other CTL schools are on wait-and-see mode, but Carlson predicted that Okanogan would not opt-up to remain on 1A, if given the chance to stay or go down to the B schools.
“They were a 2B school before, and had a lot of success,” Carlson said. “I believe they won at least three state championships.”
With Okanogan possibly dropping, and Quincy possibly rising, the CTL would stay at five teams.
“Worst-case scenario is we lose Okanogan and not get Quincy,” Carlson said, adding that the CTL is always looking to add schools.
“The more schools you have in your league, the more opportunities you have to gain allocation into the state tournament,” he said. “We are always hoping we can get more teams in our league for scheduling reasons as well.
In that regard, adding Quincy would be a definite plus for the CTL, Carlson said. The Jacks tend to field varsity, junior varsity and sometimes even C teams, which makes it easier for a school like Cashmere to schedule games for their sub-varsity squads, Carlson said.
“We wouldn’t have to go look for JV and C squad games, because you’d know that when you play Quincy, they field two or three teams in most sports, which is very enticing for the members of the Caribou Trail League,” Carlson said.
Cashmere is unlikely to drop to B once the new realignment is announced, Carlson said.
“Our numbers are solid in the 1A classification,” he said, adding that Omak and Cascade and Chelan are also solid in the 1A rung.

By Sebastian Moraga,