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Changes coming to high school sports

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Moffat and Kaatz agreed that the OSAA had a difficult job to do, and it was nearly impossible to make every team happy.

“They try to do the best they can,” Moffat said. “There are hundreds of factors that go into it: travel time for each school and a leveling the playing field are really at the heart of the decision.”

West Albany will move to the Class 6A Central Valley Conference. School supporters failed to persuade the OSAA to let their team stay in the Class 5A Mid-Willamette Conference with rivals South Albany and Corvallis.

The Central Valley Conference includes the Salem high schools, Forest Grove and McMinnville.

There will be six 3A leagues.

The PacWest will be made up of Blanchet, Chemawa, Colton, Gervais, Jefferson, Salem Academy and Scio. Scio, which for a time played in the 2A Tri-River Conference will remain in the 3A PacWest Conference

The West Valley will be Amity, Dayton, Horizon Christian, Santiam Christian, Sheridan, Taft, Westside Christian and Willamina.

In a move designed to cut down on travel costs, all Portland public high schools will now compete at the 6A level for the next four years.

Other changes include Clackamas and Oregon City moving into a new eight-team Mount Hood Conference, competing with teams from Barlow, Centennial, Central Catholic, David Douglas, Gresham and Reynolds high schools.

Meanwhile, Newberg, Sherwood, St. Mary’s Academy, Tigard and Tualatin will join West Linn, Lake Oswego, Lakeridge and Canby in the new Three Rivers League.

North Marion moves to the 4A Oregon West Conference and joins Cascade, Newport, Philomath, Stayton and Yamhill-Carlton.

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