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The verdicts are in.  Local school boards across the area have reached a decision on what level to compete in.  Whether it 2A, 3A, or 4A.  In the Big 9, seven schools will compete at the 3A level.  Seven at the 4A with West Valley being the wild card in all of this.

West Valley Athletic Director Joe Coscarart said, "Our school board made that decision, and it was based on finances.  So that's what the decision was.  It was a financial one.  Saying if that's where we fall, that's where we fall.  If we don't, and we end up back in the 3A then so be it."

The consensus from the Athletic Director's is that each school will compete where its student enrollment places them.  In Pasco's case that means a brief hiatus from the 4A ranks.

Pasco High School Athletic Director Le Burns, "The competition in the 3A is just as tough.  We believe that we will back to the 4A numbers.  You go from being the biggest high school in the state in one year to...3A classification in the next.  So it was very surprising to us."

How the Big 9 decides to shape the league has not yet been determined.  Under two possible scenarios.  All three Kennewick schools will be in the same division. 

Kennewick High School Athletic Director Ron King said, "We you had that element of it counts on your league record, it has implications to playoff possibilities.  It's definitely going to kick it up a notch.  I think tthat'swhat we all wanted."

Another scenario involves the creation of North and South divisions.  The South compromised of Tri City schools and Walla Walla.

The North consisting of Yakima Valley schools and Moses Lake.

It's time for you to let your voice be heard.  Tells us how you think the Big 9 should shape the two division's for next season.