CASHMERE - Cashmere High School will join the South Central Athletic Conference (SCAC) in August 2024, following a period of statewide athletic reclassification. The reclassification resulted in Quincy High School moving to the 2A classification, leaving the Caribou Trail League (CTL). Efforts to consolidate the remaining CTL schools with either the SCAC or the NCW 2B League were unsuccessful, prompting Cashmere to seek a new league alignment.
The transition to the SCAC, a 9-team, District 5 League, offers Cashmere High School several benefits, including competition with familiar teams, enhanced sub-varsity program opportunities, reduced travel costs for non-league games, and improved varsity-level competition.
Jeff Carlson, Athletic Director at Cashmere High School, stated, “While we cherish our history with the CTL, our commitment to our students' athletic growth necessitated this change.” He emphasized the SCAC's role in providing stability, more scheduling opportunities, and a competitive environment conducive to student-athlete development.
The SCAC includes schools such as Royal, Connell, Zillah, Wapato, Naches Valley, Wahluke, Kiona-Benton, and College Place, offering Cashmere students new competitive opportunities. The move is also expected to reduce travel distances compared to competing against 2B schools in the North, further benefiting the school's athletic programs.
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